We’ve been tracking down all the things to do in Singapore to help chase away the post-holiday blues (and kill time before Chinese New Year!). Good news: the annual highlight of January, Singapore Art Week, is back and it’s packed to the rafters with seriously cool arty stuff! It’s coming up fast (it kicks off on 17 January), and we’re literally spoilt for choice when it comes to exhibits, performances and events suitable for bringing the kids along to (it’s never too early to get them discovering a love for art, we say). This is one huge festival, but we’ve come up with a plan for you to help ace all the best bits for families. Voila: we give you our guide to Singapore Art Week…
Light to Night Festival
Oh, Light to Night festival, how we love thee. The Civic District has been transformed into a wonderland of lights and art – never has the area looked so pretty. Don’t miss the art exhibits at family-fave, National Art Gallery, which include a magical journey through nature in teamLab’s clever interactive exhibit Walk, Walk, Walk: Search, Deviate, Reunite. We’re also loving Pinaree Sanpitak’s installation The House Is Crumbling, where you’ll be encouraged to get creative with pillows: cushion fort it is then! Don’t forget to head outside to see the outdoor installations, including the house-sized kaleidoscope on Empress Lawn and the Chromascope by Spinifex pitched outside the National Gallery.
When: 19 – 28 January 2018
Where: Various places within Civic District
Singapore Art Week at Singapore Art Museum (SAM)
Head over to SAM where Singapore Art Week is in full swing with a host of kid-friendly activities. Pack a picnic for a nostalgic trip down memory lane at an outdoor movie screening, get creative at an arty workshop and swing by to the outdoor market where you’ll find crafts and gourmet snacks. And when you’re done, explore SAM’s moving image exhibition, Cinerama: Art and the Moving Image in Southeast Asia, and then take part in workshops along the same theme.
When: 20 – 28 January 2018
Where: 71 Bras Basah Rd, Singapore 189555
Sensory play and art combined in one place for bubbas? We’re so there. Baby Space has popped up at The Artground where the smallest fam-members can get busy with contemporary dance, music, and visual arts activities. And don’t miss I SΦ with my Little Eye, an interactive art playground complete with cool 3D structures – perfect to tire out little legs.
When: Babyspace – now until 28 January 2018, I SΦ with my Little Eye – now until 1 April 2018
Where: The Artground, 90 Goodman Road, Block J, #01-40, Singapore 439053
National Museum of Singapore
It’s fair to say that we get quite excited when we discover a child-friendly exhibition that blows us away, and we’ve already spent many a rainy day mesmerised by one of our faves: the National Museum of Singapore’s Story of the Forest. Good news, folks – it just got an upgrade for Singapore Art Week so there’s even more cool stuff to keep you rooted for hours on end. And if you can drag yourself away eventually, make sure to check out Superhero Me’s Is Anyone Home?, an inclusive art collaboration between those in the know (kids) and those who can (professional artists). The exhibition focuses on childhood and there’ll be weekend art programmes running every weekend.
When: Story of the Forest – ongoing, Is Anyone Home – 17 – 31 January 2018
Where: 93 Stamford Road, Singapore 178897
Art Walk, Little India
One of Singapore’s most vibrant ‘hoods is laying on a treat for families where you’ll find wall murals, music and art performances, workshops, puppets and sunset yoga… Yep: Little India, we’re talking about you and your Art Walk.
When: 18 – 27 January 2018
Where: Little India
Decor-art Your Home at Playeum
Playeum’s hosting a special afternoon of creativity and fun to help kids create beautiful art projects, and we want in on the action. In Decor-art Your Home, the kids will get to make their own decortrope (we totally had to Google that – turns out it’s a hanging optical illusion), construct a city using paper and come up with a collaborative mural. Kids collaborating? That would be great, thanks Playeum! The final masterpieces will be displayed as part of the ongoing Making It Home exhibition.
When: Decor-art Your Home – 27 January 2018, 2-6pm
Where: Playeum, Gilman Barrack, Blk 47 Malan Road #01-23, Singapore 109444
Telok Kurau Studios Open House
What happens when you give kids a heap of coloured clay to get creative with? We’ll find out at the Telok Kurau Studios Open House at its coloured clay workshop. You can also check out plenty of art, demos, talks and studios full of real artists once the kids are finishing making a
When: 21 January 2018, 11am-5pm
Where: Telok Kurau Studio, 91 Telok Kurau Rd, Singapore 423795
Art After Dark
Ditch the kids for this one and head over to Gillman Barracks to rediscover your pre-parenting inner cool at the Art After Dark event which is set to light up the evening with workshops, live music and great eats. Sounds like the perfect date night. You’ll find us adding to the collaborative mural, led by artist Merryn Trevethan, with our rolls of washi tape.
When: 26-27 January 2018, 7pm-11pm
Where: 9 Lock Road, Singapore 108937
Aliwal Arts Centre
The Aliwal Urban Art Festival looks set to be one of the hippest events of Singapore Art Week, so obviously we’ll be heading to Kampong Glam to impress the kids with our own ‘happening’ vibe. Street culture is the name of the game, and the list of cool includes a drop-in skate clinic, street football challenges, art (of course), performances and a market.
When: 20 January 2018, 5pm-11pm
Where: 28 Aliwal Street, Singapore 199918
Top image credit: National Gallery Singapore
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