The much-loved Art Garden returns this May for the third year running with an engaging range of contemporary artworks by Singaporean and international artists that will appeal to you and your young ones. SAM has used this opportunity to commission Singapore artists, such as Justin Lee and Loh Sau Kuen, to create works for its next generation of art audiences. The only exhibition in Singapore dedicated to showcasing art suitable for children, works at Art Garden address topical and open-ended issues. In addition, a series of inspiring short films and animations, including animated shorts by young Singaporean students for the N.E.mation! competition series will be screened. Art Garden 2012 is supported by students from Republic Polytechnic.
Come experience contemporary art first-hand at SAM and unleash your imagination as you explore the new and the familiar in Art Garden 2012!
Saturday, 19 May 2012
| 3:00pm to 4:00pm
SAM at 8Q lobby
Meet the artists behind some of the works in Art Garden and learn more about the processes involved in the creation of these works.
Art Garden 2012 at the Singapore Art Museum
Open House at SAM
International Museum Day | Sat, 19 May
Children’s Season | Sat & Sun, 26 & 27 May
| From 10am
Singapore Art Museum
Celebrate International Museum Day and Children’s Season at SAM with free entry to all galleries and a series of fun, hands-on activities for everyone in the family. SAM and SAM at 8Q are open from 10am. Activities will be held from 11am to 6pm.
Join the under-12 prodigies from the Singapore Table Tennis Association in a game of ping pong with a twist at Lee Wen’s Ping Pong Go-Round! Visitors of all ages are welcomed to play. Sat, 19 May | 5pm - 7pm | SAM at 8Q Plaza
Visit www.museums.com.sg to find out more about other Children’s Season 2012 events at participating museums.
Shinji Ohmaki Echoes-Infinity-The Forest
Felt, colour pigments and acrylic
Echoes-Infinity-The Forest Shinji Ohmaki
Explore this beautiful but ephemeral installation painstaking created with specially selected pigment materials. The Forest ‘fades’ with time as visitors walk over them. An ‘upgraded’ version of his earlier work Echo, Shinji invites children to walk over the flowers, slowly wearing away contours of the patterns, reminding us of the transient nature of life.
Echoes-Infinity-The Forest by Shinji Ohmaki will be closed from 16 to 20 July for the 2nd installation of the artwork. Do look out for the reopening of the gallery from 21 July onwards! All other galleries in Art Garden will remain open as per normal during this period.
Alexandre Dang Dancing Solar Flowers
2004 - 2012
Paper flowers with solar-
Dancing Solar Flowers Alexandre Dang
Did you know that the sun provides 10,000 times more energy to the earth than humans need? Come discover the wonders of solar power through a lively display of rocking paper flowers that respond to various light conditions throughout the day.This lively installation, which was seen in SAM last year, is one of his most popular works that seeks to introduce environmental issues to children.
Speak Cryptic Kakhé
Acrylic and aerosol paint on wall
Kakhé Speak Cryptic
Ka-khé, which means ‘stubborn’ or ‘naughty’ in the Baweanese language, was something Speak Cryptic heard very often as he was growing up. This 4-storey long mural brings you on a journey of the artist’s beginnings and his quest to find out more about his own culture and where he came from. This work chronicles the artist’s life growing up as a Singaporean Baweanese. Kakhé was commissioned by SAM and was presented under the recent exhibition The Singapore Show: Future Proof.
Lee Wen Ping Pong Go-Round
1998 - 2012
Ping pong table, ping pong racquets and ping pong balls
Ping Pong Go-Round Lee Wen
Indulge in a game of Ping Pong with a twist. With the possibility of playing with as many players as possible, regardless of gender and age, Ping Pong Go-Round seeks to bring about alternative models for interaction and dialogue. Ping Pong Go-Round is also presented under Lee’s solo exhibition Lee Wen: Lucid Dreams in the Reverie of the Real at SAM, which is exhibiting till 10 June 2012.
