Call for Community Partners

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Participate In Design (P!D) is inviting 3 community partners to join Arts @ MacPherson to create a series of art interventions which aims to create delight in everyday experiences through pops of unexpected art around the neighbourhood. We wrapped up our first season of the initiative in March 2019 and are excited to get started again with another batch of artists and community partners!

By bringing in community partners and artists to work alongside beneficiaries to build art interventions in the public spaces of MacPherson, we hope to enhance the hidden gems of the neighbourhood for the residents.

What is a Community Partner? A Community Partner is an important community node in the neighbourhood that works together with the residents.

 

Creating delight in everyday neighbourhood experiences through pops of unexpected art co-created by residents of MacPherson

 
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What can you expect?

 
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Community partners will work in collaboration with Participate in Design on the arts interventions. Each community partner will be paired up with an artist to create an art intervention together.

The cost of this project is completely funded by the National Arts Council and Participate in Design.

What do past community partners say about Arts @ MacPherson?

 
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Want to know what past community partners thought of the initiative? See below for some highlights and quotes from the community partners themselves!

Last year, Arts @ MacPherson partnered with The Love-Aid Project, Brighton Student Connection Care Centre, and Geylang East Home for the Aged. The initiative is by National Arts Council, organised by Participate in Design, and is supported by MacPherson CCC.

 

Reunion Dinner by Artist Cheryl Teo in partnership with Geylang East Home for the Aged

"Through just a few sessions of artmaking, these people who were once strangers were now talking to one another and building bonds. This is how you build inclusivity in a community and enhance the relationships within."

- Jonathan Sim, Community Partner

 
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Happy Streets by ArtSolute in partnership with MacPherson CCC

"The arts is for me is always trying to break the boundaries and pushing it to something different and something new, to open up eyes and people will take notice."

- Monish Peswani, Initiative Partner

 
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Woks of Life by Artist Jaxton Su in partnership with The Love-Aid Project

"I see art as a very effective tool to create a sense of connectedness among people, a sort of a community cohesiveness, based on maybe common experiences, shared experiences"

- Catherine Retnasingam, Community Partner

 
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Fare Connections by Artist Mintio in partnership with Brighton Connection Student Care Centre

"One of the greatest learning points is all things are possible. It has never came to our minds before that we could have our children to be part of the artwork in this MacPherson estate and they could be part of the project."

  • Fiona Tng, Community Partner from Brighton Student Care Centre

 
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What are the programme highlights?

 
 
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Visioning Workshop

28 August 2019

Community partners and artists come together to share their thoughts on art in the neighbourhood, the needs of the beneficiaries, and potential ideas for co-creation of the artwork. 

Co-Creation Workshops with the Community

Saturdays from 9 November to 21 December 2019*

Community members will work alongside artists to design three art installations in MacPherson which celebrate the stories of the residents and the unique qualities of the neighbourhood. Whether it’s painting, sculpting, or photo taking, the residents will be invited to take part in some way so that they can make the pieces their own! 

*Each community partner and artist will have 2-3 sessions within this time frame

Arts Trail

21 March 2020

Arts Trail @MacPherson showcases the co-created artworks of Arts @ MacPherson where the public is invited to be charmed and inspired by the neighbourhood stories from both artists and residents. Participants were also invited to come contribute to the artwork itself as they explored hidden gems of the area.

Reflection Session

End March 2020

Community partners will be invited to share their thoughts on their Arts @ MacPherson experience through an interview with Participate in Design.

Thank You Gathering

25 March 2020

To celebrate the collaboration between all those involved in the initiative, we will end off the project with a thank you dinner as a time of gratitude and reflection. 

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How can you apply?

 
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Please email community@participateindesign.org or fill out the form below if you are interested to join us for the second edition of Arts@MacPherson! Only shortlisted community partners will be notified.

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