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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

SINGAPORE BIENNALE
2016

Singapore Biennale 2016: An Atlas of Mirrors

Artist Performances

Koboi Balik Lagi (The ‘Koboi’ Returns Again) by Niranjan Rajah

Date:Friday, 20 January 2017
Time:6pm - 6.45pm
Venue:SAM at 8Q

 

Behind the Light by Melati Suryodarmo

Date:Friday, 20 January 201
Time:2pm - 8pm
Venue:SAM

 

Putar Alam Café by Azizan Paiman

Date:Saturday & Sunday, 21 & 22 January 2017
Time:10am – 11.30am, 1pm – 2.30pm, 4pm – 5.30pm
Venue:SAM at 8Q

 

Biennale on Wheels

Date:Daily
Time:10am – 6pm
Price:Free

Explore the various Singapore Biennale venues in style!

The freshest wheels, courtesy of Hello, Bicycle!, are available for rent at no charge at the Singapore Art Museum! Grab a friend or two, drop by the Singapore Art Museum, and check out the bicycles at the merchandise booth at the museum lobby. All riders are required to submit a photocopy of their IDs and place a deposit of $50, which will be fully refunded upon return of the bicycles in their original condition.

Ride safe!

Singapore Biennale 2016 Celebrates

Date:Sunday, 29 January 2017 (Chinese New Year)
Time:10am – 7pm (Activities: 11am – 6pm)
Venue:SAM and SAM at 8Q

Free with Singapore Biennale admission

Experience the Singapore Biennale artworks in fun and interesting ways as we usher in the year of the rooster with free family-friendly activities from 11am to 6pm.

Put your creative caps on as you make wearable crafts of imaginary hybrid creatures. Create your own 3D rooster headgear or masks, and pose proudly with your visually stunning DIY craft and other quirky festive themed props at the festive photo booth. Take a moment to also reflect on the environmental impacts of the festive season has on nature at our craft workshop.

Lion Dance ‘Cai Qing’ Performance | God of Fortune Meet & Greet
Time: 2pm
Venue: Front Lawn

Adding excitement to your festive season is a Lion Dance performance happening right at SAM’s front lawn. Spot the roving God of Fortune as he makes his first appearance at SAM and be amongst the lucky few to grab some tasty treats and snap a selfie with the auspicious mascot!

Cluckin’ New Year
Time: Hourly from 11am – 6pm. Last session at 5pm
Venue: SAM Glass Hall

Create a rooster headgear or mask to welcome the new rooster year! Easy and fun activity for family and friends. Perfect prop for the photo booth and to bring home as a keepsake to remind you of the fun you’ve had at SAM!

CNY Festive Photo-Booth
Time: 11am – 6pm
Venue: Outside Glass Hall

Make your trip to the museum a memorable one by dressing up for the festive occasion and getting your snapshots taken at our CNY Festive Photo Booth!

Recycle Nature
Time: Hourly from 11am – 6pm. Last session at 5pm.
Venue: Outside Learning Gallery 1, SAM Level 2

The festive season is here, and with it comes an opportunity to have a more environmentally-friendly celebration. Dig a little deeper into some of the environmental impacts the festive season has on natural resources globally, particularly forest resources. Inspired by Han Sai Por’s Black Forest 2016, visitors will create and juxtapose two versions of a forest, one alive and another charred & destroyed from deforestation.

Fantastical Monsters (15 – 20 minutes activity)
Time: 11am – 6pm
Venue: Outside Learning Gallery 2, SAM Level 2

Be inspired from the artworks of Qiu Zhijie and Tan Zi Hao at the Singapore Biennale! Imagine what mythical creatures you may chance upon if you were an explorer or adventurer on a voyage to distant, mysterious lands. Get crafty and create an imaginary hybrid creature which you can wear around your waist or as a bracelet!


Curator Tour

Join the Singapore curators of the Singapore Biennale 2016 in an exclusive after hours tour that focuses and examines specific themes in this edition of the Biennale. Find out more about the artworks and the curatorial decisions that goes on behind the scenes in organising the nation’s pre-eminent contemporary art event.

SB2016: An Atlas of Mirrors – Curator Tour with John Tung
Date: Saturday, 4 February 2017
Time: 7.30pm - 8.30pm

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SB2016: An Atlas of Mirrors – An Outdoor Tour with Michael Lee
Date: Saturday, 18 February 2017
Time: 6.45pm - 8pm

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Join curator Michael Lee as he brings you on the only outdoor curator-led tour of the Singapore Biennale 2016, focusing on the subtheme “A Past of Absences”. Burn off the festive calories while visiting the multiple Biennale sites and clock in those steps for the National Steps Challenge!

