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Exhibition Introduction

Colourful Splashes 2 (Virtual Edition) is the 52nd annual exhibition organised by the Singapore Watercolour Society to showcase members' works. It is conducted online again this year to minimise physical interaction due to Covid-19. Highlights of this year's exhibition include an online Web Gallery showcasing 189 pieces of artwork from 98 members; watercolour demonstrations by Mr Tan Chee Teck, Ms Wendy Low and Mr Tan Suz Chiang; and online watercolour techniques sharing session conducted by Dr Ng Woon Lam.

新加坡水彩画会将于12月份举办第52届常年展《缤纷水彩云端展2》。由于冠病疫情持续肆虐,画会决定继续以线上的形式举办今年的年展。 有别于去年的三维虚拟画廊,今年的云端展将以线上画廊的形态呈现98名新加坡水彩画会会员所创作的189幅水彩作品。 今年画会邀请了黄运南博士来透过Zoom为大家分享与传授他的水彩心得和技巧。每星期六也将播放一场陈志德、刘奕村和陈书强预先录制的水彩示范影片。 云端展将从2021年12月10日举行至12月26日。

Welcome Message

Donald Tan
President of the Singapore Watercolour Society (SWS)

Welcome to the 52nd SWS Annual Members’ Exhibition 2021 entitled “Colourful Splashes 2”. In view of the unstable Covid-19 situation, the SWS Executive Committee has decided to host this year’s exhibition online once again. It will be online from 10 December – 26 December 2021.

The pandemic situation brought about many unprecedented challenges. It has changed the way everyone works and lead their daily lives. Many artists had to learn to adapt to a new normal as art shows/exhibitions and workshops were indefinitely put on hold.

During this time, the SWS committee spared no effort to hold regular virtual meetings to ensure the smooth running of SWS's activities. These included the quarterly “[email protected]” sessions, the launch of the new SWS website, and the 51st Annual Exhibition Colourful Splashes (virtual). SWS had waived both the annual membership fees and exhibition participation fees for 2020 and 2021.

Since the start of the pandemic, SWS has adapted and embarked on new ways to engage members. We are amongst the first art societies in Singapore that has pivoted to an online exhibition, which enabled members to display works in the annual watercolour exhibition virtually.

In 2020, the month-long online exhibition attracted 100 members to submit their entries. A 3D virtual gallery was set up to display 192 works in three virtual exhibition halls for viewers to enjoy the artworks at leisure, without the risk of gathering physically. The popular artist watercolour demonstrations we always have during the annual exhibition also went online for the first time. Six established artists members shared their pre-recorded videos watercolour demonstrations via the SWS YouTube channel.

A new programme “In Conversation With Senior Artist” was also introduced. Four SWS founding members were invited to share their experience and watercolour journey via Zoom and live-streamed on Facebook. These programmes were scheduled over four weekends to keep the viewers engaged. We are glad to receive positive feedback on our first online exhibition.

This year, the online exhibition will include a web gallery showcasing 189 works from 98 participating artists. The subject ranges from landscape, sea/cityscape, still-life, portrait, animals etc. There will be a weekly online watercolour demonstration by three invited artists members Mr Tan Chee Teck, Ms Wendy Low and Mr Tan Suz Chiang. Dr Ng Woon Lam will also be conducting online watercolour techniques sharing cum discussion session via Zoom.

In the coming years, SWS will continue to roll out the quarterly “[email protected]”, online workshops/demonstrations, and invitations to overseas exhibitions etc. We hope to be able to resume regular outdoor painting sessions when more restrictions are lifted as the Covid-19 situation stabilised. More details will be shared via members’ circular.

Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to thank National Arts Council and all participating artists for their support in this year’s exhibition. Amidst the unprecedented challenges for Covid-19, SWS will continue to organise interesting programmes.

I would also like to thank Mr Ong Kim Seng, our Honorary President and Advisor/Immediate Past President Mr Seah Kang Chui for their support and guidance. Lastly, a big thank you to the organising committee members for their hard work in planning and organising the exhibition.

We hope you enjoy the online exhibition and do share it with your friends.

Thank you and enjoy!

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Date Of Exhibition

Online Programmes

Watercolour techniques sharing session

Sunday 19 December 2pm to 5pm

Session one

2pm to 3.30pm

(Recommended for beginners)

Session two

3.30 to 5pm

(Recommended for intermediate)

Due to overwhelming response, all seats have been fully taken up and registration has closed.
However, you can still watch it live in Facebook here

Dr Ng Woon Lam

Session One
(Recommended for beginners)

2 to 3.30pm


Introduction to the freshness of watercolour painting – The use of watercolour paper white.


How to make use of the white of the watercolour paper to showcase the vibrancy of watercolour painting.

Key topics

  • The design of shapes – size, forms, angle and distributions/arrangements.
  • The relationship of tones between the painted areas and the areas that are left as white.
  • How the white paper areas may enhance or cause problems to the required mood of the image.

Session Two
(Recommended for intermediate)

3.30 to 5pm


Introduction to Interesting Space Design


How to design the space with a combination of mathematical perspective and overlapping planes.

Key topics

  • Advantages and disadvantages of linear perspective.
  • Tips to overcome the weakness of linear perspective – Overlapping planes, edge variation, atmospheric perspective and design through the interaction of positive-negative patterns.

Committee Members

Donald Tan

Corina Quek

Goh Huiying

Yu Man Ling

Phyllis Chong

Ryan Qin Jiming
Research Officer

William Goh

Joanna Ng
Research Officer

Alicia Tan

Jane Leong
Internal Auditor