Jean practises social advocacy and community mobilisation to pilot projects that push for progress on inclusive education and equality in early childhood. She is currently co-lead of Early Childhood Development at Lien Foundation, where she manages multidisciplinary projects between partners in social services, education and health. Before she joined the Foundation, Jean was a community artist who co-founded SUPERHERO ME, an inclusive arts movement that fosters social interaction between children of different abilities. For her commitment to inclusion through the arts, Jean was recently conferred the Singapore Youth Award 2018, Nanyang Outstanding Young Alumni Award 2019 and Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information Impact Award 2019.
At Superhero Me, Jean’s responsibilities include overseeing strategic outreach events and partnerships. Her passion is in planning Superhero Me’s advocacy content and mentoring a network of creatives and facilitators to confidently adopt an inclusive approach in their work. Her love for social advocacy started from a photojournalism course and a decade-long adventure running Logue, a content studio that focused on media and community art with a social mission. Jean found her calling in community arts through projects with the National Arts Council spanning youth mentorships to arts in eldercare. Her interest has shifted to capability building for professionals and creating awareness on inclusion and community development.
Huiwen co-leads Early Childhood Development work at the Lien Foundation, encompassing programme development, creative strategy and content advocacy. She was instrumental in the production of George’s Anatomy, Lien Foundation’s Annual Report 2016 – 2017 which won a Wood Pencil at the 2019 D&AD Awards. Equivalent to bronze, the D&AD Wood Pencil recognises the best advertising and design work around the world. Huiwen co-founded Superhero Me and drives the project’s strategic outreach and creative quality. From 2012 to 2017, she ran Logue with Jean to develop media projects with a social impact. Huiwen spent the initial years of her career as a finance journalist at The Straits Times, followed by Bloomberg News, where she was based in Shanghai and broke news from events including the China’s National People’s Congress Meetings and the World Economic Forum. While a student at NTU’s Wee Kim Wee School of Communication, she received the Dennis Bloodworth Memorial Journalism Prize from former PM of Singapore Lee Kuan Yew.
Weiyan is inspired by the potential of craft to build community. At Superhero Me, she facilitates inclusive arts experiences to foster friendships between children of different abilities, programmes visual arts experiences and mentors captains on the team. Weiyan also runs In Merry Motion, a celebration, experience design and craft studio which has worked with clients like National Library Board, National Arts Council and Esplanade. Weiyan was trained in Industrial Design at the National University of Singapore. As someone who is constantly looking to improve, she enjoys the challenge of inclusion and executing concepts that make a difference. Weiyan also loves animals and works on her passion project, “Trade School Singapore” on the side.
Marvin Tang is a Singaporean artist who uses photography, moving imagery and objects to visualise phenomena that surface through the act of control. His research questions historical narratives and examines the notion of collective identities in Singapore and its relationships across the globe. At Superhero Me, Marvin photographs, produces creative collaborations between artists and children and is exploring arts education. Marvin graduated from NTU School of Art, Design and Media and recently completed his Masters of Art in Photography at London College of Communication.
Joyce is an arts educator and producer who has taught visual arts to youths of diverse profiles and is dedicated to using contemporary art practices to inspire creative confidence. She graduated from Goldsmiths College, University of London with an Honours in Fine Art and Art History. Joyce is moved each time by the possibilities inclusion brings and is motivated to improve her skills at enabling inclusion. She worked as an art teacher at two schools, where she planned and delivered curriculum to students across grade levels. At Superhero Me, Joyce is part of a dynamic production and programming team. She joined Superhero Me in Nov 2018 and was instrumental in PEEKABOO! an inclusive arts residency at Rainbow Centre, Singapore, which culminated in a festival. Joyce is currently overseeing the production of Universe of Feelings, a multi-sensory theatre piece and two community art projects inspired by Superhero Me’s ‘first generation’ heroes from Lengkok Bahru.
Amy is an early interventionist, allied educator and aspiring creative advocate. She works closely with children of diverse abilities and is passionate about building bridges between children with special needs and typical children. Amy supports programming and builds relationships with parents and artists at Superhero Me. She graduated from Ngee Ann Polytechnic with an advanced diploma in Early Intervention Studies and a diploma in Early Childhood Studies. Amy hopes to help adults understand the world of children with special needs. She is currently working on PENPALS, a six-session inclusive arts experience between mainstream and special education schools, and The Greatest Supper Party Ever!, a community art project about friendships with alumni from Kindle Garden.
Charis is a Technology Associate at GovTech Singapore and graduated with a major in Computer Science from Yale-NUS College. At Superhero Me, Charis has been a community associate since 2015 where she has taken on various support roles, including facilitating social mixing between children with and without disabilities, supporting social advocacy for inclusion, event conceptualisation and execution. Through Superhero Me, her perspectives have been challenged countless of times, yet the hope and resilience the children possess and spread to others have impacted her in many ways. She hopes to use her interest in digital media and programming to create useful and socially innovative advocacy initiatives in the future.
