Round-up of Hearth Art Space 2.0

Following the inaugural run of Hearth art space in September 2020, we launched our second instalment this year from February to March. The aim of Hearth was to share the value of our office space in Gillman Barracks with the art community. We selected 7 projects from an open call and were especially thrilled to be able to support several collaborative projects that were organised by young emerging artists.

Geology of Memory by Hélène Le Chatelier

Our first artist kicking off the second edition was Hélène Le Chatelier, a French artist based in Singapore. She held a solo exhibition Geology of Memory, which focused on creating abstract territories and landscapes evoking fragmented views and reflections of the inner-self, while exploring the influence of memory and social context on intimate spaces. Through a variety of mediums, the artist questioned revisiting our memories. In her hands, paper became a material to be sculpted, while paintings on smooth and flat canvases created an illusion of the relief.

Left: Green Zeng. Right: Sun Yat-Sen: 3 Principles (Chinese School Lesson), 2021

We then shared our space with local artist Green Zeng for his retrospective Notes for the Future, which showcased a selection of prints, paintings, video installations and films he created in the past 10 years. The exhibition was organised in conjunction the launch of a book containing essays by curators and writers Ho Rui An, Adam Knee, Lim Cheng Tju, Lawrence Chin, Sam I-Shan and Eva McGovern, which celebrates Zeng’s milestone in the art scene as he looks forward to making more art in the future.

I really appreciate the generous support and help, as it was increasingly difficult for independent artists to find a space to exhibit their projects. Your support of space also greatly helped to reduce my financial pressure and allowed me to focus on what really matters - putting up a good exhibition.“ - Green Zeng

Joshua Tan

Our third artist, Joshua Tan, is an art psychotherapist and self-identified “third culture kid”. He used the space as an open studio to explore loss, hope, and liminal states in a project entitled Lost in Transition. This project invited visitors to take part in collaborative paper making, where they were encouraged to bring their own materials to repurpose and through the process engage in meaningful conversations with the artists and other participants. Joshua shared a story of a visitor who came to turn his old examination certificates into paper pulp, hoping to finally let go of what seemed to be important many years ago but might not be as valuable now.

The value of a space like HEARTH is priceless. As therapists, we often talk about having the importance of having a safe space for oneself, especially in times of duress or transition. HEARTH provides a crucial space to make art, and the firm permission to create in a time of so much uncertainty.” - Joshua Tan