Taking place once a month on Friday evenings in Red Dot Design Museum, the Market of Artist And Designers (known as MAAD in short) is a congregation of the Singaporean creative, art and design scene. Not to be mistaken for your run-of-the-mill flea market, MAAD showcases a wide spectrum of works by local talents, such as poets, painters, visual artists, jewelry crafters, product designers and many more. Started since July 2006 as a campaign to “save, support and sustain Singapore’s creative souls”, MAAD has expanded rapidly through the years in scale and now even boasts exhibition opportunities.
The Rediscover crew went down to the recent MAAD on 12th August 2011 and found the experience to be thoroughly enjoyable! Upon entry into Red Dot Design Museum, a pajamas-donning pair armed with a curious-looking typewriter greeted us. We soon found out that they were from the Proletariat Poetry Factory and were writing poems based on any single word provided by participants. These participants were then told to return an hour later to collect their personalized poems for no charge at all! Jeremy jumped at the opportunity and asked for a poem to be written for him, based on the word ‘summer’.
Something else that caught our eye was the Organization of Illustrators Council’s (OIC) Portraits After Dark. Here, visitors can go up on stage to pose and the army of illustrators from OIC will have exactly 20 minutes to get down to work and finish their portraits. When the 20 minutes were up, the illustrators would hang up their artworks and visitors would then be able to buy the portraits at $10 each.
Numerous other booths were spread all throughout the area, selling one-of-a-kind items like handmade jewelry, crafts, and prints against a backdrop of live music played by local acts. We took the liberty to talk to a few of these inspiring people to get a sense of what motivates them to fight the good fight, especially in a pragmatic society such as our own.
To sum it up, just being at MAAD is an awesome experience, even if it’s just to soak in the visual and aural experience of the local creative scene and remind yourself, proudly, that it is very much alive and well. MAAD is an event that we would definitely recommend checking out every month. Remember to visit the MAAD site or Facebook page for more information about upcoming events!