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Imaginarium Short Films (In collaboration with doob Bean Bags)

Date(s): Daily till Sun, 26 August 2018
Time: 10:00 – 19:00 or 10:00 – 21:00 on Late Night Fridays only
Venue: Moving Image Gallery at Level 2, SAM at 8Q
Ticket: Free, but usual museum admission charges apply

Total run-time: 42 min on loop. Parental guidance is advised.

Catch a special selection of short films revolving around the concept of time at the Moving Image Gallery. Sink into the doob Bean Bags and enjoy!

Sequence Film Title & Director Synopsis Image
1 The Girl and the Cat
Ervin Han and Bernard Toh
2017, Singapore, 13 min, No dialougue (PG)
A young girl is separated from her mother and goes on an adventure with three stray cats where reality is mixed with fantasy.

Bernard Toh started his career in animation 15 years ago, working in animation, production design and art directing several international animated TV series where he honed his craft in all aspects of animation design and production. He is the co-founder of Robot Playground Media where he oversees the creative direction of the studio’s projects.
2 Aurelie’s Garden
Qistina Ruslan
2015, Malaysia, 5 min, No dialogue
(G) Singapore Premiere
Aurélie, a quiet florist chances on a journey that leads to self-discovery, new friends, and a realisation that we all play a part in the world.

Qistina Ruslan is a stop-motion animator, filmmaker, and lecturer from Subang Jaya, Malaysia. Upon graduating with a Honors Degree in Media Innovation, she completed a series of commissioned stop-motion work. Her films are influenced by the works of directors such as Guillermo del Toro, Terry Gilliam, Wes Anderson, Tim Burton and books by Dr. Suess.
3 The Little Bird and the Caterpillar
Lena Von Dohren
2017, Switerland, 4 min, No dialogue
(G) Singapore Premiere
A hungry caterpillar sets out to eat a little bird’s leaves that make up his home. An adventurous journey begins as the feathered creature tries to keep the glutton away.

Born in Germany, Lena Von Döhren received her MA in Animation and Illustration at Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Switzerland. The Little Bird and the Caterpillar is her third film in the Little Bird series, which includes her graduation film The Little Bird and the Leaf (2012), and The Little Bird and the Squirrel (2014). The short films were screened at the Berlinale and have won several awards internationally.
4 Mr Night has a Day Off
Ignas Meilunas
2016, Lithuania, 2 min, No dialogue
(G) Singapore Premiere
Mr Night, a malevolent creature of the sky, gets tired of everything in bright and sunny colours and sets out to change it...

Ignas Meilunas worked as a 3D and stop-motion animator for films, games and TV ads since 2010. His debut short animation Woods (2015), a fiction short film, has won the Lithuanian Film Academy 2015 award for Best Animation Film. Since then, he freelances as an animation director and animator for films. Mr Night has a Day Off was screened at the Annecy Animation Festival and New York International Children’s Film Festival in 2017.
5 My World
Miyako Makio
2017, Singapore, 6min, No dialogue
(G) Singapore Premiere
A world, once filled with life starts deteriorating but everything changes when a little light bulb girl wakes up and starts working again...

Miyako Makio is a Japanese illustrator, comic artist, storyboard artist, and 2D animator. She graduated from LASALLE College of the Arts in Animation. Her involvement as a visual development artist and animator for the short animation student film, The Hunt (2016) was nominated for 6 awards, including The Crowbar Award 2016 and Across Asia Youth Film Festival Awards 2017.
6 Pulang (Going Home to Indonesia)
Dessy Tab
2016, Indonesia, 5 min, Bahasa Indonesia with English subtitles
(G) Singapore Premiere
A young girl recalls how her family returned from France to Indonesia, but memories get entangled with the child’s own imagination and fantasies.

Dessy TAB is an Indonesian animator who began her career as an animator as a student at the Bandung Institute of Technology, Indonesia. She has since won national awards for her short animations and public social advertisements. Dessy works as an independent animator, designer, and illustrator and was selected as the residency artist in Rimbun Dahan, Malaysia this year to work on her next animation.
7 Eclipse
Jerrold Chong
2016, Singapore, 6 min, No dialogue (PG)
An event of cosmic significance coincides with an emotional revelation for father and son on the day of an impending solar eclipse.

