From palette to palate – the best of art and food combine in UOB and ION Art’s Create collaboration
Presented by UOB and ION Art, Create showcases the harmony of visual art and culinary art, with new culinary creations inspired by artworks from the UOB Art Collection.
Create aims to take people on a sensorial journey of taste and sight. It draws on Singaporeans’ love for food to cultivate a deeper appreciation for art.
“In its various forms, art stimulates and inspires the beholder. Through Create, we hope to deepen the audience’s holistic appreciation of art by showcasing how it can be expressed in different ways, from painting and sculpting to baking and food presentation,” said Ms Lilian Chong, Senior Vice President, Group Strategic Communications and Customer Advocacy, UOB.
Charity elements are woven through the Create programme activities, in line with UOB’s focus on children, art and education.
Here’s what you can look forward to:
Create: Savour for Charity
Taste culinary creations inspired by the UOB Art Collection and UOB Painting of the Year winning artworks. The exclusive dishes are designed by renowned chefs from Salt Grill & Sky Bar by Luke Mangan and The Marmalade Pantry.
Pastry Chef Ryan Low from The Marmalade Pantry designed a cupcake inspired by Mr Aaron Gan’s award-winning watercolour Starry Starry Night, for which he won the Established Category Gold Award Singapore in the 2015 UOB Painting of the Year competition.
Mr Gan painted Starry Starry Night as a message of hope to remind viewers that stars shine their brightest during the darkest hours. The chocolate cupcakes created by Chef Ryan mirror this theme through their use of colour.
The cupcakes are available exclusively at The Marmalade Pantry at ION Orchard for a limited time only. The cupcakes retail at $4.90++ each, of which part of the sales proceeds will be donated to the Rainbow Centre and The Little Arts Academy.
From left to right: Aaron Gan’s Starry Starry Night won the Gold Award (Established Artist Category – Singapore) in UOB Painting of the Year 2015 and inspired the cupcakes created by The Marmalade Pantry.
At Salt Grill & Sky Bar by Luke Mangan, Executive Chef Mathew Leighton has given life to Ms Lee Jia Zhen’s 2014 Painting of the Year artwork Let’s Have A Burger, for which she won the Most Promising Artist of the Year Singapore award in the 2014 UOB Painting of the Year competition. Ms Lee’s artwork shows herself eating an imaginary burger as a form of escape while studying in school.
It inspired Chef Leighton to create a deconstructed burger with each ingredient symbolising different school subjects and the stressors facing students today.
The burger is available exclusively at Salt Grill & Sky Bar by Luke Mangan at ION Orchard for a limited time only. The burger retails at $32++, where a portion of the sales proceed will be donated to the Rainbow Centre and The Little Arts Academy.
Lee Jia Zhen’s Let’s have a burger won Most Promising Artist of the Year (Emerging Artist Category – Singapore) in UOB Painting of the Year 2014, which inspired the burger from Salt Grill & Sky Bar.
Create: Art Exhibition
20 – 31 July 2016
As part of Create, there will also be an exhibition at ION Art Gallery displaying artworks from the UOB Art Collection. Paintings by four UOB Painting of the Year alumni artists – Mr Aaron Gan, Ms Lee Jia Zhen, Mr Tay Chee Toh and Ms Stefanie Hauger – will go on display with other art pieces from the UOB Art Collection. The exhibition takes place at ION Art Gallery (ION Orchard Level 4) from 20 to 31 July 2016. There will also be activities spread over one week, including food art workshops as well as watercolour demonstrations by Aaron Gan.
Create: Food Art Workshops
As part of the Create Art Exhibition, UOB is hosting food art workshops at ION Art Gallery this July. UOB will be inviting children from the Rainbow Centre to enjoy an afternoon of creativity and fun in learning how to create edible food art.