The resistance to the rapid gentrification and homogenization of the built environment has led to the thinning out of culture, sense of community and identity. As a result, the notions of place and placemaking emerged as resultant approaches in disciplines of architecture, urban planning, and social sciences, amongst others. In short, placemaking connects people and place. While place is seen as a product, placemaking is a process involving interdisciplinary, entrepreneurial, innovative and creative approaches towards a “cause”. This session “Designing for Placemaking” discussed creating place and placemaking, connecting innovation and creativity, management, impact, and value. The session brought together a panel of emerging placemakers from an architectural background, convened and moderated by Associate Professor Dr Veronica Ng from Taylor’s University.
Saturday, Nov. 27th 10am – 12pm KL
Images courtesy: Lee Cherng Yih: Shin Tseng, Wendy Teo
Exploration of visual art practises from the perspectives of internationally renowned artist, Brenda Croft, who is also a curator and academic and established curator, museum director and now independent advisor, Kelly Gellatly. This segment provided tips on and insights into exhibition viewings; development of creative projects; engagement with museums and other collections; biennial projects and more. “A true artist is not one who is inspired, but the one who inspires others”. Salvador Dali
Exploring the portfolios of famed curator, Rachel Smith and seventh generation jeweller, Krishna Choudhary, this Luminary segment celebrated diversity in creating - whether such be through the shaping of gems into art jewellery designs, paintings, ceramics, furniture and more – all of which can enhance quality lifestyle through viewing and appreciation. Both Luminaries discussed individual creative projects and collaborations, the effectiveness of presentation, lessons to learn and share as well as of course, objects of beauty.
Sunday, Nov. 28th , 5pm - 6:30pm KL
Images courtesy: Rachel Smith and Krishna Choudhary
“Since its inception in 2016, GWKL has emerged as an important platform for critical dialogues on modern and contemporary art in Southeast Asia. At a moment in time when much of the world grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic, GWKL has staked a claim for solidarity amongst peers by enabling conversations that attempt to make sense of this new world that has been thrust upon us. ”
Shabbir Hussain Mustafa Senior Curator, National Gallery Singapore and Singapore Art Museum