Singapore Heritage Tile Project
An international story of beauty, heritage and life
Learn about the project
As an Australian of Singaporean heritage, I began researching my family tree after moving to Singapore in 2012. My journey into my father’s past has marked by the strong presence of decorative tiles on shophouses, temples and commemorative spaces linked to my ancestors. With my background in architecture, fine art and languages, I have been fascinated by the cross-cultural ties and diverse designs behind these ceramic artefacts. Learn more in exclusive project updates
see beyond the shophouse
The beautiful patterned tiles seen on traditional shophouses in Singapore has deeply influenced my own artwork and art workshops over the years. However in early 2019, I started examining these ceramic surfaces in more depth after discovering new and unusual types. I was surprised to uncover an array of amazingly rich and ornate tiles far different from those commonly found on traditional shophouses.
Enjoy a patterned past
I’ll be sharing my findings in a full-colour book aimed at showcasing the social, cultural and historical value of these exquisite artefacts. A specially curated selection of over 200 export tiles will include transfer, relief and majolica types. Readers will delight in subject matter as diverse as dragons, farmyard animals, flowers and fairies in designs over a century old. Publication is set for late 2020. Receive exclusive project updates!
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Enjoy exclusive project updates with insights and discoveries about heritage tiles in Singapore and beyond. My weekly newsletters will bring you closer to my explorations without the sweat!
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be part of the project
Experience first-hand some of Singapore’s best decorative tiles through our community events! Reach out and touch these ceramic beauties in ‘tile tidy-up’ and ‘field research’ sessions. With an estimated 200,000 tile spots to check at Greater Bukit Brown alone, I really appreciate the kind support I have been receiving. See upcoming events
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A selection of blogs about my favourite things in Singapore, including articles about Peranakan culture. See my blog
Project locations: Bukit Brown cemetery
Learn more about Singapore’s history and heritage at Bukit Brown Cemetery - also a wonderful place for tile-spotting!
The Brownies: A volunteer community group hosting tours on a monthly basis when possible. See for details
Jane’s Tours: Singapore based and award-winning tour and travel company. See for details
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