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Community Art Centric Exhibitions – Singapore Art Museum
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Singapore Art Museum presents three community-centric exhibitions in October 2017, unveiling reflections of and by Singaporeans across a variety of ages and circumstances, from prison inmates to primary school students and the elderly. The culmination of Singapore Art Museum’s continued engagement with various community groups in Singapore throughout the year
Think! Contemporary Exhibition 2017 6 – 29 October 2017
Now in its sixth year, Singapore Art Museum’s Think! Contemporary Programme is a multi- visit, museum-based school programme that promotes learning of different subjects through contemporary art. Integrating school curricula with visits to Singapore Art Museum’s Once Upon This Island exhibition (previously shown at the museum’s Learning Gallery) and Imaginarium: To The Ends Of The Earth (held from 6 May to 27 August 2017), the
programme encourages a multi-disciplinary approach in learning subjects such as Art, English, Social Studies, Science and Character and Citizenship Education, as well as to cultivate analytical and creative thinking skills among students.
The Think! Contemporary Exhibition this year features artworks by primary school students from six schools (CHIJ Our Lady Queen of Peace, Fuchun Primary School, Geylang Methodist School (Primary), Haig Girls’ School, Mayflower Primary School, and St. Anthony’s Primary School), responding to themes of identity, family, home and the environment, which were explored by artworks that were on display at the museum.
Human Archive Project by Nicola Anthony 6 – 29 October 2017
A two-part presentation by Singapore-based British artist Nicola Anthony, the Human Archive Project provides a glimpse into the inner worlds of people from different walks of life, and reveals the threads of commonalities that exist despite our differences.
Through ink and incense-burned drawings on Korean paper, the Clockwork Moons series explores how different communities – the elderly, trauma-based families to young adults with chronic illnesses experience time differently. The other component, a series of eight text- based sculptures titled the Human Archive Project, features personal stories shared by eight individuals, including an inmate at Changi Women’s Prison, the wife of an alcoholic and a migrant worker. Visitors are invited to contribute their own stories, or to read other contributed stories, at www.humanarchiveproject.com.
Nicola Anthony says, “I hope the Human Archive Project provides a glimpse into the complexity of the cycle of our lives, our experience of time, life passing, and memories morphing. Life is a cycle of beginnings, endings, and re-writings: things change and shift. Against all adversity, our community is full of brave, inspiring, and unique individuals who write their own stories.”
Yellow Ribbon Community Art Exhibition 7 – 22 October 2017
Singapore Prison Service presents the 10th edition of the Yellow Ribbon Community Art Exhibition, in partnership with the Singapore Art Museum. The annual exhibition features
artworks by inmate artists at Changi Prison Complex and Changi Women’s Prison, and highlights their rehabilitative journey through art making.
The 2017 edition is titled For Better Endings and New Beginnings, and features a total of 108 artworks by male and female inmate artists. Together with the team from Singapore Art Museum, artist-mentors Kim Whye Kee and Barry Yeow provided artistic guidance to the male inmates, while Singapore-based British contemporary artist Nicola Anthony mentored the female inmates to create artworks that serve as a way to record and map oneself and the world.
Artist-mentors Nicola, Whye Kee and Barry were also commissioned to create a mixed- media installation for the exhibition. The Flow of Time, a large suspended hourglass comprising broken and discarded materials, examines the function time plays in defining the individual and his or her personal journey. It also highlights the persisting value of each object; and metaphorically, how mistakes provide the necessary material for building upon and moving forward into the future.