Tan Sock Fong
Glass artist and printmaker Tan Sock Fong was a recipient of the Mobil Art Scholarship in 1988. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Art and Design (Hon) from the University of Wolverhampton (England) majoring in Glass in 1995, on a National Arts Council overseas study bursary.
Beginning in the 1980s as a young artist, Sock Fong has also been a dedicated teacher and active supporter of the art scene in Singapore. Sock Fong shares her extensive experience and skills through her artwork and also through innovative art programmes at her studio at Emily Hill and at various local institutions. She has lectured/taught at La Salle College of the Arts, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore Polytechnic and Nan Chiau High School.
In 1992, she led a taskforce assisting Cultural Medallion Award recipient Chng Seok Tin to set up Singapore’s first public printmaking studio at Changkat Community Center for the printmaking community. She was also involved in organizing Singapore’s first glass exhibition “Glass: Passage of Evaluation” in 1993.
In 2004, she was artist-in-residence at David Ruth Glass Studio in Oakland, USA, working on cast glass. She was vice president of the Sculpture Society (Singapore) 2007 and she organized the 1st Singapore International Woodcarving Symposium 2007 with the committee and its members.
Sock Fong’s most ambitious project to date has been to initiate Emily Hill (2005), an arts community where independent artists and arts practitioners can work, share their collective artistic energies and foster interactions between the artist community and the public. Together with Sun Yu-li, the team from Theatre Training and Research Programme (TTRP) and Monsoonasia Gallery, these became the founding members of Emilyhill Enterprise. Her own studio with facilities for warm glass has been installed there.
SG Care Bi-Centennial project “Celebrating our Culture of Care”
a community mural involving special needs artists (Very Special Arts) and the general public. 10-metre art mural, depicting the caring culture of Singapore.
A year-long project culminating in touring exhibitions at Suntec Singapore, Tampines Hub, Pasir Ris Sports Centre, Bedok, Bishan, Chong Pang and Marine Parade Community Clubs.
Sculpture Society Wood Symposium,
Pasir Ris Park, Singapore.
Artspace, Far East Plaza.
Glocal Connect Village Gallery, Temasek Polytechnic, Singapore.
“Art on the Hill”, group exhibition with Emily Hill artists,
Art Glass Centre, Singapore.
Team collaborative art work “Aurora”
exhibited at SingaPlural, 2016.
exhibited in “Art of Sustainability.
Pulse of a City,
Shanghai, a Singapore-China contemporary art exchange project piloted under SIF’s Arts for Good.