Jean is a community artist who derives her energy from creating purposeful work. She recently joined the Lien Foundation as part of its Secret Projects Team, where she uses her interest in creativity, community mobilisation and the arts to advocate for inclusive education.
From 2008 to 2017, she ran Logue, a content creation studio that built social dialogue through community art, documentary film and photography. Its labours of love include Superhero Me, a values-based arts movement which advocates for social inclusion. In 2016, Superhero Me was chosen as the face of SGFuture, a government-led campaign inspiring Singaporeans to start ground-up initiatives and build a national identity.
Logue was also behind And So They Say, an SG50-celebration fund project that celebrates seniors through an interactive installation which was launched at the Singapore Night Festival 2015. Jean also worked closely with partners like SGEnable and Ministry of Communication, Culture and Youth. As a community artist, she has collaborated with the National Arts Council (Arts and Communities) on various projects for SilverArts Festival 2013 and 2015, where she brought together young artist teams to work with the elderly. She has been a NOISE photography mentor since 2013.
Huiwen focusses on creative content development and collaborations at the Lien Foundation, with a keen interest in inclusion in early childhood. She co-ran Logue from 2012 to 2017 developing content and media projects with a social impact.
Her earlier role at Logue as a writer and creative strategist allowed her to apply her journalism experience to human-interest stories closer to the heart. Such projects include Superhero Me, And So They Say and Building Back Better, a series of four short films shot in China, Indonesia, Thailand and Singapore, which depict the mental resilience of Asian communities affected by disasters.
She spent the initial years of her career as a finance journalist at The Straits Times, followed by Bloomberg News, where she was based in Shanghai and broke news from events including the China’s National People’s Congress Meetings and the World Economic Forum. While a student at NTU’s Wee Kim Wee School of Communication, she received the Dennis Bloodworth Memorial Journalism Prize from former PM of Singapore Lee Kuan Yew, organized by the Foreign Correspondents Association.
Marvin Tang has been a part of the Superhero Me movement since its birth in 2014 and uses photography as a way of documentation and advocacy. A graduate from NTU School of Art, Design and Media, Marvin was awarded the Kwek Leng Joo prize for Excellence in Photography in 2015 and the 5th Singapore International Photography Festival’s Portfolio Review CAPA Prize for Best Portfolio. He is interested in the parallels between space and human interactions, and crafts images that create new narratives in everyday spaces.
His work has been exhibited in Pingyao International Photography Festival (China), Suwon International Photo Festival and Dali International Photography Festival. Marvin is currently completing his Masters at London College of Communication.
Weiyan’s passion is in crafting and creation. At Superhero Me, she programmes visual arts experiences and is inspired by the potential of craft to build community. Weiyan also runs In Merry Motion, a celebration, experience design and craft studio which has worked with National Library Board, National Arts Council and Esplanade. Weiyan would gladly choose pom poms and yarn in the great indoors over a day by the pool. As someone who likes to be challenged, she enjoys conceptualising and crafting out thoughtful and bespoke experiences. She loves animals and works on her passion project “trade school singapore” on the side.
Winnie is a third-year psychology major in the National University of Singapore and aspires to be an early childhood educator. She is passionate about inclusive early childhood education after working with children with and without needs as part of Superhero Me’s workshops. Her experience with Superhero Me first began in 2015 where she assisted in outreach workshop programmes. This project has grown beyond a job, as she recognises its potential in shaping the future of our community.
Charis is a third-year computer science major studying at Yale-NUS College. She was involved in managing the first Superhero Me Festival, which reached out to over 4,000 people and has been continuing the journey by taking on various support roles. Through Superhero Me, her perspectives have been challenged countless of times, yet the hope and resilience the children possess and spread to others have impacted her in many ways. She hopes to use her interest in digital media and programming to create useful and socially innovative advocacy initiatives in the future.
Alice Fox is a Tate Exchange Associate, Deputy Head of the School of Art at the University of Brighton, UK. She is founder of the pioneering MA Inclusive Arts Practice. Her interests include conversations, collaborations and artistic exchange. Alice’s research practice is inclusive arts education, participatory performance and visual art. As Director of the learning disabled Rocket Artists, she directed ‘Side by Side: learning disability, art and collaboration’ - an international exhibition and symposium of Inclusive Arts at the Southbank Centre. Alice co-authored Inclusive Arts Practice and Research: A critical manifesto, published by Routledge 2015. She collaboratively directed and performed in ‘It’s a Wrap’ and ‘Smudged’ inclusive dance performances at Tate Modern and ‘Measures of Bodies’ at the opening night of the European Conference on Childhood Disability, Brussels Medical Museum. Alice is a featured artist in the Kathmandu Triennial March 17. She is also a trustee for Epic Arts, an inclusive arts center in Cambodia. In the early eighties Alice was the singer in the cult band The Marine Girls.
