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We Didn’t Expect That – Voices Art Exhibition 2017


Wed May 24 2017, 11:00am–8:00pm
Thu May 25 2017, 11:00am–8:00pm
Fri May 26 2017, 11:00am–8:00pm
Sat May 27 2017, 11:00am–8:00pm
Sun May 28 2017, 11:00am–3:00pm

Where: That Spare Room @ The Fabulous Baker Boy, 70 River Valley Road, Clarke Quay, Singapore

Restrictions: All ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free


Each year, VSA organises an art exhibition to showcase artworks by young artists with special needs from the VOICES (Voices Of Individual’s Creative Expressions) programme. This annual art exhibition provides a platform for these talented young people to express and communicate their thoughts freely to the public through their artworks.

A total of 18 young student-artists (between the ages of 14 to 28) will be presenting their artworks in this year’s exhibition. These participants are student-artists with autism spectrum disorder, down syndrome, hearing impairment and learning challenges as those are regarded as special needs. A variety of mediums were used as they prepared for this art exhibition.

Under the guidance of mentors, the works created over the past year aim to match the quality of works by professional artists without compromising the honest “voices” of the youth. As this is the first time we are exhibiting their artworks at a commercial gallery and we hope to receive a wider audience and raise the awareness of our cause, which is to empower people with disabilities through art-making.

With this year’s theme of “We didn’t expect that!”, the young artists tried to capture moments that were unexpected or unforeseen to them. Whether it was a welcome surprise or not, the unpredictability of life is expressed through art the way they know best.

Workshops will also be conducted during the exhibition period to engage members of the public in art activities that could help them understand the rationale of the artworks showcased in the exhibition.


This exhibition aims to help young talented individuals with special needs to be more involved in their artistic development, helping them take a step closer to serious art making.

- Opening Reception will be on 19 May 2017, 6:30pm.
- Drum Painting (Conducted by Cavan Chang): 24 May 2017, Wednesday, 10:30am to 12:30pm.
- Pattern Doodling Workshop (Conducted by Kenneth Lee): 20 May 2017, Saturday, 2pm to 4pm.
- 3D Pen Workshop (Conducted by Jacob Tan), 27 May 2017, Saturday, 2pm to 4pm.