This tour will cover approximately 2.4km and will take place under any weather conditions. Participants are advised to bring an umbrella and wear good walking shoes.

Home-Fragrance Workshop by Je t'aime Perfumery

Date:Friday, 10 February 2017
Time:7pm - 8.30pm
Venue:SAM Glass Hall

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Have you ever wondered how the artworks from the Singapore Biennale smells like?

Participants in the workshop will view some of the Biennale artworks and select their favourite piece. They will then be able to imagine and create their own home-fragrance based on their selected artwork. At the end of the workshop, participants will be bringing back 30ml bottle of their specially created home-fragrance as a takeaway gift.

Curator Tour: Family Night at the Museum

Date:Wednesday, 22 February 2017
Time:7pm - 8pm
Venue:Singapore Art Museum

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This is your last chance to join a curator-led tour of the Biennale before it closes 4 days later! Come alone or make it a night of fun parent-child bonding at the museum as SAM Curatorial Co-Head, Joyce Toh, introduces you to the artworks in the Singapore Biennale and brings you on a journey though an atlas of mirrors.

Each ticket admits one child from ages 9 - 16 years old or an adult.

Mirror Walks

Join us for a series of Mirror Walks as artists and experts from specific disciplines engage in dialogue with a particular artwork of the Singapore Biennale 2016 or a conceptual strand in the exhibition. Brave the Singapore weather with an umbrella and good walking shoes as you make your way through outdoor sites that mirror this monumental exhibition.

Singapore Biennale 2016 Mirror Walk with Perception3

Date:Wednesday, 18 February 2017
Time:5pm - 6.30pm
Venue:Singapore Art Museum

Admission: $8. Tickets available at SAM and SISTIC

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Have you ever wondered what artists talk about with their friends and how they bounce ideas of one another? How much gets filtered and distilled into the essence of an artwork? This is a rare opportunity to be part of the exchange! Join Perception3 and their pals in this casual, outdoor walk as they examine, question and respond to spaces in Singapore that mirror the themes of the Singapore Biennale 2016. The artists’ friendly guests come from diverse backgrounds including academia and architecture. Sauntering around sites like the former National Library and former St. Joseph’s Institution, they will share personal stories and nuggets of interesting facts. Participants are also encouraged to share their unique experiences in this open conversational tour.

Singapore Biennale 2016 Mirror Walk with Mamakan Art Collective

Date:Sunday, 5 February 2017
Time:8.30am - 11.30am
Venue:SAM at 8Q

Admission: $65

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In this almost sold-out series of nine tours by the Mamakan Art Collective, join artists and food explorers Kristine Oustrup Laureijs, Laletha Nithiyanandan and Steve Chua as they bring you on an artistic food experience through various sites in the heart of Singapore. Participants will get to taste and identify local flora, and bring home something exquisite.

Artists' Workshops

Come take part in a series of hands-on workshops led by Biennale artists. Get to know the artists, learn more about their artworks and gain insight into what inspires them and their practice. These workshops will be held throughout the course of the Biennale.

The Singapore Biennale 2016 Symposium: Why Biennale At All?

Date:Saturday, 21 January 2017 &
Sunday, 22 January 2017
Time:9am - 6pm
Venue:Gallery Theatre, National Museum of Singapore

$90 for 2-day pass ($70 for students)
$50 for 1-day pass ($40 for students)

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The art biennale has had a relatively long and charged history, with the Venice Biennale being the longest established in 1895. More recently, particularly since the 1990s, biennales have become one of the most celebrated and pervasive exhibition formats for contemporary art, especially in the Asian region. Many of the region’s cities, including Bacolod and the Visayas region in the Philippines (with the artist-run-and-organised VIVA Excon), Shanghai, Taipei, Gwangju, Kobe, Kochi, Yogyakarta and Jakarta, all now stage biennales. Although a relatively latecomer, the Singapore Biennale is itself in its tenth year.

Just as the Singapore Biennale 2016 began with the question – from where we are, how do we see the world? – the Singapore Biennale 2016 Symposium takes a critical look at the role, relevance and potentialities of the biennale as concept and format, particularly for and from the context of Singapore, in relation to Southeast Asia and Asia.

