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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.

Imaginarium 2017


Adventures to Imaginarium

Date: Mondays - Fridays, July - August 2017
Time:10.30am - 12.30pm or 2.30pm - 4.30pm (subject to availability)
Venue:SAM at 8Q

$30 per child/ toddler-adult pair (for children below 4 years old), before GST.

Join this special programme for children inspired by the artwork The Origin by Nandita Mukand. Children will get to learn about nature through storytelling or exploring with sensory activities. The excursion to SAM will end with the children working together on a collaborative art piece that can be brought back to school. Choose 1 of the following programmes offered, download and fill up this Excursion Booking Form and send it to [email protected] to book a slot.

Each session can accommodate a minimum of 20 children, and a maximum of 35 children from 3 – 6 years old. Every 5 children must be accompanied by 1 adult.

The Journey Sessions – Butterfly Life Cycle (2 hours)
Recommended for pre-nursery and nursery kids, each toddler can be accompanied by a caregiver.

The Journey Sessions – The Seasons (2 hours)
Recommended for kindergarten kids.

The Journey Sessions – A Touch of Nature (2 hours)
Recommended for pre-nursery and nursery kids, each toddler can be accompanied by a caregiver.

Storytelling Session with Artist Nandita Mukand

Dates and Time: Saturday, 19 August 2017 | 6pm
Saturday, 26 August 2017 | 6pm
Venue:SAM at 8Q, Level 3 Gallery

$5. Tickets available at SAM at 8Q and SISTIC.

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BYOF (Bring Your Own Family / Friends). Enjoy 20% off minimum purchase of two standard tickets when you bring your family and friends along.

Immerse yourselves into the artwork The Origin: The Tree and Me & The Unborn by Imaginarium artist Nandita Mukand, as she shares her inspiration through storytelling and a hands-on activity. This is a session to remind us how man’s life in an urbanised environment remains inevitably intertwined with nature.

Recommended for ages 5 and above.

Create a Dream Mobile

Date: Saturday, 19 August 2017
Time:3pm - 4.30pm
Venue:SAM at 8Q, Workshop Space 1, Level 2

$18. Tickets available at SAM at 8Q and SISTIC.

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BYOF (Bring Your Own Family / Friends). Enjoy 20% off minimum purchase of two standard tickets when you bring your family and friends along.

Here’s your last chance take part in Create a Dream Mobile, before Imaginarium ends! Be inspired by Floating Mountain, the surreal dreamscapes of Imaginarium artist Unchalee Anantawat. Participants get to create their own dream mobile with neon paint, colourful yarns and wood cut-outs designed by the artist herself. This workshop will be conducted by a local facilitator of SAM Programmes team.

Each ticket entitles you to one set of workshop materials. Participants are cautioned that they will need to handle cutting pliers in this workshop.

Each ticket admits a parent-child pair (recommended for children 4 to 12 years), or a single pax above 13 years. Children under age 8 must be accompanied by an adult.

Adopt a Plant

Date: Sunday, 27 August 2017
Time:3pm - 5pm
Venue:SAM at 8Q, Glass Box, Level 1

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Ever wondered what happens to an artwork after an exhibition, especially when it involves plants?

Two species of locally sourced ferns have been used to fill planters that were repurposed from undetonated bomb shells in artist Bounpaul Phothyzan’s artwork Lie of the Land in Imaginarium: To the Ends of the Earth. Give the ferns a second life when you bring a potted plant home on the final day of the exhibition!

Limited to first 100 participants, by pre-registration only. We encourage participants to adopt one plant each and welcome a $2 donation. Ferns will be given out at random, and plants that are not redeemed by 5pm will be given away to other interested parties.

Colouring Fun!

Date: Saturday & Sunday, 26 & 27 August 2017
Time:11am - 5pm
Venue:SAM at 8Q, Level 1 Gallery

Have you met the three characters behind artist Hiromi Tango’s artwork, Lizard Tail? Bring Telly, Lizzy and Zarr to life by colouring them in in a colouring sheet designed by the artist herself.

We welcome a $2 donation for this drop-in activity.

Be Creative with Floating Mountain

Date: Saturday & Sunday, 26 & 27 August 2017
Time:11am - 5pm
Venue:SAM at 8Q, Workshop Space 2, Level 2

Decorate and colour in wood cut-outs inspired by the surreal dreamscapes of artist Unchalee Anantawat’s Floating Mountain, and make your own magnets or mini mobiles by suspending them on colourful yarn!

We welcome a $2 donation for each set of materials.

Activity Corners

Date: Saturday, 6 May – Sunday, 27 August 2017
Venue:SAM at 8Q, various galleries

Free with museum admission. Donations encouraged.

What would you do to keep yourself occupied on a journey to the ends of the earth? Look out for some of the activities located around the exhibition to pass time creatively.

The Original Selfie Machine

Date: Saturday, 6 May – Sunday, 27 August 2017
Venue:SAM at 8Q, Level 1

$2 for two printouts

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

Short Films

Date: Saturday, 6 May – Sunday, 27 August 2017
Venue:SAM at 8Q, Moving Image Gallery, Level 2

Free with museum admission. Donations encouraged.

Sit back and relax in the Moving Image Gallery while enjoying a special selection of short films from around the world inspired by the vastness of distant lands.

