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Tang Ling Nah

Adjunct Lecturer

Fine Art

Qualification

Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art)
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) University, Melbourne, Australia

Biography

Tang Ling Nah is a Singapore-based artist, independent curator and art educator. Her work is inspired by the city’s transitory spaces, such as the void decks in Singapore public housing, alleys, shopping malls and Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) stations. Besides drawing with charcoal on paper, wood and concrete walls, Tang has also created on-site installations, book art, performances and videos to explore buildings, places and architectural spaces as communicators of stories about life. Her work expresses the paradox of architecture as possibly facilitative and inhibitive of relational development. Tang has participated in numerous local and overseas residencies and group exhibitions.

In 2008, she represented Singapore in the 2nd Singapore Biennale and also exhibited a work in the 11th International Architecture Biennale in Venice (Singapore Pavilion). Her accolades include the 2007/2008 Freeman Asian Artist Fellowship (Vermont Studio Centre), the Young Artist Award (Art) 2004 conferred by the National Arts Council, Singapore, the Juror’s Choice in the Philip Morris Singapore-ASEAN Art Awards 2003, and the Della Butcher Award 2000. In 2012, her proposal for Expo Station (in collaboration with architecture collective atelier | small) won second prize in the Downtown Line Art Competition organised by Land Transport Authority, Singapore.

Besides her own art practice, Tang is also an independent curator. In 2013, she curated 床事―A Thing or Two about the Bed, a visual arts exhibition that explores the idea of the bed at FOST Gallery, Singapore. She co-curated Cinepolitans: Inhabitants of a Filmic City, a visual arts exhibition at Jendela, Esplanade Theatres on the Bay in 2003, followed by Through the Looking Glass, an exhibition on self-portraiture for an art collective BUFFER-KIT in Singapore in 2004. She has been instrumental in her capacity as Artistic Director of the Drawing Out Conversations exhibitions series that explores contemporary drawing. It has been presented in Hong Kong, Singapore and Taipei.

Industry experience

Art Education Facilitator, Keppel Centre for Art Education, National Gallery Singapore

Part-time Lecturer, Level 2 (Fine Art) Tutorial, LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore

Instructor, Enrichment Programmes (Fun with Sketching and Introduction to Western Painting―Acrylic for SG50 Council for Third Age), Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA), Singapore

Curator, 床事―A Thing or Two about the Bed, A visual arts exhibition that explores the idea of the bed, FOST Gallery, Singapore

Workshop Instructor (Invited artist), Sketching Landscapes (Open Level) & Still Life Drawing (Intermediate), Sketch with an Artist: A Workshop Series in conjunction with Princely Treasures from the House of Liechtenstein exhibition, National Museum of Singapore