Singapore’s first purpose-built free-standing Art Gallery situated next to the Nanyang Playhouse along Nanyang Crescent houses a generous and unobstructed space for visual art exhibitions. The Visual and Performing Arts Academic Group’s role, in being host to this space, is to support curatorial practices of the Visual Arts which cultivate and sustain practices and practice-led research with pedagogical implications for Art classrooms through specialist endeavours in Visual Arts.
The NIE Art Gallery features exhibitions by graduating students from the National Institute of Education, exhibitions by local and international artists, local schools as well as the NIE permanent collection. These forms of curatorship aim to encourage and engage the National Institute of Education with the wider Visual Arts communities of practice and to facilitate discourses pertaining to Visual art, art education and contemporary practices of visual culture. Gallery programming includes exhibitions, talks, workshops, and other events.
The Art Gallery Committee welcomes exhibition proposals from schools, teachers/art practitioners, NIE/NTU staff members, emerging artists as well as established practitioners both locally and from abroad. The proposals are selected based on their merits and contributions to the teacher education programme in visual and performing arts.
The academic group offers a wide range of music facilities to cater to the diverse interests and needs of our students who aspire to become music teachers in the future.
Our fully equipped studios with pop band instruments are designed for students who are interested in creating contemporary music. It is equipped with a complete set of instruments including drums, electric guitar, bass guitar, keyboard, and synthesizer. With the latest technology in sound engineering, students can learn to produce high quality recordings and experiment with various music styles.
World Music Room
Gu Zheng Room
All of our music facilities are designed to provide our students with a comprehensive music education that is aligned with the latest pedagogical practices. With the guidance of our experienced music educators, students can hone their musical talents, develop their creative expression, and gain the skills and knowledge needed to become inspiring music teachers.
Overall, our music facilities provide a dynamic and engaging learning environment for aspiring music teachers. Whether students are interested in contemporary or traditional music, solo or ensemble performance, our facilities are designed to cater to their diverse interests and help them realize their full musical potential.
The Nanyang Playhouse
The Nanyang Playhouse is a free-standing building close to the Arts Building. It houses purpose-built spaces for the Drama programme - performance area, workshop, rehearsal room, wardrobe, classroom and office. The performance area is a 'black box' - that is, it is predominantly black to minimise interference with all-round lighting design capacity and has no fixed seating.
- Singapore’s Master Potter
- Leading educator-mentor in ceramics art
- Started his art practice since his Teachers' Training College (TTC) days in the early 1960s
- Enjoyed numerous accolades including the Cultural Medallion for Visual Arts in 1988 and Japanese Foreign Minister’s Commendation Award in 2014
- Conferred an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters (honoris causa) from the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in 2016
- His works are known for the use of one-hand techniques and bears influences of different pottery cultures across the world – especially in Japanese philosophy and aesthetics.
- Characteristics of his works are simple but strong structures with distinctly tactile and rich surfaces, often with twigs or branches as handles.
- Use of clays unique to particular locales or regions.
His exhibit can be found at NIE Library, level 4, Left Wing.
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