The toil of growing up with two brothers in rental flat in Marine Parade opened Mr Muhammad Khairulnizam Razali’s eyes. At the age of 10, his parents separated. His mother struggled to work two to three jobs a day as a beautician. When asked about what his Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours) in Theatre from the University of Essex/Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (Nafa) meant to him, the 26-year-old said that he was personally not very concerned about the class he achieved, and that what meant more to him was the fact that his achievements had made his mother proud, especially after all her efforts in bringing him and his siblings up in the midst of financial difficulties.
Khairulnizam, who is a member of performing arts collective The Kaizen M.D., started out as a dancer in hiphop dance crew, Fantastic Four, at the age of 15. His love for theatre developed after meeting Screen Awards 2016 winner, Saiful ‘Ariffin, who was also a Nafa student at the time. Khairulnizam was involved in Singapore: Inside Out, a touring exhibition held in conjunction with SG50, organised by the Singapore Tourism Board last year. He is currently a project manager for Raga, a showcase of Indian performing arts in dance, music and theatre, at the Esplanade.
Increasingly aware of pottery’s role in relieving stress
Before he discovered how therapeutic making pottery could be, Mr Muhammad Nhawfal Juma’at often wondered why his mother, Ms Junainah Eusope, put her all into this art form. After working as a technical officer at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (Nafa) following his graduation with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Fine Art with first class honours from the Academy, he now understands how therapeutic the process can be. Nhawfal also recalled his mother’s hard work in bringing him up and sending him to art school, and feels that his recently-achieved success is a gift to his mother, who currently teaches pottery to patients at Club Heal.
On top of his work as a technical officer, Nhawfal is also involved in Noise Singapore’s mentorship programme. He is being mentored by digital artist, Mr Ong Kian Peng, recipient of the President's Young Talents Award.
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