Our Guest-of-Honour Mr Chua Kee Teang, Lifelong Honorary President of Teochew Poit Ip HuayKuan
Mr Chua Boon Kee, Chairman of Sculptures Society (Singapore)
Mr Yeo Chee Kiong, Commmitee Member, Public Relations
Ladies and Gentlemen,
I am honoured to be here with youfor the opening of the “200” Sculpture Exhibition. On behalf of the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre, I welcome all of you for taking time off your weekend to join us today.
As you come into our Centre, you may have noticed a few pieces of sculptures displayed at several locations. This is part of the first project that we have partnered with the Sculpture Society (Singapore), the “Sculptures Walk @ SCCC” where we brought in eight exceptional works by five local sculptors on level 1 and 9 of the Centre.
Our partnership with SSS has further deepened with the signing of our Visual Arts MOU with the in March this year. Under this MOU, the Centre will provide spaces to arts groups to present their major exhibitions on a regular basis. SSS is one of the first arts groups that have come on board with us on this MOU, and this “200” Sculpture Exhibition is considered one of the “fruits” of this new partnership.
Aptly named “200”, this exhibition is put together in conjunction with our Singapore Bicentennial. A total of 115 sculptures by pioneer sculptors such as Shui Tit Sing and Tan Teng Kee, as well as second generation sculptors Han Sai Por, Wee Kong Chai and Cheong Fah Chong are being displayed at this Gallery.To make up for 200 pieces, the SSS has purposefully incorporated an element for public participation. They will be conducting Workshops for sculptures and non-sculptures, like you and I, to come and learn how to create a sculpture ourselves. These creations will be put up together with the works of the other masters here for public viewing, which to me, is a surreal experience. I encourage everyone to come forward and be part of this meaningful project.
I will now say a few words in Mandarin.