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learning gallery

Explore works from SAM's permanent collection at the Learning Gallery, a  dedicated space for art-learning.


What is the Learning Gallery?

The Learning Gallery at SAM presents artworks selected to promote engagement and discussion of broader issues through contemporary art.

school visits (1 feb '18 – 15 jul '18)

The Learning Gallery is dedicated to the engagement and discussion of broader issues through contemporary artworks from the museum’s permanent collection and special commissions.

This edition of the Learning Gallery features selected artworks from the exhibition Once Upon This Island which was presented at SAM from 7 November 2014 to 19 March 2017. As part of SAM’s continued support of art education in schools, these artworks have been specially brought back to extend the reach of learning and teaching outside of the classroom setting.

These works navigate ideas of home, community, identity and memory and raise pertinent and timely questions on what it means to live in contemporary Singapore—an urbanised, ever-changing city-state and island.

Download our exhibition guide, educator’s guide and activity sheets to enhance your visit, or sign your school up for the Think Contemporary Programme for deeper engagement.


All visits to this exhibition are self-directed visits and by booking only.

To book a slot for your school, download and complete the School Visit Booking Form, then send it to [email protected].

Booking forms must be received at least 3 weeks in advance.

think! contemporary programme

The Think! Contemporary Programme is a multi-visit, museum-based school programme that is aimed at promoting educational learning through art.

First developed together with Haig Girls’ School, the Think! Contemporary Programme integrates school curriculum with museum visits and uses artworks from SAM’s permanent collection as primary resources for the classroom teaching and learning of Art, Humanities and English language subjects. Through close looking and discussions about artworks, a multidisciplinary approach is employed to cultivate analytical and creative thinking skills among students.

SAM will conduct training for participating teachers.

A lesson package has been created in collaboration with teachers from Geylang Methodist School (Primary), Haig Girls' School, Mayflower Primary School and St. Anthony's Primary School.


Download this resource book here.
For enquiries, please email [email protected].


The Think! Contemporary Programmes for secondary schools focuses on place-based and inquiry based learning through the use of SAM’s permanent art collection at the Learning Gallery.

Tapping on the expertise of secondary school teachers, the Think! Contemporary Programme seeks to enhance the teaching and learning of subjects such as Art, English and Humanities through activities that can be conducted prior to the visit to SAM, during the visit and after the visit. The resources created by teachers in collaboration with SAM will be available on the website later in the year.