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Ernest

MA Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship

Storytelling is at the heart of Ernest's various human-interest projects which includes Laughter In The Rain, a ground-breaking book documenting the history and reality of disabled sports; Beyond Mask, a book published in honour of  the medical workers who sacrificed their lives at the height of the SARS outbreak in Asia; and Thailand: 9 Days in the  Kingdom, a photographic project involving 55 top international photographers that was produced in honour of the Thai king, his Majesty Bhumibol Adulyadej in 2007.

After he was awarded the Arts Scholarship from Singapore Press Holdings, he graduated from Temasek Polytechnic, School of Design in 1999 winning both the book prize and the Philips Design Award for his work. Published in maga-zines such as Time Asia, Newsweek, Der Spiegel and the Smithsonian, Ernest is also the creative director of Ernest- Goh.Com a corporate and commercial photography studio whose clients include Coca-Cola, HP, Lenovo, VISA and  Nokia.

Ernest is currently working in the areas of social innovation and enterprise. In response to the shifting media land- scape, he is exploring using audio, video and the power of still photography to tell digital stories of brands, events and
issues relating to the human condition and environment. He spent the four years documenting the aftermath in post- tsunami Aceh, Indonesia. The body of work, entitled Altered Land is working towards publication.

Having earned a masters degree in Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship from Goldsmiths College, University of London in 2009, Ernest is a member of the Institute of Contemporary Arts’ A-Frame Network, an initiative of the UK government’s Cultural Leadership Programme. In June 2009, he was awarded its inaugural Incentivising Innovation Fund.

Christie

MA Arts Administration & Cultural Policy

Christie has been involved in the arts, both as an actor and crew, since she started school. In university, she majored in English Language and Theatre Studies where it introduced her to arts management. This led her to pursue her Masters in Arts Administration and Cultural Policy with Goldsmiths, University of London. She thoroughly enjoyed the course - it was an eye-opener, and it gave her the chance to work with the National Campaign for the Arts. She learnt more about theatre companies in the UK and was also exposed to European cultural policy which allowed her to see Singapore in comparison with Europe.  

Naturally, this prepared her perfectly for her career with the National Arts Council where she started off in the Planning Division. She managed the Incentive Management portfolio where she established policies, principles and guidelines for current and new incentive schemes for the arts. Christie then moved on to the Singapore Arts Festival, which is one of Asia's leading arts festivals. She was part of the team which programmed the Outreach component of the Singapore Arts Festival that brought the arts to the people as well as bringing the arts to unfamiliar performance spaces. She was also in-charge of large-scale performances that opened and closed the Festival.  

Christie is currently working for The Esplanade Co Ltd as a programmer for various festivals and series. These include the Flipside Festival (held in-conjunction with the Singapore Arts Festival), Baybeats, The Studios series, Marina Bay Singapore Countdown, and At The Concourse and On The Waterfront series.

Michael, artist & part-time lecturer at Nanyang Technological University

"I really appreciated the nurturing and intellectually stimulating environment the faculty creates for students, which helps promote open exchanges and fosters the spirit of critical thinking, reflexivity, imagination and friendship."

I was an artist looking to articulate the sociological underpinning of my work when I applied for the MA in Photography and Urban Cultures at Goldsmiths. It felt like I had jumped in at the deep end but I emerged feeling fulfilled and enriched. The rigour of the course gave me more than knowledge. I really appreciated the nurturing and intellectually stimulating environment the faculty creates for students, which helps promote open exchanges and fosters the spirit of critical thinking, reflexivity, imagination and friendship. This experience allowed me to realise the intimate relation and synergy between art and social science, which I have continued to explore in my work today as an artist, educator and researcher. 

Since graduating from the Masters, I have returned to Singapore to continue my art practice and worked as a part-time lecturer at various arts colleges before joining the School of Art, Design and Media at Nanyang Technological University in 2007, where I currently teach. I continue my relation with Goldsmiths by working with Professor Caroline Knowles on a collaborative art-sociology research project, “Invisible Life”, which investigates the complex social fabric embedded in mundane ‘flip-flops’. 

In recent years, my work has taken another sociological turn, to examine the place of the visual and artistic practices in the context of health. The training I received from the MA gave me the confidence to imagine connections between the arts and the social world. Moving forward, my aim now is to pursue a PhD to further explore relations between the arts, health and society.

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