The Teochew Poit Ip Huay Kuan which presently engages actively in a wide range of cultural activities such as workshop on Chinese dance, Chinese martial arts, Chinese painting, Chinese calligraphy competitions and Chinese essay-writing competition. In 1983, it formed a cultural and education section and setup an education and cultural centre in the Teochew Building. In 1985 the cultural and education section was enlarged to become the Cultural and Educational Committee to be responsible for promoting educational, cultural and recreational activities.
One of the activities organised by the Committee is the Monthly Calligraphy & Painting Exchange Gathering. The first such gathering was organised in Oct 2003 and since then, it is held at 3.00 pm on the last Sunday of every month in the association’s Teochew Building at Tank Road, Singapore.
Every month, a famous calligrapher or painter will be invited to give talk on specific topic followed by exchange of ideas between the speaker and participants. After the talk, the speakers and participants are invited to write calligraphy or paint on the spot so that all those who are present can learn from each other.
To date, 63 gatherings and talks have been organised. The fairly good response and attendance so far show that the effort put in by the Committee is well appreciated. It is hope that the activity will continue to be held for a long time to come.