Loh Sau Kuen Everyday Wonders
Stoneware clay, woodboard,
found objects, toy parts and paint
Everyday Wonders Loh Sau Kuen
Immerse yourself in some art-making by creating patterns and designs using simple objects such as paper clips and clothes pegs. Inspired by her experience from teaching people with special needs, Loh Sau Kuen hopes to widen perspectives and cultivate a meaningful appreciation of art through Everyday Wonders. This is a collaborative work with the special needs trainees from TOUCH Community Services.
Justin Lee The Art of Imagination
Cardboard boxes, ink
transfer and acrylic
The Art of Imagination Justin Lee
Step into Justin Lee’s interactive installation of cardboard boxes and celebrate The Art of Imagination. Explore the popular local images, drawings and texts on these boxes and unleash your imagination by adding your own designs and words to this creative mash-up, or rearrange the boxes to piece together a creative message or image.
Explore popular local images and drawings in this interactive installation of recyclable cardboard boxes. Add your own designs or rearrange the boxes to put your own spin on the artwork!
Justin Lee Dress Me Up
Painted fabric, canvas,
wood and vinyl
Dress Me Up Justin Lee
Visit this fantastical child’s playroom and play dress up with live-sized dolls and decorate a gigantic cake. Through this work, Justin Lee aims to encourage children to express themselves freely and creatively. Do look out for some special artworks which have been created as part of Okto’s Knockout All Stars 100th Episode Special.
Emilie Fouilloux Let's Dance
2010 - 2012
Video camera, projector and MP3 player
Let's Dance Emilie Fouilloux
Be a star performer in Let’s Dance. Boogie to your heart’s content to Emilie Fouilloux’s music selection, and watch your moves projected on a screen alongside videos of other participants! Discover a new way of expressing yourself and share the experience with others in Let’s Dance.
A collaboration between artist Mojoko and computer programmer Shang Liang, Reactive Wall showcases over 200 popular characters and icons. By making sounds through a microphone, visitors can generate more icons which pop up and cover the wall. Reactive Wall was first shown in Night Lights 2011 at SAM.
Tay Bee Aye Grow a Garden in the Dark
PVC hose, fluorescent inked
paper and tissue paper
Grow a Garden in the Dark Tay Bee Aye
Help to grow this community garden by planting some Origami flowers, and watch how they glow in the dark! Tay Bee Aye conceptualised this work in the hope of cultivating the spirit of love for our environment by engaging SAM visitors in growing a garden collectively. At the end of the three month-long exhibition, participants can look forward to a glow-in-the-dark garden full of their personalised Origami flowers.
and galvanised steel
This hybrid squid-like creature embedded with blinking lights might look strange at first, but 5QU1D simply wants to be your friend. Watch how he responds as more people approach him! A work that parodies how we look at aquatic creatures in aquariums, Ryf hopes to show a different perspective through the eyes of 5QU1D. Philips Lighting is the LED sponsor for 5QU1D.
Dawn Ng Walter
Walter Dawn Ng
Say 'hi' to Walter as he hops back to SAM! Discover the extraordinary in our everyday lives through this curious colossal bunny. Known to appear in unexpected places in Singapore, Walter inspires people to re-evaluate the wonder of these oftentimes overlooked places. Walter was first shown at Art Garden 2010 at SAM and returns this year by popular demand.
The Making of Echoes-Infinity-The Forest:
Art Garden 2012 at the Singapore Art Museum
Contemporary art fun for children
Film Screenings at the Art Garden
18 May to 12 August 2012
SAM at 8Q, Moving Image Gallery, Level 2
Don’t miss this special selection of inspiring short films and animations, including films by emerging filmmakers commissioned by SAM, as well as animated shorts by young Singaporean students for the N.E.mation! competition series organised by Nexus.
Set 1: Daily at 10:30am; 12pm; 1:30pm; 3pm; 4:30pm; 6pm. Additional 7:30pm screenings on Fridays
The Misadventures of Hermit the Crab Montfort Secondary School (Team: The Spectators), 2011, Singapore, 1 min
A light-hearted story of Hermit the crab who leaves his ugly, old home for one that is more beautiful. However, he soon realises that his new home is not as safe and secure as his old one.
