Visual Arts, Talk/Workshop

Dennis Tan: Artist in Progress – Building of a 'Kolek'

Organised by: Singapore Art Museum
  • Date:
    15 Jun 2019
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  • Venue:
    National Sailing Centre
    National Sailing CentreNational Sailing Centre
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  • Admission:
    Free admission. Registration required.


Join us for a sneak peek of the Singapore Biennale 2019 with artist Dennis Tan, as he shares his thought, craft, and precision that goes into the making of a kolek, which will be presented at the Biennale exhibition. This talk will be moderated by Biennale curator John Tung.

This programme is organised by Singapore Art Museum, in conjunction with the Singapore National Sailing Championship 2019 (, hosted by the Singapore Sailing Federation.

About the artist
Dennis Tan (b. 1975, Singapore) graduated with a Diploma in Painting, Bachelor in Environmental Design, and a Master in Architecture. Describing his approach in his practice of boat building as 'building-without-a-plan', Tan's practice grounds itself in the sensibilities of the common man – engaging the subject with naïve curiosity. He has exhibited in Singapore, Australia, and Korea. He is the founder of HARPOU, the atelier for his ongoing artistic and architectural endeavours.

About Singapore Biennale 2019: Every Step in the Right Direction
Helmed by Patrick Flores as Singapore Biennale 2019 Artistic Director, and with a curatorial team of six members from Singapore, Southeast Asia and beyond, Singapore Biennale 2019: Every Step in the Right Direction focuses on the imperative of making choices and taking the steps to consider current conditions and the human endeavour for change and betterment. For more information about the Singapore Biennale, please visit

Dennis Tan: Artist in Progress – Building of a 'Kolek'