Through presentations and conversations from a diverse range of stakeholders including biennale directors, curators, artists and scholars, this Symposium aims to uncover, analyse and question core issues relating to the making, scope, role and experience of biennales, with special focus on the region’s expositions.

Ultimately, this Symposium aims to provide a dynamic space for interested and invested parties from different backgrounds and fields of expertise to actively share, explore and discuss the diverse meanings, modalities and values of the biennale concept, and to contemplate the increasingly complex challenges that the biennale will continue to face in the coming years.

This Symposium is co-convened by the Singapore Art Museum and Dr Hoe Su Fern, Assistant Professor of Arts and Culture Management from the School of Social Sciences at Singapore Management University.

Key issues, themes and questions include:

  • Roles and significance of biennales: what is their purpose, and what and who are they for? What are the historical precedents, models, structures and formats of biennales, especially in Southeast Asia and Asia? What is the role of the biennale, beyond the initial spectacle of the event? How can art events and exhibitions like biennales influence cultural and city/national development, and give rise to more diverse, reflective and vibrant societies?
  • Biennale audiences and publics: who are they, and what are they looking for? What are audiences’ expectations of biennales? How do we chart and evaluate audience development, and their engagement with and appreciation of art presented in the context of biennales?
  • Contesting the biennale format: what are alternative organisational structures, models and formats? Who should and/or could fund biennales? What are some types of practices that resist presentation at biennales?
  • Future of the Biennale: are biennales still relevant, in the context of an increasingly global and complex world? What are the changing expectations of biennales?
  • The Singapore Biennale: what are some of the particularities and specificities of the Singapore Biennale, in relation to its social, political and cultural climates, and in comparison, to biennales staged in other cities?

This Symposium is convened by Dr Hoe Su Fern, Assistant Professor of Arts and Culture Management from the Singapore Management University School of Social Sciences, in partnership with Singapore Art Museum.

Download the Singapore Biennale Symposium Programme

The above programme is accurate as of 19 January 2017. Please check back closer to date for the final programme.

CORPORATE VISITS & WORKSHOPS

Organise a Staff Day at the Singapore Art Museum with guided tours and/or workshop sessions!

Please complete the Private Guided Tour Booking Form and email [email protected] or call 66979 774 at least one month in advance to plan your visit.

  • Duration of each guided tour is approximately one hour.
  • Maximum capacity of participants for one guide is 15 people.
  • Requests for guided tours are subject to the availability of guides.
  • Guiding fees apply at $214 (inclusive of GST) for a one hour tour, per guide and upon request.
  • Admission fees apply, if applicable.

Singapore Biennale 2016 workshops are available for corporate companies from $20 per person, and for community groups from $15 per person. Workshops are inspired by the artworks from Singapore Biennale 2016: An Atlas of Mirrors and will expose participants to a holistic contemporary art experience. These workshops range from learning specific art techniques, to craft‐making that encourages originality and teamwork.

  • Workshops are available on weekdays, 1.30pm or 3.30pm, and on weekends, 10.30am or 2.30pm
  • Slots are limited and available on a first-come-first-served basis, from November 2016 to February 2017.
  • Each workshop can accommodate a minimum of 15 participants, and a maximum of 50 participants.
  • The prices of workshops listed above exclude admission fees to Singapore Biennale 2016.

For more information, email [email protected].

COMMUNITY VISITS & WORKSHOPS

Singapore Art Museum welcomes community groups!

If you are a non-profit social service agency, a children’s charity or senior organisation, the Organiser may apply for an admission waiver for your group. Please complete the Community Group Tour Booking Form and email it to [email protected] or call 66979 774 at least one month in advance. We will contact you to confirm your visit on a first-come-first-served basis.

Singapore Biennale 2016 workshops are also available for community groups from $15 per person. Workshops are inspired by the artworks from Singapore Biennale 2016: An Atlas of Mirrors and will expose participants to a holistic contemporary art experience. These workshops range from learning specific art techniques, to craft‐making that encourages originality and teamwork.

  • Workshops are available on weekdays, 1.30pm or 3.30pm, and on weekends, 10.30am or 2.30pm
  • Slots are limited and available on a first-come-first-served basis, from November 2016 to February 2017.
  • Each workshop can accommodate a minimum of 15 participants, and a maximum of 50 participants.
  • The prices of workshops listed above exclude admission fees to Singapore Biennale 2016.
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