Research Initiatives and Commissions

 

Activating a space for social engagement and cultural sustainability – The experience of community theatre for seniors in Singapore (2011)

Research and report for the National Arts Council involving interviews with 10 seniors from the Theatre For Seniors programme by the Necessary Stage.

 

Report on Visual Art Programme for 11 Normal Technical Students from East Spring Secondary school who are part of Children‐at‐risk‐empowerment Association (CARE) for the National Arts Council (2011)

 

Article on evaluating the impact of Habits of Mind for NorthLight School’s Aesthetics programme (2008)

 

Commissioned study on Creative Dance effects on patients with dementia together with Arts Fission and SGH dept of Neurology (Private commission)

 

Commissioned study on the needs of the elderly and the role of participatory art practices in Singapore (2014) by the National Arts Council.

 

Research consultant for research documentation and evaluation for A is for Art programme by the Asian Civilisations Museum.

 

Spearheading collaboration with Community Psycho-Geriatric Programme  team at Changi General Hospital & the Alzhimer’s Diesease Association  to conduct further studies on the effect of creative movement on patients with dementia. (2014 onwards).

Lead research and writer on a Person-centered Approach to Arts Practices with Communities, commissioned by the National Arts Council. (2016-2018)

Lead researcher on a community music programme by the Japan Century Symphony Orchestra in Osaka, Japan, with an American psychologist and Japanese academic. (2019-2020)

Researcher for the National Gallery Singapore on two of Gallery Signs tours and Dialect Tours (2019). Completed papers are entitled:

  • The Significance of the Chinese Dialect Tours (Children’s Biennale edition) 2019 at the National Gallery Singapore, based on the Person-centered framework for Arts Practices with the Communities.

  • The Significance of the Gallery Signs Tours at the National Gallery Singapore, based on the Person-centered framework for Arts Practices with the Communities.

 

Lead researcher on ‘A Decade of Theatre for Seniors by The Necessary Stage’, supported by the National Arts Council (2019 onwards)

 

Research Consultancy

 

Research consultant with Singapore Teachers Academy for the aRts for their ‘Arts pedagogical Research (Art) 2014 Training Programme with

  • Gan Eng Seng Sec School – “Studio Thinking as observed in Lower Secondary Art: harnessing patterns of learning to effect habits of mind.”

  •    2. First Toa Payoh Secondary School – “Building 21CC Skills through Stop-motion Animation”

 

Research consultant with Singapore Teachers Academy for the aRts for their ‘Arts pedagogical Research (Art) 2015 Training Programme with

  • Bedok Green Secondary School – “How does Experiential Learning through Museum Education influence students’ Engagement Level in Art”

  • Fernvale Primary School– “Developing Art Appreciation Skills in Pupils”

  • Woodlands Primary School – “Investigating how learning through inquiry in art helps develop students’ critical and inventive thinking skills”

  • Jingshan Primary School – “Implementing Artful Thinking in a Primary School in Singapore- An Exploratory Case Study”

  • Hong Wen School – “How does collaborative learning promote positive relationships in Programme for Active Learning (PAL) Visual Arts lessons?"

Research consultant with Singapore Teachers Academy for the aRts for their ‘Arts pedagogical Research (Art) 2016 Training Programme with

  • National Junior College – “Enhancing students’ museum education through facilitation”

  • Mee Toh Primary School – “Developing Positive Habits of Mind in Primary School Students Through Teacher's Disposition; A Studio Thinking Perspective”

  • Woodgrove Primary School –“ Investigation Portfolio Assessment through Design Thinking”.  

Conference director

  • Symposium Director for 1st symposium on Community Cultural Development in Singapore: Practices and Possibilities @ the Singapore Polytechnic. 17-18th Sept 2012

  • Forum director for CCD Forum 2014 on Reform, Conform or Counter-Culture: Community Agendas in the Business of the Arts @ Aliwal Arts Centre 12 Sept 2014

  • Symposium Director for CCD Symposium 2016: The Art Of Anti-Exclusion. 6 foreign artists and 6 local artists presenting at the Goodman Arts Centre, 5 & 6th Sept 2016.

Thesis Supervisor

  • Tan Han Wei Brendan (Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Arts Management 2012, Lasalle College of Arts) on ‘Community Engagement Arts In Singapore – The Exploration Of Stakeholders And Methodologies Employed In Visual Arts Models’. 

  • Lee Wee Yan (Masters of Arts, Asian Art Histories, Lasalle College of Arts 2015) on ‘A psychoanalytic investigation of Jimmy Ong’s drawings: Crisis in subjectivity in heteronormative Singapore’.

  • Syed Ibrahim (Masters in Arts Pedagogies and Practices 2018) on ‘The Impact of community drumming with communities”

  • Amanda Ling (Masters in Arts Pedagogies and Practices 2020) on “Exploring Sound Healing and of it Affects Healing”.