Artwalk Singapore is a street-art focused initiative that caters to audiences interested in the background of Singaporean street art and its development. We have recognised that there are no consistent street art tours curated by artistically-trained professionals despite the presence of more than 20 murals across the three popular heritage sites (namely Chinatown, Little India and Haji Lane). Therefore, Artwalk Singapore has been developed to encourage constant interaction with these street artworks throughout the year. This initiative seeks to educate the public about contemporary street artists and how their artworks reflect the cultural and social thought and practices of our country’s inhabitants. Most importantly, the platform will also work towards serving as a database for local street art, connecting with its practitioners to ensure that their artistic experiences and voices are authentically shared.
A'shua Imran completed his studies at LASALLE College of the Arts and received a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art in 2014, and has since presented his works in Singapore, The Netherlands, Egypt, U.K., South Africa and Spain. He is also the founder of Mural Lingo, a Singapore-registered social enterprise engaged in the arts, education and publishing. He founded the independent platform in 2014 with the primary focus on offering an incubation space where undergraduates and recent graduates can develop their skills and sustain their art practice.
Since 2014, Imran has given talks and ran workshops in educational institutions such as GEMS World Academy (Singapore), Wits School of Art (Johannesburg, South Africa) and Carmarthen School of Art, (Wales, U.K.). He was also invited as a Mentor to the Young Singaporeans Conference 2018 by Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University Singapore. Additionally, he is currently also actively involved in local and international projects as an independent artist and art director.
Being an avid traveller, Imran was highly motivated by his experiences overseas interacting with street artists from Europe, Middle East, Asia and Africa. He acknowledges that many artists utilise the streets for the expression of ideas and believes that they should get the support and recognition they deserve, regardless of their educational background. He hopes to realise this in Singapore by educating the public through walking tours and authentically representing the art form and its community.
Marianne Tan graduated from LASALLE College of the Arts with a BA (Hons) in Arts Management in 2019. Throughout her education and career, Marianne has explored a diversity of art forms from visual arts to music, dance and theatre. In 2018, Marianne participated in Singapore Art Week as the visual arts programmer for ARTWALK Little India, being the principal liaison between the artists and stakeholders - Singapore Tourism Board, National Arts Council, LASALLE college of the Arts and Little India Shopkeepers Heritage Association (LISHA).
Over the past years, she has executed a variety of self-initiated community art projects for organisations such as Very Special Arts Singapore and spearheaded CSR mural projects for corporates and NGOs like Temasek Holdings, DBS, Singapore Pools, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and many others. Apart from her management roles, she is also experienced in providing photography, videography and content development support for local tour companies.
The daily interactions and experiences during the course of these projects have led to her growing interest and curiosity for art on the streets. She feels deeply for the raw nature of street art and is passionate about connecting personally and emotionally to this art form and hearing from practitioners in the field. Through Artwalk Singapore, she hopes to share her findings and aspirations for street art with the world, which is to see the art form gain the recognition it rightfully deserves, and contribute to its progress to the best of her capabilities.