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Enjoy and explore SAM through conversations, art making and more. Our programmes offer an insight into our collection and exhibitions, allowing you to go beyond looking and talking about works of art to engaging with art in a deeper and more meaningful way. Through thematic lenses, experience contemporary art through our participatory programmes.

Singapore Biennale 2016

Imaginarium



Artist and Curator Tour

Date: Friday, 5 May 2017
Time:7.30pm – 9pm
Venue:SAM at 8Q

$20. Tickets available at SAM and SISTIC.

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BYOF (Bring Your Own Family / Friends). Enjoy 20% off minimum purchase of two standard tickets from the same session when you bring your family and friends along.

Interested in finding out more about the artworks in Imaginarium: To the Ends of the Earth? Come meet the artists behind some of the artworks in the exhibition, as they share more about their art practice during this exclusive evening tour, the evening behind the exhibition opens to public. Moderated by SAM curators Andrea Fam and John Tung.




Open House at SAM: Imaginarium: To the Ends of the Earth

Date: Saturday, 6 May 2017
Time:10am – 7pm
Venue:SAM at 8Q

Free admission. Donations encouraged.

This is worth skipping your weekend nap for! Join us at the opening of Imaginarium: To the Ends of the Earth with free entry to the exhibition at SAM at 8Q. Bring the whole family and partake in fun hands-on activities from 12am to 6pm, which include artist Hiromi Tango’s live performance with the NUS Dance Ensemble, the annual Children's Craft Fair and a range of activities.

Live portrait sketching by illustrators from Organisation of Illustrators Council (OIC)

2pm – 6pm
2pm – 4pm: Damien Thomasz, Asia Soenargo, Dinah Wee, PAYNK
4pm – 6pm: James Leong, Ken Lee, Miun Noreen, Jill Tran
$15 per portrait per head (U.P. $20 for OIC events), $8 for each additional head. Cash only.
Portrait by Asia Soenargo
Portrait by Jill Tran
Portrait by PAYNK
Portrait by James Leong

Snake Mingling Session

1.30pm – 4.30pm

F&B stalls | Muah chee, corn-in-a-cup and COCOLOCO

12pm – 6pm



Children's Craft Fair 2017

Date: Saturday, 6 May 2017
Time:3pm – 5pm
Venue:SAM at 8Q, Level 2

Free admission

Organised by Homeschool Singapore, the annual Children's Craft Fair presents entrepreneurial children selling hand-made pieces at no more than $5 each. With the proceeds going to Association for Persons with Special Needs (APSN), this is a rare opportunity to grab unique souvenirs and encourage creativity, entrepreneurship and goodwill from a young age.

Image courtesy of Homeschool Singapore



Artist Performance: Lizard Tail by Hiromi Tango

Date: Saturday and Sunday, 6 and 7 May 2017
Time:1pm – 1:30pm
Venue:SAM at 8Q, Level 1

Free. Donations encouraged.

Watch the immersive sculptural installation come alive through a collaborative performance by artist Hiromi Tango and local performers from the NUS Dance Ensemble.

Grow Lizard Tail with Hiromi Tango

Date: Saturday and Sunday, 6 and 7 May 2017
Time: 3pm – 4pm
Venue:SAM at 8Q, Level 1

Free. Donations encouraged.

Create your own tails with artist Hiromi tango to add on to her artwork, Lizard Tail, and participate in a performance mimicking a lizard’s movement!

Recommended for children aged 3 and above. Children must be accompanied by adult. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Growing the Lizard Tail

Date: Thursday, 18 May
Monday, 5 June
Time: 11pm – 12pm, 2pm – 4pm
Venue:SAM at 8Q, Level 1

Free. Donations encouraged.

Create your own sculpture and add on to Hiromi Tango’s growing Lizard Tail.

Recommended for children aged 3 and above. Children must be accompanied by adult. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Image courtesy of the Artist and Sullivan+Strumpf


Create a Dream Mobile with Unchalee Anantawat

Date: Sunday, 7 May 2017
Time: Session 1: 10.30am – 12pm | Parent and child aged 5 – 12*
Session 2: 2pm – 3.30pm | Recommended for ages 13 and up**
Venue:SAM at 8Q, Workshop space, Level 2

$20. Tickets available at SAM and SISTIC.

