Unseen Art Workshops is an experimental lab where we introduce diverse art forms and expressions to different groups of people to encourage exchanges of ideas through art-making, while discovering new knowledge and methods for accessibility.
This 2018 project brings forth a series of hands-on workshops led by professional artists focusing on the theme of self-identity for visually impaired participants from 3 organisations: Guide Dog Association, Singapore Association for the Visually Handicapped (SAVH) and Ahmad Ibrahim Secondary School. The artists include sculptor Victor Tan, visual artists Alecia Neo and Mintio and painter Kok Choon Choo and theatre director and educator Jeffrey Tan.
Artworks produced from the workshops will be presented at Bedok Library from 3-16 Dec 2018.
JEFFREY TAN - THEATRE DIRECTOR
Theatre Director Jeffrey Tan brings forth a unique performance making and story-telling workshop with visually-impaired students. Performance and the art of story-telling can have profound impacts on the learner’s self-esteem , understanding of their environment , speech and presentation skills , as well as engaging deeper with the student’s critical thinking and personal reflection. Our previous engagements with the students have revealed deep interest in learning performance techniques and story-telling skills.
Jeffrey has been working as a theatre director, drama educator and arts producer for the last twenty-five years. He was Resident Director with The Theatre Practice (1997), Drama Lecturer with LASALLE SIA (1999), Associate Artistic Director with TheatreWorks (S) Ltd (2002), Assistant Director with the National Arts Council (2007) and Assistant Director, People’s Association (2012). Since 2016, Jeffrey works independently.
Jeffrey has directed for nearly all the major theatre companies in Singapore including Act 3, Action Theatre, TheatreWorks, The Necessary Stage, The Theatre Practice. He has created productions with children and students in Schools, touring productions in the community and for the public. His recent productions include ‘Open Homes’ for the National Arts Council’s Silver Arts Festival (2017), was commissioned to produce and direct ‘Open Homes’ for the Singapore International Festival of Arts (2017), 'Island Stories' for the Singapore Heritage Festival (2017), 'Shrimps in Space' for Generasia (2016), 'CrossRoads, You. Terrorist' for the Association of Musilim Professionals (2016).
Jeffrey also sits on the National Arts Council’s Arts Advisory Panel and NAC External Assessor (from 2016) and the ‘Best Production for the Young’ Award for the MI- The Straits Times Life! Theatre Awards (2016 – 2018).