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Social Responsibility

Imagine a world without colours.

I cannot imagine living without imagination, for I dream everyday, of the clothes i'd like to design, the art I'd like to make & the people I love, amongst a myriad of many other things in different shapes, forms & colours.

As part of our lifestyles, we should not forget to look around us & give our attention to those who need it, making a caring & sharing society.

Art, fashion, photography, the beauty of everything that appeals to my sense of sight in the realm of visual aesthetics form a large part of making life worth living to me. I feel deeply saddened for those who were born without sight and others who have lost it. Yet, their courage to face darkness every day & night have inspired me as much.

It is the simple things in life we must give thanks for, above all the other privileges that we enjoy.

I donated an old artwork (shown below here) I did a decade ago while i was in college, entitled: Playground of Your Imagination, to the Singapore Association of the Visually Handicapped (SAVH) last year. As with all my other completed artworks done by hand, sent for framing & presented to friends as gifts, it is my habit to give away art, for its value lies in being appreciated, not kept locked away in secret. With the launch of my website & its lifestyle section, SAVH is the first non-profit organisation I am featuring here, on this page about Social Responsibility.

With the permission of SAVH to raise funds for its operations, the artwork I had donated is available for purchase. Keen prospective buyers are welcome to contact me for further information. 80% of proceeds will go directly to SAVH & 20% for the maintenance of my upcoming Social Responsibility Programs with SAVH & other charities.

 
Description: An undersea carnival with creatures of the deep as subjects of the fairground & 3 female statues in representation of 3 different conditions: on the left, she refuses to open her eyes to observe what's going on around her, in the centre, she wants to see, but can't see, although she can feel the kiss from the fish carriage on her right cheek, & on the right, she sees with a smile & tears. Applied directly with the brush & palette knife spontaneously using oil paints & gel impasto, textures are created as the surface layer, while acrylic paint was used as the base layer. Framed without glass to preserve the visual tactile quality of the raw paint on hard canvas board.

Price: SGD $8000
Title: Playground of Your Imagination
Year: 2000
Medium: Acrylic & Oil on Canvas Board
Size: Approximately 80cm (width) x 50cm (height)
Frame: Gold coated wood with blue painted border, without glass

Brief Profile of the Singapore Association of the Visually Handicapped (SAVH)

The Singapore Association of the Visually Handicapped (SAVH), formerly known as the Singapore Association for the Blind (SAB), is the national voluntary welfare organisation that serves and provides comprehensive rehabilitation services to the visually impaired. SAVH is founded on 6th November 1951 and is affiliated with the National Council of Social Service (NCSS) and is an approved Institution of Public Character (IPC).

SAVH serves Singapore citizens and permanent residents of all age groups who must be certified with low vision (partial sight) or blind by an eye specialist or ophthalmologist. This includes people who are born blind as well as those who have lost their vision through accidents, illnesses or ageing.

SAVH has over 3,200 registered clients ranging from infants to the elderly and has been providing these clients with eye care, rehabilitation, training, counselling, jobs and a place to belong to.

SAVH's mission is 'To help the visually handicapped help themselves' and it has a vision, ‘To promote the needs, interests and aspirations of the visually impaired’.

Services for Visually Impaired Clients:

  • Low Vision Clinic
  • Satellite Low Vision Clinic
  • Skills Development Programme
  • Mobile Massage Team 
  • HOPE Café
  • Touch Art Studio
  • Car Washing
  • Dining In The Dark
  • Telemarketing/Telephone Operator
  • Vision Rehabilitation Programme 
  • Orientation & Mobility Training
  • Activities of Daily Living Skills Training
  • Environment/Home Modifications
  • Sighted Guide Techniques
  • Caregiver Training
  • Accessibility
  • Assistive Devices Centre
  • Braille Production Unit
  • Audio Production & Library
  • Advocacy
  • Social Work
  • White Cane Club  
  • Therapeutic, Social Recreational Activities

Contact Information:

Singapore Association of the Visually Handicapped (SAVH)
47 Toa Payoh Rise Singapore 298104
Tel. +65-6251 4331        Fax. +65-6253 7191    
Website: www.savh.org.sg