Curated by Jennifer Soen of Sunjin Galleries
Exhibition available 19th Sep – 19th Oct
Works by Nicholas Leong, Dr Patricia Yih and SQRLO marking the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.
Our beautiful planet, and habitat to all living creatures is our shared resource. No matter which part of the world we live in, we need to treat it with understanding and wisdom. Pollution, climate change, environmental damage is not limited to nations. What happens in one part of the world impacts on the rest of us.
The three artists we are presenting at Thurrock Festival Digital 2020 have responded to the environment with their voices. Their works are dissimilar in both subjects and temperament.
Mr Nicholas Leong is a little quirky because the project it covers is itself unconventional. Leong set up the pioneering Kenyan Riders to address the lack of African cyclists in the Tour de France – positive actions for Black Lives Matter and sustainable transportation
Dr. Patricia Yih approaches nature with the contemplation of a portraitist.
A multidisciplinary artist and with a background in Neuroscience, SQRLO works with photography and prose. His works are monochromatic, ethereal and luxuriously enchanting.
JENNIFER SOEN | FOUNDER | DIRECTOR
Curator and private art dealer, Jennifer is also the founder and director of Sunjin Galleries – a contemporary art gallery set up in the year 2000. She has established strong credibility by representing some of the most sought after artists in the region. Jennifer also has a keen eye for emerging talents. Hence, Sunjin Galleries have been actively identifying and promoting new and exciting names for discerning art buyers. The Ministry of Culture has recognised her efforts in China, and Sunjin Galleries was lauded as one of the “Top 10 most influential galleries” at the 11th Beijing International Art Exhibition in 2008.
Jennifer was also a Director for Social Creatives (2012-2015), a non-profit arts social enterprise that promotes community art. In 2014, Jennifer was the chief curator for the very successful pop-up exhibition cum sales, The Social Store, their mission is to preserve the work of artists through the principles of the 5 Ps, Protecting, Presenting, Promoting, Preserving, and making art Perennial, thus creating an ecosystem of continuous improvement and treasuring for all forms of artefacts and their artists. The purpose is to uplift the community of artisans to revive every dying art form by reaching the global market through the platform of The Social Store.
Sunjin Galleries | Associate Curator
We are thrilled that Sunjin Galleries from Singapore is joining our international team as Associate Curator.
The link between Britain and Singapore is a very special one. Singapore was founded by Sir Stamford Raffles, who discovered the immense benefits of its natural port. Furthermore, it was positioned in a strategic and vital part of the trade routes serving the Commonwealth.
There is also a strange parallel between Thurrock and Singapore in that Thurrock’s crest features the symbol of a ‘sea lion’ whilst the national emblem of Singapore is the Merlion. This link reflects the importance of the sea and maritime trade in both places.
Sunjin Galleries is relaunching as an online portal, celebrating their first show by collaborating with Thurrock Festival Digital London 2020, a virtual platform, on 19 September 2020.
A Singapore based contemporary art gallery, they have represented talented and sought after artists in the region. Their inaugural digital exhibition “OUR EARTH” honours the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day by presenting three Singapore photographers, Mr Nicholas Leong, Dr Patricia Yih and SQRLO
They have received many accolades, and the most memorable one was from China, where they were awarded “Top 10 most influential galleries” at the 11th Beijing International Art Exhibition in 2008 by The Ministry of Culture from China