Open call for sculptures representing interfaith dialogue, Singapore News & Top Stories
SINGAPORE – Sculptors inspired by interfaith harmony can now participate in a competition that may allow the winning work to be exhibited in a public place.
The competition is part of the DialogueSpace SG Interfaith Forum for Young Adults, a forum for 18 to 35 year olds belonging to different religious groups.
The May 23 event will see young religious leaders and representatives of 10 denominations in Singapore listen to Catholic, Islamic and secular perspectives on the recent encyclical – or papal announcement by Pope Francis – on forming friendships among young people, said the Roman Catholic Archdiocese. from Singapore.
Monsignor John-Paul Tan, Vicar General for Interfaith Relations of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Singapore, said a public sculpture would help Singaporeans understand that interfaith dialogue has a concrete impact on their lives.
“It is also hoped that we will inspire more public works of art in Singapore that celebrate interfaith dialogue,” Bishop Tan added.
Submissions are open to any artist or aspiring artist who resides here, and entries close May 3. The winner will be announced on May 14.
The forum is organized by the Archdiocesan Catholic Council for Interfaith Dialogue in partnership with the Wee Kim Wee Center at Singapore Management University and the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, and supported by the Ministry of Culture, Community and the youth.
The event is part of the Catholic Church’s 200th anniversary commemoration in Singapore.
Participants will participate in group discussions with those of other faiths to identify achievable steps towards building lasting friendships and mutual understanding among religious groups in Singapore.
The winner of the sculpture competition, whose design will be unveiled at the forum, will also have the opportunity to talk about the inspiration and meaning of his work at the forum.
Although the future location of the completed sculpture has yet to be announced, Monsignor Tan said it should be on display in an area where young people congregate in Singapore.
For more details on the competition, readers can visit the Catholic200SG website.