Jerrold Chong graduated from CalArts with a Bachelor’s in Fine Art (Animation) in 2016. His films were screened at numerous international film festivals, including Animatricks Animation Festival in Helsinski, and Singapore International Film Festival. Eclipse has also won the Animation Award Winner for Berlin Student Film Festival 2017.

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Toddler Art Workshops

Date(s): Every Tue & Sat, till 18 August 2018
Time: 10:30 – 11:30
Venue: Workshop Space 1, Level 2, SAM at 8Q
Ticket: $35 per toddler-adult pair

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Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time. — Thomas Merton

This 2018 children's season, Jelly Bean Attic returns with another toddler art workshop series that includes experiences of messy and sensory play. Celebrate each child’s journey of art and craft making related to the museum's exhibits and artworks. This parent/caregiver accompanied workshop is suitable for children ages 18 months to 3 years.

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Inclusive Art-Making Workshop

Dates: Fri, 13 July & 10 August 2018
Time: 13:00 – 15:30
Venue: SAM at 8Q
Ticket: Free, but advance registration is required

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Ever wondered how art may be used for inclusive art-making? Join volunteers from the Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (MINDS) Me Too! Club, as they facilitate hour-long discussions with clients using artworks from Imaginarium: Into the Space of Time, followed by a hands-on activity.

Members of the public are welcome to observe these workshops and to interact with the clients. However, photo-taking is not permitted.

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Art-Meets-Tech: Play Date Adventure!

Dates & Times: Fri & Sat, 22/ 23/ 29/ 30 June 2018 | 12:00 – 13:30
Sun, 24 June 2018 | 10:00 – 11:30
Venue: SAM at 8Q Lobby
Ticket: $35

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In this innovative art-meets-tech workshop, young friends will visit interactive artworks in Imaginarium: Into the Space of Time and re-create them imaginatively in virtual reality by drawing. This fun and educational workshop which unlocks visual-spatial skills and introduces young minds to STEAM, is perfect for play dates!

This workshop is suitable for children 4 – 10 years old, and includes a guided tour of Imaginarium: Into the Space of Time, followed by an experience with virtual reality. Each workshop accommodates a minimum number of one child, and a maximum of 12 children. Bookings close one hour before each session.

For all enquiries, please email [email protected] or visit our partner's website for more information.

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Art-Meets-Tech: Intergenerational Fun!

Dates & Times: Fri, 22 & 29* June 2018 | 10:00 – 11:30 (*additional session from 12:00 – 13:30)
Venue: SAM at 8Q Lobby
Ticket: $50 (group purchase is eligible for discounts)

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Are you a grandparent looking for activities to bond with your grandchild? Does your grandchild love art or technology and you wish for an activity to get to know your grandchild better? In this workshop which combines both art and tech, the grandchild-grandparent duo will be sent on an adventure through space and time and will jointly re-create their inspirations in virtual reality by drawing, an interactive activity suitable for both juniors and seniors!

This workshop is suitable for children 4 – 10 years old and welcomes parents and grandparents. Each workshop includes a guided tour of Imaginarium: Into the Space of Time, followed by an experience with virtual reality. Each workshop accommodates a minimum of 1 pair, and a maximum of 6 pairs. Bookings close one hour before each session. Additional adult or child may purchase the tickets at $25 per person. Participants enjoy 10% off standard ticket prices with purchase of tickets for at least 8 persons.

For all enquiries, please email [email protected] or visit our partner's website for more information.

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Imaginarium: Into the Space of Time : Basics of Stop Motion Animation

Date: Sat, 23 June 2018
Time: 14:00 – 16:30
Venue: Workshop Space 2, Level 2, SAM at 8Q
Ticket: $35

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Stop motion is an animation technique that brings static objects to life through the illusion of movements. In this workshop, you’ll learn to create your very own stop motion animation based on the themes of time and space as shown in the ongoing Imaginarium exhibition. No fancy equipment required; all you need is a camera phone and some simple props and you’re ready to roll!

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Story Time for Toddlers
conducted by the Singapore Repertory Theatre

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Dates: 12, 21 & 28 July 2018
4, 11, 16 August 2018
Time: 10:00 – 11:00
Venue: Workshop Space 2, Level 2, SAM at 8Q
Ticket: $35 per toddler-adult pair

Travel through time in this workshop with your little ones! Through play-based methodologies, watch as your tots engage with their senses to explore in a safe space and be mesmerised by the wonders of art and story-telling.

