Creative Space

We visit Creative Sin­ga­pore.

ImagineFX - - Illustrator - For more in­for­ma­tion about the group visit www.meetup.com/Sin­ga­pore-Cre­atives.

Carly Con­stanti­nou held Creative Sin­ga­pore’s in­au­gu­ral gath­er­ing on New Year’s Eve 2012. The Bri­tish ex­pa­tri­ate has since handed the ba­ton over to lo­cal artist Damien Thomasz, who’s ex­panded the group from in­for­mal get-to­geth­ers in cafes and parks, to larger art jams, mu­seum vis­its and dress-up events. Through­out that time, there’s been one con­stant: novice or pro­fes­sional, every­one’s wel­come.

“We’re happy for any­one to join our art events and ac­tiv­i­ties,” Damien says. “Pas­sion is the only pass­port. Com­pe­tency doesn’t mat­ter. Mem­bers are en­cour­aged to share their ex­pe­ri­ences as much as their draw­ing tech­niques.”

The non-profit group is also built around the idea that the best way to im­prove skills in art is to prac­tise art skills. “We don’t just talk about it,” the or­gan­iser says, “we pre­fer in­stead to fo­cus on do­ing it, and we en­joy the jour­ney and process in­volved in cre­at­ing art.” Re­cent events in­clude a cos­play spe­cial and a two-in-one sketch­walk and mu­seum visit.

As Creative Sin­ga­pore at­tracts more mem­bers, Damien hopes to ex­pand into other me­dia, host­ing groups cov­er­ing dig­i­tal art, col­lab­o­ra­tive art, live fig­ure­draw­ing and even 3D dig­i­tal sculp­tur­ing. He’d also like to hold an ex­hi­bi­tion show­cas­ing at­ten­dees’ art­work.

What­ever the fu­ture holds for Creative Sin­ga­pore, the group will stay true to its in­clu­sive, open-door ethos: “Our di­ver­sity fosters greater creative devel­op­ment and artis­tic ex­pres­sion – ex­pos­ing us to our com­mon hu­man­ity, some­thing be­yond pro­fes­sions, cul­tures, lan­guages and re­li­gions.”

HEY YOU!

Are you part of a reg­u­lar art class or group? Email us at mail@imag­inefx.com if you want to fea­ture here!

Purr­fect pose: Creative Sin­ga­pore mem­ber Kaela Isa mod­els as Cat­woman, at the group’s hugely pop­u­lar live Cos­play Sketch event.

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