Group exhibition featuring: Daniel Chong, Zestro Leow, Huijun Lu, Joanne Pang, Fajrina Razak, Joel Seow, Desiree Tham, Dan Wong, Kester Wong, Denise Yap

Curated by Deborah Lim

Exhibition Dates: 24 November – 21 December 2018
Opening Night: 24 November, 19:00 - 21:00

UNTAPPED is an annual series presented by the not-for-profit Visual Arts Development Association (VADA) supported by Chan + Hori Contemporary, that invites artists to submit artwork proposals for participation in a group exhibition, within the Chan + Hori gallery space.

The goal of UNTAPPED is to establish support networks and offer a platform for local artists at the crucial early stages of their careers. Artists with up to four years of experience and practice were invited to apply and a jury selected 10 artists for the exhibition.

The feature that sets UNTAPPED apart from other emerging artist programmes is its close collaboration with arts patrons. Local patrons provide upfront funding for the project. In return, each patron is able to collect one artwork from the exhibition - which means that over one-third of the artworks shown by these young artists will automatically be acquired by established art patrons. This initiative moves beyond general exposure and connects artists directly with individuals who actively support the visual arts in Singapore.

For 2018, the UNTAPPED Advisory Committee comprised:

  • Michelle Ho, Curator, ADM Gallery & Assistant Director, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

  • Martin Constable, Assistant Professor, The Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Vietnam

  • Adeline Kueh, Senior Lecturer, LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore

About VADA

The Visual Arts Development Association (Singapore) (VADA) was conceived in response to the growing need for an independent, not-for-profit arts organisation to service the needs of the burgeoning Singapore visual arts industry. VADA's in-built capability allows it to take the lead in developing platforms and opportunities for those individuals who will represent Singapore nationally and internationally in the visual arts.

VADA programmes are intended as “incubator initiatives” designed to identify and cultivate artistic and curatorial talent by providing developing arts practitioners both the exposure and practical experience required to establish sustainable careers in the arts. All programmes include presentation and sharing components, from exhibition and blogs, to publications and talks, artists and curators have opportunities to present their work to private and industry audiences as well as the community-at-large. For more information on VADA or UNTAPPED visit: www.vada.org.sg.

About the Artists

Daniel Chong (b. 1995, Singapore) is a young artist working primarily in the field of sculpture. His solo exhibitions include To touch on tension at Supernormal in Singapore (2018) and juvenescence; now at Linea de Costa in Rota, Spain (2016). His works have been featured in group exhibitions such as RAID at the Tiong Bahru Air Raid Shelter in Singapore (2018); You’re Reading Into It at Vane Gallery in the United Kingdom (2017) and MANPOWER Festival 2016 in Portugal (2016).

Zestro Leow (b. 1994, Singapore) graduated with a Diploma in Fine Art (Ceramics) from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore. Selected exhibitions include the Artist & Designer Collaboration Project: Featured Artist with H. Arts Collective at L’armoire, Mandarin Gallery in Singapore (2018); Of Human Heritage at Art Spice Gallery, New Delhi, India (2018) and the 3rd Taiwan International Miniature Sculpture Exhibition at Bo-Ai Gallery, National Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall in Taipei, Taiwan (2017).

Lu Huijun (b. 1994, Singapore) received a degree in Fine Art (1st Class Honours) from Goldsmiths, University of London. Selected exhibitions include Rumble to the Core at Deptford Cinema in London (2018); NON DUAL presents: Project OneTake performance & film at Hoxton Cabin in London (2017); Flo and Friends at The White Hart in London (2017) and Spring Roll-Call at The Morgue in London (2017).

Joanne Pang (b. 1986, Singapore) garnered a Master of Fine Arts from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Art in Copenhagen, Denmark. Selected solo exhibitions include Sulphuric Memory at Supernormal Gallery in Singapore (2018); Echo at M4 Gastatelier, Amsterdam in The Netherlands (2015) and Come Closer at Visu Gallery in Kokkola, Finland (2014). She received the Established Artist Category (Singapore) Gold Award at the 37th UOB Painting of the Year Award in 2018.  

Fajrina Razak (b. 1989, Singapore) holds a Diploma in Fine Art from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore. Selected exhibitions include Imago Mundi 3 Nation Show at the HULO Hotel & Gallery in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2018); Kontemporari 2017 at ION Art Gallery in Singapore (2017); Singapore Arts Federation 50th Anniversary Art Exhibition at the China Cultural Centre in Singapore (2017) and Beyond the Surface, part of Singapore Art Week 2016 at Galeri Utama, The Foothills, Singapore (2016).

Joel Seow (b. 1997, Singapore) has participated in several exhibitions such as the Singapore Youth Festival Art Exhibition 2016 at The Arts House in Singapore (2016) and the Singapore Youth Festival Art Exhibition 2014 at LASALLE College of the Arts in Singapore (2014). He was awarded the Raffles Diploma - Merit in Art & Aesthetics in 2015 and emerged first in his cohort for the Raffles Institution Art Elective Programme Prize in 2013 and 2012.

Desiree Tham (b. 1992, Singapore) received her Bachelor of Arts (Fine Arts) [Honours] from LASALLE College of the Arts in Singapore. Selected exhibitions include I.D. (The Body’s Still Warm) at 42 Cambridge Road in Singapore (2018); iLight Marina Bay 2018 in Singapore (2018) and Loading…Please Wait at LASALLE College of the Arts in Singapore (2018).

Dan Wong (b. 1983, Singapore) graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of Art, Design and Media at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. Selected exhibitions include Auguries of Modern Innocence at The Arts House in Singapore (2018); Singawhore: A Good Citizen Solo Exhibition at Artblovk in Singapore (2017) and Of Cuckoos and Sparrows at DECK in Singapore (2016). His work is held in private collections in Singapore and Germany.

Kester Wong (b. 1998, Singapore) was part of the International Baccalaureate Career-Related Programme offered by the School of the Arts in Singapore. Selected exhibitions include the Singapore Night Festival at School of the Arts in Singapore (2016); Herein Lies at the School of the Arts in Singapore (2016) and In Between at the Waterloo Arts Centre in Singapore (2015).

Denise Yap (b. 1998, Singapore) holds a Bachelor in Fine Art from LASALLE College of the Arts in Singapore. Selected exhibitions include Loading…Please Wait at Alliance Francaise in Singapore (2018); Wanderlust at the LASALLE College of the Arts in Singapore (2017) and ANOMALO(US) at LASALLE College of the Arts in Singapore (2017).