Kwan Shan Mei: Drawing from the Heart Exhibition

Kwan Shan Mei: Drawing from the Heart Exhibition
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4 October to 11 November 2018
10am to 8pm daily


SCCC Resource Centre, Level 6

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In conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the Singapore Book Council, the Asian Festival of Children’s Content celebrates the life and work of the late children’s books illustration pioneer, Kwan Shan Mei 关山美 (1922-2012). The Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre is delighted to host an exhibition to showcase a selection of her books and drawings provided by her family.

Kwan Shan Mei came to Singapore in 1963 to be the Chief Artist for Far Eastern Publishers and later on, she joined the Educational Publications Bureau. She made her name illustrating the 24 readers published under the Primary Pilot Project (1971—73) by Ministry of Education.

Madam Kwan was the recipient of the inaugural NBDCS Book Awards in 1976 for children’s books. The citation extols her illustrations for the Moongate Collection of Folktales from The Orient series as having the ability to be “as lively and full of action or soft and dreamlike as the story dictates”.

Madam Kwan is also popularly known as the artist of the highly regarded children series, The Adventures of Mooty the Mouse. Her drawings have graced many a cover and interiors of the school textbooks of the 70s and 80s. She had taught for many years at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts before retiring in Vancouver, Canada.

The exhibition Is co-curated by Lim Cheng Tju. Special thanks to Wendy Toh, Oscar Ng Hwee Leng and the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts for making this exhibition possible.

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