Singapore Art Museum Rolls Out A Series Of Family Friendly Art Programmes For The Year-End Holidays

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Featuring both physical and digital programmes, Singapore Art Museum reimagines meaningful ways of connecting with their young audiences this school holiday.

CHIJ Our Lady Queen of Peace, Primary 4 students, 'Our Wonderful, Fantastic Eclectic', 2020; Image courtesy of Singapore Art Museum

The Singapore Art Museum (SAM)¬†will be offering family-friendly art exhibitions and¬†activities in collaboration with artists and the wider community across physical and virtual¬†spaces this school holiday. These include a new community-based initiative Art in the¬†Commons: Data Visualising Jurong, SAM's first ever fully virtual exhibition Between the¬†World and Us ‚Äď A Think! Contemporary Primary School Virtual Exhibition, as well as¬†The Explorer Project featuring a new imaginative comic inspired by the iconic sculpture,¬†The Explorer.

Physical Exhibition

Art in the Commons: Data Visualising Jurong

Debbie Ding, rendered impressions for Data Mining Jurong, 2021; Image courtesy of the Artist

Venue: Science Centre Singapore Hall A
Date: 26 Nov 2021 - 30 Jan 2022

SAM has introduced a new 3-year initiative Art in the Commons, which features a series of community-based, participatory art programmes developed together with community partners. To kick off this initiative, SAM has partnered Science Centre Board on Art in the Commons: Data Visualising Jurong, to explore community interests within the Jurong district.

Data Mining Jurong features the changing identity of Jurong ‚Äď from an industrial estate to a¬†vibrant hub of industry, commerce and residential units. It looks at¬†what Jurong is, was, and might¬†become.

It uses 2 projections to present Jurong’s past. The first provides the narrative for an alternate reality of Jurong, in which the imagined past haunts the present realities of Jurong. The second is an interactive work where audiences can take a slow descent down a mysterious, cavernous mine shaft. Objects embedded in the rock strata are created based on an online public consultation conducted with the residents of Jurong and commuters who either work in or frequent Jurong.

Let the kids take a glimpse into the transformation of their neighbourhood, while encouraging them to imagine the future of Jurong.

Virtual Programmes

Between the World and Us ‚Äď A Think! Contemporary Primary School Virtual¬†Exhibition

St Anthony’s Primary School, Primary 4 students, 'Our HDB Corridors', 2020; Image courtesy of Singapore Art Museum

Venue: SAM Website
Date: 18 Nov 2021 - 31 Mar 2022

In partnership with CHIJ Our Lady Queen of Peace, Geylang Methodist School (Primary), Haig Girls’ School, Mayflower Primary School and St. Anthony’s Primary School, SAM presents the ninth edition of the Think! Contemporary Programme and also the museum's first virtual showcase. 

The exhibit features 18 artworks on the diverse experiences of Primary Four students in the time of the pandemic across four sections: The Stories, The Spaces, The People, and The Hope.

Haig Girls’ School, Students from 4 Humility, 'Our Idols', 2020; Image courtesy of Singapore Art Museum 

SAM’s signature Think! Contemporary Programme integrates school curriculum with museum visits and uses artworks from SAM’s exhibitions as primary resources for classroom teaching, and to encourage an appreciation for the arts among the younger generation.

Accompanying programmes include a virtual art hunt with prizes to be won, as well as an online talk, Thinking Contemporary Art in the Classroom: A Sharing by Teachers on the ideas behind the artworks and navigating this museum-based learning programme during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Explorer Project

Annuendo, Illustration of The Explorer comic, 2021; image courtesy of Singapore Art Museum

Venue: Online

The Explorer Project features a series of programmes inspired by the relocation of The Explorer, a sculpture by artist and Cultural Medallion recipient Ng Eng Teng, to Science Centre Singapore. This includes a series of child-friendly art workshops.

The Explorer Comics

Venue: SAM Facebook Page
Date: 20 Nov 2021

Follow Shaun, a black-naped oriole, in this exhilarating adventure across our sunny island and find out more about the strange creature he meets along the way. Shaun helps out his newfound friend in need as they travel across Singapore and beyond.

[Workshop] Storytime: The Explorer

Venue: Zoom
Date: 20 Nov 2021
Fee: Free | Register here

Get ready to stretch your imagination with storyteller Kiran Shah as she brings you on an adventure without ever leaving your home! Come prepared with paper and drawing materials for this interactive storytelling session conducted on Zoom.

[Workshop] Fun With Sculptures (for children)

Venue: Zoom
Date: 27 Nov 2021
Fee: Free | Register here

Join us for this digital workshop and create your own story and sculpture! Conducted by visual storyteller Darel Seow, participants will learn how to let their imaginations run wild and experiment with different materials that are commonly found at home. 


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Jiarong Yu
Daddy to 2 adorable little ones. Misses them the moment they are not around, regrets missing them the moment they are around.

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