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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 Art Museum contemporary art exhibition Imaginarium Over the Ocean, Under the Sea SAM at 8Q

Singapore Art Museum contemporary art exhibition Odyssey Navigating Nameless seas at Singapore Art Museum

Yellow Ribbon Community Art Exhibition 2015


Imaginarium: Over the Ocean, Under the Sea


Date:Saturday, 14 May 2016 – Sunday, 28 August 2016
Time:10am – 7pm (Sat – Thu); 10am – 9pm (Fri)
Venue:Level 2, SAM at 8Q

Museum admission fees apply. Donations welcomed.

Are you ready to sail over the oceans and explore under the sea? Visit the Submaroom to try your hand at various creative activities that will occupy you in your journey.

Beyond the Deep Blue: Short Films Screening

Date:Saturday, 14 May 2016 – Sunday, 28 August 2016
Time:10am – 6:45pm (Sat – Thu); 10am – 8:45pm (Fri)
Venue:Moving Image Gallery, SAM at 8Q

Museum admission fees apply. Donations welcomed.

Sit back, relax and enjoy a special selection of local and international short films inspired by adventures and aquatic tales while out in the deep blue. Parental guidance is advised.

The Sea is Blue

Vincent Peone, 2015, USA, 7:15 min, G

Winner of People’s Voice for Best Animation at The Webbys Award 2016
Official selection for Athens International Film + Video Festival 2016

Ever wondered why the sea is blue? This stop-motion film, written by the director for his sister when she was in a coma, imagines how the oceans got their colour as it follows a young girl’s undersea adventure.

The Sea is Blue

Contre temps

Jérémi Boutelet, Thibaud Clergue, Gaël Megherbi, Tristan Ménard, Camille Perrin, Lucas Veber, 2012, France, 8:25 min, G

Official selection for Annecy International Animated Film Festival 2013,
SIGGRAPH2013 and Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival 2014

A man searches for clocks in a desolate, submerged world, where the water recedes once per year. It seems like an ordinary day for our hero until he meets somebody unexpected who may just change his outlook on life.

Contre temps

Ways of Seeing

Jerrold Chong, 2015, Singapore, 4:34 min, PG

Official selection for Singapore International Film Festival 2015 and AnimaSyros International Animation Festival 2015

Two people. Two ways of perceiving the world.

This film explores imagined ‘realities’, human connections, and the different ways of perceiving the world as two strangers meet at a train station.

Ways of Seeing


Tom Haugomat and Bruno Mangyoku, 2009, France, 5:50 min, G

Winner of Jean-Luc Xiberras Prize for Best First Film award at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival 2010
Pre-selected for the Césars in 2012

In this haunting film about nostalgia, memory and the disappointments of adult life, a swimming champion competes against an undertow of childhood memories. Nostalgia haunts him, bringing back memories of his childhood by the sea.


Fish Love

Royston Tan, 2010, Singapore, 3 min, Japanese with English subtitles, PG

Official selection for Sapporo International Short Film Festival 2010 and International Film Festival of Asian Pacific Countries “Pacific Meridian” 2011

A moving film about remembrance, Fish Love is a surreal conversation between the old mountain and a fish, exploring the themes of longing and memory.

Fish Love


Yuki Pan, 2013, Singapore, 1:36 min, G

Screened at the 10th Singapore Short Cuts
Official selection for COR3 Film Festival 2013 in, West End, Honduras,

Hand drawn animation with ink on tracing paper, Constellations traces a journey through different landscapes and timelines in search of a lost home, despite the constant danger of disappearance and fragmentation.



Kirsten Lepore, 2010, USA, 5:25 min, G

Winner of the Student Annie Award, Vimeo Awards 2010, BAFTA LA Student Film Awards 2011 and Bill Plympton’s program at Annecy International Animated Film Festival Annecy + 2012

Animated on location at a beach, in the snow and underwater, this stop-motion short film details a trans-oceanic conversation between two characters via objects in a bottle.


Ray’s Big Idea

Steve Harding-Hill, 2014, United Kingdom, 3:25 min, G

Meet Ray, a prehistoric creature that is determined to leave the overcrowded ocean and be the first fish to walk on land. This film was directed by one the top animation directors at the Oscar-winning Aardman Animations.

Ray’s Big Idea

The Deep

PES, 2010, USA, 1:38 min, G

An imaginary nature documentary by PES, globally-recognised as one of the masters of stop-motion, The Deep reveals the murky underwater world of fish, seaweed and other aquatic lifeforms created entirely from hand tools, nut crackers, faucet knobs, chains, and skeleton keys.

The Deep

Playing with Light (Mon Ami le Robot)

Théo Guignard and Louis Thomas, 2010, France, 4 min, G

A little boy and his robot friend lives in a futuristic seascape, and must venture out of their comfort zone to find a new power source to keep the robot alive as he starts running out of power.

Playing with Light (Mon Ami le Robot)

The Little Cousteau (Maly Cousteau)

Jakub Kouřil, 2013, Czech Republic, 8 min, G

Best Student Film at the Czech Lion Magnesia Award 2013
Winner of best animated film at the Paris Art and Movie Awards 2015

A homage to the French undersea explorer Jacques Cousteau, this animated short film is about a little boy who lives in a snow-covered city and longs for deep-sea adventures.

The Little Cousteau (Maly Cousteau)

Original Selfie Machine

Date: Saturday, 14 May 2016 – Sunday, 28 August 2016
Time:10am – 7pm (Sat – Thu); 10am – 9pm (Fri)
Venue:SAM at 8Q

$2 for two printouts.

