During the holiday period, Singapore Biennale 2019 offers a series of free family-friendly art activities for all ages.

Singapore Biennale

Singapore Biennale 2019 (SB2019) has returned for its sixth edition, titled Every Step in the Right Direction, featuring 77 artists and art collectives from 36 countries and territories. This international contemporary art exhibition invites the public to engage with the act of artistic exploration, drawing on the importance of making choices and taking steps to consider the conditions of contemporary life and the human endeavour for change. Commissioned by the National Arts Council and organised by Singapore Art Museum (SAM), the Singapore Biennale runs until 22 March 2020 across 11 venues in the city, including National Gallery Singapore and Gillman Barracks.

During the holiday period, Singapore Biennale 2019 offers a series of free family-friendly art activities for all ages to explore the dozens of artworks presented and make creative artworks of their own.

1. SB2019 Guided Tours at National Gallery Singapore

SAM docents will take visitors on a tour of the SB2019 galleries at National Gallery Singapore and provide insight into the artistic processes and behind-the-scenes of artists and artworks. Find the Guided Tour Schedule for SB2019 at National Gallery Singapore here. SB2019 admission fees apply at National Gallery Singapore; tours are free with Biennale admission. Artwork highlights at National Gallery Singapore include:

Ali Akbar Sadeghi, Flower Storm, 1972; Film still courtesy of Ali Akbar Sadeghi FoundationAli Akbar Sadeghi, Flower Storm,1972; Film still courtesy of Ali Akbar Sadeghi Foundation.

• The animation films of Ali Akbar Sadeghi, a contemporary Iranian artist, integrates traditional Persian aesthetics and classical Persian stories into the modern medium of animation.

• Papua New Guinean artist Mathias Kauagedepicts a helicopter through the colourful imagination of someone who had never seen one before in his painting Marbles.

Phare, the Battambang Circus, Phum Style (performance); Image courtesy of the ArtistPhare, the Battambang Circus, Phum Style(performance); Image courtesy of the Artist.

• Phare, the Battambang Circus presents their intricate backdrop from the performance Phum Style alongside a video of their exhilarating stunts, playful storytelling, and gravity-defying acts.

2. SB2019 Guided Tours at Gillman Barracks

There are also regular guided tours led by SAM docents at Gillman Barracks, where visitors can gain valuable insight into the artists and artworks. Find the Guided Tour Schedule for SB2019 at Gillman Barracks here. Admission is free. Artwork highlights at Gillman Barracks include:

• Robert Zhao Renhui investigates the natural and cultural history of the secondary forest surrounding Gillman Barracks in his cabinet of curiosities, featuring videos, photography, and objects like animal eggs and excavated pottery.

Nabilah Nordin, An Obstacle in Every Direction, 2019. Image courtesy of Singapore Art MuseumNabilah Nordin, An Obstacle in Every Direction, 2019; Image courtesy of Singapore Art Museum.

• Nabilah Nordin’sinteractiveobstacle course An Obstacle in Every Directionreminds visitors of the unexpected – and sometimes fun – trials that are necessary for imagining possible futures.

• Through Zai Tang’s series Escape Velocity, featuring field recordings of nature and wildlife in places threatened by urban development, visitors are invited to consider, “What does it mean to listen to nature in a time of ecological crisis?”

3. SB2019 x Converse Chucks Design Competition
Until 12 January 2020

SB2019 Converse Design Competition; Image courtesy of Singapore Art MuseumImage courtesy of Singapore Art Museum.

Participants may design their own interpretation of the SB2019 title and artworks on Converse Chuck Taylor All Star sneakers. Attractive prizes include Converse sneakers, Mapletree vouchers, and cash prizes. Winning entries will be showcased at VivoCity from February to March 2020.

Open to ages 9 to 23 only, in 3 categories. The competition entry form and design template can be downloaded here.

This programme is supported by Converse and Mapletree.




4. Laurie Anderson and Hsin-Chien Huang’s Immersive VR work at Singapore Management University
SMU de Suantio Gallery

Laurie Anderson and Hsin-Chien Huang present their award-winning VR work, La Camera Insabbiata (The Chalkroom). Visitors may immerse themselves in the virtual space as they take flight, escaping into a world of exploration and imagination.

Find directions to its location here.

5. SB2019 Celebrates: Christmas Day
25 December 2019 | 12pm – 6pm
Gillman Barracks

Singapore Biennale 2019 celebrates christmas dayImage courtesy of Singapore Art Museum.

On Christmas Day, visitors are invited to take a break in between the spread of artworks at Gillman Barracks to participate in their own arts and crafts–making a personalised Christmas hat to take home. Open to all ages. Find out more here.

6. SB2019 Gallery-Gillman Shuttle
Every weekend, between National Gallery Singapore and Gillman Barracks

Every weekend between 12pm and 7pm, a free shuttle runs between pick-up points at Supreme Court Lane behind National Gallery Singapore and Gillman Barracks Block 9. Visitors at either location can hop onto access our two largest SB2019 venues. Find more information on the shuttle schedule and pick-up point locations here.


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