(31 August 2015, Monday) Five students graduating from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (Nafa) each won cash prizes of $1,500 to $6,000 in June for their final-year projects in the inaugural Nafa Fine Art Graduating Awards Competition. Behind the prizes is a little-known foundation set up in 2007 by four art-loving brothers – the Woon Brothers Foundation, which has been promoting art education, art collecting and helping the needy ever since.
Three of the four brothers – Tek Seng, 67; Wee Phong, 62; and Wee Hao, 61 – own the well-known Killiney chain of coffee shops, while Wee Teng, 58, is a retired lawyer. The top prize for the Nafa competition is named after their father, Hainanese chef and confectioner Woon Tai Jee.
Said Nafa president Chia Mia Chiang: “Our students have been encouraged by the foundation’s generosity and keenness to support the fine arts. It helped spur them on as they created their graduation artworks, pushing them to the next level of artistic excellence.”
Media: The Straits Times, Page B7
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