Our culture, heritage and traditions can be likened to an echo – they reverberate in all directions and practices come and go like sound waves. However, a sound alone does not create an echo; rather, what allows echoes to manifest is their environment. Similarly, culture cannot exist in a vacuum. It is people within a society that allow the culture to persist, or evolve, over time. The metaphor of an echo reminds us that our culture is in constant flux, never stagnant.

ARTWALK 2023 calls on audiences to envision the various ways our culture could grow from here. Despite its time away from the streets, the heart of ARTWALK as well as the cultures it celebrates has only evolved. With its resounding return to Little India and Katong-Joo Chiat, ARTWALK relooks at our cultural heritage, bringing these spaces and histories alive through the reflections and impressions of contemporary artists.

While echoes eventually fade out, culture never dies. Rather, it grows, evolves and takes new forms. Where an echo may fade into non-existence, the impact culture leaves is permanent.


A stroll alongside colour

By Jamie Teo
Looking at the colourful shophouses that line both sides of Koon Seng Road, the first thing that struck the artist was how these contrasting colours were placed side by side, yet did not clash with each other. Instead, they created a sense of harmony and something unique altogether. The artist was inspired by these combinations to create pockets and windows of abstract spaces where people could walk across or into and be surrounded by pure colour.

Outdoors, the mural piece stands out against the highly textured views found around Katong-Joo Chiat. Installed in a walkway, the work acts as a fragmented piece spans different areas, inviting the audience to keep an open eye out for pieces of these ‘windows’ in Katong-Joo Chiat. The bright colours of the work forces viewers to break away from their day-to-day routines – to stop, slow down and enjoy the simple joys of looking.

Apocalyptic Murals

By Joshua Yang
The term ‘apocalypse’ derives from the ancient Greek word ἀποκάλυψις (apokálupsis) which means revelation, disclosure or uncovering. However, the usual association with the term bears connotations of end-of-the-world imagery, featuring events which are yet to come. In contrast, this project seeks to uncover the past and through the past, rediscover what is in store for the future.

In response to the theme of ‘Echo’, this project attempts to rediscover past murals that are hidden under layers of paint or whitewash by attempting to uncover past murals from the wall of an old building through the gentle removal of layers of paint. Just as echoes are sounds which return to us after bouncing off of other surfaces, and not sounds that originate from the surfaces themselves, the artist seeks a way to make a mural not by adding anything to the wall, but by taking away from it, looking for the ‘echoes’ of previous murals. The interplay of image and text also echoes the site specificity of the mural, with the quote, “If your dog is fat, you are not getting enough exercise” reinforcing the need for a healthy lifestyle amidst all the good food one finds in the Joo Chiat area.

As a continuation of the artist’s practice in drawing and painting to investigate the passage of time, the mural project will encourage members of the public to participate in the removal of layers of paint in accordance to a pattern outlined by the artist. At the launch of the festival, the image that has been formed by the removal of paint would occupy the top half of the wall, leaving the remaining half for the members of the public to complete throughout the course of the festival.

Anatomical Reverberation; Recollections of you from a distance

By Soph O
An abstract portrait of characters, environments and experiences morphs into a singular cell that clads a historical structure. Life moves through, constantly evolving with time whereupon the structure becomes a vessel – containing, channelling. Breathing while staying still. Recollections echoed from within, over the edges, from a distance, deep down under.

The mural combines familiar forms and patterns which overlap and generate a labyrinthine surface composition. Each layer has a distinct character where smaller structures coexist with larger patterns, creating paths, vibrating and echoing, luring the viewer into a journey of micro hard-edged abstracts.

Soph has always been fascinated by memories and emotions resonate over time and how relationships with them change when stories are retold. Both narrator and listener are often denied access to the true history as memory is easily distorted. Recollections blur and intertwine.

