Poh Ya See
Down the Rabbit Hole
Poh Ya See is a mixed media artist whose practice weaves current social trends with personal experiences. Constantly seeking to put a smile on the faces of her audience, Ya See effectively expresses quirky and whimsical narratives in her art pieces through a pallet of cheerful colours and a medley of motifs.
Shahrul Jamili is a mixed media artist who uses printmaking and sculpting techniques in his work. Through the vibrancy of colours and the array of geometric shapes used in his art pieces, Shahrul endeavours to inspire young children’s appreciation of the intricacies of designs as a maker of objects.
Nur Aida Binte Sa’ad (Yellow Mushmellow), a visual artist, draws inspiration from the expressive and colourful drawings done by her sister, Aisha, who is on the autism spectrum. She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Communication from the Nanyang Technological University School of Art, Design and Media in 2014, and has since worked with a variety of brands such as Starbucks, Uber and Red Bull. Many relate easily to Aida’s work which reflect fun and interesting points of view from everyday observations and personal experiences. Aida is widely featured on various media platforms such as Berita Harian (2010-2018) and The Straits Times (2017) for her illustration, comics and ideas that bring the mundane to life.
Adeline Loo left her job as a paralegal to pursue her interest in fibre arts, and she seeks to create works which are immersive and textural. Adeline is drawn to personal experiences, stories, and practises craftivism to express herself. Working mainly with waste fabric, upcycled materials and other industrial detritus, Adeline is currently exploring sculptural processes with knitting and weaving techniques. She is also the founder of It Takes Balls, which seeks to challenge and redefine the traditional notions of knitting and domestic crafts. When not crafting, she can be found in Neil Gailman’s world and is well liked by most cats.
Gracie Chai is a self-taught artist, maker and illustrator, who has also recently picked up a full-time gig with the running job title of “Meltdown & Tantrum Negotiator”; otherwise more popularly known as “Mum”. Prior to raising children, she dabbled in textile fabrication and clothes-making and has sold her handmade dresses and creations in various parts of the world, with her work featured in international and local publications. When not crafting or working on commissions, she enjoys spends her time at home frolicking with her kids, which she documents under her Instagram handle @graciechai; mostly reshuffling furniture around the house to create for them their own private playgrounds or making simple effective toys out of otherwise overlooked household objects.
Fongyee is a multidisciplinary artist working mostly with kids and technology, sometimes both at the same time. She believes in learning through play and experiments with various mediums in her art to activate dialogue between people, objects and spaces.
With a strong background in visual and communication design, Yanrong has worked at various design agencies – with the latest being an Art and Graphics Lead at WeWork. Apart from her day job, she has been commissioned by organisations and brands, such as Facebook, Resorts World Sentosa and Hermes to create large scale murals, designs and window displays.
Her works usually revolved around the theme which she is passionate about – the sea.Fluent in watercolours and ink painting, her signature broad and loose strokes have a way of defining the elements she paints while breathing life into it with each stroke.
Stan is a musician, educator and maker, interested in creating music that enscones traditional instruments in sounds that are accessible in today’s society. IHer piano school, My Piano Room, focuses on teaching children as young as 3.5 years using special syllabus developed as a result of her experiences as a music educator.
Education and music are both important callings for her and whilst composing and performing music for theatre pieces for babies in 2017, she started wondering if she could create pieces for babies under 18 months that were simple in concepts and which used sustainable materials. She love making things by hand and using handmade props or sets in she works makes her feel like she’s incorporating warmth and love into these experiential installations.
Cardboard City was the first work Stan developed as Artist-in-Residence at The Artground. Using primarily recycled cardboard and yarn, she has fashioned a space for pre-walking babies to explore, make sounds and develop spatial awareness.
Apsara Asia Pte Ltd is an arts education service provider to schools for more than 10 years. In total, they have about 12 to 15 different arts education programmes (AEPs) that are offering arts engagement to exposure programmes to our local schools and students with the support of TOTE Board subsidy. Our commitment is to bring quality info-entertainment programmes to our children and youth through are various AEPs that open the students to the World of Dance and Music. They work with different collaborators like musicians, sound artists and story-tellers to create interesting and exciting programs where dance and music/sound/stories meet in a creative and fun space!
In the past 2 years, they are also creating and conducting programmes for pre-schoolers and to work through dance/moves to create “bonding time” with parents and children. They also have a team of artists who are specialized in Special Needs and with them thay they are bringing the arts closer to Special Schools and other environments like Down Syndrome Association and Pathlight.
Cultivate Central has worked on regenerating soil and worked with worms in a way that is accessible to children and their communities. Since 2017, we’ve reached over 4500 children through our gardening inspired programmes and partnerships with various organisations, schools, preschools and corporates.
Harng Foong crafts designed experiences that draws on his passion for patterns, prints, and textiles. His work often take the form of experiential interactions and installations that encourages audience interaction. He is also the founder of Recyclofashion, a studio that advocates alternative materials for art, design, and fashion. During his pastime, Harng loves watching Madagascar the movie and thinks he’s King Julien.
Rolypoly Family is a team of dance artists who value body positivity and respect, gender equality and social inclusion. Led by artists Faye Lim and Bernice Lee, they run dance and body-based programmes and projects for diverse children and families, in partnership with organisations across Singapore. Their performance of Baby Baby Mama Bear (2017) explored nuances of womanhood and motherhood, and was presented at Maya Dance Theatre’s In Bloom Festival and Fang Mae Khong International Dance Festival. The Artground has been an invaluable space for the development of their programmes, such as Rolypoly Family Dance Party, Dance Playground and Dance Jambo.
Little Creatures by SA is an initiative dedicated to the creation of a space for children in the early years to play and learn through sounds, sonic objects and ideas. With the firm belief that children derive meaningful experiences, construct interpersonal relationships, and manifest their creativity through play, Little Creatures produces performances and workshops that involve the young and the young at heart in immersive manners. SAtheCollective found it increasingly important to advocate for a generation of arts audiences who are aware. This is in line with Natalie’s pursuits in early childhood music education, where she currently pursues a PhD.
Soumee currently teaches Odissi at Apsaras Arts at Singapore and offers ‘Dance-telling’ programs at The Artground for children. When not dancing she works as a management consultant to create a better working world.
The Storytelling Centre Limited is a non-profit organization that advances the art of storytelling through performances, collaborations, artistic exchanges, mentorships, training and community outreach. Their focus is on ensuring the sustainability of the art of storytelling by nurturing emerging Young Storytellers. Helmed by Kamini Ramachandran, they are also producers of StoryFest: International Storytelling Festival Singapore. Terrific Tales is their signature storytelling programme especially for little listeners aged 3 to 7 years old held weekly at The Artground. Known for their highly interactive storytelling sessions, they believe in audience participation to create an inclusive environment for families.
The joy of creating comes when learning is made simple. This sums up why Mui Hong and Lee Sin brought WahSoSimple, a local craft outfit, to life! Fuelled by their passion in crafting, together with their experience in understanding consumers and marketing communication; they believe that crafting not only brings joy but it is also an amazing medium for everyone, regardless of age to explore, learn and connect with people around them.
Formed in 2019 is made up of theatre makers, Cheryl Kjm & Zeeaura. “Brocolily” the name, is a fun combination of the nutritious veggie and the Lily flower; with a hidden meaning that represents their belief to create memorable works for the young that are both visually enticing and enriching. They embrace the quirks of everyone’s imagination and aim to create a safe and fun environment for learning and parent-child bonding.