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At the opening reception of Indian artist Malavika PC on 4th June. (The opening reception was changed from 3rd to 4th June as the artist was flying into Singapore for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content and we wanted to catch her!)

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Kamiliah, assistant to gallerist Stephanie Tham of Galerie Steph, is pictured here orientating guests :)

The show started with a presentation by Sue Yian Quek, founder and publisher of The Magic Bird collection of children’s books. Magic Bird’s profits are channeled towards social projects, which it calls Wisdom Clubs, that benefit kids with no opportunity to read. Since 2012, Magic Bird has donated over 26,000 books, built 17 reading spaces and conducted multiple reading programmes through its Wisdom Clubs.

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A customer picking up a copy of the The Magic Bird book, written by Ken Spillman and illustrated by Malavika PC.

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Malavika PC pictured here giving a toast to guests.

Depending on where you are in the CBD, the fast and furious pace can get in the way of imagination and creativity. We hope that by showing these works – many of which are amazingly illustrated, people will be inspired.” – SPRMRKT co-owner Sue-Shan Quek

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SPRMRKT co-owner Sue-Shan pictured in the centre orientating guests about the unique art pieces.

The exhibition featured original colages on hand-textured sheets from the children’s book of the same title written by Ken Spillman. Malavika’s approach to making the collages mirror the book, which she says is about “the core yearning in us to learn, grasp and respond to the occurrences outside of us. And how reading, literacy, vocabulary and articulation equips a mind for expression, constantly letting us know how expansive the universe around is.” As such, her works are layered with paper to give depth, distance and flight, and rooted in very organic typography so as to appear gentle and uplifting.

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#18/22 The Magic Bird Series, 2014-15 Paper, Inks & Adhesive 30 x 30 cm Unique Work SGD 850

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#23/23 The Magic Bird Series, 2014-15 Paper, Inks & Adhesive 30 x 30 cm Unique Work SGD 850

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#21/22 The Magic Bird Series, 2014-15 Paper, Inks & Adhesive 30 x 30 cm Unique Work SGD 850

Please note that some of these works are still available for sale. More information can be found below.

IMG_1128More photos of guests and the serene opening launch to Malavika’s show.

IMG_1133SPRMRKT thanks Malavika PC, Galerie Steph & The Magic Bird for all the hard work and effort placed into getting this exhibition together!

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One of the pieces which sold! #20/22. The Magic Bird Series. Paper, ink & adhesive. 30 x 30cm.

Some of Malavika’s works are still being exhibited and sold at Galerie Steph in Helutrans. For those who’d like to find out more about the artist, do check out a recent interview of the lovely Malavika posted below and contact Galerie Steph or SPRMRKT for more details!

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A Thousand Words Poster

The series of exhibitions featuring Magic Bird Publishing books began with Malaysian artist C.K. Koh, whose illustrations are influenced by manga, pop culture and Western fairy tales. C.K. has illustrated two picture books which feature his signature box-head characters.

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Sue Yian Quek, founder of Magic Bird Publishing, at a book signing during the opening reception!

C.K. Koh studied in the UK and is currently senior lecturer at the One Academy, Malaysia’s award-winning college of art and design. He has exhibited widely across Southeast Asia. Becoming a father led C.K. to take his “search for hidden hope amongst the monstrous, grotesque and ugliness of our imperfect world” into the world of children’s books, and to the creation of Box Boy and his quests for answers.

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C.K. Koh pictured here explaining how Box Boy came to life :)

A really well received reception where a few prints were sold on that evening and where one customer requested for the frames to be white :)

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Nice black frames that matched our wall lights!

Pictured above from left to right:
1. Sunshine Smile, 2015, Digital Print on Hahnemuhle fine art paper, 76 x 52 cm

2. Humpback Splash!, 2015, Digital Print on Hahnemuhle fine art paper, 76 x 52 cm

3. You Are My Dream, 2015, Digital Print on Hahnemuhle fine art paper, 61 x 61 cm

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Where customers quench their thirst at SPRMRKT, we found these cute elephants doing something quite similar :)

This was one of the pieces where a customer requested the frames in white and it worked just as well as the black frames!

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Great spotlights on these 3 prints!

