Ebony – Ivory By Lim Cheng Kooi
An art exhibition held in conjunction with a fundraiser by the Rotary Club of Pandan Valley for deserving students of Northbrooks Secondary School
Singapore, 23 October 2008 – Over 25 nude paintings by architecturally-trained Lim Cheng Kooi will be showcased in the Living Room on Level 2 of The Arts House from 31 October to 2 November 2008. Organised in conjunction with a fundraising event by the Rotary Club of Pandan Valley, part proceeds will be donated to Northbrooks Secondary School in Yishun.
Ebony – Ivory was sparked off by a casual conversation with Mr Lim Cheng Kooi’s 11-year-old son, Lim Wei last year. Essentially supportive of his father’s passion for the arts, the young Lim Wei grappled with the subject matter that his father draws because it was fast becoming a topic amongst his friends, and he wonders whether the paintings are for sale. It finally dawned to Mr Lim that perhaps he should sell these paintings in his first-ever solo exhibition to the public.
Mr Lim has been passionate about the arts since he was a young boy. He won his first art competition – an Honorary Mention for a watercolour competition of the Northern States in Malaysia at the age of 12. He was also selected to participate in the Shell Discovery Art Exhibition in 1994 and 1996, and featured in the Young Contemporary Artists in Singapore publication by the invitation of Singapore artist and author of the book, Thomas Yeo in 1996. Interested in other forms of fine arts, he started learning pottery in 1989 and took up a two-year part-time sculpture course at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) in 2002. Then in 2003, he started attending nude painting sessions at NAFA. His works are represented in two Singapore art galleries, Art 2 and Indigo Arts, and one was sold to the SingaporeArt Museum. Collected by friends and private collectors, Mr Lim’s works have also been donated for charity auctions in several private functions.
Equally passionate about the arts, Mr Lim also believes in nurturing the young and giving opportunities to the less fortunate. Through Ebony – Ivory, Mr Lim will join his friends at the Rotary Club of Pandan Valley to help raise funds for NorthbrooksSecondary School. As the theme for the fundraiser this year is “Make Dreams Real”, the funds raised will be used to help the students in fulfilling their dreams.
Says Mr Lim Cheng Kooi: “To be able to hold this exhibition together with the fundraiser is quite timely. Not only will it ‘make my dream real’, it will also help the less-fortunate children fulfill theirs too. Besides, I am keeping my promise to my son by selling these paintings and hope this exhibition will inspire him in some ways.”
Proceeds from the sale of the paintings will be used for various art projects such as training classes in making “Recycle Art” and organising a Christmas fair by setting up small stalls to sell their artworks. The additional funds will also be used to provide basic needs such as uniforms, stationeries, canteen vouchers and much more to 100 less-privileged Northbrooks students.
The Arts House at the Old Parliament
Occupying the 181-year old building which was the former Parliament House and Singapore’s first Court House, The Arts House is a multidisciplinary arts centre that offers visitors a broad spectrum of activities ranging from contemporary arts & entertainment events to lifestyle and food & beverage options. Since its opening in March 2004, The Arts House has also been championing the Singapore arts & creative scene, playing consultative and developmental roles in bridging the connections between the arts and artists with various audiences including public agencies, private corporations and individual supporters of the arts as well.
With a strong intent to promote and showcase Singapore artists and their artworks locally and internationally, The Arts House has introduced numerous initiatives like The Business Times Budding Artists Fund that provides young children with opportunities to engage in, learn and showcase their artistic talents, as well as the Spotlight series which encourage artistic, business and humanitarian exchanges and exploration of new partnerships between Singapore and her counterparts in emerging / transitional markets in the world. Amongst other endeavours that The Arts House has ventured into, retail concepts like The Shop (Singapore Design) and Earshot (Singapore | Music | Books | Film) have also provided multiple platforms for Singapore artists to widen their reach and distribution networks.
The Arts House is managed by The Old Parliament House Limited, a not-for-profit full-service arts management company limited by guarantee. For further information, please visit www.theartshouse.com.sg
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