Singaporean artists create art to keep mental illnesses at bay

Painter Sim Kah Lim's works to be featured in One of Us exhibition. (PHOTO: Temasek)

SINGAPORE – Daren Lauchengco, Faith Wong and Sim Kah Lim are three local artists with different specialties in ink illustration, model making and painting respectively. All three are either battling severe mental disorders or in full remission. But that doesn’t stop them from pursuing their love for the arts.

Despite their diverse art styles, the artists have a simple and shared message for all: people are much more than their diagnosis.

The One of Us project started in 2018 as a staff-driven initiative after the Temasek team met painter Sim Kah Lim, a long-stay patient at Institute of Mental Health (IMH). Kah Lim started painting when he was 4, and won numerous competitions until he was diagnosed with schizophrenia at age 15. Since then, he calls IMH his home, while commuting to his sister’s home three weeks in a month.

It was Kah Lim’s works that spurred on this full-fledged exhibition today, when his works adorned Temasek’s office lobby, turning it into a small showcase and attracting public attention.

This month, the One of Us exhibition will showcase all three of the artists’ works and stories at two public venues - the Temasek Shophouse and Funan.


Temasek Shophouse (Level 1 – Open to Public)

28 Orchard Road, Singapore 238832

Located next to Dhoby Ghaut Station

The exhibition runs from 4 November – 13 December 2019

Weekdays: 8am – 9pm Weekends: 11am – 5pm

For more information, log on to website.

Funan (Basement 2 – Opposite Guardian)

107 North Bridge Road, Singapore 179105

The exhibition runs from 4 – 17 November 2019

Opens daily: 10am – 10pm