The boy who knew too much: a child prodigy

This is the true story of scientific child prodigy, and former baby genius, Ainan Celeste Cawley, written by his father. It is the true story, too, of his gifted brothers and of all the Cawley family. I write also of child prodigy and genius in general: what it is, and how it is so often neglected in the modern world. As a society, we so often fail those we should most hope to see succeed: our gifted children and the gifted adults they become. Site Copyright: Valentine Cawley, 2006 +

Friday, October 09, 2009

Art Singapore 2009 - The Contemporary Asian Art Fair.

Art Singapore 2009 has begun. We know, because Ainan was invited to the Gala Opening Party. Yes, that is right, he received his very own invitation. Of course, we accompanied him to the Art show!

It was, to me, a pleasant surprise to see the diversity of art and artists on show. Perhaps, an annual event like this, will give Singapore's nascent art world, the impetus it needs to become truly alive. The artists and galleries showing, come from all over Asia, and some appeared to be from Europe (there was at least one German gallery present). It is good to see this interconnectedness of Singapore's art world, with the wider world. Perhaps, through this mutual exchange, some Singaporean artists might make it on to the world stage - just as the world makes its way to Singapore.

It is quite possible that Ainan was the youngest person to be invited - and that led to a comic moment, which I shall not recount - I mention it here only to remind myself, in years to come, of how he was greeted.

Ainan enjoyed the evening rather more than he expected. He seemed to wish to interact with the works and did so when permitted: touching them, to feel their textures and peering closely at them to see how they were made (which he would then comment on perceptively, sometimes debunking the artist's work, once the method was revealed). It was rewarding to watch him think about something outside the realm of science, and see how he perceived it, processed it, and understood it. At times, he even laughed at pieces - in a positive way. So, it was a good evening.

Thanks to Art Singapore 2009 for their invitation. It is definitely a worthwhile exhibition and all who can, should get along to Suntec City to catch it before its close on October 12th. You will be as pleasantly surprised by the range of work on show, as we were. There are, without doubt, interesting artists at work, in Asia. See it!

(If you would like to learn more of Ainan Celeste Cawley, a scientific child prodigy, aged eight years and seven months, or his gifted brothers, Fintan, five years exactly, and Tiarnan, twenty-eight months, please go to: I also write of gifted education, IQ, intelligence, the Irish, the Malays, Singapore, College, University, Chemistry, Science, genetics, left-handedness, precocity, child prodigy, child genius, baby genius, adult genius, savant, wunderkind, wonderkind, genio, гений ребенок prodigy, genie, μεγαλοφυία θαύμα παιδιών, bambino, kind.

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