Pictured above from left to right:
1. His Nose Began To Grow, 2015, Digital Print on Hahnemuhle fine art paper, 76 x 52 cm

2. Liar Cloud?, 2015, Digital Print on Hahnemuhle fine art paper, 76 x 52 cm

3. I’ve Got No Nose!, 2015, Digital Print on Hahnemuhle fine art paper, 61 x 61 cm

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Kamiliah, assistant to Stephanie Tham of Galerie Steph, describing the details of the artwork while showing one of Ck Koh’s illustrated books to one of our guests!

It was a relaxing reception which brought out wonderment with some of the guests who were working in the vicinity and just wanted to get away from the typically stressful environment of the CBD.

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IMG_8321People came, mingled and ate. We sold 50 over books that evening!!

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Some of these books are still on sale till mid August!

For more enquiries on the artist and the availability of his works, please reach out to Galerie Steph or contact us at contactus@sprmrkt.com.sg

Our first Sunday buffet was held at the end of May and though it was the long weekend, we still managed to pull in a decent crowd of foodies. Some were familiar faces we hadn’t seen in months!

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ON THE MENU

Garden Salad with Balsamic Dressing

Charcuterie & Cheese Platter: Smoked Duck, Smoked Salmon, Honey Baked Ham, Parma Ham, Comte, Brie, Smoked Mozzarella

Potato Salad

Bread Basket: Multigrain, White Toast

Hot Dogs with Chilli Con Carne

Arancini with Curry Mayonnaise

Cereal with Milk & Fresh Fruit

Eggs: Benedict, Royal, Florentine

Omelette: Ham, Cheese & Mushroom or Spinach & Mushroom

Cereal with milk in wine bottles!

Cereal with milk in wine bottles!

Charcuterie

Charcuterie

Cheese Platter

Cheese Platter

Hot Dog with Chilli Con Carne

Hot Dog with Chilli Con Carne

Arancini with Curry Mayo

Arancini with Curry Mayo

MAINS

Chilli Crab Pasta

Seabass with Chimichurri Sauce

Grilled Chicken Thigh with Teriyaki Sauce & Mashed Potato

Roast Beef with Mashed Potato

Chilli Crab Pasta

Chilli Crab Pasta!!

One of the stars at this buffet! :)

SWEETS

Homemade Rice Krispies

Ice Cream Sandwich with Crushed Cereal (A KOSKOS invention!)

$48 per pax

$62 per pax (with freeflow prosecco)

If you missed the last one, we look forward to seeing you at our next Sunday Buffet on 28 June! Call us for reservations at 6221 2105.

ON THE MENU

UBER’s 2nd Anniversary at Club KYO

THE NEIGHBOURHOOD HOT DOG

A commonly seen street food snack gets a local and no-pork twist with this chicken sausage sandwiched in a bun from a neighbourhood bakery and SPRMRKT’s homemade sriracha mayo sauce.

CURRY ARANCINI*

These handmade risotto balls are dipped in batter and shallow fried. Perfect on it’s own or soaked in curry!

*vegetarian

TWO RABBITS SMOKY CHILLI FISH TARTINE

One of our best sellers in our local food produce retail collection, Two Rabbits Smoky Chilli jam is tossed with grilled seabass, fish caught from our local waters, and adds a hint of smoky spice on this rich sandwich.

TERIYAKI CHICKEN MEE WRAP

Glazed with teriyaki sauce and mixed with handcut seaweed, this chicken and egg noodle wrap might hit a trendy and healthy chord.

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A breakfast snack is jazzed up with SPRMRKT’s homemade salted caramel sauce for an after dinner treat!

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TERIYAKI CHICKEN MEE WRAP

TERIYAKI CHICKEN MEE WRAP - Close up!

TERIYAKI CHICKEN MEE WRAP – A close up!

THE NEIGHBOURHOOD HOT DOG

THE NEIGHBOURHOOD HOT DOG

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CURRY ARANCINI

CURRY ARANCINI

These fried risotto balls get a disco effect with branded SPRMRKT stickers!

Disco Food!

These fried risotto balls get a disco effect with branded SPRMRKT stickers!

TWO RABBITS SMOKY CHILLI FISH TARTINE

TWO RABBITS SMOKY CHILLI FISH TARTINE

One of our favourite local food brands Two Rabbits Smoky Chilli is used as a marinade in this locally caught sea bass on soft bread and wrapped in banana leaf.

