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[Press Release] FROM ISOLATION TO INSPIRATION: THE ARTS HOUSE GOES ONLINE WITH WRITE FROM HOME WORKSHOPS
Singapore, 29 April 2020 – As the arts world shifts towards the digital during this time of social distancing, The Arts House looks to connect writers remotely but intimately through a series of writing workshops collectively known as Write From Home Workshops beginning on 9 May. Playing on the concept of “work from home” which has become the new normal, seasoned local authors Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé, Gwee Li Sui, and Melissa De Silva will each lead workshops exploring writing as a medium to grapple with the unusual, uncomfortable, and difficult experience of social isolation while creating a shared space for writers to connect.
Senior Programmer Lisa Lip says “I've never thought deeply about my mental health but having had to work from home and being alone almost 3 weeks before the circuit-breaker period, I've realised how precious and fragile it can be. This made me think more of others who are struggling alone too and on the flip side those stressed with having others in their space all day. I hope that by coming to learn and write together, it will help people cope better as we create a micro-community online for those feeling really isolated and stressed.”
While societies around the world find new ways to navigate the need for social contact and sense of community, poet and fictionist Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé kickstarts this series with Creativity Under Constraint: Finding Peace in Isolation. Explore how the experience of isolation can be confounding yet comforting in its ubiquity as other writers share the struggles they face in solitude. No stranger to writing about difficult subjects, join Kon as he demonstrates how challenging situations can be translated into powerful writing.
As a respite to the disenchanting reality around us, the need for humour is now more apparent than ever. In Funny Not Funny: Writing Humour, take your writing on a comedic spin as poet, graphic artist, and literary critic Gwee Li Sui breaks down the basics of writing a gag. Come armed with a ready pen and a quick wit in this session as you spread laughter in the way that it should—with others.
Lastly, Singapore Literature Prize-Winning author Melissa De Silva brings us a three-session workshop that invites us to connect with others and, most importantly, ourselves. Step Inside: Documenting Our Interior Journey in an Unusual Time dares writers to introspect and embrace the complicated emotions that come with trying to make sense of these strange circumstances. Exploring the topics of ‘dark’ emotions, unexpected experiences, and adaptation and resilience, join De Silva and other writers over the month of May as navigators of this unusual time.
Write From Home Workshops
Venue: Online via Zoom
Dates: 9, 14, and 23 May 2020
Time: Selected Timings
Each workshop session runs for 2 hours and will be hosted on the video-conferencing platform, Zoom. All workshops are ticketed at either $10 or $20. For details, please visit: https://www.theartshouse.sg/whats-on/
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About The Arts House
Occupying the almost 200-year-old building that was home to Singapore’s first parliament, The Arts House continues in the distinguished tradition of this gazetted national monument and now plays a key role in the country's arts and creative scene. The Arts House at the Old Parliament, as it is affectionately referred to, promotes and presents multidisciplinary programmes and festivals within its elegant spaces. It focuses in particular on the literary arts, celebrating the works of written and spoken word artists from Singapore and beyond.
The Arts House is run and managed by Arts House Limited. For more information, visit www.theartshouse.sg.
About Arts House Limited
Arts House Limited (AHL) is a not-for-profit organisation committed to enriching lives through the arts. AHL runs The Arts House, a multidisciplinary arts centre with a focus on literary programming located in the heart of Singapore's Civic District; manages Goodman Arts Centre and Aliwal Arts Centre, two creative enclaves for artists, arts groups and creative businesses; and presents festivals through the arts centres. AHL presents the Singapore International Festival of Arts, the annual pinnacle celebration of performing arts in Singapore commissioned by National Arts Council.
AHL was set up in 11 December 2002 as a company limited by guarantee (CLG) under NAC and was formerly known as The Old Parliament House Limited. It was officially renamed Arts House Limited on 19 March 2014.