Amanda Heng (b. 1951, Singapore) has been a full-time art practitioner since the late 1980s. Adopting an interdisciplinary approach to her art practice, she deals with clashing of eastern and western values, traditions and gender roles in the context of a multi-cultural and fast-changing society of Singapore. Recently she expended her study in identity politics addressing issues of history, memory, communication and human relationships in urban condition and the changes and its impact on the body and life. She often works in collaboration with people of different cultural backgrounds from art as well as non-art fields, and led her to closer examination of the roles of the audience and collaboration practices.
Amanda has been invited to many residency programmes and has produced performances, collaborative interventions and installations and exhibited in major galleries, festivals and artist-run projects in Singapore and international scene including, Sunshower in Japan and Taiwan, Awakenings in South Korea, Japan and Singapore, Concept Context Contestation in Thailand, Vietnam and Myanmar, Ties of Histories in The Philippines and the Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, the Havana Biennial, the Fukuoka Asian Art Triennial, Werkleitz Biennale in Germany, the inaugural Singapore Biennale, the Tachikawa International Art Festival, and Performance Art Festivals in Spain, Indonesia, Thailand, Poland, Canada, Sweden, USA and Japan.
Amanda was involved in the founding of two artist initiatives in Singapore, The Artists’ Village in 1988, and WITA (Women In the Arts) in 1999. She is also actively involved in conceptualising, curating, organising and participating in exhibitions, public art commissions, public discourse, and forums such as Women And Their Arts, The 1st Asian film Appreciation workshop, Women About Women, Memories of Sense, TheFridayEvent, Exchange 05, Open Ends, and Conditions of Production. Her other art activities include co-directing theatre production “Bernard’s Story”, and performed in the theatre production “A Woman On the Tree in the Hill” by Wild Rice Theatre Company.
Amanda has lectured in Nanyang Technology University and the National Institute of Education and LaSalle College of the Arts. Her works have been collected by the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, The Singapore Art museum and other private collectors. She received the prestigious Cultural Medallion Award in 2010. In 2020 She won the 12th Benesse Art Award from Japan.