SALTED CARAMEL RICE KRISPIES

SALTED CARAMEL RICE KRISPIES

A breakfast snack is jazzed up with SPRMRKT’s homemade salted caramel sauce for an after dinner treat!

The spread!

The spread!

A shame it was a little dark to capture the details of the buffet spread but we hope the video below captures more of the party!

The full menu with so much love from UBER's partners & sponsors.

The full menu with so much love from UBER’s partners & sponsors.

HAPPY 2nd ANNIVERSARY UBER! It was a really exciting catering experience we’ve had at a club!

ON THE MENU

BBQ Pulled Pork on Brioche Buns

Mixed Roasted Vegetable & Quinoa Cups

Sea Bass with Two Rabbits Smoky Chilli on Cucumber Bites

Potato with Grilled Ham & Cheese Croquet

Berries & Cream Tartlet

BBQ Pulled Pork on Brioche Buns

BBQ Pulled Pork on Brioche Buns

Mixed Roasted Vegetables on Quinoa Cups

Mixed Roasted Vegetables on Quinoa Cups

Sea Bass with Two Rabbits Smoky Chilli on Cucumber Bites

Sea Bass with Two Rabbits Smoky Chilli on Cucumber Bites

Potato with Grilled Ham & Cheese Croquet

Potato with Grilled Ham & Cheese Croquet

Berries & Cream Tartlet

Berries & Cream Tartlet

The spread!

The spread! Speak to us for your catering enquiries today +65 6221 2105

Tokyo-Cinderella-Dolls-EDMThe cast and crew of Tokyo Cinderella Dolls came to town at the start of the new year and here we are to take you through the best moments of the evening.

IMG_4967The exhibition launched to a private reception on 7 Jan and took off where the two dolls from Karin Shikata’s photographic journey in Tokyo “came to life”, re-enacted their time in Tokyo and gave a full theatrical performance, engaging both guests and staff!

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With ex-performers of the Takarazuka Revue Studio and hair and make up stylist Misa Ujii

With ex-performers of the Takarazuka Revue Studio and hair and make up stylist Misa Ujii

Models Mirei Uchida, Yu Ranma and Japanese photographer Karin Shikata were all ex-performers at Takarazuka Revue, a 100 year old all-female musical theatre troupe in Japan.

Karin (with bouquet), with models, make up artist and guests

Karin (with bouquet), with models, make up artist and guests

And the night started off with a cocktail aperitif, Tokyo Breeze, specially concocted by a member of staff.

Tokyo Breeze. A cocktail made with Citizen Pop's Lemon & Thyme Fresh Fruit Soda and Vodka!

Tokyo Breeze. A cocktail made with Citizen Pop’s Lemon & Thyme Fresh Fruit Soda, triple sec & vodka

While we browsed around the exhibition, we discovered a photograph of the dolls eating Takoyaki! A very popular Japanese snack both in Japan and in Singapore.

Eating their way through in Tokyo with something fun and familiar - Takoyaki!

Takoyaki

Chef Joseph and his team at SPRMRKT went along with the Japanese theme to create their own version of a Takoyaki out of fried risotto (otherwise known in Italy as arancini), worcestershire sauce and bonito flakes! This was featured with a Grilled Teriyaki Pork Bao with Coleslaw, Fried Chicken Wrap and Corn & Crab Chawanmushi.

Arancini with Worcestershire Sauce & Bonito Flakes; Grilled Teriyaki Pork Bao with Coleslaw; Fried Chicken Wrap

Arancini with Worcestershire Sauce & Bonito Flakes; Grilled Teriyaki Pork Bao with Coleslaw; Fried Chicken Wrap

Corn & Crab Chawanmushi

Corn & Crab Chawanmushi

Even the dolls couldn’t resist tucking into these! :)

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Feeling a little bashful from getting caught by our camera for tucking into some food :)

Feeling a little bashful from getting caught by our camera :)

But the evening could not have been more entertaining with the guests who came, ate, drank, talked about Japan, food and art to a curated soundtrack of Japanese electronic house and pop music!

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Gallery owner Stephanie Tham introducing a guest to the exhibition

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Food quickly came and went!

