Visual Arts Centre

Origin Of Art: A Celebration of Traditional Art & Cultural Heritage


Tista Art Gallery and Strokearts are proud to present the “Origin of Art” Exhibition, a captivating showcase of diverse artistic expressions from various cultures.

This year’s exhibition features an impressive lineup of National Award winning artists from India and Singapore. In collaboration with Jaipur Art Summit, a non-profit organization from India, Strokearts and Tista Art Gallery bring you an event that honours the beauty of traditional art and the artisans who have preserved these invaluable traditions.

The exhibition will feature over a hundred artworks across various media and genres. Additionally, visitors can immerse themselves in numerous art workshops, talks, and demonstrations led by renowned artists.

There will be a Young Artist Exhibit aimed at encouraging art among kids, and an “Art for a Cause” Charity Wall featuring artworks generously donated by the exhibition artists to raise funds for the chosen local charity.

Event Details

Dates: 17th to 23rd July 2024; 11AM to 8PM
Venue: Visual Arts Centre
(10 Penang Rd, #01-02, Dhoby Ghaut Green, Singapore 238469)
Entry: Free for all

Event Highlights

– Traditional art displays from renowned artists
– Interactive sessions with artists
– Cultural activities and workshops
– Art Talks by renowned artists
– Art for a Cause charity wall
– Young Artist Appreciation

Visitors are welcome to engage with their favourite artists and participate in various activities throughout the exhibition. These events are designed to provide an immersive experience and a deeper appreciation for traditional art forms.

Join us in celebrating this vibrant fusion of art and culture. Don’t miss the chance to explore the rich heritage and artistic brilliance at the “Origin of Art” Exhibition.

About Tista Art Gallery:
Tista Art Gallery, founded by Megha and Sonal is dedicated to promoting diverse forms of artistic expression and supporting artists from around the world.

About Strokearts:
Strokearts, founded by Shivali, is committed to fostering creativity and cultural appreciation through various art initiatives and exhibitions.

About Jaipur Art Summit:
Jaipur Art Summit is a non-profit organization focused on preserving and promoting traditional art forms and supporting the artisans behind them.

Exhibition Highlights


Meenakari Art By Shivali Mathur
18th July 2 – 4 pm

Kerala Mural Art by Rosni
19th July 2-4 pm.
Fee – SGD 65

One Stroke Painting by Shivali Keshav
23rd July 2-4 pm
Fee SGD 48

Lippan Art by Anjali
21st July 11-1 pm
SGD 50


Art Making: The process and end-result
Abu Jalal Sarimon
On 18th July 5 – 6 pm

Therapeutic aspect of Rangoli
Vijaya Mohan
On 20th July, 4:30 – 5:30 pm

Kintsugi as a philosophy – Traditional Japanese Art
Kimoko Matsushima
On 22nd July 3 – 4 pm


Inauguration Evening
Guest of honour Ms Joyce Kinsley
(She is an entrepreneur, Advisor for Lisha women’s wing & an accomplished grassroots leader)
on 19th July,
4:30- 7:30 pm

Young Artist Appreciation Evening
Guest of honour Ms Vijaya Mohan
(She is an accomplished Rangoli artist, art therapist and a Guinness book record holder).
on 21st July,
4:30- 7:30 pm

Art For Cause

Charity Wall, held over the 7 days, will feature generously donated artworks by exhibition artists to raise funds for HOME, a Singapore charity.

Participating Artists

Abhishek Namdeo
Abu Jalal Sarimon
Anamika Dutta
Anjali Jha
Aruna Yogesh
Bhagya Rao
Diparati Chakraborty
Jasmin Maniam
Jaya Gupta
Jayashree Alamuru
Kalian Joshi
Kanika Mathur
Krishna Tashi Palmo
Kumiko Matsushima
Lakshmy Iyer
Mahaveer Swami
Megha Mathur

Nihal Aman Mouri
Raka Sharma
Ramu Ramdev
Resshma Das
Rosni Bhanu
Sanchita Pathak Dasgupta
Shakir Ali
Shivali Keshav
Shivali Mathur
Sonal Mathur
Tilak Gitai
Vandana Dayal
Vijay Kumawat
Vijaya Mohan
Viren Bannuu



Please RSVP by 15th July to reserve your spot. You may respond to this email [email protected] or call us at 92340169/ 91009091/902337

Our Visual Arts Centre Exhibition Gallery Venue Hire Calendar For 2024 Is Open!

