Singapore Art Museum’s annual contemporary art exhibition for children us back! Imaginarium: A Voyage of Big Ideas, the exhibition is inspired by the crescent moon on the Singapore flag, symbolising a young nation on the rise and its capacity to dream big and think large. It focuses on the themes of adventure, discovery, new possibilities, and ‘Big Ideas’. Both immersive and interactive, Imaginarium: A Voyage of Big Ideas encourages both the young and young-at-heart to wonder and explore, while cultivating an appreciation for contemporary art.
Featuring emerging and established artists from Singapore and the region, Imaginarium: A Voyage of Big Ideas presents seven new artwork commissions at SAM at 8Q. The artworks range from installations which require visitors’ active participation to complete or enhance the artwork, to poetic and contemplative works, and playful magical worlds to roam and discover. The exhibition as a whole has been curated with careful attention paid to how children learn and play, and to appeal to different senses, modes of learning and exploration.
“Imaginarium: A Voyage of Big Ideas is an exhibition full of adventure and wonder for children and adults alike. It rouses curiosity, and takes us into uncharted worlds: this is the space of creativity, questioning, and sensory experience, which tickles the thinking process, and leads us to imagine the impossible. For children, it is so important that their first experience with art be exciting and fun. Imaginarium: A Voyage of Big Ideas, being a child-focused exhibition, will certainly be an inspiring artistic encounter for children of all ages, as it offers a range of creative experiences and encourages expression – especially for our young visitors,” says Dr Susie Lingham, Director, Singapore Art Museum.
The journey into Imaginarium: A Voyage of Big Ideas continues beyond the seven artworks presented. Keeping to the spirit of experiential learning and providing SAM visitors with an all-round experience, the exhibition will also be accompanied by a number of public programmes. The public can look forward to creating their own secret boxes taking inspiration from Fernando’s Kiko’s Secrets, learning the fine craft of embroidery, creating their own terrariums, and film screenings for children. A roundtable discussion – The Art and Science of Imagination, will gather parents who are professionals and experts in their fields to discuss how imagination is a vital part of their working lives and how it inspires them to inspire others. With something for everyone to partake in, whether you are young or old, Imaginarium: A Voyage of Big Ideas promises to be a completely interactive and immersive experience.
As part of its collaborative efforts, SAM will specially partner with local organisation CRIB – a Singapore- based social enterprise which aims to empower women entrepreneurs, particularly mothers, with work-life balance and a fulfilling career while making family a priority. A selection of their products will be on display at Supermama for the duration of Imaginarium.
Imaginarium: A Voyage of Big Ideas will be at SAM at 8Q from 14 March 2015 to 19 July 2015.
More details about Imaginarium programs and film screenings online at www.singaporeartmuseum.sg.