Free And Upcoming Exhibitions By Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre To Check Out From April Onwards!



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Take a step into the past and marvel at art that will bring back fond memories with the latest on-site and travelling exhibitions by Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre (SCCC).

1. Through the Eyes of a Child: Art by Quek Hong Shin

Photo Credit: Quek Hong Shin

Venue: Levels 9 and 10 Foyer, Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre, 1 Straits Boulevard, Singapore 018906
Date: 2 Apr to 31 Aug 2021
Fee: Free

Take a journey through time, and discover the cultural icons that defined Singapore before it became the bustling metropolis of today. Through the Eyes of a Child: Art by Quek Hong Shin captures the vanishing collective memories from a time when coconut trees towered over attap houses, and children played in the busy back-alleys of old Chinatown. The exhibition features the people and places inspired by Hong Shin while he was growing up in the 1980s. It includes 14 artworks from his popular book series’: The Amazing Sarong, The Incredible Basket, The Brilliant Oil Lamp and The Marvellous Sugee Cake, along with new illustrations created specially for this showcase.

2. Poetic Strokes : Singapore’s Classical Chinese Poetry in Calligraphy 

Photo Credit: 杨昌泰 (Yong Cheong Thye)

Photo Credit: 黄云兰 (Ng Hoon Lan)

Venue: Level 6 Creative Box, Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre, 1 Straits Boulevard, Singapore 018906
Date: 16 Mar to 4 Apr 2021
Time: 10 am to 8 pm (Daily)
Fee: Free

Find out how classical Chinese poetry can be reimagined through a local lens when expressed through calligraphy at Poetic Strokes : Singapore’s Classical Chinese Poetry in Calligraphy. Presented by the SCCC and National University of Singapore, the exhibition invites 10 local calligraphers including Choo Thiam Siew and Yong Cheong Thye to introduce fresh takes on 22 poems through artistic depictions of familiar landscapes from HDB flats and the Merlion, to our favourite tropical fruits and expressions of evolving sentiments and identities of the local Chinese. The selection comprises works from renowned poets who have lived in Singapore over the years, including Khoo Seok Wan, Huang Zunxian and Pan Shou. Pop by and discover Chinese poetry anew through calligraphic strokes of this place we call home.

3. Afterwords Travelling Exhibition

Photo Credit: Malik Mazlan & Dave Tai

Venue: Various libraries, details below
Date: 12 Apr 2021 to 31 Jan 2022
Fee: Free

What happens to a piece of paper after it has outlived its purpose? What else does it want to say when there is no space left? 

Check out how calligraphy artist Malik Mazlan and haiku poet Dave Tai introduced new perspectives to canvases created from drafts, past projects and personal items, by refreshing them with haiku and calligraphy through the Afterwords exhibition. 

Following its showcase at the SCCC, the exhibition will travel into the heartlands from 12 April. Don’t miss your chance to check it out at the nine public libraries across Singapore and find out how Afterwords underlies the longevity of the written word and maximises the exploration of recycling wastepaper to form the foundation of new works.

Full List Of Libraries*

  • National Library Board
    Venue: Level 8
    Date: 12 Apr to 31 May 2021
  • Jurong Regional Library
    Venue: Level 1, 1C
    Date: 1 to  30 Jun 2021
  • Ang Mo Kio Public Library
    Venue: Level 2, Exhibition Space
    Date: 1 to 31 Jul 2021
  • Clementi Public Library
    Venue: Library Central
    Date: 1 to 31 Aug 2021
  • Cheng San Public Library
    Venue: Level 3 Foyer
    Date: 1 to 30 Sep 2021

  • Bedok Public Library
    Venue: Level 3 Foyer
    Date: 1 to 30 Oct 2021

  • Toa Payoh Public Library
    Venue: Level 1
    Date: 1 to 30 Nov 2021

  • Woodlands Regional Library
    Venue: Level 1
    Date: 1 to 31 Dec 2021

*The last library that the exhibition will travel to in January has not been confirmed.

For more information, please visit the SCCC website.


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Leona Quek
Blessed with 3 handsome and loving boys in her life. Two of them call her Mommy, the other calls her Wifey. Every night, she wishes for an early bedtime, but misses her babies as soon as they sleep.

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