Residents in the media: Alecia Neo awarded Young Artist Award

 Photo: National Arts Council

Photo: National Arts Council

Congratulations to our resident, Alecia Neo, for being awarded the Young Artist Award!

Neo says: "I would like to think of myself as an artist working with people. Relationships are at the heart of all the work that I do."

No wonder, given her upbringing. Her father owns a hardware store and she grew up "watching him build a community around his work". Her housewife mother influenced her with the thought and care with which she relates to people.

Neo studied at Nanyang Technological University's School of Art, Design and Media. She has also done overseas residencies, including in Biella, Italy.

She plans to use the grant of up to $20,000 from the Young Artist Award for a new project about education and climate change. She wants to start people thinking about "excessive consumption and waste, which are largely invisible in our daily life".

She adds: "I am most interested in understanding how an artist can potentially contribute in generating shifts or transformation in society through negotiating difference."

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