Giving Books New Lives | CANVAS/S

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Join our CANVAS/S: Sustainability artist, Veronyka Lau, as she leads us through creating an artwork from everyday items.

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In this accompanying workshop to CANVAS/S: Sustainability, Veronyka will be sharing her process of transforming ordinary everyday objects into art and the inspiration behind the practice. Join in on this the journey of giving found objects and damaged books a new life and meaning. 

Using everyday items, commonplace things or “found objects” in art can be a meaningful experience. By using found objects like common household items or discarded trash in an artistic way, we have the opportunity to transform mundane objects into a unique aesthetic entity that allows us to attach our own individual meaning to things.

In this 2-hour hands-on workshop, we will be exploring our deeply personal relationship with food as well as the issues surrounding food sustainability and security, all starting with one glass jar. Participants will sift through old books, newspapers, or magazines from their own collection to select excerpts and texts that resonate with them to decorate the jar to express a concept or feeling from it.


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This programme is open to members of the National Library Board, Singapore. Please ensure you have your myLibrary username on hand before proceeding with the registration. If you do not have a myLibrary username, you can create one here: 


Things to Note: Please prepare old books, magazines and newspapers, glass bottles, scissors, and tape for this zoom workshop. 


About the Artist

Veronyka Lau (b. 1971, Singapore) is an English Literature graduate, social and animal welfare advocate, and a martial artist turned artist. Her multi-disciplinary works often explore social and environmental themes situated in the community. Her art practice reflects her own journey into a deeper understanding into our relationships with self, the earth and each other and through small actions for climate and social change. Veronyka’s recent works include A Blip In Time, Renew Earth Sweat Shop, VOTE, EAT, It's a Balancing Act and Oppression is a Landscape. 

Instagram: @veron.yka


About the Series:

Discover an art form, experience an artist’s space and take a peek into what artists do. Each installation of CANVAS/S features one art form, proudly helmed by a local artist or collective. At the exhibition, get up close with the artworks and find out about the techniques, history and thought process behind them. For the curious ones who want to delve deeper, sign up for the various programmes led by the artists. 


About artseen:

This programme is organized by artseen, an NLB initiative that seeks to foster libraries as vibrant arts literacy spaces, where artists and the community connect and engage in authentic art experiences. Find us on Facebook (LearnX Arts | NLB Facebook group) and write to to be on the mailing list for more arts events and activities!

artseen is supported by the National Arts Council. Woodlands, Jurong and Tampines Regional Libraries are part of the National Arts Council’s Arts and Culture Nodes Network.

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The National Library Board (NLB) manages a network of 27 public libraries, the National Library and the National Archives of Singapore. NLB promotes reading, learning and information literacy by providing a trusted, accessible and globally-connected library and information service through the National Library and a comprehensive network of Public Libraries.

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