This February (3rd to 6th), Symphony in Colours, a collaborative art exhibition will take place at the Visual Arts Centre in Singapore.
The initiative, which involves 17 artists, has been made possible thanks to the determination of four women: Aparnata Patil, Nidhi Samani, Megha Mathur and Sonal Mathur. As artists themselves they have chosen to name their event a “Symphony” because they wanted to reflect the “musicality and harmony of art”.
It was important for the four organisers to create a platform for other artists to showcase their work, as they are aware of how difficult it is to get this opportunity. As Aparna suggested, “There are lots of artists like us in Singapore and it is not easy to show our art. It’s a struggle.” With Symphony in Colours, they hope to give exposure to both renowned artists and new ones, aiming to bring their art together in one event. Megha explained that they hope to “fill the gap between established artists and the emerging ones”.
The exhibition will feature different styles of painting, from oil to acrylic, to Chinese art. There were no particular guidelines or theme given to the artists, so the public will be able to see a myriad of styles and techniques. This was important for Nidhi, who explained that “practising different techniques influences my mind to open up more”. The exhibition will also include a series of workshops where artists will teach different techniques and mediums, from glass painting to one stroke painting.
It was also a central objective that this exhibition be used to sell artworks to raise funds for charitable causes; including a commitment by the organisers to dedicate part of the proceeds to HOME. As Sonal explained, “We all have helpers here, we hear stories so we want to help”. They want to use this exhibition as an opportunity to raise awareness of the issues that the domestic worker population can face, and also to promote the work of HOME. As Nidhi clearly states, “this is the opportunity to learn how to give.”
Story by Laetitia K.Guilbert
Feb 3-8, 11am to 8pm
Visual Arts Centre
#01-02 Dhoby Ghaut Green
10 Penang Road
For more information, visit www.symphonyincolours.com