For the past two years, Changi Foundation’s virtual art programme has helped special needs artists from Arts@Metta mature in their craft. Currently running into its third year, the programme developed by Daniel Foo, Senior Manager, Design Management, who is also Changi Airport’s Art Custodian, has shifted focus to help the Arts@Metta artists to better hone their skills as professionals.
When Covid-19 restrictions started easing in Singapore and classes can be conducted in-person again, Daniel introduced another key component into the year three’s curriculum -- a special mentorship and coaching programme designed to help the Arts@Metta artists develop a second specialisation to broaden their artistic knowledge and repertoire. This is in line with the overall goal of helping the artists become more self-sufficient, so that they can find a sustainable way of making a living.
Tapping on relationships with local artists and industry experts that Changi Airport Group (CAG) has worked with, Daniel reached out to four of them to share in their areas of expertise. One of them is Chong Fah Cheong, a Singaporean sculptor and recipient of the 2014 Cultural Medallion (Visual Arts), best known for his many public sculptures across Singapore, including the bronze sculpture ‘First Generation’ that depicts five boys jumping into the Singapore River. He is also the artist behind the ‘Hey Ah Chek!’ bronze sculpture located at Terminal 4’s Departure Hall.