Tiffany Singh is a social practice artist, specialising in socially engaged art outcomes. Born in New Zealand of Indian and Pacific decent. Her practice explores the relationship between engagement in arts, culture and subjective well-being.
Singh has worked on sustainable community outreach, exploring engagement in the arts that are focused 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 and empowerment. Singh has created significant works of scale both in New Zealand and internationally. Her works often suggest positive impact by facilitating audiences through fine art frameworks to engender policy and 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 and social impact outcomes.
Singh has work in collections of Te Papa Tongarewa, The National Museum of New Zealand. Mater Hospital, Brisbane, Australia, The Sunshine Coast Hospital Australia and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade New Zealand.
She was the recipient of the 2017 New Zealand Arts Foundation - New Generation Award and has received a Human Rights Award for her project Fly Me Up To Where You Are in 2013.
The pedagogy of social arts practice requires a significant shift in mindset and behaviour. This shift sees working collectively take priority over working individually. Fostering authentic, relational environments that enable participants to see resources and opportunities as a shared experience of art making and arts practice, allowing for new possibilities to emerge.
The unfolding of the dual exploration between enquiry and action aims to create accessibility for audiences to engender policy and advocacy of awareness of wellbeing.
This description of wellbeing pertains to wellbeing associated to both personal, environmental, cultural and spiritual histories. Positioning a social practice application of Eastern Philosophy, which sees the emergence of new work focused on social prioritisation, education outreach and a deep enquiry into the arts health wellbeing dynamic.
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