Nanyang Academy Of Fine Arts

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Nanyang Academy Of Fine Arts, Singapore Overview

Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts or more famously NAFA is one of the most prestigious schools for Arts in Singapore. Established in 1938, the well-reputed academy is spread across four campuses which are within walking distance from each other. Aside from its quality education and diverse curriculum, the Academy is well known for its various galleries and numerous events they hold in a year. NAFA is extraordinarily active and engrossed in the art industry and provides an art space for many young minds. These galleries and exhibits are often open for public visitation and are highly recommended for those with interest in the Arts.

The NAFA art festival is one such vibrant, social event that is held by the Academy on an annual basis. Its debut in 2003 as a cultural festival was an enormous success. The festival includes various performances, competitions, workshops and installations that are the product of strenuous hard work. The festival is a great way to explore and understand various forms of art and broaden your understanding of the tricky subject. NAFA also holds an annual charity event called 'Arts from the Heart' that involves all 23 member clubs of the Academy. The event is extremely interactive and not only do all attendees have a ball of time but the money raised is also donated to charities such as the National Kidney Foundation, Down Syndrome Association and the Asian Women's Welfare Association. Aside from this the talented students also get tons of exposure as they perform and showcase their art in a public setting.

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NAFA has a large collection of a variety of art pieces by established as well as up and coming artists. The collection of NAFA is spread across all art forms. Some of these collections include works by-

Hong Sek Chern
A former student at NAFA, Hong Sek Chern, is the recipient of the Young Artist Award from the National Arts Council in 2000. She is known for her experimentation in Chinese ink and stylistic interpretations of Singapore urban landscapes. One of Hongs works (16 Cantonment Road) poses the question- "When we are faced with troubles do we see despair or hope?" This along with "Once there was a mountain", which portrays her experimentation in 3D ink painting, are marked as one of her famous works. NAFA acquired these works in 2017 and proudly display them in their diverse collection

Low Hai Hong
This is another NAFA alumnus known for his oil work who worked for the pioneer artist Georgette Chen and is exceptionally talented in his field. "Night at Pont Marie" is the work acquired by NAFA and beautifully captures the emotions the artist is trying to put across through its colouring.

NAFA has acquired a vast amount of such upscale and highly detailed work by Nyan Soe, Deng Qi Chang, Holene and many others.

Debuted in 2004, the galleries of NAFA focus on a more international outlook and feature student graduation shows and academy-wide or departmental projects. The beautifully artistic galleries combine both conventional and new media and intertwine them in a way that makes it mesmerising. The galleries also showcase works by the older generations that are tied to NAFA's history and heritage.

The exhibits held by the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts are not only a means of great exposure for students but also a way for the public to explore and understand the innovative ideas of the younger generations. Some of the exhibits held at NAFA in the previous years are-

Acquisitions: Building The NAFA Collection
The exhibition beautifully portrays the timelessness of art as it features over 40 works spanned 6 years. The exhibit showcases works of exemplary artists and alumni such as Boo Sze Yang, Syamil Dasuki and Cheah Thein Soong. The works display a great deal of culture throughout the years as well as the artist's evolution through the years.

Sculpture At NAFA
The small emerging community of sculptors contributes to this exhibit through their unique portrayals of emotions, thoughts and social issues. The sculptures are highly individual forms of expression and yet express concerns that are common to almost all societies. These artists are, therefore, also influencers in not only the society in Singapore but abroad as well.

Other exhibits include the Photomakers of NAFA, Art and Alchemy, Black and White and many more of such unique ideas.

Closest bus stations to NAFA are Bencoolen Station, Middle Road- Sunshine Plaza and V Hotel- Bencoolen Bay.

The closest MRT station is Bugis Station or Dhobi Ghaut Station.

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