Master of Arts Fine art (MAFA)
Master of Arts Media Arts (MAMA)


Artists’ Research Methods and Processes

DATE Wednesday 17 – Saturday 20 August 2005
VENUE LASALLE-SIA College of The Arts
Design Block D-302
ADMISSION Open to students and members of the public.
Free admission.

This seminar attempts to examine various research methods and processes adopted by contemporary artists in art making. With a panel of invited artists from diverse backgrounds and experiences we hope to gain an insight into the ways these artists conduct their research that inform their practice. This seminar also looks at the artists’ approaches to their practices and the issues and challenges that they face in art making today.

Wednesday 17 August 2005
Day 1

Moderator Phillip Francis
9.00 – 10.00am Shirley Soh, Singapore (visual artist)
Shirley Soh studied political science, worked as a television documentary producer and in publishing before entering art practice. She obtained her BA Fine Art from LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts in 2001. Amongst her work, living vegetation has been strongly featured. She has grown rice, weeds and tree seedlings, exploring the relationship between culture and nature/biology. Recently returned from the Artists-in-Lab project in Switzerland, Shirley will share her experience as an artist in the working environment of science. She will talk of the processes of enquiry in art and science, how each and both in collaboration contribute to culture.

10.00 – 11.00am Wong Hoy Cheong Malaysia (Visual artist)
"Wong Hoy Cheong graduated with an MFA from University of Massachusetts and Ed.M from Harvard University in the 1980's. After having taught art at college/univarsity levels for 15 years, he decided in 2002 to stop and concentrate on his practice. He had previously taught at Malaysian Institute of Art and Center for Advanced Design in Kuala Lumpur. He has also been visiting tutor at Oxford-Brookes University, Oxford(2004), University of Vienna, Vienna (2003)and Goldsmiths College, London (1999); and artist-in-residence at Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford (2004), Gasworks, London (2002). He has had numerious solo exhibitions in Malaysia and Europe."

11.00 – 12.00noon Open discussion
12.00 – 1.30 pm Lunch

1.30 – 4.30 pm Gallery visit
Dr. Eugene Tan, Director
Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore
Thursday 18 August 2005
Day 2

Moderator Phillip Francis
9.00 – 10.00am Sawn Hwang, Singapore (Visual artist)

10.00 – 11.00 am Agnes Arellano, Philippines (Visual artist)
The sacred and the mythical, the physical and the erotic, the magical and the mundane, the religious and the profane, and music and song all permeate the art of Filipina artist Agnes Arellano. Drawing from rich personal experience and an extraordinary range of influences, she makes some of the most dramatic art in Asia. Best known for surrealist and expressionist work in plaster (cast and directly modelled), bronze, and cold-cast marble, Arellano's work tends to stress the integration of individual elements into one totality or "inscape". She has participated in international group exhibitions in Berlin, Fukuoka, Havana, Johannesburg, New York, Brisbane and Singapore.

11.00 – 12.00pm Open discussion
12.45 – 1.30 pm Lunch

1.30 – 4.30 pm Museum visit,
Joyce Fan, Curator
Singapore Art Museum

Friday 19 August 2005
Day 3

Moderator Phillip Francis
9.00 – 10.00 am FX Harsono Indonesia (Visual artist)
FX Harsono is an art activist. Born in 1948 in Blitar, Java,
he studied at the Jakarta Institute of the Arts, where he had
his first solo exhibition, The Social Change. He believes that
a work of art should express social problems, and frequently
addresses in his installation works the urban and environmental issues important in Indonesia today.

10.00 – 11.00 am Colin Reaney, Singapore (Visual artist)
Before taking up his present position at National Institute of Education (Singapore), he was the Head of sculpture at the University of Technology (1989-1997) and worked in the Creative and Visual Arts degree programmes at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia. As well, he developed and presented a series of workshop/lectures for Australia Flying Art Inc. over a two-year period in the southern regional areas of Queensland. He has taught in the US, and exhibited work within Australia, Europe and the Asia Pacific region, with artist-in-residencies in France, England and the US. He was part of a team that undertook a Caut Grant (Committee for the Advancement of University Teaching) looking to "provide intellectual access and participative experience in the Visual Arts at a Bachelor Degree level for interactive, self-paced learning in three dimensional studies".

11.00 – 12.00noon Open Discussion
Moderator, Philip Francis
Agnes Arellano, Philippines
FX Harsono,Indonesia
Colin Reaney.Australia
Sawn Hwang, Singapore
Shirley Soh, Singapore
Wong Hoy Cheong, Malaysia

12.00 am – 1.00 pm LUNCH

MAFA Candidate Oral Presentation

Panel: Ye Shufang, Programme Leader, Supervisor
Vincent Leow, Senior Lecturer, Supervisor
Ian Woo, Programme Leader, Supervisor
Khiew Huey Chian, Lecturer, Supervisor
Salleh Japar, Programme Leader, Supervisor
Milenko Prvacki, Dean, Supervisor

1.00 – 1.15pm Candidate presentation
1.15 – 1.30pm Candidate presentation
1.30 – 2.00pm Feedback

2.15 – 2.30pm Candidate presentation
2.30 – 2.45pm Candidate presentation
2.45 – 3.15pm Feedback

3.30 – 3.45pm Candidate presentation
3.45 – 4.00 pm Candidate presentation
4.00 – 4.30 pm Feedback

Saturday 20 August 2005
Day 4

MAFA Candidate Oral Presentation.

09.15 – 9.30 am Candidate presentation
09.30 – 9.45 am Candidate presentation
09.45 – 10.15 am Feedback

10.15 – 10.30 am Candidate presentation
10.30 – 10.45 am Candidate presentation
10.45 – 11.15 am Feedback

11.15 – 11.30 am Break

11.30 – 11.45am Candidate presentation
11.45am – 12.00noon Candidate presentation
12.00 – 12.30pm Feedback

12.30-12.45pm Candidate presentation
12.45am – 01.00pm Candidate presentation
01.00 – 01.30pm Feedback