SAM’s new kid-friendly exhibitions are hi-tech and hi-fun
Primary 4 students at Geylang Methodist School created these Light panels as part of their contribution to Singapore Art Museum’s online art show, Between the World and Us – A Think! Contemporary Primary School Virtual Exhibition. (Photo: Singapore Art Museum)

SAM’s new kid-friendly exhibitions are hi-tech and hi-fun

Singapore Art Museum (SAM) is rolling out a series of family-friendly art exhibitions and online activities from 18 Nov.

“SAM is always exploring ways to instil curiosity and the love of art in children and the young at heart. This school holiday, we will be presenting a variety of immersive programmes in both physical and virtual spaces,” says Dr Lim Chye Hong, Head of Education, Access and Programmes at the museum.

Art in the Commons: Data Visualising Jurong, created in partnership with the Science Centre Board and supported by Tote Board Singapore, is the first three-year incarnation of SAM’s new Art in the Commons community-based arts initiative. Each annual edition will feature a different artist working with Jurong communities to co-create artworks and explore the intersection between art and science.

Debbie Ding, rendered impressions for 'Data Mining Jurong', 2021; Image courtesy of the Artist
Rendered impressions for Data Mining Jurong,2021 (Photo: Debbie Ding)

The first edition has been created with Singaporean artist and Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP) lecturer, Debbie Ding, and her students at the NYP School of Design and Media. Jurong has rapidly evolved from dusty industrial estate to vibrant commercial and residential hub, and it is set to reinvent itself once more through the masterplan for Jurong Lake District. Data Mining Jurong, which opens on 26 Nov at the Science Centre Singapore,adumbrates an alternate reality based on ideas gleaned from consultations with people who live and work in the area.

For families with children, the exhibition gives the younger ones an insight into the extraordinary transformation of their neighbourhood and encourages them to imagine what Jurong could become in the future.

The Forest That Came Alive
The Forest that Came Alive, CHIJ Our Lady Queen of Peace Primary 4 students, 2020 (Photo: Singapore Art Museum)

Between the World and Us – A Think! Contemporary Primary School Virtual Exhibition, is the fruit of collaboration with CHIJ Our Lady Queen of Peace primary school, Geylang Methodist School (Primary), Haig Girls’ School, Mayflower Primary School, and St. Anthony’s Primary School.

This ninth edition of the Think! Contemporary Programme is SAM’s first virtual showcase, exhibiting 18 artworks based on the diverse experiences of Primary Four students during the pandemic. Opening on 18 Nov, Between the World and Us is spread across four sections: The Stories, The Spaces, The People and The Hope.

Helping create the virtual exhibition has been an eye-opener, says Ian Koh Rui Feng from St Anthony’s Primary School. “I used to think art was about drawings and paintings, but I now realise that it can be anything and everything around us.” It is exactly the lesson SAM wants to teach with these outreach programmes.

Annuendo, Illustration of 'The Explorer' comic, 2021; image courtesy of Singapore Art Museum
Annuendo, Illustration of The Explorercomic, 2021 (Photo: Singapore Art Museum)

The Explorer Project introduces an intergalactic comic inspired by ‘The Explorer’, a sculpture by the late Cultural Medallion recipient Ng Eng Teng, which is being relocated to Science Centre Singapore.

The Explorer Project blasts off on 20 Nov with a mission to enthuse children about the wonders of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics). The comic is augmented by online talks and workshops conducted via Zoom on illustration, interactive storytelling and sculpture making.

See the full line-up of SAM’s family-friendly programmes here.

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