The artist’s approach to painting tries to encapsulate these memories, however flawed they may be. This allows viewers to reimagine and reconstruct stories, bringing new perspectives and discoveries with each piece told to them or repeated to themselves. The endless journeys of living, experiencing, learning, unlearning and thriving are constants that ought to be balanced as humanity celebrates the ambiguities and randomness of life.

Dekat di Mata, Jauh di Hati

This artwork takes reference from the heritage and spirit of Joo Chiat and Katong. During his walkabout around the area, the artist could not help but feel overwhelmed by the vast changes to the space. Gone were the traditional businesses that echoed a bygone era of colonial Singapore, replaced by hip cafes and trendy businesses as part of ever-evolving redevelopment efforts.

Heritage persists only vestigially, embodied by the shophouses in the area, and reminders of what came before can only be glimpsed as tidbits of information on National Heritage Board plaques. The work is not a critique of change, but an acceptance of the inevitable. The character of Joo Chiat is constituted by the colours of the row of colourful Peranakan shop houses in the area, with mere memories shoring up of the remnants of heritage and culture that created the identity of the district.

Tapestry of Saree 2040

By Mural Lingo
The mural along 68 Serangoon Road depicts a narrative about culture, legacy and the future — drawing inspiration from its immediate vicinity of Little India.

Sarees — and its historical importance — acts as a conduit to portray design fads and imaginings of wardrobe shopping in the future. The traditional methods of creating sarees are juxtaposed with contemporary methods, such as the use of a tablet to create patterns. Dominating the mural is its centrepiece – a substantially sized saree billowing in the breeze.

Drawing upon Mural Lingo’s versatility, the piece will contain an eclectic variety of art styles which serves as a catalyst for sparking dialogue between communies within and beyond the precinct, displaying a refreshing take on the South Indian saree culture in a cutting-edge way. Viewers will be captivated by the sight of a larger-than-life representation of South Indian history and culture.

Baoli Reverb

As a parallel with the Indian Heritage Centre’s facade which is inspired by the monumental step wells of India, the artist contextualises the architecture of Baoli wells, restoring these heritage structures to their original function which is to bring water to everyone who needs it.

Alongside the introduction of modern water systems, time, weather and neglect have eroded the inverted fortresses until recently, when it was discovered that these edifices of ancient technology can help curb the water crisis worsened by climate change. Heritage and its structures are unable to exist without proper, organised human intervention — the unseen side of cultural and heritage work.

Considering India’s long struggle against dams ravaging and displacing entire communities, there has been a validating realisation that communal systems are more resilient, despite predating modern ones by more than a thousand years. This highlights the importance of learning history and old practices in order to move forward rather than relegating them to hauntology.

Lastly, the kapothka mudra juxtaposed against the geometric quality of the wells figuratively expresses gratitude to the teacher – in this case history and heritage, sustained by our forebears so the rest of us may learn about ourselves.

Video Car

By Urich Lau
The Video Car series, which began in 2010, transforms a car into an interactive display for videos. The work presents an eclectic viewing experience by combining the elements of moving images with the familiarity of a common automobile.

The work is a symbolic gesture in response to the boundaries of mobility – echoing issues of the current economic climate, such as the displacement of people and places. The car is a transformative element that turns a functioning transportation tool into a functionless art object and back again.

7 Scenes of a Street

By Artwave
Due to the rapid evolution of technology throughout the 21st century, every street on earth is now captured digitally. People can travel to any part of the world in a technological sense without actually packing their bags and boarding an airplane, as well as read and know everything about the history of a place without having to experience it first-hand. Anyone can learn about countries miles away, much less Singapore.

So what does ‘travelling’ mean from here, and as local artists, what can Artwave tell you about the streets of Singapore that can’t already find on the internet? What about time travelling and experiencing the histories of a street all at once?

In this artwork, listeners take a stroll through an alley while listening to sounds projected by hidden speakers throughout the space. Through this experience, they are sent on a journey through Singapore’s history and gain a deeper understanding of the echoes of Singapore’s past.

