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Press Release – “Working Late” exhibition


Republic Polytechnic students provides a window into forgotten trades

Students showcase photographs showing elderly citizens at work in Working Late exhibition


Singapore, 15 November 2011 – In an increasingly globalized society, we tend to leave behind and forget things of yesterday. To be held at the Singapore Arts Museum, Working Late is born out of a desire to show that even in a first world country like Singapore, some elderly citizens are still subjected to odd jobs to make ends meet. From back alley barbers to collecting used cans, this exhibition hopes to give a fresh perspective of the often overlooked and forgotten trades in Singapore.

The exhibition hopes to raise awareness in the public that Singaporeans these days are starting to neglect the older generation and their well being. The series of heart wrenching photos in the exhibition depict how the elderly in Singapore work in order to survive despite Singapore already being a developed country.

Four students from Republic Polytechnic’s Photo IG have come together to feature the elderly performing jobs like selling sun-dried vegetables, flowers, fruits, recycling used cans and even busking. “We wanted to show that there is hardship even in a bustling cosmopolitan city like Singapore. We feel that Singaporeans tend to forget that and we hope that our exhibition will raise awareness and influence like-minded youths,” said Bryan Lim, president of Republic Polytechnic’s Photo IG.

 “This exhibition will definitely touch the hearts of many Singaporeans out there. My students have the skills and the abilities that they have learnt from this club to take photographs that are very impactful. After looking through the photographs taken by these students, I actually cried. They are really so touching. Now, I can’t wait to share this feeling to the people out there,” said Ryan Tan, Vice-President of Photo IG, Republic Polytechnic.

One of the Photo IG members, Lina said, “As we were capturing their photos, we could feel the amount of work they have to do even when they are old and grey, we really sympathize them and we need to do something about it, therefore we are doing this exhibition to bring out the emotions to the people like how it has touches our hearts, hopefully they will realize what they have done to their own families as well. “

The exhibition will be held at the Suntec Convention Centre Hall 5. It will open to the public on the 10th to 12th of January 2012, from 10am to 8pm. It will be a free entry to all.

A picture speaks a thousand words. Through this event, it is greatly hoped that the pictures would ignite the emotions of the people and would be thought provoking as it would be crucial to appreciate the efforts of the students and the hardships of our seniors.







“Strong in the inside”

 Taken by:

Roy Chen, Photo IG

Diploma in New Media

“Never gives up”

 Taken by:

Lawson Tan, Photo IG

Centre for Culture and Communication




For media enquiries, please contact:


Republic Polytechnic


Tel: 31001267

Email: pandiyan@rp.sg

Weber Shandwick (for Republic Polytechnic)

Samantha Lee / Rafidah Rashid

Tel: 6825 8022 / 6825 8070

Email: salee@webershandwick.com

/ rrashid@webershandwick.com

About Republic Polytechnic

The first educational institution in Singapore to adopt the Problem-Based Learning approach for all its diploma programmes, Republic Polytechnic (RP) has six schools and one centre offering thirty four courses in Information and Communications Technology, Engineering, Applied Science, Technology for the Arts, Sports, Health & Leisure, Events and Hospitality, and Culture and Communication. Republic Polytechnic is committed to nurturing innovation and entrepreneurial learning in an environment that develops problem-solving process skills and a life-long learning attitude. Its holistic, broad-based curriculum, covering culture, enterprise development and cognitive processes, prepares students for an active and meaningful role in society. Republic Polytechnic strives for excellence by achieving various international and national accreditations, including ISO9001, ISO14001, OHSAS 18001, TR19, People Developer Standards, Singapore Quality Class, Singapore Innovation Class and Service Class. For more information, visit http://www.rp.sg

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