BYOF (Bring Your Own Family / Friends). Enjoy 20% off minimum purchase of two standard tickets from the same session when you bring your family and friends along.

Be inspired by Floating Mountain, a dreamscape of artist Unchalee Anantawat! Participants get to create their own dream mobile with surreal wood cut-outs created by the artist.

Each ticket purchase entitles one set of mobile. Participants will handle cutting pliers in this workshop.




Toddler Art Workshop

Date: Tuesdays, 30 May – 20 June 2017 | 10.30am – 11.30am, 3pm – 4pm
Saturdays, 13 May – 12 August 2017 | 10.30am – 11.30am
Venue:SAM at 8Q, Workshop Space, Level 2

$35 for each toddler accompanied by an adult.

Come and explore works of contemporary art at Imaginarium: To the Ends of the Earth, and use your experience as inspriation for parent-child art-making in the workshop space. Suitable for children from ages 18 months to 3 years old.




Family Night at the Museum

Date: Wednesdays, 7 & 21 June 2017
Time:7pm – 8pm
Venue:SAM at 8Q

$12. Tickets available at SAM and SISTIC.

Buy Now

BYOF (Bring Your Own Family / Friends). Enjoy 20% off minimum purchase of two standard tickets from the same session when you bring your family and friends along.

Join us for a night of fun and parent-child bonding at the museum as a SAM curator introduces you to the artworks and brings you on a journey of discovery around Imaginarium: To the Ends of the Earth.

Recommended for children aged 7 and above. Children must be accompanied by an adult.




Open House at SAM

Date: Hari Raya Puasa – Sunday, 25 June 2017
National Day – Wednesday, 9 August 2017
Time:10am – 7pm (Activities from 11am – 6pm)
Venue:SAM at 8Q

Free admission. Donations encouraged.

Celebrate Hari Raya Puasa and National Day with free entry to Imaginarium: To the Ends of the Earth at SAM at 8Q from 10am. Join us for fun hands-on activities organised for everyone in the family. Activities start from 11am and run till 6pm.




Eco Living Series: DIY Natural Cleaning with Eco Enzyme

Date: Saturday, 22 July 2017
Time:2.30pm – 4.30pm
Venue:SAM at 8Q, Workshop space, Level 2

$5. Tickets available at SAM and SISTIC.

BYOF (Bring Your Own Family / Friends). Enjoy 20% off minimum purchase of two standard tickets from the same session when you bring your family and friends along.

Participants get to learn how make non-toxic cleaning solution with multiple uses for the home and garden by upcycling fruit and vegetable scraps at home. Understand the benefits of creating the natural cleaning agent and awareness of green living and care for the environment. Bring home your own creation with recycled plastic bottles and fruit scraps contributed by the community. Recommended for age 9 and up.




Activity Corners

Date: Saturday, 6 May – Sunday, 27 August 2017
Venue:SAM at 8Q, various galleries

Free with museum admission. Donations encouraged.

What would you do to keep yourself occupied on a journey to the ends of the earth? Look out for some of the activities located around the exhibition to pass time creatively.




The Original Selfie Machine

Date: Saturday, 6 May – Sunday, 27 August 2017
Venue:SAM at 8Q, Level 1

$2 for two printouts

The Original Selfie Machine has landed on the wild plains of SAM at 8Q! What is this magical contraption that can capture your likeness so well?




Short Films

Date: Saturday, 6 May – Sunday, 27 August 2017
Venue:SAM at 8Q, Moving Image Gallery, Level 2

Free with museum admission. Donations encouraged.

Sit back and relax in the Moving Image Gallery while enjoying a special selection of short films from around the world inspired by the vastness of distant lands.

Parental guidance is advised.

An Object at Rest

Seth Boyden, 2015, USA, 5:43 min, No dialogue
Singapore Premiere
Silver medal winner in Animation, 42nd Student Academy Awards
Finalist, BAFTA US Student Film Awards 2016

An Object at Rest follows the life of a stone as it travels over the course of millennia, facing nature's greatest obstacle: human civilization.

Seth Boyden graduated from CalArts with his award-winning final-year thesis film and was named as one of ‘10AnimatorstoWatch’ by Variety. Boyden’s characters are typically hand-animated against watercolor backgrounds, and his keen interest in music has led him to collaborate with composers and musicians to create original music for his films.

