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Common Grounds – Gallery Open House @ National Gallery Singapore

The National Gallery Singapore upsized weekend festival Common Grounds took place on 11th and 12th June 2016. This was a festival packed with many different types of fun interactive activities for all visitors to participate and enjoy.

What were some of the fun and exciting programmes that were held during the Common Grounds weekend festival? Let me bring you there with my stories and photos ~

Art Alive

There were a number of 3D photo backdrops and floor vinyl located across different segments of National Gallery Singapore, bringing the artworks from the exhibitions to life. Art Alive was popular with the visitors there, it was really interesting and funny to see how they strike funny body poses and faces when they were at the various 3D photo backdrops.

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Nostalgic Pop Up Market

Reliving the past through the markets, the pop-up street scape at the National Gallery’s basement concourse. Traditional nostalgic games like the chapteh or pick-up sticks proved to be a fun and enjoyable leisure activity for both the young and adults! The Chinese calligraphy writing was popular too, a queue was spotted waiting to meet the Chinese calligraphy master and collecting their beautiful calligraphy artwork! There were also paper cutting and a chance to take a photo with the trishaw too!

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Family Fun

There were events for families with children to participate together, through art-making. These art events served as a good bonding time for the whole family and it was ideal for the young children to explore art and craft at a young age.

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Fusion Music Performances

At the Padang Atrium, this location is going to transform into a hot spot for watching performances in the future. The talented musicians from various disciplines, from traditional to the contemporary, from jazz to world music, all of them performed a musical feast for the ears at the Padang Atrium, entertaining the visitors with the different types of music.

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Kopi Talk

This event Kopi Talk, is an interactive and experiential storytelling activity, with the questions based on hawker food, heritage and related art. This was all about sharing and chatting with strangers in your group, along with a cuppa of kopi or teh. The activity was simple yet very interesting, draw a card from the 2 sets of cards, read out the question to the rest of the group and start sharing away! These topics touched my heart a lot, somehow, I managed to share quite a fair bit there during Kopi Talk with the people inside my small group interaction.

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With more interesting and interactive events taking place at National Gallery Singapore, it is slowly building up its presence and branding among the various museums and heritage institutions in Singapore.


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National Gallery Singapore

On Tuesday 24th November 2015, this marked a significant, important and official day that the National Gallery Singapore re-opened her doors to the public after a period of renovation. I looked back at my archives and found an article that I wrote in 2010, titled “National Art Gallery Singapore Open House” and I still have a collection of photographs that I took of the former Supreme Court and City Hall (inside my backup portable hard disk) before she closed for the massive renovations and the metamorphosis into the National Gallery Singapore today.

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There would be two weeks of festivities from 24th November to 6th December 2015 and there is something for everybody to visit the National Gallery Singapore and be a part of this milestone in Singapore’s history. There are major activities and events during the two weeks, Art Carnival, Let’s Talk About Art, Follow Your Bliss, Film and Music & Dance – Step Into The Beat. More information can be found on the National Gallery Singapore website and this would allow you to plan your visit to the National Gallery Singapore.

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Prior to the official opening day on the 24th November 2015, I was honoured to be given the opportunity to tour the National Gallery Singapore along with the various Instagram community groups in Singapore for the Gallery Insta-Meet on Saturday 14th November afternoon. While I shared some snippets of the National Gallery Singapore on my Instagram, today, on the 24th November 2015, along with the official day that the National Gallery Singapore is re-opened. I would now share more of my photographs and stories from my visit during the Gallery Insta-Meet.

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It was really great to visit the two iconic national monuments, the former Supreme Court and City Hall again, now combined and joined together to form the National Gallery Singapore. There are a number of art galleries inside the National Gallery Singapore and I strongly encourage you to book your tickets to visit the various grand art galleries inside there. Most of the heritage, design, furniture and architecture were preserved to her heyday when the former Supreme Court and City Hall played major roles in Singapore’s colonial history and early independence years.

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During my Gallery Insta-Meet event, I explored new places that I never thought that I am able to see up close, the former Supreme Court Terrace whereby I was able to see the dome and inside the Rotunda. A new, interesting and unique design would be the Link Bridges: Upper Link and Lower Link that joined the City Hall and former Supreme Court together. The sheltered walkway space where the Link Bridges are located, is something new with the area enclosed by a metal and glass canopy, supported by tree-like columns, turning it into a civic plaza in the sky with the connection of the two National Monuments.