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Embark on a captivating journey into the vibrant world of digital art! Our Foundation in Digital Art workshop invites budding creatives aged nine and above to unleash their imagination and hone their artistic skills in a dynamic, supportive environment. From mastering basic digital tools to crafting mesmerizing digital masterpieces, children will explore a spectrum of techniques guided by seasoned mentors. Through hands-on activities and interactive sessions, participants will discover the endless possibilities of digital expression while fostering creativity and critical thinking. Join us for an exhilarating adventure where young artists transform ideas into stunning visual realities, igniting a passion for digital art

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World of Manga [Foundation & Styling]

A manga art workshop for children and teenagers sounds like a fantastic idea! Here’s how you might structure it:
Introduction to Manga: Begin by introducing what manga is, its history, and its influence on popular culture worldwide. Show examples of different manga styles and genres to give participants an overview.
Basic Drawing Techniques: Start with the fundamentals of drawing, such as line work, shapes, and proportions. Provide step-by-step instructions on how to draw basic manga characters, focusing on simple shapes that can be built upon.
Character Design: Move on to character design concepts, including creating unique characters, designing their personalities, and developing backstories. Encourage participants to get creative and think outside the box.
Expression and Emotion: Teach how to convey emotions and expressions through facial expressions, body language, and positioning of characters. This can be a fun and interactive exercise where participants practice drawing various emotions.
Storytelling and Paneling: Explore the basics of storytelling in manga, including paneling techniques, pacing, and layout. Show examples of different panel structures and discuss how they affect the flow of the story.
Inking and Coloring: Introduce participants to inking techniques using pens or markers. You can also cover digital inking for those interested. Then, demonstrate basic coloring techniques using markers, colored pencils, or digital software.
Feedback and Collaboration: Provide opportunities for participants to share their work and receive feedback from their peers and instructors. Encourage collaboration by having them work together on short manga projects or collaborative drawings.
Final Showcase: End the workshop with a showcase of participants’ work. This could be in the form of an exhibition, digital gallery, or printed booklet. Celebrate everyone’s creativity and progress throughout the workshop.
Remember to create a supportive and encouraging environment where participants feel free to express themselves and explore their creativity. And don’t forget to have fun! Manga is all about imagination and passion, so let that spirit shine through in your workshop.

Academy Drawing Traditions

The academy drawing and sketching tradition, rooted in centuries of artistic practice, emphasizes disciplined study of form, proportion, and technique. Originating from Renaissance workshops and formalized by institutions like the Royal Academy, it prioritizes meticulous observation and mastery of fundamental skills. Students progress from basic exercises to complex compositions, learning to depict still life and common objects with precision and expression. This tradition values both classical principles and innovation, encouraging artists to push boundaries while maintaining a deep respect for tradition. Through rigorous training and critique, artists within this tradition cultivate a strong foundation for creative exploration and artistic excellence.

Chinese Ink Painting and Calligraphy

This course on Chinese ink painting and calligraphy introduces young learners to the rich traditions of Chinese art. Through hands-on activities, students explore the basics of brush techniques, ink control, and the delicate art of Chinese script. They learn to appreciate the cultural significance of calligraphy and painting, developing skills in creating elegant strokes and expressive brushwork. The course fosters creativity, patience, and fine motor skills, while also providing insights into Chinese history and aesthetics. By the end, children gain confidence in their artistic abilities and a deeper understanding of Chinese cultural heritage.

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Funk With Graffiti Workshop for children is an engaging and creative program aimed at introducing young artists to the vibrant world of graffiti and funk-inspired street style art. Participants learn the basics of graffiti history, techniques, and safety. Guided by professional graffiti artists, children explore the art of designing their unique tags, emphasizing creativity, expression, and individuality. The workshop includes hands-on activities, from sketching concepts to creating final designs with spray paint on provided surfaces. By the end of the session, children gain confidence in their artistic abilities and an appreciation for graffiti and funk as legitimate forms of street art. Each child completes two original artworks, which they proudly take home, showcasing their newfound skills and personal style.

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