Sneak Peek: Art Garden 2013, Singapore Art Museum

by admin on May 16, 2013

Yesterday I attended the media preview of Art Garden at Singapore Art Museum. Of course, I took Baby C with me to get her take on it too. I went for the first time last year with both kids and was so impressed. I’m always on the look out for things to do with kids in Singapore, so I jumped at the chance to get a sneak preview.

For those that don’t know, Art Garden is a contemporary art exhibition for children at Singapore Art Museum held in conjunction with Children’s Season, a fantastic initiative from the National Heritage Board and Singapore’s museums to get children interested in art from a young age. Art Garden 2013 exhibition showcases eight large-scale works and aims to excite, inspire and capture the imagination of parents and children from an early age. The works are all serious, obviously requiring a huge amount of skill and effort, but they are all fun too.

This year’s Art Garden is all about fairy tales, dreams and imagination. Highlights include The Enchanted Garden City, full of fairy tales and nursery rhymes with an Asian twist (think Little Red Riding Hood in sarong kabaya), the artist Sandra Lee’s tribute to living in Singapore; the surreal and fantastical Around the World in 80 Days; the world of moving images featuring 15 fab, short child-friendly films; The Incredibly Magical Expanding Room, using sounds and light technology and gives the green light to screaming and shouting; Glossy Dreams, which takes the visitor into dreams with spooky monsters, with 3D and holographic images; and Stellar Cave II, which uses screws and threads under UV light to form drawings inspired by prehistoric cave art.

Art Garden is extremely interactive and children are encouraged to touch and make things. It was good to let Baby C loose for a change. She absolutely loved it, she oohed and ahhed, and ran around. There was plenty to keep her occupied. She joined in at the various colouring and creating stations, and poked and prodded things, and for once I didn’t mind (too much).

Verdict: Kids (and grownups) will love Art Garden 2013 and it will make a great family outing. Does it live up to last year? I’m by no means an art critic but would probably say not quite, as I think it missed some of the drama of some of last year’s installations. I still really enjoyed it and it is definitely worth going along to with your kids.

If you’re wondering what to do with kids over the long Summer, whether it’s a rainy day or when the sun is beating down, then put Singapore Art Museum‘s Art Garden 2013 on your list.

Dates: 17 May (this Friday) to 1 September 2013.

Address: Art Garden, Singapore Art Museum 8Q, 8 Queen Street

Opening hours: 10am – 7pm daily (9pm on Fridays).

Ticket price: Free for Citizens, PRs and visitors aged 6 and under. $10 for adults.

Children’s Season 2013 programme starts in May and can be found here 


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