The Spectators team members are Soo Qian Hua, Rathakirushnan Vetri Selvan, Chua Eng Soon and Kwan Yi Yan. The Misadventures of Hermit the Crab is part of the N.E.mation! competition series.
Bees Unite Evergreen Secondary School (Team: THE BEEZ), 2007, Singapore, 1 min
A little girl talks to her mother about how bees collect honey and work together to defend their hive from intruders. What is needed? 100% commitment, cohesion and confidence from the bees.
THE BEEZ team members are Soon Qun Bo, Ros Leila Bte Baharudin, Mhd Faiz Bin Hashim, Poon Mu Qian and Raymond Thiang. Bees Unite is part of the N.E.mation! competition series.
Fishy Dreams Jennifer Yoo, 2011, Singapore, 1 min
Fishy Dreams was one of the first hand-drawn animations Jennifer Yoo has ever made. It started as an exercise in creating "thumbnails", but with feedback and time it became something more. The animation is a testament to all the strange moments and dreams that she has had during her lifetime.
Originally from New Jersey, Jennifer Yoo has a Bachelor of Arts from Smith College where she majored in sculpture and digital arts. She is presently in the NYU Tisch School of the Arts Asia's Animation and Digital Arts Masters program and hopes to pursue a career in animation in future.
Who Framed the Cat? Davadrian Maramis, 2007, Singapore, 2 min
While the cat’s asleep, the dog’s up to no good!
Davadrian Maramis is constantly on the lookout for new techniques and improvements in creative design. He has worked as a creative consultant for FOX, a web interactive designer at KlikTV and is presently a broadcast designer at The Moving Visuals Co.
Who Framed the Cat? is a short film created during his studies at the then Orita Sinclair School of Art and New Media (now known as Orita Sinclair School of Design, New Media and the Arts).
Lost and Found Philip Hunt, 2009, United Kingdom, 24 min
A little boy finds a penguin on his doorstep. At first he is unsure of what to do, but becomes he determined to help the penguin find his way back home. This magical tale of friendship and loneliness is based on the best-selling picture book by Oliver Jeffers.
Philip Hunt is a Creative Director and Partner at London-based Studio AKA, where he has directed an eclectic range of animation projects. He has an MA from the London Royal College of Art, and a Stipendiat from the Film Academy Baden-Wuerttemberg.
Set 2: Daily at 11am; 12:30pm; 2pm; 3:30pm; 5pm. Additional 6:30pm and 8pm screenings on Fridays.
Extreme Temperatures! Hua Yi Secondary School (Team: Sock Bulls), 2011, Singapore, 1 min
An animation of three glasses that house a family shows how strife within the family makes their home an unpleasant place but how living in harmony changes everything.
Sock Bulls team members are Cheryl Lim Rui Ting, Chai Mei Shan, Queena Sng and Wong En Teng. Extreme Temperatures! is part of the N.E.mation! competition series
Coming Together as One MacPherson Secondary School (Team: DREAM, INNOVATE & LEAD), 2007, Singapore, 1 min
Celebrate the diversity of cultures and faiths in Singapore with these animated cut-out dolls dressed in colourful costumes.
DREAM, INNOVATE & LEAD team members are Andy Loh Boon Tuck, Oon Hui Juan, See Pei Wen, Skanthakumar Thakshayeni and Oon Xiu Yi. Coming Together as One is part of the N.E.mation! competition series.
The Singapore Symphony CHIJ Secondary (Toa Payoh) (Team: Les Animateurs), 2009, Singapore, 1 min
Everyday sounds heard from dawn to dusk – a uniquely Singaporean Symphony!
Les Animateurs team members are Kimberly Ho Lilin, Beverly Goh Shing Yi, Nicolette Teo Yi Ping and Regine Lau Hao Jun. The Singapore Symphony is part of the N.E.mation! competition series.