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While my photography collection from my Gallery Insta-Meet can bring you into a visual tour of the National Gallery Singapore, nothing beats going down to the real destination, the National Gallery Singapore, to visit and tour the two National Monuments, the various art galleries, getting more connected and in touch with Singapore’s history, heritage, conservation and preservation.

National Gallery Singapore is once again open to the public, let’s all visit and welcome the National Gallery Singapore, a new visual arts institution, into our network of museums in Singapore.

** Here are some useful information and links to plan your visit to National Gallery Singapore **

Website: National Gallery Singapore

Facebook: National Gallery Singapore Facebook Page

Instagram: National Gallery Singapore

Twitter: National Gallery Singapore

YouTube: National Gallery Singapore

ADMISSION

Tickets are required for admission into the Gallery buildings

DIRECTIONS

By MRT

5-minute walk from City Hall MRT station.

10-minute walk from Clarke Quay and Raffles Place MRT stations.

By Taxi

Nearest taxi stand is located at the Adelphi.

ENQUIRIES

Tel: 6271 7000

Email: info@nationalgallery.sg

Address

1 St Andrew’s Road, Singapore 178957

* Information from National Gallery Singapore website *


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SAF Total Defence Day Commemoration Event 2014

15th February is just like any other day in our calendar. For Singapore, 15th February is an important date for us to remember in our history, it’s the day when Singapore entered into a period of darkness 72 years ago on the 15th February 1942, when Singapore surrendered to the Japanese during World War 2, plunging Singapore into a dark period from 15th February 1942 to 12th September 1945.

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15th February is an important date for all of us to solemnly remember and not to forget our history and what happened to Singapore in 1942. Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) held a Total Defence Day Commemoration Event at the War Memorial Park in City Hall area, with a weapons presentation ceremony to the new recruits of 3rd Battalion, Singapore Guards. The weapons presentation is an important milestone in the life of a recruit becoming a soldier in their National Service.

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The War Memorial Park is of great and important significance for Total Defence Day and the weapons presentation ceremony. The 61m tall memorial monument comprises of 4 columns, representing the 4 races and it is joined at the base to signify the unity of all races. It was built to remember the civilians of all races who lost their lives during World War 2. Having the weapons presentation at the War Memorial Park reminds our soldiers on the ultimate purpose that they have been training for, to defend Singapore.

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The Total Defence Day Commemoration Event started with the laying of the wreath by the selected recruit from 3rd Battalion, Singapore Guards along with the Chief of Defence Force.  The Last Post was played (and for those who understand the significance of the Last Post) it was a sombre moment to remember those who had fallen, followed by the 1 minute of moment of silence.  The playing of the Rouse was followed after the moment of silence.

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At 1820hrs, the time when General Percival surrendered to the Japanese in 1942, the weapons presentation commenced and it brought me back memories, to my days of serving National Service and receiving my weapon in the ceremony. The Recitation of Weapon Pledge and the SAF Pledge followed after that, with the National Anthem being played at the end of the SAF Pledge.

Let’s take this time to remember our fallen, our history, and progress and not take things for granted. Everybody plays a part in Total Defence.

Lest We Forget

* I would like to thank Mindef Public Relations for the invitation to attend SAF Total Defence Day Commemoration Event 2014 at the War Memorial Park at City Hall *


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National Art Gallery Singapore Open House

2 historical buildings that formed a significant part of Singapore’s early history during her Colonial days under the British Empire and Singapore’s route towards her own independence. The former Supreme Court and City Hall (formerly known as Municipal Building) today stood the test of time and history, and today, these 2 Grand Old Ladies would be preserved and taken care of, as a Singapore’s heritage and history, transforming into National Art Gallery Singapore (working title) into a regional and international hub for visual arts.

The National Art Gallery Singapore Open House was held on  9th and 10th October and 16th and 17th October 2010. I visited the City Hall on the 9th October and the former Supreme Court on 16th October, it was nice for the public to gain access into such historical buildings of strong heritage, culture and history.

Former Supreme Court was the most interesting and intriguing for me, since I never been a court before and could only visualise in from the television dramas ! We were given permission to access some of the areas, Court Room 1, Supreme Court Balcony, Chief Justice’s Chambers and Rotunda Library, do check out their self-guided brochure here !

Stepping inside and touring the Former Supreme  Court, it was like entering the past, going back in time, a nostalgic feeling, intriguing too, with all the different court hearings that were held there. The preservation of this rich heritage would only serve the community better with stronger ties and history for the future generations.