Singapore Contemporary Young Artists

Playing With & For The Community

Kampong Chai Chee Facade Art


Over the weekend of 13 & 14 June and 21 & 22 June 2015, the community of Kampong Chai Chee came together to paint images depicting the vegetables farms and farmer lifestyles during the early kampong days of Singapore on a 3m by 5m long canvas. Two huge mass painting workshops.


Kampong Chai Chee is well known for being a farmland of vegetables on top a series of rolling hills. It began its humble beginnings as a village of attap huts set with coconut and banana trees as well as a huge rubber plantation exclusively self-contained within the Malay Kampong. Many residents living in the area recalled the memories of sweet fruits and sweet potatoes grown, plucked and harvested in the nearby farmlands of the past.


For this project, SCYA decided to focus on the stories generated by the residences of these farmlands, scuh as growing fruits and vegetables like banana, coconut, rubber, sweet potatoes, tapioca, pineapple, chye sim, kai lan, kangkong.


In line with this year’s SG50 theme, we decided to recreate images of the well-known “Chai Chee Vegetable Farm” into a modern, whimsical look of an old vintage feature of Singapore. The aim was to focus on recalling memories of Kampong Chai Chee as the farmland and vegetable farms that used to grace the rolling hills of the kampong.


During the Community Mass Painting, a large canvas piece with a series of drawings and designs was painted by the residences of Kampong Chai Chee. These images were created by our artists, depicting local food items such as banana, coconut, rubber, sweet potatoes, tapioca, pineapple, chye sim, kai lan and kangkong. Our artists were on hand to teach various painting techniques to the residences as well as give advice when needed.


After the canvas dried, our artists came in to touch up the paintings and to do the finishing touches.


The canvas is to be hung up 204 Bedok North Street 1 on 25 July 2015

About scyablog

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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