Celebrating 80 years (1936-2016)

222 Queen Street and 51 Waterloo Street Celebrate 80 Years of Heritage

New mural commissioned as a tribute to the rich and colourful history of the Bras Basah area

                                                                                                                                                                         

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21 May 2016, Singapore – The Directors of 222 Queen Street and 51 Waterloo Street (222+51), Andrew Lau and Rachel Teo, today host a private ceremony to mark the 80th anniversary of the buildings with a presentation of a heritage mural. Mr Baey Yam Keng, Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth, is present as Guest of Honour and Mr Daniel Teo, Chairman and Managing Director of Hong How Group, as our Distinguished Guest.

222 Queen Street and 51 Waterloo Street are two sites that have played an important role at the heart of the Bras Basah community and it was once the home of the prestigious Catholic High School, an all-boys educational establishment. The sites were left vacant from the 1990s when the school relocated to its current premises in Bishan. The buildings were given a new lease of life in 2009 and were transformed into an arts centre by Daniel Teo, a philanthropist and alumnus of the Catholic High School. Current tenants at 222+51 include art and cultural institutes, performing art centres, fitness and wellness studios, catering services, and a gem museum.

Located on the ground floor of 51 Waterloo Street, the building adjoining 222 Queen Street, the mural is a site-specific commission by local artists, Yip Yew Chong and Yuen Kum Cheong. The murals are a series of six door panels inspired by the colourful history of the Bras Basah area. The artists have depicted scenes of daily life in the 1960s and community landmarks such as the old National Library, Odeon Cinema and National Theatre, which have been lost due to redevelopment.

“The murals are intended to provoke thought, emotion and connection to familiar scenes of our past. We hope that these recreated scenes will warm the hearts of older generations, as well as serve to let our younger generations learn and appreciate our heritage,” said artist, Yip Yew Chong.

Andrew Lau, the Director of 222+51 said, “222+51 serves a custodian of our early history. Yip Yew Chong and Yuen Kum Cheong’s stunning mural evokes nostalgic memories that speak out to the local audience. We are delighted to have seen this mural come to life and that it will inspire the community to be proud of their cultural heritage. We hope that the mural will invite more visitors to 222+51 and encourage them to create new memories in this wonderful building.”

80年历史公教中学旧校舍摇身一变成为具艺术、文化综合推展殿堂

2016年5月21日这一天拥有80年历史之久、位于滑铁卢街51号及皇后街222两栋古迹校舍建筑迎向

了灿烂历史光辉使命,主办单位为强调此次活动之主题思想以及增添文化气息、加入许多围绕着

建筑物周边元素,当天邀请到新加坡青年与艺术文化部、同时也是国会议员马炎庆先生、公教校

友的它前来为222加51校舍主持颇具意义性开幕典礼仪式,使古建筑摇身一变成为具艺术、文化综

合推展殿堂,活生生教材!

为保留此80年古校以及对艺文寻根方面坚守、白手起家成功建商张东孝及伙伴刘守恭于2009年成

功地获得了9年租约,使两栋古迹校舍建筑从此注于了生命力和任重道远使命。

为配合此次222加51艺术、文化综合中心领域用途,刘守恭和张嘉慈2位董事邀画家们为80年历史

之久旧校舍的墙壁和大门作画、作品发挥出本地色彩和至高无上创作力,为原本枯燥无味大墙及

门增添了丰富多彩生命力!

主人公张东孝、刘守恭、张嘉慈董事等一行人随后一路陪伴在侧,带领新加坡青年与文化部马炎

庆先生参观了本地文化、艺文气息浓郁画作,作品上让参观者感受到并见证新加坡历史上点滴情

景、希望以此重要意义活动唤起大伙儿对旧校舍留下的点点滴滴风貌与建筑上独具风格。当天活

动吸引了好多来自新加坡各角落参观者、更有许多慕名而来公教中学旧校友为表示对母校致意与

支持,更领着眷属参观了这楝培育它们学习智识成长的地方,上述动作让222加51艺术、文化综合

中心更上一层楼。

接下来一行人并参观了芭蕾舞蹈班团员们的培训、对此留下了深刻印象,并与学员及画家们进行

了大量交流,值得一提本身是公教旧校友的张东孝先生、马炎庆先生对于母校在新加坡文化工作

更身感文化传承上之重要!真正地反映出大家对艺文推动上的刻不容缓、一致目标!