The Senior Art department took over 70 pupils to Singapore to experience this year’s Singapore Arts Week. This annual event hosts the best and brightest of the art world from South-East Asia, and beyond.
Our first stop was a walking tour with the MeshMinds Foundation. They offer a new public art walking trail for students to have a fresh perspective on six artworks by Singapore artists in the Tanjong Pagar-Raffles Place district, using location-specific augmented-reality (AR) technology. The sculptures explore the nexus between nature and the public environment, evoking a sense of continuity, balance, infinite growth and regeneration. The pupils were impressed with the way the artworks literally came to life and how technology is bridging the gap between artist and viewer.
Next, we caught the MRT to Gillman Barracks for a guided tour of the S.E.A Focus exhibition. A showcase of contemporary art from Southeast Asia, S.E.A. Focus provides a platform to foster greater appreciation and engagement with the art and artists from the region for collectors and art enthusiasts. In 2020, S.E.A. Focus hosted 20 galleries from 11 countries, bringing together a curated selection of some of the finest artists and galleries from across the region. Through dynamic collaboration between international and Singaporean galleries, there will also be accompanying creative artist-led events and talks. Gillman Barracks is also hosting parts of their Biennale so students had the opportunity to view these works after their guided tour.
Luckily for us, Gillman Barracks held the Art After Dark event on Friday’s visit with the IB class. This is their flagship night-time open house, combining stimulating visual art and electrifying live music. With new exhibitions and programmes, the entire precinct opened its doors from 7pm till late in Singapore’s very own visual arts cluster. However, Saturday School beckoned and we had to depart at 8:30pm to ensure pupils were well-rested before their lessons in the morning.
Classes this week have already been abuzz with fresh new ideas after seeing such inspirational work and talks by curators. If only every week was an Arts Week!