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Senior-guided art workshops up for auction till Sep 23; proceeds to support those with mental health conditions

Handcrafted artworks made by seniors are also being auctioned off.

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Published: 31 August 2023, 4:22 PM

Singaporeans can participate in private classes taught by 10 senior creators from now to Sep 23, all while auctioning and raising funds for charity.

Named Age with Grace, Create with Passion, the inaugural auction is run by The HeartBid+ Project to share senior creators’ talents with members of the community while fundraising towards a good cause.

The HeartBid+ Project is also powered by the National Youth Council as part of the Youth Action Challenge to “encourage active senior giving”.

It is through this auction that seniors can contribute by offering their talents and skills up for bidding, while bidders can participate in the auction’s programmes, learn from these seniors and donate to charity.

The auction features workshops and experiences specially curated by 10 senior creators, including artist, designer, public sculptor and art educator Robert Min Chen. As an award-winning Master Potter with nearly four decades worth of experience under his belt, he will guide bidders in crafting their own piece of pottery from scratch. Bidders can spend at least $138 for a single session, or $950 and above for 11 pottery workshop sessions.

Bidders can also donate and partake in other art workshops, culinary classes and nature walks with participating seniors.


Bidders can participate in therapeutic art workshops and walk away with their very own handmade pouch or wood and resin art piece. PHOTO CREDITS: HEARTBID


In addition to the senior creators’ bidded programmes, the HeartBid+ auction is offering bidders handcrafted artworks personally made by seniors from Bethesda Care Centre’s (BCARE) Senior Activity Centre. The artworks’ starting bid ranges from $200 to $300 per piece, and include designs such as koi fish and flowers.

All items up for auction will be listed on HeartBid’s website. Proceeds raised from the auction are donated to BCARE, which supports children, youths, families and elders with mental health conditions.

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