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Art-Inspired Activities For Kids & Families
Calling all young and young-at-heart art lovers! Discover art in a whole new way at the National Gallery Singapore’s first Children’s Biennale, held from 20 May to 8 October.
Themed Dreams & Stories, the exhibition inspires kids and families to explore dreams and stories through installations, interactive artworks, and a stimulating line-up of music performances, film showcases and art-inspired programmes.
Check out the nine interactive installations featuring artists such as Yayoi Kusama, Mark Justiniani, the teamLab collective and Singapore Cultural Medallion winner Chng Seok Tin.
There’s also an Outdoor Festival, held on the weekends of 21 to 23 July and 28 to 30 July, where you can unleash your creativity, and enjoy multimedia displays, roving performances and hands-on activities.
• Singapore International Children’s Film Festival: Big Eyes, Big Minds
27& 28 May, 3, 10 & 11 June
City Hall Wing, Level BM, The Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium
$12.90 (tickets from Big Eyes, Big Minds)
Recommended for kids aged 2 to 18, the film festival showcases seven collections of short films that have been carefully selected to educate, enrich and inspired. Catch Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes and don’t miss the empowering film Sing, Oscar winner for Best Live-Action Short Film 2017.
• Yayoi Kusama: Obliteration Room
Concourse Gallery 2, Supreme Court Wing
Join influential Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama and have fun covering all the furniture and walls in the living room with bright colourful dots.
Kusama started seeing the world through a screen of tiny dots when she was young. For four decades, she has made paintings, sculptures and photographs using dots to cover surfaces and fill rooms in a process she calls “obliteration”, which means the complete destruction of every trace of something.
The Obliteration Room by Yayoi Kusama, 2002 to present, installation view
Collaboration between Yayoi Kusama and Queensland Art Gallery. Commissioned Queensland Art Gallery, Australia. Gift of the artist through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation 2012
Collection: Queensland Art Gallery
Photo: Katie Bennett
Image courtesy: QAGOMA
• Mark Justiniani: Firewalk, A Bridge Of Embers
Basement Concourse, Supreme Court Wing
Take a dream-like walk through infinity on a 53ft long bridge. Resembling the archaeological site of the former Supreme Court Building, the installation unveils objects valued through generations, namely toys, workbooks, building blocks and letters.
• teamLab: Homogenising & Transforming World
Concourse Gallery 1, City Hall Wing
Immerse in a multi-sensory experience where a large number of balls change colour when touched, along with sound and visual accompaniments.
Homogenising and Transforming World by teamLab, 2013, interactive installation
Endless, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi
FREE GENERAL ADMISSION FOR SINGAPOREAN & PRS
GENERAL ADMISSION FOR NON-SINGAPOREAN
• Adult: $20
• Child (aged 6 and below) & senior (aged 60 and above): $15