Total run time: 44 minutes on loop. Parental guidance is advised.

An Object at Rest

Seth Boyden, 2015, USA, 5:43 min, No dialogue, G
Singapore Premiere
Silver medal winner in Animation, 42nd Student Academy Awards
Finalist, BAFTA US Student Film Awards 2016

An Object at Rest follows the life of a stone as it travels over the course of millennia, facing nature's greatest obstacle: human civilization.

Seth Boyden graduated from CalArts with his award-winning final-year thesis film and was named as one of ‘10 Animators to Watch’ by Variety. Boyden’s characters are typically hand-animated against watercolor backgrounds, and his keen interest in music has led him to collaborate with composers and musicians to create original music for his films.

Pale Blue Dot

Chin Li Zhi, 2015, Singapore, 4:00 min, English with subtitles, PG
Singapore Premiere
Silver Award in Film, Crowbar Awards 2016
Nominated for Best Animated Film & Best Character Animation, National Youth Film Awards 2016

Set to the words of Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot is an animation that situates human history against the tapestry of the cosmos. Using an eclectic combination of art styles woven seamlessly together through music and visuals, the animation seeks to remind us that regardless of our differences, we are one species living together on the planet we call Earth.

Chin Li Zhi is a multimedia creative who believes that what we see influences us more than anything else. His work spans topics and medium, often bringing eclectic styles and techniques together for greater visual impact. Pale Blue Dot was produced at NTU ADM in collaboration with Studiengang Musikdesign, and screened at 22 film festivals worldwide since 2015.

Builders (Kattumaanar)

Eysham Ali, 2016, Singapore, 9:15 min, Tamil with English subtitles, PG
Official Selection, Singapore International Film Festival 2016

An Indian migrant worker finds a wallet filled with cash and is conflicted about whether he should return the wallet to its owner. This short film is a story of two different people, walking the same journey.

A graduate of Chapman University Singapore, Eysham Ali’s first short film Rumahku, Syurgaku (My Home, My Heaven), was awarded the Special Achievement Award at the 2008 Singapore International Film Festival. Builders is an Honour Singapore initiative to share individual stories of dignity and respect, through the medium of film.

Way of Giants (Caminho dos Gigantes)

Alois Di Leo, 2016, Brasil, 11:52 min, No dialogue, PG
Singapore Premiere
Official Selection, Annecy International Animation Film Festival 2016
Best Director for National Competition, Rio de Janeiro International Short Film Festival – Curta Cinema 2016

A poetic search for purpose and reason set in a forest of gigantic trees, this animation follows Oquirá, a six year-old indigenous girl, as she challenges her destiny and learns to understand the cycle of life.

Way of Giants explores the many forces in nature and our connection with the earth and its elements, featuring Tito la Rosa, a master of ancient Andean music from Peru who composed and recorded the film score using handmade Inca and Andean instruments.

Alois Di Leo was born in Lima, Peru and raised in São Paulo, Brasil where he founded the animation studio SINLOGO. He graduated with an MA in animation direction at the NFTS in London, and is writing his first feature film.

The Little Reader (Ang Munting Mambabasa)

Inshallah Montero, 2015, Philippines, 6:55 min, Tagalog with English subtitles, G
Singapore Premiere
Finalist for Audience Choice Award, Tropfest South East Asia 2015
Finalist, Manhattan International Film Festival 2016

Manuel, a young Filipino boy who lives on the street, escapes his realities by reading – a gift that his mother left behind. Stumbling upon a magical book that transports him to different worlds, he realises how far one can go through reading and imagination.

Inshallah Montero took Creative Writing as an arts scholar at the Philippine High School for the Arts in Makiling, Laguna and received the Artistic Excellence Award. She graduated from De La Salle College of St. Benilde with honours finishing a Bachelor’s Degree in Digital Filmmaking in 2012. She has gone on to win several awards for her films and is currently active as a freelance director on documentaries. She considers herself an eternal student and driven by the uncertainty of life.

Snowflake (Snejinka)

Natalia Chernysheva, 2012, Russia, 5:46 min, No dialogue, PG
Best Film by an Emerging Director, The Kenneth and Harle Montgomery Prize, 30th Chicago International Children's Film Festival
Guild of Film Critics Award, Open Russian Festival of Animated Film 2013

A little African boy receives a paper snowflake enclosed in a letter, and is so enchanted by the idea of real snow that he fantasizes into being a whole new snow-covered world.

Natalia Chernysheva graduated from the Ural State Academy of Architecture and Art, Russia, and studied at La Poudrière, France, where she directed The Return (2013) and her multi-award-winning graduation film, Two Friends (2014). She participated in the International Writing Residency for Animated Films by Royal Abbey of Fontevraud in 2014, and Animation Artist in Residence Tokyo in 2015, during which she wrote The Gossamer (2016). Snowflake is her directorial debut which has won several awards and has been screened at numerous film festivals internationally.

Imaginarium Adventure Kit

Available for sale at SAM at 8Q Lobby

$5. Items sold separately at $2 each.

Grab an Imaginarium Adventure Kit before you begin your exploration of the exhibition! Items include the Imaginarium Ranger’s Handbook – a handy activity booklet that guides you through the exhibition and artworks – magical 4-colour pencils and a set of all-seeing binoculars to better explore the artworks!

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