Creative Unions

Creative Unions

Curation, Event Management

As the first mall-wide art activation in Singapore, Creative Unions was a major month-long, art-meets-retail programme at Funan. Envisioning an imaginative and collaborative future for both art and retail industries, it featured exciting and unexpected partnerships between Singapore’s artists and Funan’s tenants across fashion, food, lifestyle, technology and experiential trades. Visitors were treated to a rewarding ‘shoppable' experience that enriched their understanding of visual arts. This programme was curated by Neighborhood and presented by Funan.

Samuel Xun X Bernina satin throw cushion

Bernina launched their second and third edition of its artist-in-session programme with multidisciplinary artist Samuel Xun and weaver Tiffany Loy. Over a period of four weeks, both artists utilised the Swiss brand's exceptional sewing machines to produce new artworks and merchandise. Loy also hosted a hands-on, two-hour workshop at Bernina's Funan outlet where participants created their own interpretation of the artist's aesthetics.

Jahan Loh X Brompton Bicycle "I Have Seen The Future" custom-painted folding bicycle

London-based folding bike brand Brompton Bicycle teamed up with pop artist Jahan Loh to create a custom-painted bike. It featured a two-tone colour fade and Loh's signature tagline "There Is No Planet B" as well as motifs from his 'Intergalactic Dreams' series. The collaboration also included a limited line of T-shirts and sticker packs.

Nur Aida Sa'ad X Butterknife Folk

Graphic artist and art director Nur Aida Sa'ad took ovrer renowned gelato brand Butterknife Folk's storefront and menu to rejoice in the little moments of happiness we experience each day. Propelled by crowd-sourced stories, 'Small Joys' featured 12 exclusive delicious flavours, bold architectural interventions and a capsule machine.

Bewilder x Edible Garden City

Founder of mycological studio Bewilder, Ng Sze Kiat transformed two of Edible Garden City's rooftop rooms into a trippy celebration of the remarkable mushroom in all its futuristic potential and psychedelic wonder. The exhibit, 'Enter The Mushroom', featured a mycological scenography of native species that glowed under neon lights.

“We would like to show that art transcends boundaries, be it a visual feast for the eyes or comfort food for the belly"

Ingrid Lim, co-founder of Butterknife Folk

Keith Teo abstract-printed textiles for Grafunkt Art Market

Produced by Neighborhood, Grafunkt Art Market showcased seven unique home-ready art objects by Singapore's most promising visual artists. From an intricate paper and wood screen to a beautiful colour-blocked rug, most of the collectible pieces were commissioned exclusively and produced by a range of skilled fabricators and craftsmen. Grafunkt Art Market featured works by Ashley Yeo, Bbblob, Keith Teo, Luke Heng, Priyageetha Dia, Tristan Lim and Shayne Phua.

Howie Kim X LiHO TEA

Popular homegrown bubble tea brand LiHO TEA partnered with digital artist Howie Kim to launch its first artist-designed tumbler. The tumbler was accompanied by a sticker pack as well as a dramatic floor art installation that invited visitors to step into Kim's fantastical realm of whimsical creatures and kitschy landscapes.

Allison M. Low X Love, Bonito

Fine artist Allison M. Low interpreted the iconographies of 'The Modern Asian Woman' for local fashion label Love, Bonito. Low's delicate illustrations sit prettily in the store's photogenic mirrored space and fitting rooms while a range of artworks hung in the community gallery. A limited quantity of collectible face mask charms and printed tote bags were also given away.

Objects of Mass Distraction X Minor Miracles

Multidisciplinary artist Charlene Kuah of Objects of Mass Distraction (OOMD) joined forces with Singaporean textile brand Minor Miracles to produce a one-of-a-kind line of wearables. Limited to 30 handmade pieces, the wearables elevated and contextualised often overlooked locally sourced stones as well as fabric scapes from the brand's in-house studio. OOMD's practice of assemblage took serene form in-store with a zen garden.

SlimLim X PPP Coffee

Leading specialty coffee boutique PPP Coffee teamed up with line artist Alex Lim for a limited edition reusable mug. Lim's quirky doodles also featured on the cafe's physical facade, digital screens as well as on a AR face filter that is available on the brand's Instagram profile.

Lasalle College of the Arts X Vans

With the support of Neighborhood, Vans partnered with BA and MA Fine Arts students of Lasalle College of the Arts to create a localised interpretation of its Lunar New Year campaign through a photographic lens. The students were provided with a disposable camera and tasked to shoot a roll of film, focusing on aspects of humanity within their own communities. The strongest prints were exhibited in a pop-up alongside three sneaker art workshops led by Tiffany Lovage, Andray and Erika Tay.

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