As a student at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), there are different things you can become involved in: on-campus activities like sports or different interest groups, off-campus things like going for night activities or bonding time with classmates or schoolmates, as well as many opportunities for jobs, internships or work-study, both on and off campus.
For Timothy Chan, it was will power and passion for the arts that brought him to be the Associate Visual Director for the Opening Ceremony of the 8th ASEAN Para Games (APG). Timothy is currently majoring in Product Design at NTU School of Art Design and Media, which was what gave him the opportunity to be part of APG.
His main role in APG is to provide images for sections of the opening ceremony. “It is something very close to my heart, being that I am a disabled person and so this is something that means very much to me,” said Timothy.
In his opinion, the work that he puts up for APG will be the most significant work that he has done to date. “I've also made digital drawings that are based on X-ray images of my own body as I want to show that there’s beauty inside all of us,” he added.
At the age of 5, Timothy was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a muscular disorder. Today, he is an inventive young artist and designer who mobilizes his wheelchair as art medium and his own X-Rays as beautiful patterns. Not restricting himself to art design, he was Singapore's representative for the 5th APG 2009, and Champion at the 4th and 9th National Disability League (Chess, 2009, 2014).
“I hope to inspire others with disabilities to pursue their dreams and that they can do whatever they sets their minds to." Overcoming his disabilities, Timothy has carved a niche in Singapore’s design.
Catch the following video of Timothy, created by Transfixion/Ngee Ann Polytechnic, School of Infocomm Technology.