My work as an artist and educator has resulted in my appointments in positions of planning, policy- and decision-making. At the same time, I also work at grassroots level, by contributing to the community and often in areas that overlap with my own art research. These means of public engagement have trained me to be comfortable to deal with people from all walks of life. Photographing the energetic and enthusiastic kids in South London as a volunteer, for instance, has been most fun, uplifting and educational (for me); mingling with high-ranking types has made me familiar with the mechanisms of art and government policies. And elegant ways to speak/eat (or rather, not speak when eating, and not eat too much) (in their presence).
2012: I was invited curator and Advisory Board Member, of the first DIFF. I initiated a partnership between the DIFF and the Slade. Films I curated include that by Liz Rideal and Patricia Townsend.
2007-2012: Media Development Authority of Singapore: Expert Panel Member for the Interactive & Digital Media R & D Programme Office. Approved funding (up to £125,000) for innovative projects by start-ups.
2008, School of the Arts, Singapore: Digital Arts Consultant. Gave advice on setting up a conducive environment for young digital artists.
2005: Focus Group Member in panel, Ministry of Information and Communication Arts on the design of School of the Arts.
2009: Keynote Speaker, Art and Music Education Conference, Ministry of Education. Presented ‘Art Teacher–Art Practitioner–Art Student’ to 1000 principals and teachers, Singapore.
2005: Focus Group Member in panel, Ministry of Education regarding the art curriculum for primary and secondary schools.
1999: Committee Member for the Ministry of Education’s Video Awards.
2000: Focus Group Member in panel, National Arts Council for its New Media Arts Fund.
2005: Judge at Selection Panel for Arts Scholarship, Japanese Chambers of Commerce and Industry.
2008: Mentor to young film curators from secondary schools at Cineodeon, organised by the Asian Film Archive.
2008: Judge at Fly By Night, an annual filmmaking competition.
2000: Judge at Magazine Lien’s Photography Competition, organised by the Alliance Francaise du Singapour.
1998 – 1999: Chairperson of the Organising Committee of Thomson Video Club‘s First Junior Video Awards, a nation-wide video competition for young people (under 16). Organised and conducted video-making workshops.
2012: London Ambassador during the 2012 London Olympics. appointed by the Mayor of London, Greater London Authority. Shortlisted from 34,000 applicants. Stationed at Kings Cross, helped visitors about all matters concerning London. Won Excellence Award for dedicated service.
2011: Ran London Virgin Marathon (4 hours 24 minutes 37 seconds). Raised £1520 for Shelter, a homelessness charity, UK.
2013: Photographer. Football and gardening sessions, Lewisham Homes, London, UK. General Helper, Love To Dance event.
2013: A photograph I took at Lewisham Homes appears in the local papers.
2013: More photographs I took at Lewisham Homes appears in the local papers.
2013: A few more photographs I took at Lewisham Homes appears in a Facebook page.
A photograph I took in the Lewisham Homes newsletter.
A couple of photographs I took in the Lewisham Homes newsletter.
2010: Ran 10 km (52 minutes). Raised £110 for Friends of Medecins Sans Frontieres, London, UK
2010: Ran Farnham Pilgrim’s Marathon. Took AGES but raised £150 for Farnham hospices.
Since 2011: Cultural Bloomsbury Guide on the theme of ‘Art and Society’. Lead visitors on monthly tours, and during the Bloomsbury Festival. London, UK.
2011: Bloomsbury Festival
2011: Bloomsbury Festival
2011: Guide for Goodenough College, a Grade II Listed building, London, UK.
2006: Worked as Japanese-English Interpreter for music director Ukawa Naohiro of Mom/n/dad productions. RESFEST, Singapore.
Other hands-on activities: 2010: Facilitator of mapping session with Dr Jamie O’Brien at Headway East. 2012: Helper at art workshop with elderly residents, ‘Johnnie’ Johnson Housing, Manchester. 2013: Helper at art workshop, Get More Bikes, London, UK.
1998 – 1999: Activities Secretary of the Thomson Video Club Management Committee, Singapore. Active in introducing video-making to a wider community. Chairperson of the Organising Committee of its First Junior Video Awards, a nation-wide video competition for young people (under 16). Organised and conducted video-making workshops.