Amanda Heng Liang Ngim
Performance, Interdisciplinary and Installation Artist

Amanda Heng, born in 1951, is a full-time artist who adopts an interdisciplinary approach to art-making. Her works focus on the intersections of eastern and western values and the traditions and gender roles in a multi-cultural and rapidly-changing  Singapore. Her recent works discuss  the issues of communication and human relationships in urban condition. Often, she would collaborate with both artists and non-artists. Amanda was one of the members who established the Artists Village  in 1988. She is also active in curating and organising shows, forums, and workshops and lectures on contemporary art. She was a former civil tax officer.

A full-time independent art practitioner, Amanda Heng adopts an interdisciplinary approach to her art practice and is often concerned with issues of communication and human relationship in urban condition, history and identity, and gender politic. Her works have been exhibited in Cleveland Performance Art Festival USA (1997), the 3rd Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art in Brisbane, Australia (1999), the 1st Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale, Japan (1999), the 7th Havana Biennial in Cuba (2000). Werkleitz Biennale in Germany (2000), Performance Art Festival in Spain (2001) and Channel N at Kyoto Art Center (2001). Her other art activities include co-directing theatre production "Bernard's Story" written by Dana Lam (2001), performed in theatre production "A Woman On the Tree in the Hill" directed by Ivan Heng (2001), which was presented at the Singapore International Performing art Festival. She has also organised and participated in various exhibitions, public forums, workshops, research projects and art events such as, The Space, fringe event of 1992 International Art Fest in Singapore, Women And Their Arts (1990), The 1st Asian film Appreciation workshop (1994), Memories of Senses (1994), Women About Women (1997), The Friday Event (2000) and Open Ends (2001). Amanda was involved in the founding of Artists' Village, the first artists-run space in Singapore, in 1988, and WITA (Women In The Arts), the first artists-run women collective in Singapore in 1999, which is currently establishing the archives of women in the Arts in Singapore.


Narrating bodies, 1998-1999
Installation and performance. 100 photos, laser prints, color images (A4 and A3), mirror and chair.



Collections from Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Singapore Art Museum (SAM), Okinawa Prefecture Museum and other Private Collectors.

Open Ends (Co-organizer, Co-curator and Participant) monthly talks on issues pertaining to performance art and an exhibition of documentation on performance art in Singapore, 2001.

Women Breaking Boundaries 21, exhibition and forum on networking, Tokyo and Osaka, Japan, 2001.

A Woman in the Tree on the Hill, interdisciplinary, inter-cultural collaborative project (theatre, video art, sculpture, music, dance, performance art) with Wild Rice Theatre Company, Gong Myoung Percussion Ensemble, Korea, presented at Jubilee Theatre of Raffles Hotel in Singapore, Singapore International Arts Festival, Singapore, 2001.

Real Work-Werkleitz Biennale, Werkleitz, Germany, 2000.

Names Changed To Protect The Innocent, experimental performance event by The Necessary Stage, Singapore, 2000.

Tachikawa International Art Festival (Artist-in-Residence and Panel Speaker), Tokyo, Japan, 2000.

7th Havana Biennial, Havana, Cuba, 2000.

Friday Event (Co-organizer and Speaker), a series of public forum on Contemporary Arts & Culture in Singapore, The Substation, Singapore, 1999 - 2000.

The First Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale (Artist-in-Residence, Workshop and Panel Speaker), Fukuoka, Japan, 1999.

Rand Festival, Austria, 1999.

The Third Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (Panel Speaker in Brisbane, Canberra and Sydney), Queensland, Australia, 1999.

Women about Women (Curator, Organizer and Participant), Multi-media collaborative event with Singapore International Film Festival and Singapore Art Museum (SAM), Singapore, 1998.

Artists Unlimited (Artist-in-Residence), Bielefeld, Germany, 1998.

Womanifesto (Participant of exhibition and Speaker of Women & Art forum), an international womens art exchange in Bangkok, Thailand, 1997.

Cleveland International Performance Art Festival, Cleveland, USA, 1997.

Nippon International Performance Art Festival, Tokyo, Nagano, Japan, 1996.

Rapport, Singapore International Art Festival, traveling exchange exhibition, Singapore, Melbourne, Canberra and Brisbane, 1996.

Artists Project (Organizer and Participant), an interdisciplinary experimental collaborative project (filmmaker, writer, lighting designer, installation and performance artists), presented at Raw Theatre, The Substation, Singapore, 1994.

The 3rd Artists Regional Exchange (3rd ARX), Perth, Australia, 1992.



Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art), Curtin University of Technology, Western Australia.

Research on Womens Liberation Movement and Feminist Art, Central St Martins College of Arts and Design, United Kingdom.

Diploma in Print-making, Lasalle School of Art, Singapore.