Singapore Contemporary Young Artists

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HDB Heartland Ambassadors Community Sculpture – Photography Workshop

SCYA embarked on the second instalment of a collaboration project with Housing Development Board (HDB) last week with the Heartland Ambassadors from various Primary and Secondary School students from all over Singapore for the HDB Community Sculpture project. A multimedia sculpture will be produced from the interesting collaboration of sound, photography and drawings done by Primary, Secondary School and Tertiary students involved in the Heartland Ambassadors Program. (The sound workshop was conducted on 22nd December 2012 while the painting workshop was conducted on the same day as the photography workshop.)

A total of 36 students from 5 different Secondary Schools came together last Monday to walk around the bustling heartland of Toa Payoh Central on Monday morning to gain new inspirations for photography of nature, people and buildings of the neighbourhood.

SCYA had Billy Soh teaching students about the main rules of photography that would help them create a good picture, such as the rule of thirds and the golden ratio. I felt that one of the interesting topics during the workshop was when Billy also taught the students about perspective – how they are actually everywhere and it’s importance because it can change the way one look at things. The students were also introduced to primitive photographers and painters and how they were able to conceptualize art using just natural light.


W Eugene Smith

Students were introduced to painters and photographers such as Vermeer and W. Eugene Smith during the workshop.

With 3 assistants including myself and Billy, we facilitated the 90 minute walk across parks, shops and roads of Toa Payoh Central for a photo taking frenzy under the glistening afternoon sun. It was scorching hot but everyone showed their dedication to take magnificent shots, even if it takes to stand on benches or going up close to anyone or anything.

students walking

Students from Pei Hwa Secondary School starting their walk from HDB Hub in Toa Payoh Central.

Ikan Bilis

A photo of Ikan Bilis being dried in the open by a Heartland Ambassador.

The students showed keen observation of the contrast of corporate buildings and residential flats in the area, showing how Singapore has progressed to building closer proximities between our homes and work place.

Building 1

A Heartland Ambassador’s perspective on the renovated shophouses in Toa Payoh Central.

While Billy introduced new spaces in the neighbourhood with spectacular views, both students and assistants in the workshop found themselves more immersed in the beauty of Toa Payoh.

Building 2

Another Heartland Ambassador’s photo on the HDB flats around the neighbourhood.

Building 3

Building 4

Different perspectives on the rows of housing estates within a heartland
by various Heartland Ambassadors and SCYA assistants.

Mini mart


Pictures taken by Heartland Ambassadors and SCYA assistants.

As everyone gathered at the auditorium after an exhausting journey under the sun, the students were still in their smiles and chatting with their newfound friends. When the students submitted their photos, we felt very pleased by the collection of pictures we accumulated.

A student from Dunman High also shared that he was benefited a lot from the workshop with Billy and will definitely use the skills acquired to his own photography adventures! Many students also shared that they are looking forward to seeing their efforts on display through the multimedia sculpture soon.


by Brian Koh

Special thanks for the photos:
Heartland Ambassadors
(from Pei Hwa Secondary, Boon Lay Secondary, Shu Qun Secondary, Clementi Town Secondary and Dunman High),
Brian Koh and Billy Soh.

Written by May Si (SCYA Assistant).

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Singapore Contemporary Young Artists Project (SCYA) is a non-profit Art Society that highlights Contemporary Art by Young Artists in Singapore through several platforms in exhibitions, websites, talks, workshops & commissioned services. SCYA was initiated by Jacquelyn Soo who is an artist, curator and director for SCYA. SCYA has over 10 members in the society contributing ideas, activities to support the organisation. SCYA represents up to 70 Singaporean/PR Artists in their works. SCYA launched their first project in Nov 2008 with a website collaboration with FIVEFOOTWAY that featured 23 Contemporary Young Artists Portfolios on an interactive website. Since then, SCYA have had several collaborations and events organised with corporations, government institutions, NGOS and education institutions, Please visit our website for more details: Like us on Facebook! Thank you!

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