Kim Lim at Tate Britain

The inaugural digital event for ART SG celebrates Singaporean-British artist Kim Lim (1936–1997) in light of her current exhibition at Tate Britain.

As the art world attempts to reconfigure art history to make space for new narratives, examining the life and work of Kim Lim in her own context and in the context of today’s scholarship is vital.

The inaugural digital event for ART SG celebrates Singaporean-British artist Kim Lim (1936–1997) in light of her current exhibition at Tate Britain.

Virtual exhibition tour led by Bianca Chu, Independent Curator and Representative of the Kim Lim Estate, Turnbull Studio.

Followed by a panel discussion also including:
Johnny Turnbull CEO, Kim Lim Estate, Turnbull Studio
Hammad Nasar, Curator, Researcher and Strategic Advisor
Moderated by Patricia Chen, Film-maker, Author & Independent Arts Writer
With an introduction by Magnus Renfrew, Co-Founder, ART SG.

This session was broadcast on Wednesday 18 November 2020.
Kim Lim: Carving and Printing is on view at Tate Britain until 5 March 2021.

We would like to thank the Kim Lim Estate, Turnbull Studio, Tate Britain and Elena Crippa for making this event possible.

Image: Segment 1988 & Kudah 1989 – Camden Square. Courtesy of the Kim Lim Estate, Turnbull Studio.



Bianca Chu is an independent curator and art consultant based in London. Born in New York, Bianca previously worked in the commercial art sector for ten years at Christie’s and then Sotheby’s, where she was the deputy director of S|2 Gallery, the exhibition arm of the auction house. There, she co-curated over twenty exhibitions and produced a number of publications, including the first major publication on Kim Lim in over two decades. Currently, Bianca is special projects advisor and representative of the Kim Lim Estate, Turnbull Studio, London; Co-Chair of the Tate Young Patrons; and a consultant for Procreate Project, a non-profit organisation with a social impact, supporting artists who are mothers. She is currently completing a Master’s in Anthropology at UCL in Material and Visual Culture and her research practice centres around marginalised art histories, systems of value and collecting, and the contemporary art market. For further information, please visit


Johnny Turnbull manages the estates of Kim Lim & William Turnbull at Turnbull Studio/Studio Kim Lim. He began his musical career as one of the original founder members of the seminal and influential experimental group 23 Skidoo . A co-founder of Ronin Records & Ronin Productions, he has numerous remixing, production and ad soundtracks credits – including Sade, Stevie Wonder, Ice T, Seal, Massive Attack, Ginuine, Roots Manuva, DJ Skitz ,Outcast, Ciara, Usher, Dido, Misteeq, Wrangler, Nike and Smirnoff.


Hammad Nasar is a London-based curator, researcher and strategic advisor. He is presently Senior Research Fellow at the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art (part of Yale University) where he co-leads the ‘London, Asia’ project; Principal Research Fellow at the University of the Arts London; and co-curator of British Art Show 9 (2021-22) – Britain’s largest exhibition of contemporary art organised every five years by Hayward Gallery Touring. He was the inaugural Executive Director of the Stuart Hall Foundation, London (2018-19); Head of Research & Programmes at Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong (2012-16); and, co-founded (with Anita Dawood) the pioneering arts organisation, Green Cardamom, London (2004-12).

Known for collaborative, research-driven and exhibition-led inquiry, he has curated or co-curated more than 30 international exhibitions. His most recent exhibition projects include: Speech Acts: Reflection-Imagination-Repetition (2018-19) at Manchester Art Gallery; Structures of Meaning|Architectures of Perception (2018-19) as guest curator for the 2018 edition of Abu Dhabi Art; and Rock, Paper, Scissors: Positions in Play – the UAE’s national pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale (2017).

Nasar is a member of the board of Mophradat (Belgium), and of the editorial board of Tate’s magazine, Tate Etc. He has also served in juries, boards and advisory roles for numerous organisations internationally, including: Art Basel (Switzerland); British Council, Delfina Foundation, Iniva, Manchester Art Gallery, V&A Museum, and Whitechapel Gallery (UK); and Alserkal Avenue (UAE).



Patricia Chen is writer and filmmaker who points the camera at a subject close to her heart : the visual arts. She has penned columns and essays on art and the Southeast Asian art scene for ArtAsiaPacific, Financial Times, The Art Newspaper and Flash Art.  Ms. Chen’s abiding interest in collections of Asian art with social footprints led her to author Uli Sigg in Conversation: Collecting Chinese Contemporary Art and produce the films, Uli Sigg: China’s Art Missionary and The 24-Hour Art Practice. Screened to critical acclaim in the Netherlands, France, Hong Kong, Indonesia, and Singapore, they brought the knotty issues of private cultural ownership and public legacies to the fore. Whether in text or in film, Ms. Chen plays the role of a critical cultural observer and silent moderator; her work is marked by her relentless pursuit of fair and open discussions on cultural matters. She currently sits on various jury and advisory committees relating to art from Southeast Asia and is currently producing an independent film on respected art historian, T.K. Sabapathy.


Kim Lim: Carving and Printing
Tate Britain, until 5 March 2021

Speech Acts: Reflection-Imagination- Repetition
Manchester Art Gallery, Friday 25 May 2018 – Monday 22 April 2019

Resisting Resolution: Kim Lim’s Playful Stillness
Hammad Nasar, 2 October 2018

Sculpting Lives podcast: Kim Lim
Jo Baring and Sarah Turner, 08 Apr 2020

London, Asia
Paul Mellon Centre, Yale University

Art Histories of Excess: Hammad Nasar in Conversation with Karin Zitzewitz
Hammad Nasar and Karin Zitzewitz, 01 Mar 2019
Also accessible via Hammad’s academia page

British Art Studies, London, Asia, Exhibitions, Histories
Edited by Hammad Nasar and Sarah Victoria Turner, Special Issue, Issue 13 – September 2019

Within this issue is the annotated timeline for the performance by Nicholas Tee that connects Lee Wen, Li Yuan-chia, Doh Ho Suh and others at the Speech Acts exhibition, as part of a performance programme curated by Annie Jael Kwan  


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