The lofty ideal of the artist may be to feed your soul, but they also need to feed themselves. Finding work as an artist in Singapore can be challenging, so collaborations between the arts community and business sector are an innovative way to produce meaningful content for both parties and make a living. But where do artists and commercial enterprise meet and break bread together? At a restaurant of course! In conjunction with Singapore Art Week, professional membership organisation for artists and professionals, Nüwa, was proud to host its third curated networking event on Saturday 20th January, at leading international restaurant, Tippling Club.

Images from You Art What You Eat event by Nuwa

After a mouth-watering amuse-bouche, Nüwa members, art practitioners, industry professionals, and SAW enthusiasts, were treated to a talk on how the raw ingredients of passion and perseverance not only feed creative enterprise but also help enterprises become more creative.

Visitors looking at Kevala Ceramics

Entitled, You Art What You Eat, the smorgasbord of speakers included chef and co-owner of The Tippling Club, Ryan Clift, botanical artist, Mamakan, and co-CEO and artist for lifestyle leader Spa Esprit Group, Y/X (aka Chua Koon Beng). They’re an unlikely pairing, but they came together like an appetiser on a (Kevala Ceramics) plate, full of fresh approaches on how creativity is at the very essence of the food and beverage sector.

Images of speakers from You Art What You Eat by Nuwa

From Tippling Club’s ground-breaking sensorial and edible cocktail menu, Dreams and Desires, that allows customers to select their drink based on their response to an emotionally-charged gummi bear, to Mamakan’s visually stunning study on how our sense of place can be found in plant-life, they gave us samples of their work and explored how food provides fodder for artists, and how artists can nourish commercial enterprise to the delight of diners (Y/X has sold more than a few of his artworks straight from the walls of Tippling Club!).

If You Art What You Eat was an entrée into the reciprocal advantages of cross-industry collaborations, it seems the audience was sated. We might not be tackling a still life or cooking a dinner party anytime soon, but we think we got our just desserts! Meanwhile, Nüwa continues its mission to be the best artist networking site in Asia, and will be cooking up another satisfying event soon that explores how artists and the business community can intersect in mutually beneficial ways.

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Special thanks to our sponsors and partners; International Flavors and FragrancesKevala CeramicsHoneycombers SG, Tippling Club, and Nüwa member Caoimhe M Smyth, who Emcee'd our event and is founder of  Fit Green Lean.

This article is written by Nüwa member Skye Wellington, and our event photography is by Nüwa member Cherlynn Lian from One Fifty Three.

Mamakan speaking at Nuwa event You Art What You Eat