Chinese Arts Now have put artists at the centre of the organisation with the creation of three new Associate Artistic Director including multidisciplinary designer and artist Ling Tan.

Ling is a UK based Singaporean multidisciplinary designer and artist working within the field of social engagement, technology, citizen participation and politics. Originally trained as an architect, her work explores citizens’ interaction with the built environment and our collective agency and responsibility in tackling complex issues surrounding our cities. She works with diverse communities across the UK and internationally to help them make sense of their environment, express opinions in a playful and performative way, and collectively address issues such as public safety, air quality, climate change and gender representation. Her work ranges from wearable technology, interactive installations and performances to web platforms, mobile phone apps. Her latest work, Growing Riversiders, is a part-digital part-physical participatory project involving 100 families from Barking Riverside collaboratively growing a large-scale plant-based installation that represents their collective identity for the new neighbourhood. She is currently working on projects that explore new participatory methodologies, including Climate Exploration Cookbook, a project that combines data science, digital technology and food to help people tackle the climate crisis through their food culture, cooking, and eating habits. Her work has been exhibited internationally including Centre Pompidou (France), Victoria and Albert Museum (UK), Barbican (UK), HeK (Switzerland) and Wits Art Museum (South Africa), and featured in magazines and websites across the globe such as Dezeen, Wired and Fast Company.

Her work with CAN includes devising and running the Climate Change Cookbook for CAN Festival 2021

Ling says: “As a Singaporean who came to the UK almost a decade ago to carve my own practice in participatory design, art, and technology, I’m excited to work with a community I identify with and explore ways that the voices of the under-represented and excluded can be represented on complex urban issues, like climate change, that affect everyone. Working with CAN, I look forward to presenting ways that art can activate the local Chinese community (including East and South East Asian) to make sense of, and affect, the environment through individual and collective actions.”

Welcome Ling!

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