Artistic choices: the matriarchs; Singapore Clay Festival; Exhibition Objectives, Art News & Top Stories

Singapore Clay Festival

Pottery enthusiasts can look forward to a list of exhibits, a clay makers market with over 130 potters as well as masterclasses with Singaporean ceramicists Ahmad Abu Bakar, Jessie Lim and Chua Soo Kim.

The inaugural festival, which also includes a lecture and workshops, is hosted by publisher and book editor Goh Eck Kheng, curator Seah Tzi-Yan, and art council founder Wendy Cheong.

Or: Enabling village, 20 Lengkok Bahru; and online
TRM: Red hill
When: November 19 to 22 (course and talk); November 25 to 29 (exhibitions)
Admission: Free (exhibitions); various prices for the conference and the courses. Registrations are closed for exhibitions and the market, but visits may be authorized depending on capacity.
Info: Singapore Clay Festival website


Women of Objectives in film and photography

Legacy is the theme of Objectives’ latest Women in Film & Photography showcase, which this year explores legacy traditions, family ties, intergenerational scars and more.

The annual event, now in its sixth year, highlights the work of female and non-binary artists from Southeast Asia, East Asia and South Asia. The lineup includes an ongoing exhibition in the center of Middle Road as well as screenings of short films at The Projector on December 4th.

The public can also register for artist conferences online which take place on various dates.

Or: Chapel and Lower Galleries, Objectives, 155 Middle Road; and the Spotlight, 05-00 Golden Mile Tower, 6001 Beach Road
TRM: Bencoolen / Bras Basah / Bugis
When: Until December 19, different times
Admission: Exhibitions are free; $ 15 for screenings
Info: Goals website


Baba Nyonya International Convention

The Matriarchs is an hour-long play adapted from Stella Kon’s Emily Of Emerald Hill. PHOTO: THE PERANAKAN SINGAPORE ASSOCIATION

Interested in Peranakan culture and how it is kept alive? See you at the annual convention of the Peranakan Association Singapore.

Things kick off with The Matriarchs, an hour-long play adapted from Stella Kon’s Emily Of Emerald Hill. Ivan Heng, founder of Wild Rice, will reprise his role as Emily. Veteran actor GT Lye will play Emily’s fiery Malaysian stepmother Baba, a character Lye himself scripted.

The Matriarchs is directed by Alvin Tan of The Necessary Stage and produced by The Peranakan Association Singapore.

The play will be followed by a symposium on the theme Keeping Culture Alive. It begins with an opening speech by Kwa Chong Guan, on “The Change and Cultural Resilience of the Peranakan Chinese”, followed by forums on language, literature, rituals, style, food and wayang (theater) from the community.

Or: In line
When: Saturday (November 20), 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Admission: $ 22
Info: Sistic website

James C. Tibbs