Pale Blue Dot

Chin Li Zhi, 2015, Singapore, 4:00 min, English with subtitles
Singapore Premiere
Silver award in Film, Crowbar Awards 2016
Nominated for Best Animated Film & Best Character Animation, National Youth Film Awards 2016

Set to the words of Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot is an animation that situates human history against the tapestry of the cosmos. Using an eclectic combination of art styles woven seamlessly together through music and visuals, the animation seeks to remind us that regardless of our differences, we are one species living together on the planet we call Earth.

Chin Li Zhi is a multimedia creative who believes that what we see influences us more than anything else. His work spans topics and medium, often bringing eclectic styles and techniques together for greater visual impact. Pale Blue Dot was produced at NTU ADM in collaboration with Studiengang Musikdesign, and screened at 22 film festivals worldwide since 2015.

Builders (Kattumaanar)

Eysham Ali, 2016, Singapore, 9:15 min, Tamil with English subtitles
Official Selection, Singapore International Film Festival 2016

An Indian migrant worker finds a wallet filled with cash and is conflicted about whether he should return the wallet to its owner. This short film is a story of two different people, walking the same journey.

A graduate of Chapman University Singapore, Eysham Ali’s first short film Rumahku, Syurgaku (My Home, My Heaven), was awarded the Special Achievement Award at the 2008 Singapore International Film Festival. Builders is an Honour Singapore initiative to share individual stories of dignity and respect, through the medium of film.

Way of Giants (Caminho dos Gigantes)

Alois Di Leo, 2016, Brazil, 11:52 min, No dialogue
Singapore Premiere
Official Selection, Annecy International Animation Film Festival 2016
Best Director for National Competition, Rio de Janeiro International Short Film Festival – Curta Cinema 2016

A poetic search for purpose and reason set in a forest of gigantic trees, this animation follows Oquirá, a six year-old indigenous girl, as she challenges her destiny and learns to understand the cycle of life.

Way of Giants explores the many forces in nature and our connection with the earth and its elements, featuring Tito la Rosa, a master of ancient Andean music from Peru who composed and recorded the film score using handmade Inca and Andean instruments.

Alois Di Leo was born in Lima, Peru and raised in São Paulo, Brasil where he founded the animation studio SINLOGO. He graduated with an MA in animation direction at the NFTS in London, and is writing his first feature film.

The Little Reader (Ang Munting Mambabasa)

Inshallah Montero, 2015, Philippines, 6:55 min, Tagalog with English subtitles
Singapore Premiere
Finalist for Audience Choice Award, Tropfest South East Asia 2015
Finalist, Manhattan International Film Festival 2016

Manuel, a young Filipino boy who lives on the street, escapes his realities by reading – a gift that his mother left behind. Stumbling upon a magical book that transports him to different worlds, he realises how far one can go through reading and imagination.

Inshallah Montero took Creative Writing as an arts scholar at the Philippine High School for the Arts in Makiling, Laguna and received the Artistic Excellence Award. She graduated from De La Salle College of St. Benilde with honours finishing a Bachelor’s Degree in Digital Filmmaking in 2012. She has gone on to win several awards for her films and is currently active as a freelance director on documentaries. She considers herself an eternal student and driven by the uncertainty of life.

Snowflake (Snejinka)

Natalia Chernysheva, 2012, Russia, 5:46 min, No dialogue
Best Film by an Emerging Director, The Kenneth and Harle Montgomery Prize, 30th Chicago International Children's Film Festival
Guild of Film Critics Award, Open Russian Festival of Animated Film 2013

A little African boy receives a paper snowflake enclosed in a letter, and is so enchanted by the idea of real snow that he fantasizes into being a whole new snow-covered world.

Natalia Chernysheva graduated from the Ural State Academy of Architecture and Art, Russia, and studied at La Poudrière, France, where she directed The Return (2013) and her multi-award-winning graduation film, Two Friends (2014). She participated in the International Writing Residency for Animated Films by Royal Abbey of Fontevraud in 2014, and Animation Artist in Residence Tokyo in 2015, during which she wrote The Gossamer (2016). Snowflake is her directorial debut which has won several awards and has been screened at numerous film festivals internationally.

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