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Models with artist Karin

Models with artist Karin

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Music Writer for JUICE

 

And some might say the real highlight of the evening was when one of the dolls started feeding our guests and shocked a few!

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but all was good and guests started to play along :)

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Another lucky guest getting fed which caused some excitement :)

Finally when the crowd subsided a little, we went to the back of the shop only to discover that Karin was shooting and working on her next exhibition of these dolls and their time spent in Singapore!

IMG_5018We can’t wait to see where her next exhibition of these dolls on the streets of Singapore will take her… though we hear it might be in London or Paris!

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Some of our hardworking staff who wanted to let loose for a while and join in the fun :)

Some of our hardworking staff who wanted to let loose for a while and join in the fun :)

IMG_5044Big thanks to Galerie Steph for presenting another fun and remarkable exhibition with us!

With the beautiful and brainy Kamiliah of Galerie Steph! Photo courtesy of Karin Shikata

With the beautiful and brainy Kamiliah of Galerie Steph! Photo courtesy of Karin Shikata

All photographs are for sale and if you were wondering about the photo frames and where you could purchase these, they were all actually put together and lovingly handcrafted by the photographer, Karin, with original origami paper and is part of her artistic expression with these photographs. Here’s a quick glimpse of some of the designs from the show:

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Thank you to all who made it. We had a blast and we hope you did too. For those who missed it, do pop into the bistro to catch the wonderful photographic series of Tokyo Cinderella Dolls before it ends on 8 March.

Tokyo Cinderella Dolls at SPRMRKT, 2 McCallum Street. From 8 Jan - 8 Mar 2014

Photo credits and information on Tokyo Cinderella Dolls !

To live free and fearlessly, to be comfortable in your own skin, to brazenly express your personal style. The inception of CAVALIER is rooted in these philosophies to bring visually stimulating, conceptual designs that are distinct and ever evolving.

For the first time, SPRMRKT hosted a CAVALIER pop up shop at their multi-concept bistro on 2 McCallum Street for a weekend. During which, a special charity dish with Scrambled eggs, Caviar and Champagne was offered and the dining room, typically amassed with hungry customers, was converted into a mini runway!

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Now, bringing you from right behind the scenes and into A Cavalier Weekend at SPRMRKT in the next few minutes, we thank those who have been waiting to see the highlights and the lovely kids who rehearsed and modeled their clothes in spunky fashion.

Rehearsal Day

 

Finding the right kids to match their style, we had Kyra, Vera (Kyra’s younger sister), Jasper, Vera (Jasper’s cousin), Luke (the kid that inspired one of Cavalier’s Charity Capsule designs!), Angel (SPRMRKT’s Chef Joseph Yeo’s daughter!) and Singapore’s youngest award-winning creatives Renn & Aira of holycrap.sg !

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But it wasn’t just about the kids, thought admittedly they were too cute to miss, some space planning was also required to give SPRMRKT a more textural feel and fashion appeal where handmade local jewellery brands such as Chalk Concrete and STACK by A.K.A Wayward fitted right in with the theme that SPRMRKT represents; sourcing and establishing only the best made in Singapore products, whilst vintage eyewear from JPG was in truth an odd but stylish mix!

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What does JPG and Ori Beenut Butter have in common? Honestly, absolutely nothing but we’d like to hint at something familiar called taste.

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STACK by A.K.A Wayward

STACK by A.K.A Wayward & FALCON Enamelware

IMG_3330IMG_3329Finally, the set up for the weekend could not have been complete without CAVALIER’s signature skateboard and steel clothing rack, entirely made by the Angela & Perry themselves!

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And where the design duo cleverly hung some outfits by our wall lamps to give a different identity and added dimension to space and the walls featuring Philip Hemnell’s art pieces at that time. We loved it!

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Photo courtesy of CAVALIER

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Photo courtesy of CAVALIER

If you were there, you might have had a chance to taste these wonderful cookies, baked in-house by our brilliant and affable Pastry Chef! A little token to thank those who made it, even though the weather wasn’t the best, these cookies did seem to cheer some up :)

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Photo courtesy of CAVALIER

To the parents, kids and last but not least the brains behind CAVALIER, Angela & Perry, thank you for making A Cavalier Weekend at SPRMRKT a memorable blast of fun before the year ended!

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