Speaking to the void

By By LASALLE College of the Arts, Diploma in Broadcast Media students
A collection of experimental works by students from the Diploma in Broadcast Media programme at LASALLE College of the Arts in Broadcast Media programme at LASALLE College of the Arts, Speaking to the Void reflects their response to the environment around them. As the world moves on from the pandemic, the adaptations that society has made ripple through. The rise of new media to express one’s self is likewise gaining popularity.

This showcase reflects on the works of the next generation of filmmakers – as we look at the works, what do the works say back to us?

ECHO - Exhibition

Common Thread
By LASALLE College of the Arts, BA(Hons) Fashion Design and Textiles students

Earl Lu Gallery, LASALLE College of the Arts, 1 McNally Street

Common Thread surveys the works of fashion designers and the journey taken to develop their works. The works featured in this exhibition draw from the designers’ cultural roots — all while pushing the boundaries of the traditional. As a result, the works also act as a reflection of the designers’ personal relationship with their cultural backgrounds.

Rather than following the format of a traditional fashion show, this exhibition focuses on showcasing the creative process of students, placing importance and priority on the oft-forgotten behind-the-scenes development of each work. Through allowing viewers to peek behind the curtain, the students hope to develop an appreciation of textiles and a deeper understanding of fashion’s connections with culture. The exhibition invites the audiences to consider that culture is never lost, instead it grows and evolves.



By Damaru Singapore
Celebrating ARTWALK’s return to the streets with a bang, Damaru is back for its third time as part of the festival’s programme, this time with a refreshed and contemporary twist to their performances.

Watch Damaru up close and personal as they drum up a lively performance on the streets. Adding an element of surprise, each performance comes with its own twist, be it martial arts, zumba or even music. Don’t miss out on this crowd favourite.


By Mark Nicodemus Tan
This site-specific piece will be performed through music, dance, poetry and theatre at various stops in the Little India district. A pair of dancers and a pair of percussionists will bring to life mythical characters as well as explore metaphysical binaries ubiquitous in myth.

Southeast Asian performance art has historically presented stories such as the Ramayana or Mahabharata in dance, music and puppetry. These epics can also be seen represented in sculpture or reliefs. The artist seeks to continue the timeless tradition of reinterpreting these and other stories in a contemporary setting and allowing them to reshape the way we view Little India.

Through the telling, retelling and recreation of myth through various performance modes, this piece aims to examine the role of narratives and stories in the placemaking of Little India and Singapore. The performance is framed with the dancers and musicians performing in pairs, enabling dialogue and conversations between classical and contemporary forms.

Rachel & The Rempah Runaways: A Dinner Theatre Experience

By Strawberries Inc. x Patch and Punnet
This is a pop-up dinner theatre experience in Katong-Joo Chiat that promises a fun and fully immersive experience for everyone.

Combining the best live theatre with a delectable five-course meal by Peranakan Inn, performers will regale audiences with the whimsical story of Rachel and The Rempah Runaways, involving a girl, garlic and chill that explores Peranakan history and cultural identity.

Liminal States

By LASALLE College of the Arts Diploma in Dance students
Liminal States is an experimental piece that acts as both a fixed installation and the focal point of a durational performance. A structural piece will be made by the artist – remaining incomplete.

Throughout the period of the festival, dancers — physical manifestations of a sound wave — will perform and leave imprints on the murals, leaving a remnant of their presence and performance there.

The piece reflects Little India’s constant state of transition. Like a growing organism, the precinct is never static. Every stimulus thrown in leaves its mark there. As an installation, Liminal States highlights the liminal nature of our interactions with strangers, as well as the idea that spaces — and places — are made by the people who interact with them. While the visual artist sets the intention of the physical installation, the dancers are ultimately the ones determining its final outcome. The piece thus grows and evolves, both as a reflection of the artist as well as the dancers who interact with it.

