Singapore, 21 July 2014 --- World renowned British artist Stephen Wiltshire, who completed an artwork of Singapore's cityscape from memory at Paragon last evening, visited Pathlight school this morning.
Mr Wiltshire was invited by Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) to draw the Singapore cityscape at Paragon from 16 to 20 July, as part of its 30th anniversary celebrations. The artwork is SPH's gift to the nation, in celebration of Singapore's 50th birthday in 2015. More than 150,000 people, including President Tony Tan Keng Yam, Minister Lawrence Wong of Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth, Mayor of Central Singapore District Ms Denise Phua and British High Commissioner Antony Phillipson met Mr Wiltshire and witnessed him sketch the 4m by 1m panorama in Paragon.
Mr Wiltshire's visit to Pathlight School, which is the first autism-focused school in Singapore that offers the mainstream academic curriculum, was initiated by SPH as part of its active corporate social responsibility efforts. Mr Wiltshire was diagnosed with autism at the age of three.
Led by Ms Denise Phua, who is also Supervisor of Pathlight School, the savant toured the school campus and signed on the school's "VIP Wall". He went to the school auditorium, where the students were given a short introduction of the artist and his works. Mr Wiltshire also sketched with the students from the school's Artist Development Program.
In addition to the visit, SPH has given exclusive rights to Pathlight School to produce reprints and merchandises from Mr Wiltshire's Singapore artwork to raise funds for the Autism Resource Centre. The merchandises will be available at a later date.
Limited edition replicas of Mr Wiltshire's Singapore artwork will also be sold to raise funds for this year's President's Challenge. Proceeds of the See the Big Picture limited edition tee shirts will also go to ChildAid. There is a limited number of autographed tee shirts available for sale at $150 each. Those who are interested in purchasing the tee shirts can email SPH Corporate Communications at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For those who have missed Stephen Wiltshire's Singapore cityscape and exhibition of his past works at Paragon last week, they will be able to view the artworks at URA's Singapore City Gallery from September. More details will be announced at a later date.
Please see Appendix 1 for Mr Wiltshire’s itinerary in Singapore, Appendix 2 for the list of supporting organisations for "See the Big Picture", Appendix 3 for the list of SPH 30th anniversary events and Appendix 4 for a fact sheet on Mr Wiltshire.
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Incorporated in 1984, main board-listed Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) is Asia’s leading media organisation, engaging minds and enriching lives across multiple languages and platforms.
Newspapers, Magazines and Book Publishing
SPH has 19 titles licensed under the Newspaper Printing and Presses Act, of which nine are daily newspapers across four languages. On an average day, 3.05 million individuals or 76 per cent of people above 15 years old, read one of SPH's news publications. SPH also publishes and produces more than 100 magazine titles in Singapore and the region, covering a broad range of interests from lifestyle to information technology. SPH's subsidiaries, Straits Times Press and Focus Publishing, produce quality books and periodicals in English and Chinese.
Internet and Mobile
Beyond print, SPH's suite of digital products includes online editions of newspapers and magazines, as well as mobile applications. Our online products enjoy 360 million page views with 23 million unique browsers every month. Apart from AsiaOne, SPH’s online and new media initiatives include ST701, the leading online marketplace for jobs (STJobs), property (STProperty), cars (STCars) and general classifieds (STClassifieds); Stomp, omy.sg and SPH Razor. SPH also launched The Straits Times’ iPad and enhanced iPhone applications, an Android smartphone application and The Business Times’ iPhone application. SPH’s Chinese flagship newspaper Lianhe Zaobao has also launched its digital editions which include a web application, as well as online and PDF versions. The Malay language-daily Berita Harian has apps for both iPhones and Android smartphones and iPads, offering both native and PDF formats, and an online version.
In the radio business, SPH Radio Pte Ltd operates entertainment stations UFM 100.3 in Mandarin, as well as Kiss92 and HOT FM91.3 in English. SPH has a 20 per cent stake in MediaCorp TV Holdings Pte Ltd, which operates free-to-air channels 5, 8 and U, and a 40 per cent stake in MediaCorp Press Limited, which publishes the free newspaper, Today.
Events and Out-of-Home Advertising
SPH’s events arm Sphere Exhibits organises innovative consumer and trade events and exhibitions as well as large scale conferences in Singapore and the region. In addition, SPH has ventured into out-of-home (OOH) advertising through its digital out-of-home platform SPHMBO.
SPH REIT is a Singapore-based REIT established principally to invest, directly or indirectly, in a portfolio of income-producing real estate which is used primarily for retail purposes in Asia-Pacific, as well as real estate-related assets. SPH REIT is managed by SPH REIT Management Pte. Ltd., which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Singapore Press Holdings Limited.
The initial portfolio of SPH REIT comprises the following two high quality and well located commercial properties in Singapore:
· Paragon, a premier upscale retail mall and medical suite/office property, well known for its upscale mall housing many luxury brands, located in the heart of Orchard Road; and
· The Clementi Mall, a mid-market suburban mall located in the centre of Clementi town, an established residential estate in the west of Singapore.
The Seletar Mall is SPH's latest retail development and is expected to open at the end of 2014. This property is a potential asset to be injected into SPH REIT. SPH’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Times Development Pte Ltd, also developed a 43-storey upmarket residential condominium, Sky@eleven, at Thomson Road.
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