This workshop is suitable for toddlers between 2 – 3 years old. Adults must accompany their toddlers and each workshop begins with a minimum of 12 participants (6 adult-toddler pairs). Participants will be notified 2 days earlier if there is a cancellation of workshop.

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Perspectives Talks

Dates: Saturdays, 7 and 28 July 2018
Time: 14:00 — 14:45
Venue: Exhibition Galleries, Basement Level, National Museum of Singapore
Price: Free

View Speakers' Profiles & Featured Artworks

Catch two contrasting takes on one of the Asia Pacific Breweries Foundation Signature Art Prize 2018 finalist artworks in a series of talks. Produced and presented in partnership with The Arts and Culture Management Programme, at The Singapore Management University School of Social Sciences, this series juxtaposes a student's perspective against an expert professional from a non-arts sector, to provoke thought on the multiple ways to approach and relate to an artwork.

Each talk will feature two speakers' perspectives, plus artist and curator responses to these perspectives. Audiences are welcome to participate.

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APB Foundation Signature Art Prize 2018 Jurors' Panel Discussion

Date: Sat, 30 June 2018
Time: 11:00 – 12:30
Venue: SAM Glass Hall
Price: $15

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Come meet the panel of distinguished jurors for this year’s edition of the Signature Art Prize, and be a part of their discussion of the finalist artworks and prize winners. Gain insights into the judging process and selection criteria, and hear the jurors’ thoughts on the search for the best contemporary art of the past three years from the Asia Pacific and Central Asian regions.

Light refreshments will be provided.

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Insiders' Insights

Date: Sat, 30 June 2018
Time: 19:00 – 20:30
Venue: Exhibition Galleries, Basement Level, National Museum of Singapore
Price: $25

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Gain fresh insights in this exclusive evening tour, as the APB Foundation Signature Art Prize 2018 artists and nominators gather to speak about the artistic concepts, practices and processes for each work.

Light refreshments will be provided before the tour.

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Specialist Talks

Dates: Sat, 30 Jun, 28 Jul & 1 Sep 2018
Time: 14:00 – 15:30
Venue: SAM Glass Hall
Price: Free with registration

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Join experts and practitioners as they speak about contemporary issues and topics highlighted by the APB Foundation Signature Art Prize 2018 finalist artworks; encounter new understandings of everyday issues through contemporary art.

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Session No.


Time and Venue

Speaker and Synopsis


Sat, 30 June 2018

14:00 – 15:30

SAM Glass Hall

Contemporary Art in Kazakhstan: Phantom Pains of Seventy Years of Soviet Power | Specialist Talk with Valeria Ibraeva

Join Valeria Ibraeva, in this specialist talk as she presents the main trends of Post-Soviet contemporary art in Kazakhstan. In this session, Valeria will examine Post-Soviet identities, analysing new orientalist motives and post-colonial paradoxes, and the reactions of contemporary art practices to modern consumerist society.

Valeria Ibraeva is an art theoretician, art historian and curator based in Almaty, Kazakhstan, where she has been head of the Soros Centre for contemporary art since 1998. She is noted to be a foremost expert of Central Asian art, with research dedicated to the relationships between art, politics and the changes in Central Asian culture. Her texts and writings spanning two decades on modern film and contemporary art in Kazakhstan have been published in international newspapers, journals, and catalogues. Her curatorial projects have also brought Central Asian artists to the international stage.


Sat, 28 July 2018

Contemporary Art and Social Purpose | Specialist Talk with Sunitha Janamohanan



Sat, 01 September 2018

Archive: From Repository to Medium | Specialist Talk with artist Shubigi Rao and Dr. Chu Chu Yuan


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Dates: Fri, 27 Jul, 10 Aug & 31 Aug 2018
Time: 19:00 – 20:30
Venue: SAM Glass Hall
Price: $10 (Ticketing link will be available soon)

Mark these Friday retreats on your calendars; we’ll be discussing pertinent themes drawn from the APB Foundation Signature Art Prize 2018 finalist artworks over a good round of beer! Listen to novel and varied viewpoints on contemporary issues, and relax among good company and drinks during these laid-back sessions.

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