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

Diver’s Logbook

Available from Saturday, 14 May | SAM at 8Q


Travel over the ocean and explore under the sea with this interactive diver’s logbook as you make your way through Imaginarium’s aquatic landscape. Appealing to all ages, the logbook is filled with beautifully detailed illustrations waiting to be brought to life through sketching and colouring by you.

Singapore Art Museum Imaginarium Diver's Logbook

"PRANI: the breath” by Papermoon Puppet Theatre
An artist performance at “Suara Muara (The Sounds of the Estuary)”
at Imaginarium: Over the Ocean, Under the Sea.

DateFriday, 26 August 2016
Time:3pm, 5pm, 7pm
Venue:Level 4 Gallery, SAM at 8Q

$30 (Adults)
$15 (Children from 6 - 12 years old)

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Don’t miss out on this one-day Imaginarium special from Indonesia! Grab your tickets early to this special site-specific performance by Papermoon Puppet Theatre, the acclaimed Indonesian contemporary puppet theatre troupe who created the exquisite hand-made puppets in Imaginarium: Over the Ocean, Under the SeaPRANI: the breath takes audiences on an aural journey of Lasem, a tiny town on the northern part of Java island, and the estuary upon which it sits. Inspired by the ancient ‘Wayang Bengkong’ from Lasem, the artist performances combines art installation, puppetry, masks, shadow, sounds and lights to bring you on a journey unlike any other.

Papermoon has performed internationally including in London, New York, Amsterdam, Yokohama and will be next seen at the OzAsia Festival in Adelaide in September 2016. Performance will run for approximately 45 minutes, with 15 minutes of meet-and-greet with artists and puppets engagement following the performance.

Papermoon Puppet Theatre, Suara Muara Papermoon Puppet Theatre, Suara Muara (The Sounds of the Estuary), 2016. Image courtesy of the artist.

Odyssey: Navigating Nameless Seas


Date:Sunday, 4 June 2016 – Sunday, 28 August 2016
Time:10am – 7pm (Sat – Thu); 10am – 9pm (Fri)
Venue:SAM Level 2

Ever thought of embarking on an adventure? Who will be your journey’s companion? Share with us to what lands your quest will take you and echo your aspirations in this chamber of dreams.

The Other Selfie Machine

Date:Sunday, 4 June 2016 – Sunday, 28 August 2016
Time:10am – 7pm (Sat – Thu); 10am – 9pm (Fri)
Venue:Near Dome Cafe

$4 for 1 printout

Same same but different! See more than double with our new Selfie Machine at SAM. Compare your shots with those taken at the Original Selfie Machine at SAM at 8Q and upload your favourites to your social media pages. Don’t forget to tag  #ImaginariumSG and #OdysseySG.

Yellow Ribbon Community Art Exhibition 2016
From Night to Light

In Conversation With...

Date:Saturday, 27 August 2016
Time:3pm – 4:30pm

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Don't miss this opportunity to gain insights into the process and motivations behind Yellow Ribbon Community Art Exhibition 2016. Join SAM curators Andrea Fam and John Tung as they bring you on a special tour followed by a talk with artist-mentors Barry Yeow and Stellah Lim. Moderated by Dr. Felicia Low.


Stellah Lim

Stellah Lim is an installation artist based in Singapore and an adjunct lecturer at LASALLE College of the Arts. Formally trained in silversmithing, Stellah has moved on to explore sculpture and installation works since graduating from RMIT Bachelor of Arts, Fine Arts (Honours) in 2004. For Yellow Ribbon Community Art Exhibition 2016, Stellah Lim was appointed the artist-mentor for the female participants of the Arts and Craft group of the Changi Women’s Prison and guided them in creating artworks using plaster – a new medium to the participants.

Barry Yeow

Artist and ex-inmate Barry Yeow is one of the artist-mentors to the male participants of the Yellow Ribbon Community Art Exhibition 2016. Released in April 2015, he is a prolific multi-media artist who runs his own gallery – 5seventeen. He won competitions organised by the Yellow Ribbon Project, and received commissions to paint for corporations and collectors. Besides exhibiting his works at various galleries in Singapore, Barry has also teamed up with social entrepreneur Jabez Tan to pilot a project helping marginalised groups in Singapore called Starfish Home.

Andrea Fam

Andrea Fam is an Assistant Curator with the Singapore Art Museum where she oversees the Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos collections and assist in the Acquisitions portfolio. She holds a B.A. (Hons) degree in Criticism, Communication and Curation in Art and Design from Central Saint Martins, London, UK. Since joining SAM, she has worked on the exhibitions, 5 Stars: Art Reflects on Peace, Justice, Equality, Democracy and Progress, Time of Others, Imaginarium: Over the Ocean, Under the Sea, Odyssey: Navigating Nameless Seas, and is the lead curator for Yellow Ribbon Community Art Exhibition 2015 & 2016.


Dr. Felicia Low

Dr. Felicia Low has been a practicing visual artist since 1999. A doctoral graduate of the National University of Singapore, Felicia obtained a PhD in Cultural Studies in Asia in 2015 where her research focused on the politics of participatory visual art practices with subaltern communities in Singapore. Felicia is also the founding director of a not-for-profit organization, Community Cultural Development (Singapore), which aims to provide a critical discursive platform for artistic practices that engage with communities in the region.

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