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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

Date: Fri, 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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Story Time!
A Parent-Child Creative Workshop
(conducted by the Singapore Repertory Theatre)

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Dates: 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 this Imaginarium with your little ones in this workshop presented by the Singapore Art Museum and the Singapore Repertory Theatre. Through play-based methodologies, watch as your tots explore with their senses in a safe space, and be mesmerized by art and storytelling.

This workshop which focuses on parent-child bonding activities, is suitable for toddlers between 2 and 3 years old and toddlers must be accompanied by adults.

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Stories from Our Time
An Illustration Workshop

Date: Sun, 12 August 2018
Time: 14:30 – 16:30
Venue: Workshop Space 2, Level 2, SAM at 8Q
Ticket: $20

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Calling all young time travellers! Join us at this illustration workshop where you can create your own stories and characters using basic illustration techniques. This workshop is led by Imaginarium: Into the Space of Time’s artist, Lee Xin Li, and fellow illustrator and story teller, Darel Seow.

This workshop is suitable for participants between 7 and 12 years old.

This workshop requires a minimum number of participants to commence. Participants will be notified 2 days in advance if the workshop is unable to proceed and a refund will be processed.

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"Minority Identities" Tour & Performance

Date: Sat, 21 July 2018
Time: 12:00 — 13:30
Venue: Exhibition Galleries, Basement Level, National Museum of Singapore (venue partner)
Price: Free; access to the mini-tour and artwork performance is on a first-come, first-served basis.

In an increasingly globalised world fraught with issues of minority representation and its social complexities, how do artists engage with such themes in their work?

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Perspectives Talks

Dates: Sat, 28 July 2018
Time: 14:00 — 14:45
Venue: Exhibition Galleries, Basement Level, National Museum of Singapore (venue partner)
Price: Free

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Catch two contrasting takes on After Paradie Lost #1, the winning artwork of this year's Signature Art Prize People's Choice Award. 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.

Speakers' Profiles

Dr. Nazry Bahrawi
Dr. Nazry Bahrawi is a lecturer at the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). He specialises in the study of world literature, literary and critical theory as well as Islam and culture between Southeast Asia and the Middle East. He is also a literary translator and founding member of Bras Basah Open School of Theory and Philosophy, a collective aiming to discuss, converse and share the humanities in an atmosphere of peer-learning.

Sarah Goh
Sarah Goh graduated from School of the Arts (SOTA), Singapore in 2014, and is pursuing a degree in Social Sciences at the Singapore Management University (SMU) now. With training in ballet and contemporary dance, Sarah hopes to learn and share the symbiotic beauty of art with those around her whilst foraying into multidisciplinary works. She is one of four selected students participating in this programme, which is co-produced and co-presented by Assistant Professor Hoe Su Fern, as part of SMU’s Arts and Culture Management (ACM) Programme. The ACM Programme provides an inter-disciplinary blend of theoretical and skills-based learning to equip students with the foundational knowledges, critical awareness, managerial aptitude and strategic reflexivity for entry into the arts and cultural industries.

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Specialist Talks

Dates: Saturdays, 28 Jul & 1 Sep 2018
Time: 14:00 – 15:30
Venue: SAM Glass Hall
Price: Free with registration (Registration link below)

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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30 June 2018

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.


28 July 2018

Art and Social Purpose: Artists as Agents of Change | Specialist Talk with Sunitha Janamohanan


Between the site-specific actions and public interventions of artists in the 1970s, to the relational aesthetics of artists such as Rirkrit Tiravanija in the 1990s, the way in which artists approach the visual arts has changed – moving from a focus on the object, to incorporating and making as their subject human relations and social encounters. Drawing on examples from Southeast Asia, join arts educator and arts manager, Sunitha Janamohanan in looking at the intersections of contemporary art, culture and social purpose, in order to consider why artists choose to engage with society in the way they do, and the impact of their actions.

Sunitha Janamohanan has worked in the arts since 1999, across a range of art forms and creative industries. Her previous roles include arts manager, curator, producer, venue manager, and heritage manager in Kuala Lumpur and Penang, Malaysia. She has an MA in Arts Administration from Columbia University, New York, and is presently teaching the Arts and Cultural Management Programme at LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore. Her research interests include community or socially engaged arts practice, and local arts management models in developing Southeast Asia.


01 September 2018

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


Documentation and archival practices have become increasingly significant in the presentation and understanding of art, but can the archive itself be employed aesthetically? Join artist Shubigi Rao and SAM archivist Dr Chu Chu Yuan for an illuminating dialogue on the archive as a point of departure and medium for contemporary artists and artworks.

Shubigi Rao is a Singaporean artist and writer. She works in decade-long stretches on related ideas and, for a time between 2003 and 2013, under a male pseudonym, S. Raoul. Her current ten-year project, Pulp: A Short Biography of the Banished Book (2014–2024), comprises a film, five books, and ink-and-paper works reflecting on the history of book destruction, and the book in acts of activism and resistance. She recently held a solo exhibition in Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin (2017), and has participated in notable group shows worldwide, including the 3rd Pune Biennale, India (2017), 10th Taipei Biennale (2016), Singapore Writers Festival (2013, 2016) and 2nd Singapore Biennale (2008). She has been awarded residencies in India (2017), Berlin (2016) and Singapore (2015), and is a part-time lecturer at LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore.

