Official Opening of the NIE Art Gallery showcasing Visual Praxis
Thursday, 19 March 2009
OFFICIAL OPENING OF THE NIE ART GALLERY SHOWCASING VISUAL PRAXIS ON THURSDAY, 19 MARCH 2009, 5.00PM AT THE ART GALLERY, NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF EDUCATION, 1 NANYANG WALK, SINGAPORE
The National Institute of Education, Singapore marks another milestone with the Official Opening of The Art Gallery. In conjunction with the opening, the Art Gallery will also showcase Visual Praxis, an exhibition by artists and art educators at NIE.
Mr Masagos Zulkifli Bin Masagos Mohamad, Senior Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Education and Ministry of Home Affairs will officially open the Art Gallery on 19 March 2009.
The exhibition, Visual Praxis will continue until 9 April 2009 and the Gallery welcomes visitors from Mondays to Fridays, 10.30am to 5.30pm; closed on weekends and public holidays. The programme for the official opening and images of the Art Gallery are enclosed in Annexe A and B respectively.
Some of the artists and synopses of their works are in Annexe C.
Objectives of the Art Gallery
The new Art Gallery will showcase the multi-facetedness of the NIE Visual and Performing Arts Academic Group and raise awareness on the philosophy of our Arts Education Programme. It is a space for both pre-service and in-service teacher education. Through exhibitions, workshops, talks and symposia, the Art Gallery will become a Teachers' Resource Centre that encourages and promotes interaction, active learning, research and sharing between NIE art educators and classroom art teachers.
It will continue to develop and at the same time promote stronger focus on good arts and art education practices and research. The exhibitions and programmes will be unique in presenting and showing works that create awareness in historical art. This creates a platform which engages discussion about educational and psychological aspects of art education. The Art Gallery will also be an outreach to both schools and the local community in general.
The aim is to share the very best in visual arts internationally and locally through cross-disciplinary exhibitions, which could involve scientific dimensions as well as aesthetic ones. In this way, the new space will serve as a platform that encourages interdisciplinary research and dialogues, engaging the community at NIE, our local school children and artists to collaborate (participate) in educating the public in the nature and significance of art teaching and learning.
Arrival of Guests
Arrival of Guest-of-Honour, Mr Masagos Zulkifli Bin Masagos Mohamad, Senior Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Education and Ministry of Home Affairs
Welcome Address by Professor Lee Sing Kong, Director, National Institute of Education
Speech by GOH
Unveiling of Plaque
Performance by Artist, Mr Jason Lim