Playing With & For The Community
A stunning recreation of an iconic Marilyn Monroe portrait, a unique sculpture of the Venus de Milo, and a heartfelt drawing of a Mother and Child – these are but three standout artworks saluting the feminine spirit that are up for sale at Mary Chia’s 30th Anniversary “iMspiration” Art Auction / Exhibition held at NEX Shopping Mall from October 16 – 21. Gracing the opening event on October 17 as Guest-of-Honor for the evening was MP Baey Yam Keng.
Thirty artworks comprising paintings, sculptures and installations by established and emerging artists will be auctioned/sold off to raise at least $30,000 for Very Special Arts Singapore (VSA Singapore) – a non-profit charity that helps individuals with disabilities rehabilitate through the art. Artists from Singapore Young Contemporary Artists (SCYA) were commissioned to create the artworks that best capture and exemplify the core strengths and beauty that the female spirit encompasses. They will be exhibited and made available for purchase at the six-day public exhibition, as well as during a private auction held on October 16.
Ms Wendy Ho, Chief Executive Officer of Mary Chia Holdings Limited, says: “Women have been a big part of Mary Chia’s success. Our customers today have supported us through three generations – from grandmother to mother to daughter. As a successful company, we also want to give back to the community. By holding this art auction, we not only showcase local artworks by local artists which the public can own but also benefits individuals with disabilities whose cause we truly support.”
Mr Christopher Yeow, Executive Director of VSA Singapore, commented: “VSA Singapore aims to provide individuals with disabilities the opportunity to access the arts for the purposes of rehabilitation and social integration. With the help of this special Mary Chia event, we hope that the public will be aware of the talents that VSA Singapore members have and help support our programs.”
Ms Jacquelyn Soo, Founder and Chairperson of SCYA, added: “We are pleased to be invited by Mary Chia to participate in this significant cause and we hope that through this platform, we will help raise more awareness of the contemporary young arts community, both abled and disabled.”
Ms Jenny Teo, Assistant Director of Corporate Communications & Marketing Services, National Arts Council, said: “We are happy to have facilitated in the partnership between Mary Chia and SCYA that has benefitted all parties. The arts is an essential part of healthy communities and we are glad that Mary Chia is stepping forward as support from corporations is vital in developing the diversity of artistic talents in Singapore.”
Other than the public exhibition in a community mall, the artworks will also be available for viewing via a dedicated web portal. This is in line with the recommendation from the recent Arts and Culture Strategic Review of bringing the arts closer to the community and making it more accessible to the masses. Through this avenue, Mary Chia hopes to create a platform to showcase the works and talents of Singapore-based artists.
VSA Artworks on display.
Top view of the exhibition set-up.
Artist Tay Lai Meng with Mr Baey Yam Keng.
Artist Wendy Lim speaking to Mr Baey about her artwork, ‘Fat Lady’.
Chairperson & Artist of SCYA, Ms Jacquelyn Soo with Mr Baey Yam Keng.
Artist Casey Chen with Mr Baey Yam Keng.
Private Art Auction hosted by Adrian Pang and featuring 5 artworks; 3 from VSA, 2 from SCYA. Casey explaining about his work which was later bid and sold for $3,800.
VSA & SCYA representatives & artists with Mary Chia (Founder) & Wendy Chia (CEO).