Art at Changi Airport an ‘avenue for expression to persons with disabilities’
A display of locally created art is to be displayed through Changi Airport to encourage visitors to view the artists as ‘people who are so much more than just their disabilities’.
To give space and an avenue for expression to Persons with Disabilities – that’s the aim of the Changi Inspires Art Fair by Changi Airport Group (CAG). This new initiative hopes to raise awareness of the talents and gifts of outstanding artists from five organisations – Cerebral Palsy Alliance Singapore, Metta Welfare Association, Pathlight School, TOUCH Community Services and Very Special Arts Singapore.
Held from 3rd to 12th August 2018 at Terminal 3’s Departure Hall, the art fair exhibits about 30 art pieces including batik art, watercolour paintings and photographs with special features of familiar Singapore icons. The first-of-its-kind exhibition by CAG also includes art works of the Changi Tower, Terminal 4 Heritage Zone and even the airport’s very own bougainvillea species.
Justina Tan, Managing Director, People at Changi Airport Group said: “Through this public showcase of art, we hope to raise awareness for the talents and capabilities of Persons with Disabilities, inspire openness and inclusivity among our airport visitors, and provide a platform of affirmation for these talented artists. Many of the featured artists are youths, and this initiative reinforces our support for disadvantaged youths – the social cause championed by Changi Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Changi Airport Group.”
Tan Chuan-Jin, Speaker of Parliament added: “This art fair encourages us to look at people differently. Through the art displays and write ups, we get to know the artists as people who are so much more than just their disabilities. They too have aspirations, dreams and talents and seek to live a fulfilling life. We should embrace inclusivity and caring in our thoughts and action towards all in our society. Changi Airport is known for its comfort, modernity and efficiency. It’s a global symbol we are proud of. I’d like to see Changi Airport also being known for a big heart. Hence, it is very encouraging to see Changi Airport embracing inclusiveness and we are discussing with them on what more we can do together.”
All art works exhibited at the art fair are available for purchase. Besides the art fair, the organisations are also retailing handmade items produced by their artists at a Handicraft Fair held between 3 and 5 August 2018. To show support to Persons with Disabilities and the pursuit of their artistic dreams, members of the public can pen down words of kindness and encouragement for the artists on a SG Cares paper heart which will be featured on a colourful 3D heart-shaped structure.