This website initially belonged to the Art House in Singapore. The Arts House is an arts and heritage venue; which was opened in March 2004 and opens doors to visitors who love to get inspired by arts and want to get connected to the various works of arts or with the artistes themselves or art organizations. However, the venue of the heritage center is located in what used be a parliaments house before and is managed by Old Parliament House Limited.
The center offers a diverse mix of contemporary visual and performing arts, encompassing music, theatre as well as dance, visual art and fashion design; a film program that blends works of Asian film-makers with foreign art house films; and entertaining menu of cabarets, improvisational theatre; along with themed parties. Activities extend outdoors with street theatre, outdoor concerts and visual arts markets.
The Center has Several Arts Galleries:
Photo Arts gallery
Come into close encounter with some of finest photographers and painters in Singapore; and the region as you enter The Art House. The Photo Gallery occupies the front corridor, just before entry into the foyer/ box office.
Take a walk down memory lane with old film posters and memorabilia of Singapore’s screen history in our Film Gallery situated on the inner corridor of the ground floor of the main building.
The iron bars on the one side of this corridor are indeed jail-bars; a reminder of a time the building was a Court House, with lock-ups for criminals.
There is also the print gallery, artist’s room, play den etc.
Corridor of time Arts exhibit
The history of the Old Parliament House is retold in the Corridors of Time; an elegantly; designed contemporary exhibition; which traces the building’s earliest use as a court house to its function as Parliament House. More importantly, the exhibit celebrates the space that was witness to the development of Singapore’s legislative system and its Constitution; as well as its birth and growth of nationhood.
The Arts exhibit is divided into:
- The House that Maxwell Built
- George Drumgold Coleman and his legacy
- History of the Court
- The History of the Legislature
The story of the House would not be complete without the key people who had worked in it. It played a role in the justice, administration and parliamentary proceedings of Singapore.
The exhibit features 33 personalities; recorders, chief justices and speakers who worked in the House. The accomplishments of each personality are presented on lighted poster boards in retractable frames in the central tower section.
The Corridor of Time exhibit was developed in consultation with National Heritage Board.
Project Manager: Uma Devi, Red Arrow Consulting
Researcher / Historian: Dr Kevin Tan
Curator: Lindy Poh
More information about the events, festivals, opening hours; as well as information about memberships of the center, bookings and guided tours of the arts gallery; can be found on the new website of the center here.
I’ve decided to recreate this website. However, I will be publishing content pertaining to the roles of arts culture in shaping the lives of human beings. Already there are some interesting posts that I have published. With that said, I will be adding more in days to come. Click on the below topics to access the posts…
A Journey of Hope
There is always anxiety, fear and trepidation when you feel that your future is at stake. That was my case when I was diagnosed with Stage IIA breast cancer in 2007. I had gone for my routine mammogram session. The least I could expect was that I would be a victim. It is always difficult to take in and accept such sad news; which makes your future so uncertain.
The attendant who was conducting the mammogram suggested something about further imaging tests after the mammogram. Whatever that meant, I decided to undergo the ‘further tests’. Be that as it may, I underwent an ultrasound imaging tests whose results indicated that I may be a victim of breast cancer. However, the results we not conclusive and further test were needed to ascertain of indeed I had breast cancer.
I was 49 then and still working
Being a widow and a mother of two lovely kids, I didn’t know how to handle the situation. ‘How would I break the news to my kids?’; there were so many questions in my mind. I decided to go mum about the whole issue until I had a confirmation after my appointment for further tests; which were scheduled two days from the mammogram day. Despite that, I had this feeling that I would be a victim after losing my aunt to breast cancer several years back.
When a Fine Needle Aspiration Biopsy was finally conducted, the results of the sample were positive; I was a victim. The news really shocked me. I didn’t know the next step that I was supposed to take. However, I decided to talk to the physician whop advised on a lumpectomy because the tumor hadn’t spread much. I needed time to think about all that. I needed more advice about the whole issue.
Prognosis for Helped me Make my Decision
The physician advised me to undergo a prognosis; which would help me determine the extent of the disease and help me make a wise decision about my treatment options. According to the physician, prognosis isn’t something that a weak person may take. You have to endure a lot of anxiety and uncertainty as you try to gauge the extent of the damage that the tumor may have impacted. Along with the survival chances that you have; it is like being told that you are going to be sacrificed tomorrow.
However, the prognosis tests were conducted and luckily; they determined that I had a high chance of surviving the disease though we needn’t rule anything out. The disease was not invasive and I had a negative HER2 that was quiet promising was also ER-; which meant that the cancer had no receptors within the cells could bind to estrogen hormone and stimulate faster growth of the cancer. This was good news to me.
Breaking the news to my kids
However, after I was talking to the health specialist as well as friends, I decide to undergo a lumpectomy; which was successful. Nevertheless, I had two lymph nodes removed and after checking back with the hospital a week later everything was ‘fine’. The health specialist recommended me to stay healthy by sticking to a specific meal program, and let me tell you, it was delicious.
But maybe not as fine as I presumed. After about six months, I decided to have another tests to be on the safe side. Too bad, I still had tumor. But now on my left breast. Although, I didn’t know what was happening. I went to my former physician and he too couldn’t clearly explain what could have led to the occurrence except for some medical jargon that he fed me with. Everything seemed complicated and I decided to take an earlier retirement so that I could focus on my medication and my life. Therefore, I wanted some time to think about all this.
Giving Back to the Community
By this time, I had joined a local cancer support group my home town and I interacted with many cancer victims and survivors. Therefore, I was ready for chemotherapy and radiation therapy no matter how much it could be traumatizing. I underwent chemo for 9 months; twice per months. After chemo I underwent daily radiation for 6 days. After about a month, I went for further tests and the disease was gone.
I didn’t know how to give back to all those who supported me through the traumatizing journey. There were a lot of people who were with me through all that I underwent; my kids, co-workers, friends, church members and so many others.
During my free time when I was undergoing my treatment
Nonetheless, I used to frequent a local public theater; so which would help me in getting lost in another world where I didn’t have to think about the treatments or anything stressful. Now that I was healed and looking for an opportunity to give back to the immense support that I had received, I chose to support the place.
However, I met with the management whom I knew form the neighborhood and pledged to give my donation to help renovate the place. That way, I knew that I would at least be at a position to help support the development and growth of local talent.
Click here to check out the first article about Music, Mentorship Skills and Activities at Various Galleries.