River Tales (Qua x ART:DIS)

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Qua is privileged to partner ART:DIS to introduce a collection of gift premiums featuring the artwork from ART:DIS’ Arts for Livelihood and Employment (ALIVE) Programme. ART:DIS is dedicated to provide individuals with special needs access to the arts and aims to offer lifelong learning and career opportunities for people with disabilities, as well as equipping them with the skills and confidence that will enable them to find employment and independence.


The River Tales artwork masterfully portrays the timeless beauty of Singapore's landscapes. This captivating piece showcases the iconic Singapore River, offering glimpses of the old landscape that includes the historic Collyer Quay from 1971. Collyer Quay holds a significant place in Singapore's history, having served as a vibrant waterfront entrance that facilitated trade activities and contributed to the city's early growth.

In a delightful contrast, the artwork also captures the modern-day landscape, highlighting the well-known architecture that has become an integral part of Singapore's identity. This seamless interplay between the past and present evokes a deep sense of reflection, symbolising Singapore's remarkable journey of progress while cherishing its rich heritage.

The artwork is a poignant celebration of Singapore's transformation, where some buildings along Collyer Quay have been thoughtfully refurbished and preserved to maintain a harmonious blend of old and new. It serves as a testament to the city's commitment to honouring its history while embracing the advancements of the present. Let us be inspired by the vibrant spirit of Singapore, where tradition and modernity co-exist in perfect harmony.




                                            Kenneth Lee

A young talented artist from ART:DIS' artist-in-training programme, Kenneth specialises in incredibly intricate linework which translates beautifully onto our lacquer products. For this collection, we have used a new method of finishing to highlight the intricacies of his artwork. Laser engraving is firstly done on the prepared lacquer wood, and each product is finished with hand-painting – creating a tactile, pleasurable experience when one handles it. In a fetching contrast of reflective black lacquer and shiny gold paint, we immortalised these icons of our home in the most extraordinary year of 2020, from a unique point of view.