Experiential Activities

Self-guided Tour

By Have Halal Will Travel
This self-guided tour created by Have Halal Will Travel will help you explore the various artworks from ARTWALK 2023. The tour covers both precincts, with a custom itinerary to guide you around the area.

Peranakan Boutique Tour

By Kim Choo Kueh Chang
This private boutique tour, set within Kim Choo Kueh Chang’s premises, will provide attendees with a smorgasbord of experiences. From food sampling of treats to a tour of bridal suites, attendees will be introduced to the Peranakan apparel motif. This boutique tour will give insight into the lesser-seen facets of the Peranakan lifestyle in Singapore. Treats sampled include mini Nyonya, mini Nyonya kueh, and pineapple tarts.

Through this tour, attendees will learn more about Singapore’s Peranakan heritage, particularly within the context of its presence within Katong Joo Chiat.

Celebrating The Harvest: Cultural Tour and Experience

By Kamini Ramachandran
This year, the harvest festival Pongal takes place from 15 to 18 January. Participants will be immersed in the traditional practices of the festival as Kamini shares stories related to Pongal, as well as delve deeper into four to six different types of Pongal rice dishes that are traditionally prepared. Participants will be invited to eat and taste the different rice dishes while gaining a deeper understanding of the role of rice, harvest and beliefs in Indian culture.

They will also learn about the main ritual of boiling milk to celebrate Pongal. This ritual relates directly to the Serangoon Road area’s history of cattle and dairy trade, as well as the symbols of cows and cattle that can be found in the precinct. Myths and folklore related to cattle will be shared that will contextualise the precinct’s history.


Stamp Carving Workshop

Whether you’re a journaler or scrapbooker, everyone can partake in the therapeutic craft of stamp-making. In this workshop by Artefakts, attendees will learn the basic techniques of carving their very own stamp, one that is wholly unique to them.

Spend your weekend detoxing in a quaint art-jamming environment — a great way to channel one’s creative energy. Get the chance to interact with like-minded craft enthusiasts and relieve stress while also discovering the childhood artist within.

No arts experience is required to participate. Sessions are limited to 12 participants to maintain a cozy, personal and friendly vibe. Bring a friend for company and try stamp carving together, or go alone and delve into profound inner thoughts while crafting your own self personalised stamp.

Rangoli Workshop

By Vijaya Mohan
Even before the first rays of the sun are visible on the horizon, at least 10 million Indian households sweep and clean their door entrances and draw picturesque and colourful designs called rangoli or kolam outside their houses. The word ‘rangoli’ is derived from ‘rangavalli’ – ‘rang’ means colours and ‘valli’ means creepers and together it means a row of colourful creepers. It is generally believed that rangoli/kolam are drawn to welcome Lakshmi the Goddess of Wealth into the house and also to ward off evil spirits.

These designs evoke a sense of geometry, creativity, sensitivity and beauty and is considered as an important form of artistic expression. As an art form, rangoli/kolam teaches one patience, endurance and determination. It also enhances creativity, concentration and confidence.

Ms Vijaya Mohan will be conducting hands-on rangoli-making workshop as well as a share its history and significance from its origins to the practices here in Singapore.


Visual Artists/ Visual Arts Organisations
Jamie Teo
Joshua Yang
Soph O
Mural Lingo
Urich Lau
LASALLE College of the Arts, Diploma in Broadcast Media students
LASALLE College of the Arts, BA(Hons) Fashion Design and Textiles students
Performing Artists/ Performing Arts Organisations
Damaru Singapore
Mark Nicodemus Tan
Strawberries Inc. x Patch and Punnet
LASALLE College of the Arts Diploma in Dance students
Kim Choo Kueh Chang
Kamini Ramachandran
Vijaya Mohan
Supported By
Cultural Matching Fund
Little India Shopkeepers & Heritage Association
Student Team
Carla Castle
Carissa Huang
Megan Leow
Han Ji Won, Ashley
Christina Cai