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SINGAPORE FOOD CULTURE IN WATERCOLOURS

Singapore Watercolour Society vice-president Marvin Chew turns his brush to a classic Singaporean pastime, eating, in his second solo exhibition, EAT·DRINK·PAINT.

Chew captures the atmosphere in local coffee shops, markets, pasar malam, cafes and restaurants, and also presents vignettes of human interactions at these places. The majority of his works are done on location, highlighting his deft grasp of the medium.

Where: Utterly Art Exhibition Space, 20B Mosque Street, Level 3

When: Thu to March 2. Mon to Sat, 2 to 8pm; Sun, noon to 5.30pm

Admission: Free, by appointment only. Call 9487-2006 to arrange

INDONESIA'S PERANAKAN CHINESE

Indonesian artist Yuli Prayitno is holding his first solo exhibition here, Unity In Diversity: Archaeologic Excavation Of The Peranakan Tionghua.

It examines the overlooked history of the Peranakan Chinese in Indonesia by reinterpreting objects such as pieces of furniture, porcelain and Chinese texts. His works look at the notion that any understanding of post-colonial Indonesia's national modernity must include the contributions of other ethnic minority groups.

Where: Equator Art Projects, Gillman Barracks, 01-21, 47 Malan Road

When: Thu to March 9. Tue to Sat, noon to 7pm; Sun, noon to 6pm; Mon and public holidays by appointment only

Admission: Free

SINGAPORE BIENNALE CLOSING ACTIVITIES

The Singapore Biennale is drawing to a close after three months, with a weekend full of activities at the Singapore Art Museum.

There will be hands-on workshops, such as tote bag-printing and harp-making, and music and dance shows by artists such as Bani Haykal, Tisna Sanjaya, Lee Wen and Angie Seah.

Where: Singapore Art Museum, 71 Bras Basah Road

When: Fri from 7pm; Sat from 1pm

Info: Go to www.singaporebiennale.org

PORTRAITS OF ARTIST'S FAMILY MEMBERS

Yavuz Fine Art presents Dukkha - The Imagery Of Suffering, a solo exhibition by Thai artist Uttaporn Nimmalaikaew.

The exhibition, comprising eight mixed-media portraits of the artist's family members at different stages in life, explores the concept of "dukkha", a Buddhist term which describes suffering caused by constant change and the unavoidable truths of life.

Where: Yavuz Fine Art, 51 Waterloo Street, 03-01

When: March 8 to April 6. Tue to Sat, 11am to 7pm; Sun, 1 to 5pm; Mon and public holidays by appointment only

Admission: Free


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