SAM presents an exciting array of programmes in celebration of Singapore Art Week 2019, from 18 to 27 January.

SAW activities include art workshops, tours, performances and outdoor film screenings.

SAM Late Nights
Spend your late Friday nights at SAM with live performances from local bands Mannequins, The Groove Gurus, and Bakers In Space, playing original music in the 8Q plaza.

Date: 18 January 2019
Time: 7pm – 10pm
Venue: SAM at 8Q, Plaza
Admission: Free

SAM Late Nights Singapore Art Museum

Special Effects Makeup Workshop
Learn about the art and techniques behind special effects makeup in this hands-on workshop to create realistic wounds and scars.

Led by Makeup Maestro’s lead artist, Valda, this family-friendly workshop will see participants using household products and special effects modelling wax to form wounds and scars that will impress everyone!

Date: 18 & 25 January 2019
Time: 7pm – 8.30pm
Venue: Workshop Space 1 & 2, L2, SAM at 8Q
Admission: Ticketed. Purchase here.

In Conversation: Skin, Scars and Trauma
What do an artist, a writer, an art therapist and a dermatologist have in common? Find out in this panel discussion where artist Yanyun Chen and writer Jeremy Fernando share their experience with scars.

Moderated by SAM’s Senior Curator, Joyce Toh, hear how art therapist, Emylia Safian and a dermatologist, Dr Tey Hong Liang come into the picture, as they discuss the relationship between keloids, scars, trauma, images, narratives and healing.

Date: 18 January 2019
Time: 7pm – 8.30pm
Venue: Moving Image Gallery, L2, SAM at 8Q
Admission: Free

Seniors Day Out: Kopi, Teh & Contemporary Art
Journey through the world of contemporary art in this dedicated tour for seniors. Led by trained students who speak multiple languages, older visitors will gain a deeper understanding about the artworks in our President’s Young Talents exhibition.

The session will end off with a fun hands-on workshop and light refreshments. Tours will also available in multiple languages.

Date: 16 January 2019
Time: 3pm – 5.30pm
Venue: Gallery & Workshop Spaces, SAM at 8Q
Admission: To join us, please email education@singaporeartmuseum.sg for more information.




Contours of Singapore History: Urban Cognition and Spatial-formal Translations
Gain fascinating insights into our histories as a people and our relationship to the land and with each other in this talk with Dr Imran Tajudeen, an assistant professor at the NUS Department of Architecture.

The discussion will touch on political, socio-economic and cultural histories that may be gleaned about urban and rural Singapore from cross-referencing native and official colonial place names, old European maps, accounts and records in the Malay language.

Date: 19 January 2019
Time: 2pm – 3.30pm
Venue: Moving Image Gallery, L2, SAM at 8Q
Admission: Free

Art & Poetry: A Spoken Word Trail
Explore the President’s Young Talents 2018 exhibition through an art and poetry trail, led by poets Manickavasagan Ashmita, Christine Chia, Chua Poh Leng, Shivram Gopinath and Charlene Shepherdson.

Delve into a myriad of topics and themes like nostalgia and spirituality through live readings of multilingual poetry, written in response to the artworks.

This programme is co-curated with Poetry Festival Singapore to promote poetry and literary excellence in a multilingual, multicultural and multi-generational setting.

Date: 19 January 2019
Time: 5pm – 6pm
Venue: SAM at 8Q, Lobby
Admission: Free

Outdoor Movie Screening
Enjoy the open-air movie screening of The Greatest Showman under the canopy of SAM at 8Q Plaza with friends. Bring a mat, a picnic basket, and get your al fresco movie fix.

Date: 19 January 2019
Time: 8pm – 10pm
Venue: SAM at 8Q, Plaza
Admission: Free

Outdoor Movie Screening - The Girl Who Leapt Through Time Singapore Art Museum

On The Stranger Side of Things: SAM Community Carnival
Take a walk on the stranger side of life with Kult, as they take you on an immersive, and interactive journey at SAM.

Bring your friends and family over for a great time as you challenge each other to a life-sized board game, engage with interactive projections and immerse yourself in a unique theatre performance experience!

Date: 20 January 2019
Time: 11am – 6pm
Venue: SAM at 8Q Plaza at L1, Workshop Space 1 & 2 and Moving Image Gallery at L2
Admission: Free

Outdoor Movie Screening: It’s a Great, Great World
Bring along your picnic baskets and mats to reminiscence on the good old times at this special outdoor movie screening of It’s a Great, Great World!

Directed by Singaporean filmmaker Kelvin Tong and set in Singapore’s legendary amusement park, Great World, this movie will take you back to the 1940s and tug at your heartstrings through four tales of attraction surrounding characters who lived, worked and played in the once famous amusement park.

Date: 25 January 2019
Time: 8pm – 9.30pm
Venue: SAM at 8Q, Plaza
Admission: Free




KAMI / 神 by Irfan Kasban
KAMI / 神 (Us/ Gods) delves into how tourism inevitably changes sacred spaces, holy sites, and the faces of the otherworldly beings that inhabit them.

Gathering inspiration from the poetry of Farid ud-Din Attar -Conference of the Birds and drawing from the themes and narratives explored in Pragmatic Prayers for the Kala at the Threshold, in this reinterpretation, the Simurgh, a wandering deity, finds that he has trouble constructing his own image. He is pulled through the ebb and flow of believers of varying faiths and non-believers alike.

The performance involves Irfan inhabiting the spaces of the worlds between the hills, land and sea while seeking to find his image on reflective surfaces, including the audiences’ eyes.

