Once a year, our family makes an annual pilgrimage to Singapore Art Museum for Imaginarium, an annual contemporary art exhibition for children. Or at least we TRY to. Since our first visit to Art Garden in 2011, I tell myself we HAVE TO go for this every year because it’s so awesome FUN! But there are years procrastination got the better of me and I miss the event. And even if I did go, I never overcame the procrastination to actually blog about it.
This year, we were invited to the opening ceremony of Imaginarium 2016 last weekend. So I have no excuses to procrastinate anymore and here I am to tell you about this year’s Imaginarium! The theme this year was “Over the Ocean, Under the Sea”.
Imaginarium is held at the annex building, SAM at 8Q. NOT at the main building of Singapore Art Museum. The exhibits occupy the four storeys of SAM at 8Q.
Let me start with the exhibit you are MOST LIKELY TO MISS. Just in case you never make it to the end of my *as usual* long-winded post.
Underwater Labyrinth (Level 1)
When you arrive, you would probably walk straight to the ticketing booth on Level 1 and start going through all the exhibit areas inside the building.
But wait up!!
Out of the front door, pass the Sushi bar. There is an exhibition room right there.
Over here, you will find ‘Underwater Labyrinth’, an artwork created using 1100 kilograms of isomalt and 200 kilograms of chocolate! The colourful ones were made of isomalt.
The white ones were made of chocolate.
And the whole room smells like a candy factory! I kid you not. Go there and smell it for yourself!
Where is Mogus? (Level 1)
In this next exhibit beside the ticketing counter on Level 1, you can find sea creatures knitted together with yarn!
The far end of the room with the squids and coral beds was a see-no-touch zone.
While visitors were free to jump onto the whales on the end nearer to the entrance.
The kids could also touch the little fishes hanging above the whales.
Short Films Screening (Level 2)
On Level 2, there was a room where you could sit back, relax and watch a short film. Outside the room, there were some books related to the ocean theme to keep the kids occupied.
Submaroom (Level 2)
In Submaroom, visitors and sit down to do some origami!
The origami instructions could be found on the table.
There were 3 designs to choose from: Seal, Penguin and Angel Fish.
ADA (Level 3)
This was one of the kids’ favourite exhibit. Inside a dark room, there was a glowing rubber ball with protruding ‘spikes’ made of charcoal. As the kids bounced the giant ball around, the charcoal spikes would actually draw on the surrounding walls and ceiling.
Note that this exhibit would get your kids all covered in charcoal. By the time they came out, the boys’ hands and faces (yes, faces) were all black and so were their clothes. So you may want to keep this for the end and bring a change of clothes.
Kinetic Structures (Level 3)
In the next room, we found a room with some moving exhibits. Like a whale with water flowing down the fountain above it.
And schools of fishes swimming.
Plastic Ocean (Level 4)
This was my personal favourite. Plastic Ocean simulated what it was like to swim in a sea covered with trash.
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It was a great opportunity to raise environmental awareness in the kids.
The kids could identify the trash as these were everyday items we use at home. So they were reminded to ‘throw their milo packaging into the bin after drinking”.
The Sounds of the Estuary
In this last room, we were brought to Lasem, a tiny coastal town between India and China.
Around the room, look for the headphones hanging around.
Don’t forget to pick them up to listen to what’s going on in the town!
I love how Imaginarium was not just a visual art exhibit. There were interactive exhibits that kids could play with.
The last exhibit appealed to our sense of hearing, and MF enjoyed listening to the sounds of the waves and chattering.
And of course, how could we forget the sweet smell at the first exhibit.
Last but not least, entry to Singapore Art Museum is FREE for Singapore Citizens and permanent residents. If you are not, you can visit on Fridays 6 to 9pm when they have free entry for everyone.
Information on Imaginarium 2016:
Dates: 14 May to 28 August 2016
Venue: SAM at 8Q, Singapore Art Museum. 71 Bras Basah Road, Singapore 189555
Getting There: Bras Basah MRT (CC2)
- Saturday – Thursday: 10am to 7pm (last admission 6.15pm)
- Friday: 10am to 9pm
|Students (with valid student pass)||$5|
|Senior citizens (60 years and above with valid ID)||$5|
|Children under six||Free|
|Groups of 20 or more||20% off standard adult admission charges|
|Singaporeans and permanent residents||Free|
|* Free entry to SAM for all every Friday from 6pm – 9pm, and on SAM Open House days.|
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