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Explore works from the museum’s permanent collection by accessing a virtual documentation of our previous exhibition Once Upon This Island and discover how we support museum-based-learning with our free-to-dowload educational resources.

Once Upon This Island

7 November 2014 – 19 March 2017

Once Upon This Island

Once Upon This Island presents a series of contemporary works by Singapore artists exploring the stories and lives that surround us and abound on this island-nation. Featuring selected works from the Singapore Art Museum’s permanent collection as well as artwork commissions, the exhibition navigates ideas of home, community, identity and memory, and raises pertinent and timely questions on what it means to live in contemporary Singapore — an urbanised, ever-changing city-state and island, set between peninsula and archipelago.

Accessible virtually here.

Download our exhibition guide here
Download our educator’s guide here
Download our education activity sheet for Preschools
Download our suggested package for Primary Schools
Download our education activity sheet for Secondary Schools

The Learning Gallery

1 Feb 2018 – 31 May 2018
(for pre-registered school visits only)
The Hidden Dimension II
Nguan, Untitled, from the series ‘Singapore’
2012,Archival pigment print, edition 1/5 + 2 A.P.
100 x 100cm
Singapore Art Museum collection.

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 urbanized, 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 3 weeks in advance.

Featured artworks
Dawn Ng Nguan
Mamashop Untitled, from the series ‘Singapore’
Dawn Ng Nguan
HDB Corridor Untitled, from the series ‘Singapore’
Jason Wee Nguan
Self-Portrait (No More Tears, Mr. Lee) Untitled, from the series ‘Singapore’
Jing Quek Nguan
Singapore Idols – Army Boys Untitled, from the series ‘Singapore’
Jing Quek Nguan
Singapore Idols – Aunties & Uncles Untitled, from the series ‘Singapore’
Jing Quek Vicente Delgado
Singapore Idols – Maids We Are Family

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.

Resources for Secondary School

Learning Gallery 1 Learning Gallery 2
Artist / Artwork Lesson plans / Integrated subjects Artist / Artwork Lesson plans / Integrated subjects
Untitled work from the ‘Singapore’ series
Art, English Green Zeng
Siapa Nama Saya?from the ‘Chinese School Lessons’ series
Art, National Education
Sarah Choo Jing
The Hidden Dimension II
Art, National Education Jing Quek
Singapore Idols – Army Boys

Singapore Idols – Aunties & Uncles

Singapore Idols – Maids
Art, Social Studies, Literature
Shin Lin
HDB Life
Art, History Jason Wee
Self-Portrait (No More Tears Mr. Lee)
*Coming soon
Vicente Delgado
We Are Family
Art, National Education Francis Ng
Constructing Construction #1
Art, Literature, History
Lee Wen
Strange Fruit
Art, Literature, Drama, Cultural Heritage Michael Lee
Sparrow (after National Theatre, 1963-86, on Clemenceau Avenue) from the series “City Planned: Tracing Monuments”
Art, History, English, Literature
Chun Kai Feng
Not Much to See

Art, Literature Dawn Ng

HDB Corridor
Art, National Education


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