The kids and I were privileged to be invited to a preview of the spanking new Keppel Centre for Art Education at the National Gallery Singapore last week. We enjoyed the place so much we are totally looking forward to its opening on 24 November 2015. Just in time for the school holidays!
This new facility in the Gallery aims to cultivate young visitors’ interest in art. Besides the opportunity to view original artwork, the kids will get hands-on exploration based on the different art themes. Through this, the Gallery hopes to encourage curiosity, imagination and thoughtfulness among the young, ultimately enriching art education in Singapore and enabling more people to appreciate art. Before we left, the cub declared that he likes this place because of its art pieces. That’s a pretty good start to me!
Here’s sharing some sneaks:
‘Voyage’ by Twardzik Ching Chor Leng, is a large scale, colorful puzzle artwork that develops curiosity, imagination and tactile sensibilities in younger visitors.
The kids can grab a colorful chip or two and move them along different paths, exploring the different routes to get out of the maze.
Themed ‘Adventures of the Enchanted Forest’, it’s like stepping into a life-sized storybook here with a split-level tree house, labyrinth panels and periscopes for imagination and play. If you find the set up familiar, that’s because the artist behind it – Sandra Lee is the person behind ‘The Enchanted Forest’ (2010) and ‘The Enchanted Garden City’ (2013) at Singapore Art Museum.
‘Home-a-Sapiens’ is artist, Tan Wee Lit’s personal take on how homes of the future may evolve as a result of social and environmental changes.
Based on the themes of the installation, kids got to learn through making with the provided materials and guide from the volunteers (if needed!).
Here, visitors gain insight into artist, Milenko Prvacki’s creative process within the context of an artist studio environment.
Inspired by Milenko’s ‘Unsent Letters’, kids can create a letter to be sent to the artist and drop them into the postbox. The kids also get to handle and utilise objects, art tools and materials to appreciate the art-making processing.
We saw Stephen Wiltsire in action at Paragon last year and were excited to see his finished work of Singapore’s cityscape here at the Gallery!
Check out a cityscape of another kind from 13yo Singaporean, Xandyr Quek! His model of Woodlands town created with clay, plasticine and sticky foam is amazing.
The Keppel Centre for Art Education will present an annual change of installations and feature a series of adult- and family-friendly programmes. Admission to the Centre is free! Already looking forward to check out the art workshops they will be organizing for children.