The Perfect Park Leon Sooi, 2008, Singapore, 5 min
A perfectionist driver is obsessed with parking his car perfectly. He demands from himself the highest standards in the art of parking. But how can one park perfectly in an imperfect car park?
Leon Sooi is studying at the Savannah College of Art and Design specialising in 3D character modeling. The Perfect Park was created during his studies at the Hwa Chong Institution. The short film was the champion in the Junior College category of AniMania (2009) and a winner in the Reel 13 weekly competition (2009).
BlackWhite Cleon, Jonathan, Zan, 2010, Singapore, 4 min
Stretch your imagination with this humorous stop-motion animation on a whiteboard that tells the tale of one fish's adventure!
BlackWhite was made while the filmmakers were students at the Hwa Chong Institution. This animation short was awarded a distinction in the Creative Arts category at the institution's 26th Projects Competition (2010) and was the champion at the AniMania (2011).
Precious Xu Ruofan, 2010, Singapore, 1 min
A fluid and lyrical pencil-drawn animation short about all things precious to the filmmaker.
Xu Ruofan was a student in the Art Elective Programme at the Hwa Chong Institution. Precious was awarded the second runner up in the AniMania (2011). She is currently waiting to begin her studies in Architecture at the National University of Singapore.
Tug of War Saravanan Sambasivam, 2012, Singapore, 7 min
During a science examination at school Sam is stuck at a question. Sitting just two tables away is the girl that he fancies, and as he gazes in her direction the stitches of her striking purple bag catches his eye. It reminds him of an incident that may just give him a clue to his science question…
Saravanan Sambasivam graduated from LASALLE College of the Arts with a BA (Hons) in Film with First Class Honours and received the Lasalle Award for Academic Excellence. His thesis film project Wild Dogs was selected to be screened at the 11th Anchorage International Film Festival in 2011. He was also the Director of Photography for Hentak Kaki which won Best Short Film at the 24th Singapore International Film Festival.
Commissioned by Singapore Art Museum.
Paper Plane's Love Eunice Lim Ming Rong, 2011, Singapore, 3 min
A light hearted story of a boy who yearns to deliver the simplest joy and love that paper planes have to offer.
Eunice Lim graduated from the Nanyang Technological University, School of Art, Design and Media in 2011. She strives to capture moments that are irreplaceable by words but possible with animation. Her passions include illustrating and character designing.
Gachapon Girl Tan Kwang Yang, Chua Eng Chee, Nathan Adianta, Tan Hong Jin, 2011, Singapore, 5 min
The best things in life sometimes come in small packages. A boy is hoping to get a certain toy from the “tikam-tikam” machine in order to complete his collection but comes away empty-handed after several tries. What happens next when magic sparkles across the Singapore skyline?
Gachapon Girl was conceived and produced by students from the Nanyang Technological University, School of Art, Design and Media. Armed with their passion for the arts, they strive to become better artists and hope to rekindle the dreams of others as well. They are currently working as freelance illustrators, comic artists and animators.
Set 3: Daily at 11:30am; 1pm; 2:30pm; 4pm; 5:30pm. Additional 7pm screenings on Fridays.
The Seed Hwa Chong International School (Team: TEAM SPIRIT), 2007, Singapore, 1 min
Four seeds emerge from a fruit and are left to germinate. Three of them grow into seedlings but the last does not and is ridiculed by the others. Upset, the seed leaves the rest and is caught in a storm. It quickly grows into a tree and is soon able to protect the other seedlings from the elements.
TEAM SPIRIT team members are Mark Tan He Jie, Theon Thai Yun Tang, Benjamin Chia Wen Yao and Kenneth Lim Ziwen. The Seed is part of the N.E.mation! competition series.
Colours CHIJ St. Joseph's Convent (Team: OATHKEEPER 13), 2007, Singapore, 1 min
Each colour in a pack of crayons tries to outdo the other by colouring images of Singapore by itself. They soon realise that it takes many colours to complete the picture and bring out its beauty.
