Sunday, 29 June 2008

Sing a song of Singapore











Well, we’ve done it. Our first exhibition in a foreign country curated by us. With works consigned and artists attending. In fact the first one in Asia and notable for the quality of the work curated painstakingly over six months. It's a beacon among so many firsts in this ten-year celebration of Warmun Art Centre’s inception. And we have half-a-dozen works at the Australian High Commission for Naidoc Week, too.
The best part? The artists say the Singapore Flyer and the Night Safari. For me, many highs. After the dust and heat of Warmun, I soaked up each little luxury and treat the city offered me. A tailor-made silk suit and cheongsam? Tick. Eyebrows threaded? Tick. King-size bed in a fine woods–detailed apartment? Tick. Long macchiato? Tick. And so it went – driving in gallerist Giorgio Pilla’s Mazerati. Visiting the Singapore Tyler Print Institute. Eating Indian in Little India, Chinese in Chinatown, Italian at the base of the Flyer. Talking books, music and pop culture with Giorgio and ReDot Gallery Manager Caroline Steger.
We had three school presentations booked. The first was 24 French four-year-olds in the gallery. Miraculous that none fell into the central feature, a rectangular fish pond.
The schools are all chockers, with waiting lists of 1000 or so. Expats send their children to American, Australian and French schools, so we visited the Oz and US kids and presented Warmun ochres, stories and culture.