Scribble Town: Drawing Out Lessons About Bullying

Scribble Town Opening
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How do we spark conversations about bullying in a meaningful way? The National Heritage Board has collaborated with Singapore Children’s Society to present Scribble Town, an interactive exhibition for children aged between 9 and 12.

Step into Scribble Town

Scribble Town Exhibit
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This exhibit follows three characters Sam, Dan and Lydia who go on a quest to save the fictional world of Scribble Town as they attempt to fix the Colourwheel and bring colour back into their world. The exhibition features comic artworks across three different stations and 80 comic frames.

Scribble Town Dark woods at Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall
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To demonstrate that bullying manifests in more ways than one, visitors will follow the three characters on their journey and can observe the interactions between the three characters while they embark on their quest. Through observing how they speak, act and respond to one another, this exhibit hopes to spark conversations as to how and why bullying occurs, and the corresponding impact on the involved parties.

Invitation to Reflect

Scribble Town Reflection area
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The exhibition also prompts visitors to reflect on their own experiences of bullying, whether they have been victims of bullying themselves or have acted in ways that count as bullying through interactive elements at each station.

Visitors will find a list of examples of kind versus hurtful words, and they can share what they have experienced within their peer groups. Through dialogue and discussions, Scribble Town hopes to raise awareness of bullying and encourage conversations on ways to deal with this issue.

Scribble Town colours
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Ms Ann Hui Peng, Group Lead, Children Development of Singapore Children’s Society, said: “Our Bully-Free Programme aims to promote a safe and supportive learning environment for children. In recent years, besides raising the community’s awareness of this issue and its detrimental impact, we also provide guidance and support for the bullied, bullies and bystanders. By partnering the National Heritage Board to present this topic in an engaging and child-friendly manner, we hope to move one step closer to achieving this by reaching out to new audiences and sparking conversations about bullying.”

The Scribble Town exhibition will be on display at the Sun Yat-Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall (SYSNMH) from now till 31 January 2021. Admission is free for Singaporeans and Permanent Residents.

Scribble Town at Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall

12 Tai Gin Road, Singapore 327874
Opening Hours: 10 am to 5 pm from Tuesdays to Sundays (and closed on Mondays).