Presented as a durational, multidisciplinary performance, the piece has elements of Butoh, Viewpoints, physical theatre, performance art. Performed in Malay, with English and Japanese surtitles.

Date: 25 January 2019
Time: 7.30pm – 8pm, 8.30pm – 9pm
Venue: SAM at 8Q, Level 1 Gallery 1.11
Admission: Free with registration

Workshop for Families: Art Immersive VR Workshop / Workshop for Families: Art Immersive AR Workshop
Immerse yourself in the amazing world of Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality in this fun and interactive parent-child workshop*! Get your creative juices flowing as you design your own VR or AR project based on the Singapore Biennale 2019 theme with the help of a specialised software on your own smartphone device.

*Suitable for children aged 6 and above. Parents or Caregivers are encouraged to participate with your child, and a smartphone is required for this workshop.

Date: 26 January 2019
Time: 11am – 12.30pm, 1.30pm – 3pm
Venue: SAM at 8Q Plaza
Admission: Free with ticketed registration. Register here.

AR VR Workshops Singapore Art Museum

Art Workshops
Join our fun, family-friendly craft workshops themed around Singapore Biennale 2019. Happening all through the day, we welcome you to get hands-on with these drop-in activities inspired by the artists’ artworks!

Date: 26 January 2019
Time: 1.30pm – 8.30pm
Venue: SAM at 8Q, Workshop Space 1 & 2
Admission: Free

SINGAPORE BIENNALE 2019 TEASER
Get a sneak peek into the upcoming Singapore Biennale with a teaser line-up of panel discussions, screenings and experimental performances by SB2019 contemporary artists.

In Conversation: Singapore Biennale artist, Dennis Tan with SAM Curator, John Tung
The Kolek is a traditional Southeast Asian racing yacht that was once a common sight off the coast of Singapore. Exploring the possibility of rebuilding a Kolek and sailing it to the Riau Islands for racing is SB2019 artist, Dennis Tan. Join him and SAM Curator, John Tung in this conversation, as they dive into the reasons and impetus behind his proposal, while also examining the cultural, anthropological, and historical implications of reviving this traditional sport.

Date: 26 January 2019
Time: 4pm
Venue: SAM at 8Q Plaza
Admission: Free with ticketed registration. Register here.

SINGAPORE BIENNALE 2019 TEASER
Screenings: MONOLOGUE and Funeral by Vandy Rattana
Singapore Biennale 2019 artist Vandy Rattana presents his moving image works MONOLOGUE and Funeral, set in Cambodia and centred around Khmer people, that show a deeply personal side to the themes of loss, trauma, death and the afterlife.

Uncover the story behind MONOLOGUE, through Vandy’s documentation of a small plot of unmarked land where his sister and grandmother were discarded and buried, alongside five thousand others during the Khmer Rouge regime in 1978. As a follow-up to the themes explored in MONOLOGUE, the screening of Funeral looks at the paradoxes of civilisation through a fictional narrative that will leave you thinking about the metaphors of life, death and rebirth.

Date: 26 January 2019
Time: 5pm
Venue: SAM at 8Q, Level 2 Moving Image Gallery
Admission: Free with registration

SINGAPORE BIENNALE 2019 TEASER
In Conversation: Singapore Biennale artist, Vandy Rattana with SAM Curator, Andrea Fam
After the screening, join Vandy, and SAM Curator, Andrea Fam, in this insightful conversation where conceptual topics such as the artist’s philosophical approach to art-making, and technical considerations about working with the moving image in a rapidly-changing Khmer landscape will be discussed.

Date: 26 January 2019
Time: 6pm
Venue: SAM at 8Q, Level 2 Moving Image Gallery
Admission: Free with ticketed registration. Register here.

SINGAPORE BIENNALE 2019 TEASER
Experimental Performance: Zai Tang & Arnont Nongyao
Immerse yourself in a night of experimental performances blending sound and moving images by artists Zai Tang and Arnont Nongyao. From using field recordings of the ‘voices’ of creatures from various habitats in Singapore threatened by human-centred development, to reassembled archival footage and audio recordings of weekly markets in the northern part of Thailand, these sneak peeks to both artists’ proposed installation for the upcoming Singapore Biennale are not to be missed! Both artists will wrap up the performance with an improv jamming session.

Date: 26 January 2019
Time: 7.30pm – 9.30pm
Venue: SAM at 8Q Plaza
Admission: Free

SINGAPORE BIENNALE 2019 TEASER
“Ku tahu asal usul mu
Yang laut balik ke laut
Yang darat balik ke darat” : A Closing Performance by Zarina Muhammad

*I know your origins
Let those from the sea return to the sea
Let those from the land return to the land

The final verse from Ulek Mayang, a song traditionally performed to appease the spirits of the sea marks the key reference point and final rite for this closing performance. Alongside invited guest artists and collaborators, experience Zarina Muhammad’s artwork, Pragmatic Prayers for the Kala at the Threshold in its final moments. The closing performance is a tribute to the points of forgetting between the pre-colonial and the post-colonial and an

Date: 27 January 2019
Time: 5pm – 6pm
Venue: Gallery 1.11 and Lobby, SAM at 8Q
Admission: Free

The Local People Art Market Singapore Art Museum

SAM x TLP Community Art Market
Round up Art Week with the best of local labels, music, and delicious food by hitting up The Local People’s community art market. Come with your friends and enjoy the perfect end to Art Week with us!

Date: 27 January 2019
Time: 11am – 6pm
Venue: SAM at 8Q Plaza and Former F&B Spaces at L1, Workshop Space 1 & 2
Admission: Free

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