When the NDP2020 organisers approached SG Enable last year, we were keen to leverage this national platform to bring attention to our i’mable initiative. i’mable aims to highlight and celebrate the abilities of persons with special needs by creating more opportunities for engagement with them, and appreciation for what they can do.
Working with our Social Service Agency Partners, with support from our friends at Superhero Me, and Dr Esther Joosa, a disability art expert, i'mable is proud to bring you our NDP2020 art collection.
These 20 NDP artworks give the public a chance to see from the unique perspective of each individual artist with disability. What stands out is that what they love about Singapore and hope for Singapore is the same as the rest of us.
Through our interactions with the artists, we could see that they really enjoyed being a part of this project. This is a way for them to contribute to Singapore – it is their gift to all of us. And when you appreciate their efforts and talents, you affirm them.
We hope that our involvement in this year’s NDP will encourage Singapore to take positive action for persons with disabilities – to embrace them, to work alongside them, to collaborate with them, and to celebrate them. Ultimately, we hope you will join us in working towards our vision of an inclusive society and enabled lives.
SINGAPORE ASSOCIATION OF THE
VISUALLY HANDICAPPED (SAVH)
The mission of Singapore Association of the Visually Handicapped is to help the visually handicapped help themselves by acquiring new skills and gaining self-reliance to cope with the integration into society.
The Touch Art Programme was introduced to the visually impaired clients to equip them with skills to produce different handicraft items such as bookmarks, drink coasters, mousepads, greeting cards, canvas paintings and decorated glass plates, using the sense of touch.
It provides the clients a platform to showcase their talent, opportunities to socialize with others and employment opportunities through the making of the handicraft items.
You can support and learn more about SAVH here.
Colours Of My Country
Katy’s artwork depicts Singapore with apartment buildings and trees, and the island is split into three colours which represent her feelings about Singapore, showcasing her love for Singapore in spite of these extraordinary times. The simple but powerful use of colours illustrates how the visually impaired think through more abstract but equally evocative means.
When asked about her thoughts about Singapore, the first adjective that came to Adeline’s mind was “harmonious”. Adeline’s depiction of four individuals represents the four races of Chinese, Malays, Indians and Eurasians. By pasting the four races side by side and holding hands, she portrays these four individuals together in solidarity, a clear reference to racial harmony.
Superhero Me is a ground-up inclusive arts group that empowers children from diverse backgrounds through the arts, social mixing and purposeful programming. They supported the artists from
CEREBRAL PALSY ALLIANCE SINGAPORE SCHOOL (CPAS School).
You can support and learn more about Superhero Me here.
Eat, Play, Repeat
To Rizq and Qays, two inseparable twins, home is defined by their sense of brotherhood. In collaboration with their mother, Madam Nur Hidayah Shahrudin, their artwork features some of their favourite bonding activities at home during the circuit breaker period.
METTA WELFARE ASSOCIATION
Metta Welfare Association set up Metta School to offer special education to children aged between 7 to 21 with mild Intellectual Disability and Autism. Arts@Metta was set up in 2007 to gather former Metta School graduates who are keen to further their mastery in visual arts, batik painting, and pottery, while empowering them with life skills that promote integration, independence and employment.
You can support and learn more about Metta Welfare Association here.
In this artwork, Fadhil draws the HDB blocks opposite his own block, with national flags hanging outside each flat. Since flags serve as a collective vision of qualities that an ideal Singapore should possess, he believes that the act of hanging flags allows us to express our patriotism in the most tangible manner possible.
DOWN SYNDROME ASSOCIATION
Down Syndrome Association (Singapore) provides holistic support to persons with Down syndrome and their families and caregivers, and educates the public about the genetic condition. It enables a person with Down syndrome to attain his or her full potential and be able to contribute back to the society.
You can support and learn more about Down Syndome Association here.
Dancing Queens (and Kings)
Gabriella’s artwork serves as a celebration of the people she cherishes around her. As one of the figures in red in the middle, she is surrounded by many of her friends, teachers and family members, engaging in her favourite activity, dancing. As Gabriella drew this artwork, she was envisioning their regular dance sessions accompanied by Michael Jackson tunes.
TOUCH COMMUNITY SERVICES
Since 1986, called to serve the needy and disadvantaged, TOUCH values every person and enables them to strengthen families - the foundation of society. Over the years, TOUCH has reached out to many individuals from all religions and races, including children, youths, families, people with special and healthcare needs and the elderly.
You can support and learn more about TOUCH Community Services here.
Out In The City
Kim Han’s elaborate drawing predominantly features a man with a mask on, preparing to go for a jog, referencing Singapore’s circuit breaker measures. In the background is Changi Airport, with Terminal 3, the control tower and a plane as the key distinguishing features, with potted plants and tropical trees lining the roads.
MOVEMENT FOR THE INTELLECTUALLY DISABLED OF SINGAPORE (MINDS)
Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (MINDS) provides equal opportunities for children with intellectual disabilities to receive education and be integrated as contributing and responsible citizens in Singapore. At MINDS Craft, a social enterprise unit under the MINDS Idea Employment Development Centre, clients experiment with a wide range of arts and crafts – from mosaic art, glass painting and saori weaving to making bookmarks, key chains, fridge magnets and homemade candles.
You can support and learn more about MINDS here.
Humans Of Singapore
This artwork is a collaboration between 6 artists from the Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (MINDS). In the centre of the artwork is a family – a boy and his parents – and they are surrounded by a circle of individuals including their close friends, neighbours, as well as members of the wider community like policemen.
ALLIANCE SINGAPORE (CPAS)
Cerebral Palsy Alliance Singapore aims to empower persons with cerebral palsy or multiple disabilities so that they can realise their full potential and lead fulfilled, dignified lives. The Goodwill, Rehabilitation and Occupational (GROW) Workshop involves trainees in social enterprise initiatives and projects. Through the creation of unique and inspiring gift items, GROW artists not only have the opportunity to exercise their artistic talents, but are also able to generate a sustainable income.
You can support and learn more about CPAS here.