Tiffany Singh is a social practice artist, specialising in socially engaged art outcomes. Born in New Zealand of Indian & Pacific descent, her practice explores relationships & engagement between arts, culture & subjective well-being.
Singh has worked on sustainable community outreach, exploring engagement in the arts that focuses on expanding research within the social sciences. Her interest in cultural preservation combined with strong social discourse has seen her use the arts as a vehicle for education, outreach & empowerment. Singh has created significant works of scale both in New Zealand & internationally. Her works often suggest positive impact by facilitating audiences through fine art frameworks to engender policy & advocacy of social cohesion. Her social practice approach is informed by eastern philosophy with a lens towards acknowledging traditional devices that affect well-being to foster unique art & social impact outcomes.
She has represented New Zealand at the 18th Biennale of Sydney 2012, the Contemporary Asian Arts Biennial 2011 at the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts and the 12th Taewha Eco Arts Festival in Korea in 2018. Singh has work in collections of Te Papa Tongarewa, Museum of New Zealand, Mater Hospital, Brisbane, Australia, The Sunshine Coast Hospital, Australia & the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade New Zealand.
Singh was the recipient of the 2017 New Zealand Arts Foundation - New Generation Award & has received a Human Rights Award for her project Fly Me Up To Where You Are in 2013. Her work Indra’s Bow was a finalist in the 2017 New Zealand Design Awards and her work Total Internal Reflection won its category in the same awards in 2018.
My intentions are to facilitate vital and necessary arts alliances between arts, health and education. Born out of the need to articulate a space where the arts, health and well-being intersect. The projects I create are located within the ‘creative well-being’ sector. A sector now used to describe the use of arts and creativity with the explicit intention of achieving health and well-being goals.
I share the common belief in the value of the arts to generate new responses to complex social and health challenges, and enrich lives by promoting the development of skills, beliefs, personal and social resources that contribute to well-being. Within this emerging policy and practice context, the work is well placed to draw together a fragmented field of practice and generate innovative and sustainable new ways of working.
The arts have significant potential to help address pressing concerns such as mental health, social inclusion, increases in ageing population, and deepening social and cultural inequalities. These projects and their outcomes feed back into research showing how social practice art engagement can connect with and contribute to the international arts and health movement. To facilitate international learning, collaborations and exhibitions to showcase how the arts and creativity are a vital part of our well-being and humanity.
Fly me up to where you are was a transformational work across education open discussion well-being and community integration. The collaborative process connected participants with their ability to be creative an essential outcome for learning
Simon Bowden, The Real Value Of Art, Philanthropy New Zealand, Issue 33 2018
Singh has used an impressive array of symbolic materials and artisanal techniques from all over the world: an eclectic selection of mineral or vegetable substances; animal body parts; valuable and valueless, permanent and transient materials—juxtaposed. To make a crude distinction about the geographic contrasts: it is contemplation and/versus supplication
John Hurrel, Collaboration Is The Future, Eye Contact, 2018
Tiffany Singh has pioneered social practice in Aotearoa (New Zealand). Creating works that speak to the complexities of our times. She is acutely aware of the importance of inclusivity and collaborations and often describes her work as a ‘tool for social change
Nina Tonga, Curator Pacific Art, Rituals & Wellbeing, Applause Publication Issue 23