I am pleased to be invited by Ms Masturah Sha’ari and her team to officiate the opening the opening of Voices & Visions. This is the 4th year of the Singapore Women Artists Exhibition and it is indeed a wonderful initiative by the Federation of Art Societies (Singapore) to commemorate International Women’s Day.
This year has been declared the Year of Celebrating SG Women. It is an apt occasion to recognise women's integral contributions to the Singapore story. Women, alongside their male counterparts, play an important role in building this nation and our social values. Women in Singapore have made great strides in many areas like politics, education and the arts. In particular, we have seen women artists excel and contribute significantly to the arts scene. Women artists like Georgette Chen, Amanda Heng, Chng Seok Tin and Han Sai Por have received the Cultural Medallion for Visual Arts. We also remember early women artists such as Rohani Ismail and Rosma Guha who were active in the art scene. These achievements and contributions merit acknowledgement.
The Singapore Women Artists Exhibition is an important platform to accord this acknowledgement and to showcase the works of Singapore women artists. Voices & Visions, which incorporates an exhibition and art activities, provides the space for women’s voices and stories to be heard as well as the opportunity for art lovers and members of the public to get together in dialogue and share their appreciation for art.
My heartiest congratulations to Mr Stephen Leong, Chairman of the Federation of Art Societies (Singapore), and Ms Masturah Sha’ari, Chairman of the Working Committee for Voices & Visions on the launch of this exhibition. I wish you success in this exhibition and all your future endeavours.