Winnie is an early childhood educator at Kindle Garden by AWWA, Singapore’s first inclusive preschool. She graduated with a degree in Psychology from the National University of Singapore. At Superhero Me, she is a lead facilitator passionate about inclusive early childhood education and excels at working with children. Her experience with Superhero Me first began in 2015 where she assisted in outreach workshop programmes. That experience shaped her calling in early childhood education as she recognises its potential in shaping the future of our nation.
Ryan holds a Masters in Guidance & Counselling from James Cook University. He is a trained counsellor who conducts therapy sessions with children to help them express their emotional needs using creative methods. At Superhero Me, Ryan mentors the team in improving the way they foster inclusion and work with children with special needs. He also manages the educational programmes and projects at Objectifs. Ryan has led Objectifs outreach collaborations, such as Picture My World (working with participants recovering from mental illness to use photography as visual therapy) and Singapore Street Scenes with the People’s Association. He previously worked in marketing and arts administration at The Arts House and The Substation where he gained experience in venue management and working with corporate clients.
Alice Fox is a Tate Exchange Associate, Deputy Head of the School of Art at the University of Brighton, UK. She is founder of the pioneering MA Inclusive Arts Practice. Her interests include conversations, collaborations and artistic exchange. Alice’s research practice is inclusive arts education, participatory performance and visual art. As Director of the learning disabled Rocket Artists, she directed ‘Side by Side: learning disability, art and collaboration’ – an international exhibition and symposium of Inclusive Arts at the Southbank Centre. Alice co-authored Inclusive Arts Practice and Research: A critical manifesto, published by Routledge 2015. She collaboratively directed and performed in ‘It’s a Wrap’ and ‘Smudged’ inclusive dance performances at Tate Modern and ‘Measures of Bodies’ at the opening night of the European Conference on Childhood Disability, Brussels Medical Museum. Alice is a featured artist in the Kathmandu Triennial March 17. She is also a trustee for Epic Arts, an inclusive arts center in Cambodia. In the early eighties Alice was the singer in the cult band The Marine Girls.
Christine graduated from the University of Warwick, UK, with Honours degree in Accounting and Finance. Her early career in public sector was in banking supervision, where she was awarded a scholarship to pursue a Master in Business Administration (Banking and Finance) at the Nanyang Business School, NTU. When her son was diagnosed with ADHD in 2000, Christine noticed the lack of resources and training for caregivers, teachers and professionals. Working in partnership with clinicians, Christine co-founded Ovspring Developmental Clinic (Ovspring), a multi-disciplinary paediatric clinic which focused on the diagnosis, treatment and mainstreaming of special needs children. Her work in Ovspring was guided by the belief that providing quality care to patients was paramount, in tandem with the training of caregivers and professionals. Christine served at Ovspring as part of its senior management team prior to her appointment at the Institute of Mental Health (IMH) in 2010. She headed the Education Office at IMH, National Healthcare Group, as its Deputy Director. The Office, together with clinician leads, supported the strategic development and administration of medical, nursing and allied health education for undergraduate and postgraduate training. Working with both local and regional partners, Christine led teams to support the design and development of capacity building projects in the area of disaster mental health. After almost seven years in NHG, her career took full circle when she returned to the public sector in 2016.
Emmeline co-founded Objectifs in 2003 and continues to oversee the artistic direction and general management at the non-profit arts space. Objectifs has become regarded as one of the leading visual arts centres in Southeast Asia, advancing the practice and appreciation of film and photography both locally and internationally. She has served as a judge and nominator for several awards, including the ICON de Martell Cordon Bleu Photography Award and Magnum Foundation Fund. She has also curated several photography exhibitions including the annual Women in Photography exhibition at Objectifs (co-presented with the Asian Women Photographers’ Showcase in 2015, and with the Magnum Foundation in 2016), and group and solo shows at the Month of Photography Asia.
Her contribution to the photography scene in Singapore has been recognised over the years; she was named as one of the Top 50 Creative People in 2010, TimeOut Magazine; and Top 10 Creative Minds 2012, Prestige Magazine. Emmeline received her degrees from the University of Pennsylvania in Management (B.Sc Econs, The Wharton School) and Economics (B.A, College of Arts and Sciences).
Joshua Comaroff was raised in Chicago, USA, and studied literature, linguistics, and creative writing at Amherst College before joining the Master of Architecture and Master of Landscape Architecture programs at Harvard University Graduate School of Design. He has worked for and studied under Rem Koolhaas, Rafael Moneo, Rodolfo Machado and Jorge Silvetti, Preston Scott Cohen, and David Adjaye. Joshua initially began working with Ong Ker-Shing in the firm Lekker Design in 2002, and later with Lekker Architects (founded 2015). In 2009, Josh completed a PhD in cultural geography at University of California Los Angeles, writing on the subject of haunted landscapes and urban memory in Singapore. He has published writing about architecture, urbanism, and politics, with an Asian focus. His articles have been published in Public Culture, Cultural Geographies, Journal of Architectural Education, and elsewhere. He is also a regular contributor to the Harvard Design Magazine. With Shing, he is co-author of Horror In Architecture.