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Art and Soul: 80 Years of the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts

Publisher: Epigram Books

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Leong Wen Kam

From humble art school to renowned international institution in 80 years – this is the awe-inspiring story of the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA).

Told through text, photographs and illustrations, it will relate its tumultuous but exhilarating journey from a Geylang shophouse with 14 students to the present-day Bencoolen Street campus with a 12,000-strong enrolment. It will chronicle its evolution from a private school teaching only the visual arts to a government-funded, full-fledged art academy which offers myriad courses including music, dance and theatre.

The compact book will cast a spotlight on NAFA’s leading graduates and their significant contributions to the arts scene both in Singapore and the region. It will showcase NAFA as more than an arts academy - it has become a creative hub with a research centre in South-east Asian arts, an impressive collection of mainly Singapore’s first and second-generation art works, an extensive library, a performing centre and two art galleries which stage regular exhibitions.

Based on interviews with past and present students and faculty staff and key figures associated with NAFA, historical records and research materials, the book will be replete with fresh revelations, new insights and never-before-told accounts of events relating to the ups and downs and ups of Singapore’s oldest art school.

ISBN: 9789814785723 (English), 9789814785563 (Chinese)
Format: Hardcover
Size: 200 x 250mm
Pages: 228pp
Published: November 2018

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