Art Chat with Huifong

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How it all began?

During the pandemic, Huifong began to rely heavily on virtual chat-and-meet with her professional creative friends around the world.

They stayed connected by sharing updates and insights, discussing current art-related matters, and keeping each other positive with fun conversations. This gave Huifong the idea of sharing these insightful chats with more people who, like herself and her friends, passionate about art.

Meanwhile, friends from Huifong’s international art circle encouraged her to apply her linguistic skills in English, Mandarin, Bahasa Melayu, Italian, French, Hokkien and Cantonese to bridging artists internationally.

One idea led to another when Daryl Goh, creative friend from Singapore, recommended the art chat title Art Chat with Huifong. Liang Zhong, creative friend from China, also helped to translate Art Chat with Huifong into Mandarin 艺论芬芬 .

艺论芬芬 , which rhymes with 议论纷纷, supports the concept of bringing diversities and vibrancy into the art dialogues.

A collective concept and exclusively brought to you by Huifong’s Art Gallery (H.A.G), Art Chat with Huifong艺论芬芬” is blessed with the presence of invited guests who find joy in sharing their insights and stories with the audience – in a relaxed and fun way!

Our inaugural Art Chat with Huifong kicked off on 25 February 2021.

Four art professionals from Singapore share with Huifong their views on topical issues on art and on how culture influences its development.

The speakers are Daryl Goh, award-winning art consultant/ judge/ lecturer; Ryan Mario, editor-in-chief of Art Herald Magazine; Barry Yeow, a prominent artist and Wilfred Cheah, a prominent miniaturist.

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The second episode of Art Chat with Huifong presented the topic of The Fine Art of Focus on 29 April 2021.

Don George, award-winning travel writer, editor-at-large of National Geographic Travel magazine, TV host of National Geographic Live and author of The Way of Wanderlust: The Best Travel Writing of Don George among his many other remarkable books. Don co-founded and is chair to the annual Book Passage Travel Writers and Photographers Conference, a highly reputable conference among travel writers, editors, photographers, publishers and agents in the world, shares his views and stories generously with Huifong on what it is about living something deeply before writing it deeply, and many more.

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The third episode of Art Chat with Huifong presented the topic of “The Art of Expressing Oneself during Times of Difficulty” on 19 July 2021.

Rosana Zeballos, librarian and teacher at CET31, a school in Argentina, started a new project for her students during the beginning of quarantine last year. The project began as a way of encouraging the students in her school to interact with each other with stories and drawings as a way of encouraging one another as well as expressing one’s thoughts during those difficult moments of lockdown.

Her project then grew into including more students outside of her school to work on the project, which ultimately saw cross-border collaboration with students of Atelier Huifong Ng of Brunei.

The stories and drawings are a sign of creativity and strength in the face of adversity when students gathered strengths within themselves in this meaningful project, where ideas do not have nationalities but all meet in the book called “Mi Cuarantena”.

Listen in on how this wonderful woman with a great heart and soul embarked on this journey which was initially deemed impossible but has now blossomed into a spring of possibilities.

Dialogue in Italian with English subtitles.

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The fourth episode of Art Chat with Huifong presented the topic of “Brunei’s Creative Community Amidst COVID Lockdown” on 24 August 2021.

Dato Shofry Abdul Ghafor, artist and art entrepreneur, Angie Ang, mentor on creative entrepreneurship with a background in law, and Dr. Rui Oliveira Lopes, leader in creative programmes and Assistant Professor in Art and Design History faculty come together to share their experiences and insights into “Brunei’s Creative Community Amidst COVID Lockdown”.

What are the steps taken to ensure the continuity of creativity practice and learning, challenges and opportunities, and their perspectives on creative technology and e-commerce as a new art trend, are among the many interesting points shared.

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Stay tuned for more upcoming art chats!