Dr Chu Chu Yuan is responsible for Publications, Library and Archive at the Singapore Art Museum. She began her art practice in Singapore in 1993, and has since played multiple roles as arts manager, writer and educator. She was affiliated with The Substation from 1994 to 2003 as staff and, later, artist, notably with the residency project, Investigating Public Engaged Art: Singapore (2001-2002). From 2000, she was Director for Projects with International Forum for Intermedia Art (iFIMA), an international organization committed to enhancing social engagement, capacity and self-organization in art and cultural production, carrying out projects in Mongolia, Vietnam, China, Poland, Sweden, Finland, amongst others. She co-founded Networking and Initiatives for Culture and the Arts (NICA) an arts and cultural resource development initiative in Yangon, Myanmar in 2003. In 2013, she completed a PhD with Gray’s School of Art at the Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland, with a thesis titled ‘Negotiation as Active Knowing: An Approach Evolved from Relational Art Practice’, in which she developed a framework for participative learning within social situations.

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Friday HappyHourChats

Dates: Fridays, 27 Jul, 10 Aug & 31 Aug 2018
Time: 19:00 – 20:30
Venue: SAM Glass Hall
Price: $10 (Ticketing links below)

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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Speakers and synopses


27 July 2018

Photographing Unseen Stories | HappyHourChat with Tay Kay Chin, Deanna Ng and Darren Soh

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From Deanna Ng’s Bidadari to Darren Soh’s For My Son, what inspires documentary photographers and photojournalists is often that which is deeply personal. While photography may continue to evolve, the impulse to photograph remains constant in coming from within. Join independent photographers Tay Kay Chin, Deanna Ng and Darren Soh as they speak on the photographic drive – what to photograph and why, intentions of the image, and the photographic medium as an agent for change.

This session takes as reference the APB Foundation Signature Art Prize 2018 finalist artworks, Museum of the Lost and He was lost yesterday and we found him today (2015) by Leung Chi Wo and Sara Wong, which bring to the fore peripheral characters of archival images through re-enactment.


10 August 2018

Is Humanity Headed for Utopia? | HappyHourChat with Sangeetha Yogendran

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The concept of utopia has equally been idealised as it has been condemned across creative works through the ages. Join lawyer Sangeetha Yogendran as she shares how her legal profession and experiences in humanitarian work have shaped her views on equality and human rights, and discusses the ideal of a human utopia.

This session is inspired by the subjects of coexistence and equality posed by the APB Foundation Signature Art Prize 2018 finalist artwork, The Infinite Episode (2016) by Jitish Kallat.

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POW WOW Your Writing!
Show, Don't Tell—The Comic Strip Way, with Adeline Foo

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Date: Sat, 18 August 2018
Time: 10:30 – 12:30
Venue: Programmes Room, (Basement Level), National Museum of Singapore (venue partner)
Ticket: $30

In this workshop offered by Sing Lit Station, author and screenwriter Adeline Foo will guide participants to combine the elements of comic strips, dialogue and script to explore creative ways to tell and re-tell stories.

Using comic strips as an interesting medium and “show, don’t tell” as a writing strategy, participants will re-imagine an old folktale of Singapore and create their own imaginative narratives.

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In Conversation

Venue: SAM Curve
Ticket: Free with Registration (Registration links below)

In Conversation brings museum professionals and artists together to share their insights on topics surrounding various aspects of museum work. Framed in a question-and-answer format, this series offers audiences an opportunity to discover more about what a museum does and meet some of the people who help to bring exhibitions to life.

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Fri, 20 July 2018


In Conversation: Exploring Permanent Collections


Why do museums collect artworks? What is the purpose of having a permanent collection and what function does it serve?

Since its opening, the Singapore Art Museum has amassed more than 3,600 artworks in its permanent collection. Come listen to diverse perspectives from museum professionals as they discuss the reasons for collecting, along with the challenges involved in the maintenance and conservation of these artworks.


Fri 03 August 2018


In Conversation: The Artwork Commissioning Process


Ever wondered how an artwork came to be or what it took to get there?

Artwork commissioning is an important part of exhibition-making at the Singapore Art Museum, allowing for the presentation of new, never been seen before artworks at exhibitions. Join us in the second session of the series, The Artwork Commissioning Process, where you can gain insight into the intricacies of the art commissioning process through the perspectives of the various individuals involved.


Sat, 11 August 2018


In Conversation: The Making of An Exhibition

What is an exhibition? How is an exhibition made? Why do we make exhibitions?


Many departments come together and work hand in hand toward the realisation of an exhibition. Learn more about the people involved, and the steps towards creating an exhibition! In the final session of the series, The Making of An Exhibition, looks into this key task of a museum from the inside.


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The Beginnings of the Singapore Art Museum by Kwok Kian Chow

Dates: Thu, 26 July 2018
Time: 19:00 — 20:00
Venue: SAM Glass Hall
Price: Free with registration

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As Installation In Progress unpacks SAM’s exhibition history, and considers future possibilities. Join us as we invite the founding director of SAM (from 1993 to 2009) Kwok Kian Chow, for a special lecture on the formation of SAM, and retrace the discussions and developments that led to the inauguration of the museum in January 1996.

Referred to in planning as the “Fine Arts Museum,” SAM was the first institution to be realized in the ambitious five-museum development plan conceived by the Advisory Council on Culture and the Arts (1988-89). The constitution of SAM in 1993, with Dr Earl Lu (1925-2005) as the museum chairman, occurred even before the formation of the National Heritage Board (NHB) which was established later in the same year. As founding director of SAM (from 1993 to 2009), Kwok Kian Chow will present on the background to the development of the museum, and the concurrent plans at the time to grow the national art collection.

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Museum on Air – Artist Talk by Michael Lee


Date: Sat, 25 August 2018
Time: 19:00 – 20:00
Venue: SAM Curve
Ticket: Free with Registration (Ticketing link will be available soon)

Arrive at a deeper understanding of Michael Lee’s new artwork, Museum on Air, specially commissioned for the exhibition Installation in Progress!. In this in-depth Artist Talk, hear from the artist on the inspiration, thought processes, and ideas that went into the making of the work!

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