Singapore is never short of awesome things to keep families busy: in 2017, our museums and galleries are jam-packed with exciting and educational exhibitions for children. What are we inspired by right now? Ghost Nets of the Ocean at the Asian Civilisations Museum. This spectacular showcase of sculptures (on now until 6 August 2017) will teach your kids more about sea life, the importance of caring for our environment and what we can all do for marine life threatened by pollution. And did we mention this fantastic day out is free?
Check out this video of exhibition highlights, from our sister site Honeycombers:
Named after abandoned fishing nets, or ghost nets, this exhibition transforms pollution debris into spectacular sculptures of fish, turtles, squids, jellyfish and coral. We know that the incredible art installation is already a major draw, but here are four more reasons why you should check out this thought-provoking exhibition with your kids…
1. See works from Erub Arts in a major public gallery in Singapore for the first time
Hailing from Erub, or Darnley Island in Australia’s Torres Strait, the Erub artists were inspired by indigenous island life and their seafaring heritage to create the works of art. Alongside artists Marion Gaemers and Lynette Griffiths, they aim to spark a conversation on how we are impacting the world’s oceans.
2. Ooh and ahh over 700 adorable tiny turtles on ACM’s lawn
Complementing the exhibition is the Tiny Turtles project, organised in conjunction with Children’s Season 2017. Head out to the greenery flanking ACM and you’ll find an installation dotted with over 700 turtles! Each miniature turtle is lovingly made out of fishing nets by students across eight Australian and Singapore schools.
3. Dive into a storytelling tour
The marine sculptures are brought to life for your little ones in Story Whisperers: Tales from the Sea! Guided by the Friends of the Museum, these 30-minute tours pair the exhibition with marine-themed tales from Asian folklore. Tours happen every Monday to Saturday till 5 August.
4. Discover more about marine conservation
If you were intrigued by the exhibition, and want to find out more about the marine environment, swing by at 7pm, 28 July for a special lecture by Mia Hoogenboom, Associate Professor for Marine Biology from James Cook University, where she’ll be speaking on stressors that impact coastal marine environments. Keep the conversation going with your kids!
Ghost Nets of the Ocean
When: now till 6 August
Where: Asian Civilisations Museum, 1 Empress Place, Singapore 179555.
Cost: Free admission
This post is sponsored by Asian Civilisations Museum.