In partnership with CHIJ Our Lady Queen of Peace, Geylang Methodist School (Primary), Haig Girls’ School, Mayflower Primary School and St. Anthony’s Primary School, The Singapore Art Museum presents its first-ever fully virtual exhibition Between the World and Us – A Think! Contemporary Primary School Virtual Exhibition.
This ninth edition of the Think! Contemporary Programme is the museum’s first virtual showcase, exhibiting 18 artworks on the diverse experiences of Primary Four students in the time of the pandemic.
Opening on 18 November 2021, the exhibition is spread across four sections: The Stories, The Spaces, The People, and The Hope.
Think! Contemporary Programme by Singapore Art Museum
SAM’s signature Think! Contemporary Programme integrates the school curriculum with museum visits and uses artworks from SAM’s exhibitions as primary resources for classroom teaching. It is part of the museum’s efforts to co-develop programmes with partner schools and encourage an appreciation for the arts among the younger generation.
In this particular edition, students were invited to take inspiration from two past exhibitions, Once Upon This Island from SAM’s Learning Gallery and Singapore Biennale 2019: Every Step in the Right Direction. Lessons were conducted virtually for the first time in this edition, challenging students to push their creative boundaries and to experiment with various digital mediums for their artworks.
Takeaways from Between the World and Us
Sharing his learnings from the programme, Ian Koh Rui Feng from St Anthony’s Primary School says, “I used to think art was about drawings and paintings. But I now realise that it can be anything and everything around us. I like how an “ordinary” image can tell a much deeper story if we only give it a chance to speak to us.”
Crystal Anne Wan from Haig Girls’ School also shares, “I learnt that art is about how you express yourself, not verbally but through the creative use of colours. For example, my group’s artwork We Are Family used different mediums which looked very nice when pieced together.”