Photo credit: NOT GALLERY

Cultural Medallion winner Chng Seok Tin’s artworks to be exhibited at Not gallery from Apr 14

The artworks highlight central themes of suffering and freedom.

Dini Qistina Binte Ali

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Published: 31 March 2023, 4:01 PM

Artworks by the late cultural medallion winner Chng Seok Tin will be on display at a Not gallery exhibition from Apr 14 to 30.

The exhibition, titled Reach for Freedom: Works by Chng Seok Tin, will feature various artworks created between 1985 and 2003.

Not gallery is a visual arts community in Singapore and this marks its fifth exhibition since its establishment in 2022.

The gallery features 12 drypoint, lithography, and mixed media works, said to represent the pain and joy of the human experience.


Chng experienced a period of hopelessness and despair due to losing most of her sight after surgery for a brain abscess in 1988. PHOTO CREDIT: NOT GALLERY


Born in 1946, Chng Seok Tin was a visually impaired artist, educator, and writer. She was one of Singapore’s most prominent printmakers and greatly influenced the development of the local arts. Her artistic practice comprises diverse mediums such as collage, assemblage, and sculpture.

Her works contain contrasting themes such as pain and hope which are described to capture the multifaceted human experience. 

The pieces in this exhibition are said to not only communicate these feelings but also reflect her interest in using visual symbolism to address issues in the modern world.


Chng’s art conveyed not only suffering but her ideals including resilience, hope, and freedom to help her continue making art despite losing her vision. PHOTO CREDIT: NOT GALLERY


Reach for Freedom: Works by Chng Seok Tin is free to visit at Not gallery in Bras Basah Complex from Apr 14 to 30.

The gallery is open every day except on Wednesdays and Fridays, from 12pm to 6pm. Opening hours are shorter on Sundays, from 1pm to 5pm.

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