Season of Giving! Help Raise Funds For Underprivileged Children To Develop Their Artistic Talents!

Introduction: Singapore, 15 November 2006 – Come December, The Arts House will present a series of fundraising events for The Business Times Budding Artists Fund (BT BAF) including a Christmas promotion at iFOURUM, a jewellery exhibition titled Seed-links, as well as Tables Turned, a charity concert series organised and performed by arts enthusiasts who have achieved much in their own professional working fields but who are also highly talented and deeply passionate for the arts.

Singapore, 15 November 2006 – Come December, The Arts House will present a series of fundraising events for The Business Times Budding Artists Fund (BT BAF) including a Christmas promotion at iFOURUM, a jewellery exhibition titled Seed-links, as well as Tables Turned, a charity concert series organised and performed by arts enthusiasts who have achieved much in their own professional working fields but who are also highly talented and deeply passionate for the arts.

Initiated by The Arts House and adopted by The Business Times, BT BAF aims to enable children between the ages of five to 12 years old distanced by socio-economic circumstances to pursue an arts education in music, dance, drama and visual arts. The Fund originated from a strong conviction that no child with strong interest and artistic potential should be deprived of the opportunity to develop his or her talents because he or she is economically disadvantaged.

Mr. Colin Goh, General Manager of The Arts House said: “We are extremely grateful to Mr. Bertrand Lim and Mrs. Clara Lim-Tan who have taken precious time out of their busy schedules to gather their friends to raise funds for BT BAF through Tables Turned. Special thanks also go out to the various designers at iFOURUM and jewellery designer Ms Muoi Choi-Wee who will kindly contribute all sales proceeds of the uniquely self-made crafts and jewellery to BT BAF. The funds raised will be used to develop and organise free arts & creativity training programmes for the underprivileged children and we urge more individuals and organisations to come forward to encourage and provide valuable opportunities for these children.”

Although the BT BAF was only officially launched in May 2005, The Arts House has started working with numerous partners and sponsors to raise funds for BT BAF since December 2004. To date, the Fund has accumulated to about $480,000 and The Arts House aims to raise another $300,000 by the end of Financial Year 2006 (ending 31 March 2007) for the BT BAF. By the end of FY 2010, the Fund hopes to provide for 3,000 underprivileged children and grow to $3 million.

Mr. Tan Tee Tong, Arts Enterprise Director of The Arts House said: “It has been a very gratifying experience to see so many children gain self-confidence and exposure through the various arts & creativity programmes funded by the BT BAF in the past two years. We hope that more individuals and corporations who believe in this cause will join us in inspiring and creating more opportunities for these children, who will then have the chance to develop their artistic talents on an equal standing against their more fortunate peers.”

The BT BAF is on a continual search for donors and partners who will collaborate on fundraising as well as relevant public platforms to present these young talents. To explore ways to work together on fundraising activities, please contact Ms. Yvonne Ho, Project Executive, Arts Enterprise at 6332 6918 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or Mr. Tan Tee Tong, Director of Arts Enterprise at 6332 6902 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Christmas Promotion at iFOURUM
2 – 24 Dec 2006
iFOURUM, Takashimaya Shopping Centre, 4th Level

Come on down to iFOURUM this December and support the BT BAF! A total of 64 pieces of artworks will be specially created and sold during the four weekends (Sat & Sun) from 2 – 24 December 2006, eight pieces of artworks per day. You can also contribute directly to the BT BAF through the donation boxes placed at the various outlets and booths at iFOURUM.

Tables Turned: Heels & Strings
2 Dec 2006 / Dinner at 7pm, Performance at 8pm
Chamber, The Arts House

Join Bertrand Lim, Deputy Secretary of Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts, as he gets in touch with his artistic soul on this rare occasion to perform with the Toa Payoh Guitar Club (TPGC) and the Singapore Flamenco Circle (SFC) in this exciting two-part concert in support of the BT BAF! The evening will feature familiar favourites ranging from classical to reggae on the guitar and feisty flamenco dances.

Tables Turned: Background. Foreground. Playground
16 Dec 2006 / Dinner at 7pm, Performance at 8pm
Play Den, The Arts House

This first-time collaboration between Mrs. Clara Lim-Tan (Vice-Principal of Beatty Secondary School), Royston Tan (young Singapore film-maker), Ix Wong (Artistic Director of Ah Hock & Peng You) & Joey Chua (dancer and part-time lecturer at LASALLE-SIA) explores the complex interplay between three different art forms. Through this multi-faceted performance, the artists hope to challenge their audience, as well as themselves, in revisiting their involvement and approaches towards the conceptualisation, communication and consumption of art.

Seed-links
21 – 24 Dec 2006 / 11am – 8pm
Gallery, The Arts House

Seed-links is an exhibition of hundreds of ravishing pieces in crystal, freshwater pearl, coral, jade and semi-precious stones, for both viewing and sale. Designed by a group of local jewellery makers who regard themselves as “hobbyists with a heart” and led by established jewellery designer Muoi Choi-Wee whose exotic and exquisite pieces are embraced all over the world, the group will be offering for sale the self-made, uniquely crafted jewellery, the proceeds of which will go entirely to the Business Times Budding Artists Fund (BT-BAF).

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The Business Times Budding Artists Fund

Initiated by The Arts House, The Business Times Budding Artists Fund (BT BAF) aims to enable children between the ages of four to 12 years distanced by socio-economic circumstances to pursue their aspirations to develop artistic talents in music, dance, theatre, visual arts and theatre production. The Fund originated from a strong conviction that no child with strong interest and artistic potential should be deprived of the opportunity to develop his or her talents because he or she is economically disadvantaged. For further information, please visit www.theartshouse.com.sg/btbaf/index.htm

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The Arts House at the Old Parliament

Officially opened on 26 March 2004, The Arts House at the Old Parliament is the only gazetted historic government building which has been designated as an arts and heritage venue. The 180-year-old national monument was originally built in 1827 as a home for a Scottish merchant but subsequently became Singapore’s first Court House and former Parliament House. The Arts House is now a multidisciplinary arts centre that offers visitors the opportunity to create their own mix of activities from a broad spectrum of engaging, contemporary arts events, entertainment and lifestyle options. 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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