Tiger Beer: Woks of Art


Reviewed by Regina Su

Tiger Beer have launched their newest campaign; a fusion of art and culture that celebrates the vibrant energy and spirit of Singapore. ‘Woks of Art’ is an exhibition curated and directed by the Glue Society’s James Dive. Twenty artists from Sydney and Auckland worked with genuine woks straight from the streets of Singaporean hawkers, and created bespoke works of art inspired by the loud and lively Singaporean atmosphere. Tiger Beer celebrated the launch with a party that enticed all the senses.

I followed a series of colourful candles and lanterns up five flights of stairs, and upon arriving at the top, I became overwhelmed with the sights and lights of multi-coloured paper parasols, fluorescent Tiger Beer signs, a video of street hawkers cooking with fire, and much more. The aesthetic had such a dynamic energy, it became very easy to immerse in this Singaporean oasis.

I felt a great excitement exude from all involved; that Tiger Beer had supported something of value, that diverse talent and local artists were to be celebrated. The exhibition seems to be championing and honouring the wok as one of the staples in any Asian culinary experience. At the launch, there were chilies and woks scattered about the place, reminders of the fusion of taste, texture, heat and art. There were some artworks, or should I say art-woks, on display too- impressive creations with knitted articles, simulations of swarms of blowflies, geometric patterns- all created in the basin of a wok.

There were authentic Singaporean treats to eat; tasty morsels of satay, soft-shell crab, pork rolls and laska (to name a few), to tease the palate and take us on a culinary journey. The food was delicious and authentic, adding an extra dimension to the night. Of course, there was enough Tiger Beer to go around. In fact, the walls were adorned with olde worlde Tiger Beer memorabilia and posters, which really added to the atmosphere.

It didn’t stop there. There was a very talented crystal-ball illusionist, who was very personable and took requests for tricks, and making it seems as though levitating three crystal balls was an effortless task. As well as this, Singaporean based singer-songwriter Dru Chen graced us with his smooth jazz and relaxed vibes. Finally, we were left inspired by a very talented beatboxer whose performance was very entertaining.

The organisers at Tiger Beer created a truly holistic experience that played to all of my senses- taste, sight, sound, and smell.  and I look forward finding these little tastes of Singapore throughout Sydney, as the 'Woks of Art' will be displayed permanently in participating bars around city.