The Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre works with local artists to depict their interpretation of our ever-evolving Chinese Singaporean culture through their artworks. These artworks are featured in our monthly electronic direct mailer with the Cultural Centre’s updates and also on social media platforms. Follow us today to find out more.

Calligraphy forms the cornerstone of traditional Chinese culture. Drawing inspiration from its pictorial nature and also decoration panels found in local shophouses, calligraphy artist Malik Bin Mazlan and concept designer Lim Hang Kwong collaboratively explore the artistic potential of calligraphy in this banner artwork. While rooted in tradition with the use of varied calligraphy styles including seal script 篆書, clerical script 隶书 and walking script 行书, the artwork with its pictorial expression and bold colours also reflects the dynamism and vibrancy of the culture.

The four illustrated symbols are specially selected to allude to the upcoming Mid-Autumn celebrations in September, where one can look forward to moon gazing with lanterns in hand, pairing tea with mooncakes and pomelos, and be serenaded with melodious tunes alongside their family and friends.

In sharing his interpretation of what it means to keep our #CultureAlive, local urban artist Anthony Chong (ANTZ) steered away from his well-recognised depictions of the Monkey King with a fresh and playful touch, inspired by the vigour and vitality of youths. The Big Head Doll expresses a celebratory spirit while The Carp (that Jumped over the Dragon Gate) epitomises his hope for the younger generation to persevere and find success.

Lee Xin Li, is an architecture graduate from the National University of Singapore. A fan of Herge’s Adventures of Tin Tin as well as Guy Delisle’s travel chronicles, Xin Li blends these interests with his greatest inspiration — the sights and sounds that one experiences during Chinese New Year while visiting relatives. Xin Li hope this artwork will deepen appreciation for the local flavours and multicultural landscape that makes spending Chinese New Year in Singapore special.

This playful landscape is created by artist Tobyato (Toby Tan), showcasing his favourite elements from Chinese Singaporean culture. His illustration uses the blue-and-white colour scheme of Chinese porcelain, and features local icons such as pagodas at the Chinese Garden, the now-defunct dragon head of Haw Par Villa and various traditional Chinese dishes. Try to identify some of these items at our SINGAPO exhibition!

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