OATHKEEPER 13 team members are Natasha Sonya D’Cruz, Pearlyn Soh Yin Mun, Ham Shi Ying and Courtney Ann Sim. Colours is part of the N.E.mation! competition series.
Caution, the Doors are Closing! Anastasia Zhuravleva, 2005, Russia, 5 min
Set in a ‘sewing box’ metro station in Moscow, two buttons fall in love at first sight but are separated amidst the rush hour crowd. Their fellow passengers are buttons and pins and the trains are zips. The film is dedicated to all the buttons lost in the metro.
Anastasia Zhuravleva studied history at the Russian State Humanities University and animation at the School-Studio SHAR where she completed her diploma film Caution, the Doors are Closing!. It has been shown at several festivals and won the Prize for Best Debut Film at the XI Open Russian Festival of Animation Films in Suzdal (2006) and the First Prize for Animation at the XIII St. Anna Festival of Debut and Student Films (2006).
Bye Bye Brother Eysham Ali, 2012, Singapore, 8 min
8 year old Avianna is constantly coming up with ingenious ways to pick on her 5 year old brother, Jujul, who has yet to learn to speak. When all methods of trying to resolve this sibling rivalry fail, their father decides to try a different tack - the family is moving house, and he tells Avianna that the young couple who plans on buying their home will only do so if he gives Jujul away to them.
Eysham Ali graduated from Chapman University Singapore and has been writing and directing for TV ever since. He made his first short film, Rumahku, Syurgaku (My Home, My Heaven), and was awarded the Special Achievement Award in the 2008 Singapore International Film Festival. His second short film, Thieves, was the official selection for the 2011 Busan International Film Festival. Eysham is an alumnus of the Asian Film Academy.
Commissioned by Singapore Art Museum.
How to Make a Singaporean National Junior College (Team: NS (NUTS STORY)), 2007, Singapore, 1 min
Using a variety of nuts, this animation looks at what goes into making a Singaporean – compassion, warmth, diversity and love.
NS (NUTS STORY) team members are Jonas Yeo Pei Xun, Cherly Lim Hui Min, Estella Ng Wan Ting, Nurul Amalina and Gillian Skarina Chen Yun Daniel. How to Make a Singaporean is part of the N.E.mation! competition series.
Jumping for Joy! CHIJ St. Nicholas Convent (Team: NE-FLUX), 2007, Singapore, 1 min
Planet Bean is on the verge of colliding with the sun. Some inhabitants of Bean try to avert the disaster through individual efforts and others try to escape from the planet. When these efforts fail, the beans realise the need to work together and coordinate their efforts.
NE-FLUX team members are Chua Zijun Angeline, Karen Wong Xue Qi, Chew Shu Ling and Jacqueline Lie. Jumping for Joy! is part of the N.E.mation! competition series.
Clip Musicale Singapore Chinese Girls' School (Team: SCGSNE), 2008, Singapore, 1 min
A charming musical with a cast of colourful paper clips showing their strength in unity.
SCGSNE team members are Toh Ting Ting, Tan Teen Li, Tsoi Wai Kheng Jemaine and Jolyn Khoo Bei Wen. Clip Musicale is part of the N.E.mation! competition series.
Chat Tan Siang Yu, 2012, Singapore, 11 min
Robert is a typical teenager whose mobile phone is an extension of his body. One day he accidentally loses this “vital organ”. This personal crisis leads him on a little journey to self-discovery where he learns the true art of communication.
Tan Siang Yu is a filmmaker who teaches art at the Hwa Chong Institution and has mentored many students for their award-winning works in video and animation. He has a BA (Hons) in Fine Art from University of Leeds. His works Playback and Checkmate won the Grand Prize at Singapore Media Academy Creative Video Awards (Professional Category) consecutively in 2010 and 2011.
Commissioned by Singapore Art Museum.
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