Emmeline co-founded Objectifs in 2003 and continues to oversee the artistic direction and general management at the non-profit arts space. Objectifs has become regarded as one of the leading visual arts centres in Southeast Asia, advancing the practice and appreciation of film and photography both locally and internationally. She has served as a judge and nominator for several awards, including the ICON de Martell Cordon Bleu Photography Award and Magnum Foundation Fund. She has also curated several photography exhibitions including the annual Women in Photography exhibition at Objectifs (co-presented with the Asian Women Photographers’ Showcase in 2015, and with the Magnum Foundation in 2016), and group and solo shows at the Month of Photography Asia. Her contribution to the photography scene in Singapore has been recognised over the years; she was named as one of the Top 50 Creative People in 2010, TimeOut Magazine; and Top 10 Creative Minds 2012, Prestige Magazine. Emmeline received her degrees from the University of Pennsylvania in Management (B.Sc Econs, The Wharton School) and Economics (B.A, College of Arts and Sciences).
Jolyn Pek loves working with people. As co-owner of a creative agency, Fierce Design, Jolyn’s work involves listening to people, interpreting verbal and non-verbal gestures, and formulates how best to communicate to a target audience effectively. With degree in Economics and Japanese Studies, and a Masters in Commerce, Jolyn is passionate about languages, music and art and her diverse work experiences in consultancy and project management bring her on project quests that make a difference while benefiting immensely from the learning process. Her work with the Ministry of Social and Family Development has taken her on an islandwide campaign around Singapore, talking to senior citizens and their caregivers about the needs and assistance programs available. The campaign also enabled seniors to feel more empowered in expressing their needs and being proactive about their lives.
Jolyn has been actively supporting community-based work and has also co-founded a non-profit organization, Art Complete, responsible for showcasing young emerging artists to corporate audiences and galleries. Currently, Jolyn’s work in consultancy has brought her to different parts of Asia to help landowners design and build healthcare facilities for elderly care.
Joshua Comaroff was raised in Chicago, USA, and studied literature, linguistics, and creative writing at Amherst College before joining the Master of Architecture and Master of Landscape Architecture programs at Harvard University Graduate School of Design. He has worked for and studied under Rem Koolhaas, Rafael Moneo, Rodolfo Machado and Jorge Silvetti, Preston Scott Cohen, and David Adjaye. Joshua initially began working with Ong Ker-Shing in the firm Lekker Design in 2002, and later with Lekker Architects (founded 2015). In 2009, Josh completed a PhD in cultural geography at University of California Los Angeles, writing on the subject of haunted landscapes and urban memory in Singapore. He has published writing about architecture, urbanism, and politics, with an Asian focus. His articles have been published in Public Culture, Cultural Geographies, Journal of Architectural Education, and elsewhere. He is also a regular contributor to the Harvard Design Magazine. With Shing, he is co-author of Horror In Architecture.
Christine graduated from the University of Warwick, UK, with Honours degree in Accounting and Finance. Her early career in public sector was in banking supervision, where she was awarded a scholarship to pursue a Master in Business Administration (Banking and Finance) at the Nanyang Business School, NTU. When her son was diagnosed with ADHD in 2000, Christine noticed the lack of resources and training for caregivers, teachers and professionals. Working in partnership with clinicians, Christine co-founded Ovspring Developmental Clinic (Ovspring), a multi-disciplinary paediatric clinic which focused on the diagnosis, treatment and mainstreaming of special needs children. Her work in Ovspring was guided by the belief that providing quality care to patients was paramount, in tandem with the training of caregivers and professionals. Christine served at Ovspring as part of its senior management team prior to her appointment at the Institute of Mental Health (IMH) in 2010. She headed the Education Office at IMH, National Healthcare Group, as its Deputy Director. The Office, together with clinician leads, supported the strategic development and administration of medical, nursing and allied health education for undergraduate and postgraduate training. Working with both local and regional partners, Christine led teams to support the design and development of capacity building projects in the area of disaster mental health. After almost seven years in NHG, her career took full circle when she returned to the public sector in 2016.