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'Talking To The Stars" - The Charity Art Exhibition By A Savant Autistic Artist, Hanzhen Yap

Updated: Dec 8, 2023

Welcome to the story of #talkingtothestars....

This is An art exhibition by savant autistic artist, HanZhen Yap

Today, we will unveil the main character of the exhibition, the leader of the star child – Hanzhen Yap.

In this art exhibition, he will lead you into his unique world.

With his keen eyes and sensitive soul, he captures the beautiful moments of the world around us.

His story will slowly unfold during this art exhibition.

Event Poster for 'Talking to the Star - An Art Exhibition by Hanzhen' Organised by Recreation Touch.

Event Concept - The Start of the 'Star Child' World: Beginning of the Storyboard.

We have arrived on this mysterious little planet, and something truly amazing is happening here...

Event Concept: Discovery - Children Unveiled on a Star-Adorned Planet, Designed by Recreation Touch.

This planet is surrounded by sparkling stars! Suddenly, there's Hanzhen leading a group of star children, greeting us with their curious smiles!

These children are very special; we affectionately call them the "Star Children" because they are just like the dazzling stars in the night sky—precious gifts from above. They have created an extraordinary little world on this small planet, filled with beauty and innocence.

 Event Concept: Stars - The Discovery of 'Star Children,' Uniquely Special.

At the border of this small planet, there seems to be an invisible glass wall that separates them from the outside world. This wall protects their pure hearts, but sometimes, these children also wish to break through it and explore the beauty of the world beyond.

However, when they attempt to cross this glass wall, they may suddenly hesitate, fearing that the gaze of the outside world might pierce them like sharp needles. In reality, they are just like us, and despite their differences, they long to naturally blend in, play joyfully with us, and share the beauty they see in the world.

Event Concept: Glass - 'Star Children' Secluded by an Invisible Glass Barrier.

As they bravely take that step forward, we hope you will welcome them with gentle eyes, just as you did when you first arrived here. The Star Children always greet you with the purest part of their hearts, taking you on a journey to explore this world of purity and beauty.

Event Concept: Bird - 'Star Children', break the barriers and fly freely like a bird into the unknown world.

This is the story of the Star Children, a story of courage, hope, and warmth.

Are you ready to sail with us?

Actual Event Day

The Charity Art Exhibition featuring the remarkable autistic artist, Hanzhen Yap, has been officially launched, and our hearts are filled with gratitude. We extend our sincere thanks to our esteemed guest of honor, Yang Amat Mulia Tunku Tun Aminah Binti Sultan Ibrahim, for gracing this occasion with her presence. We are also deeply appreciative of the presence of Yang Berusaha, Encik Hishamuddin bin Abdul Rahim, Chief Executive Officer of Yayasan Raja Zarith Sofia Negeri Johor, and Yang Berbahagia, Encik Mohamad bin Hapil, Director of Pengarah Jabatan Kebajikan Masyarakat Johor.

This charity art exhibition is a collaborative effort between Hanzhen Gallery, Y Space and Recreation Touch, with invaluable support from Yayasan Raja Zarith Sofiah Negeri Johor and Hope Garden.

Our journey began with a noble purpose: to raise awareness, foster acceptance, and inspire appreciation for children with autism. We aimed to empower them by encouraging independence, boosting self-esteem, and nurturing their artistic expression through participation in our autism art program. Additionally, we sought to educate others on the profound significance of the arts as a powerful tool for learning, personal growth, and self-expression. This is especially true for autistic artists, who make invaluable contributions to our society.

We wholeheartedly invite you to explore the unique world of Hanzhen Yap's art at our exhibition, #talkingtothestars. Your presence would not only honor us but also add a deeper layer of significance to this heartwarming event.

YAM Tunku Tun Aminah, The Royal Princess of Johor, Launching Charity Event: Signing on the Moon with Hanzhen's Tiger Sketch.

The gimmick session of opening ceremony, signed by Tunku Tun Aminah Binti Sultan Ibrahim in order to light up the awareness of autistic children.

YAM Tunku Tun Aminah, The Royal Princess of Johor, Gracefully Engaging with Art Exhibition.

Hanzhen's Sketch Gifted to Royal Princess of Johor, Tunku Tun Aminah: A Sketch of Sultan Abu Bakar Mosque as an Appreciation.

Royal Princess of Johor, Tunku Tun Aminah's Exhibition Tour: Exploring the Intriguing Storyboards.

Through the sensory experience of listening, we can deeply understand the sensory differences of autistic children and enter their inner world.

Storyboards Unveiling the 'Star Children' World and Explaining Autism Syndrome.

The story wall area——takes you to understand the world of star children (autistic children) and encourages parents of star children to face problems.

Storyboards Unveiling the 'Star Children' World and Explaining Autism Syndrome.

Listen Corner by Recreation Touch: Immerse in Sound Play and Explore 'The Reason I Jump' by Naoki Higashida.

The common problems of star children can be learned more through the book "The Reason I Jump" by Naoki Higashida.

Vibrant Photobooth Setup: Space Backdrop, Star & Cloud Boards, and Hanging Origamis.

Photobooth - Arrived at the star child's planet world.

Light up this awareness and spread hope together.

Hope Garden Children Participating in a Fun Colouring Contest.

‘Drawn Together’ - Coloring activity for star children.

Captivating Corner of the Art Exhibition: Showcasing Hanzhen's Brilliant Sketches.

The leader of the star children - Hanzhen Yap sketch art exhibition.

Creative Animal Sketches: Hanzhen's Keen Eye for Intricate Details Shines in the Exhibition.

With his keen eyes and delicate soul, he captures the beautiful moments of the world around him.

Listen Corner by Recreation Touch: Immerse in Sound Play and Explore 'The Reason I Jump' by Naoki Higashida.

Heart of the Event: Storyboards Unveiling Event Concept, Hanzhen's Journey, Organisers, and Sponsors' Contributions.

Unveiling the heart of the event-The message from event designer.

The Event Crew: The Pillars of the Charity Event, Brought Together by Recreation Touch.

Special thanks to all the people behind the scenes for making this event more meaningful.

Organizers: Hanzhen Gallery, Y Space & Recreation Touch

Supported by: Yayasan Raja Zarith Sofiah Negeri Johor & Hope Garden

Decorator: KKUM Memories

Photographer: Andy Lim & Above Production

Videographer: Lorong32

F&B: Champ x Rueys

Emcee: Jun Hong

Talking to the stars- Event Video

Video Production by: Lorong32

Interviewee: Qun(Y Space) & Zhi Ling(Recreation Touch)

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