Playing With & For The Community
Before welcoming the New Year, SCYA concluded 2014 by collaborating once more with Bedok Community Centre to host a hands-on art programme welcoming SG50. This programme precedes and is in alignment with the countdown event titled ‘Remembering 1st December 1965’ held on the 31st of December at the open field in front of Blk 21 Bedok South Rd. It aims to forge bonds among families through the participation of the painting of images from the yesteryears.
SCYA’s role in this hands-on art programme is to create a mural backdrop for the countdown event with the collaborative effort of the Bedok community. Humbly positioned between Blk 16 Bedok South Hawker Centre and a bustling ‘pasar malam’, SCYA had community members participate in the creation of the mural. Children accompanied by their parents and even the elderly played a part in the painting of the nostalgic image. The mural adapted images of pioneers such as Wong Sa and Ye Fong, P. Ramlee and Primadona Saloma, the early infrastructures of the lion city such as Singapore’s first cinema, Capitol Theater, built in 1929 by M.A. Namazie, an early Singapore pioneer, and old school vehicles and the classic, ever-nostalgic rickshaw bicycle.
Although the team has met with a few challenges in terms of location (because of the unpredictable weather) and logistics, this mural project proves to us that anything worth doing never comes easy. SCYA is delighted to have engaged and fostered bonds with the Bedok community through art. Their interest in this hands-on art programme has definitely motivated SCYA to further encourage interest in contemporary arts within local communities.