Art, Culture, Environment and Education
Parkview Arts Action is an arts organisation that aims to harness the transformative power of art to raise awareness of critical environmental issues and inspire change among global communities. Dedicated to providing a platform for emerging artists to address pressing environmental issues, the organisation’s ambition is to support and encourage debate between arts institutions, businesses, scientific communities, advocacy organisations and the public around environmental sustainability. Set up by Parkview Group, the organisation is a natural extension of Parkview’s commitment to improve environmental sustainability across its commercial ventures and its support and patronage of the arts.
‘On Sharks and Humanity’ is the first in Parkview Arts Action’s programme of touring exhibitions addressing urgent environmental issues. The exhibition debuted at the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco from June 2014 to March 2015 before travelling to Moscow and shown at the Ekaterina Foundation from May to June 2015. Before coming to Singapore it was exhibited at the National Museum of China in Beijing from August to October 2015 where it featured close to 50 artworks on the environmental cause.
Parkview’s most recent project, Parkview Green FangCaoDi in Beijing, is the first mixed use commercial development in China to be awarded the LEED platinum certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). This is the highest award in the Green Building Rating System. This certification is one of many environmental awards bestowed on the Parkview Green development since opening in 2012.
At Parkview Green the office, conference, retail, leisure, hospitality and art buildings are not cold and impregnable, but breathing, organic life forms. A great deal of thought has been given to the quality of life and wellbeing of users, as well as environmental sustainability. Environmental innovation not only delivers a more efficient design, but also dramatically enhances the human experience of using the space, thus making it a potent symbol of a new way of thinking in urban development and green architecture.
Parkview has supported Chinese art for the past 50 years and Chinese contemporary artists for over 20 years. Its art collection includes the largest Dali collection outside Spain, numerous artworks by western masters, an invaluable collection of imperial Chinese stone Buddhist carvings and a substantial collection of contemporary Chinese art assemblage amounting to over 10,000 works. The collection has grown in scale and prestige under the leadership of George Wong, the eldest brother in Parkview Group and Honorary Professor at the Nanjing University of the Arts. His position as a knowledgeable patron and foremost collector of Chinese contemporary art has led to his appointment as Research Fellow by the National Museum of China to build its first collection of contemporary Chinese art.