Exhibition title: Trapped by Situations: Freed by Your Actions
Groups: NUS Society of Social Work with Institute of Mental Health (IMH) and Promoting Alternatives to Violence (PAVE)
Date: 8 to 22 March
No of Works: 11
Trapped by Situations, Freed by Your Actions educates the public about the challenges faced by some in Singapore who are forgotten by society. The artistic products of our beneficiaries are showcased, symbolic of their strengths and talents, as well as the challenges which prevent them from realising their potentials. In partnership with other stakeholders, social work professionals rehabilitate our beneficiaries and integrate them into society, helping them to become dignified and self-actualising individuals.
The butterfly motif used in the exhibition title symbolises our belief in an inclusive and cohesive society, where everyone knows that all individuals matter. Similar to how a butterfly breaks out of its cocoon and roams freely, we help our beneficiaries overcome their challenges to achieve freedom for a more fulfilling future.
President, 23rd Executive Committee
Society of Social Work Students
We are a group of four social work students doing a community project for the module Community Work Practice (SW3105). In this project, we will be engaging the public into accepting and offering second chances to youth-at-risk and ex-youth offenders through a community arts movement named HeARTbeat.
HeARTbeat highlights the pressing need for youths to reflect about the causes, effects and solutions to youth delinquency and at-risk behaviour in Singapore. The aim is to raise the awareness of youths and the public about the concerns and challenges facing youths-at-risk and ex-youth offenders. We hope the members of the public will look beyond their immediate comfort zones and confront these issues in their personal capacities, and do their part towards fostering an inclusive and cohesive society.
With the rising trend of youth delinquency in Singapore, this art exhibition aims to explore the community’s role in helping the youths to realise the consequences of their actions and through the artwork, discover their strengths. We held an exhibition at the Woodlands Regional Library from 1 to 12 Oct 2009 and decided to bring the exhibition to the NUS Central Library as we wanted to allow the NUS students, faculty members and staff to have a greater understanding of the social work profession as well as the youth delinquency issues in Singapore.
Do visit the exhibition, which will run from 23 October to 20 November, and sign our guestbook!
Tng Xin Lei Corine
Undergraduate, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences