The first ever “phygital” Gallery Children’s Biennale is happening online and offline this year! National Gallery Singapore invites children to embark on an inspiring multi-sensory experience as they explore the on-site installations from now till December 2022 at National Gallery Singapore.
Children can look forward to tactile experiences as they explore the immersive installations and maker spaces, play arcade machines, and attend storytelling sessions and workshops at National Gallery Singapore. Discover and explore the nine on-site art installations that complement the digital artworks first presented on the Biennale’s microsite, sharing similar themes and imagery. Guided by the inquiry, “Why Art Matters”, the artists seek to convey the importance of art during the unsettling times of the pandemic, through their artworks. The artworks all explore themes of Home, Diversity, Environment and Time, bringing to the fore relevant issues of today in an easy-to-understand manner for children.
Nine renowned artists and art groups from around the region: Dinh Q Lê (Vietnam), husband-and-wife duo Isabel and Alfredo Aquilizan + Fruitjuice Factori (Philippines/Australia), Jeremy Sharma (Singapore), Joyce Ho (Taiwan), Khvay Samnang (Cambodia), Nandita Mukand (Singapore/India), Nona Garcia (Philippines), Sandra Lee (Singapore/Spain), and Speak Cryptic X ADDADDADD (Singapore) contributed to the commissioned installations at Gallery Children’s Biennale.
Visitors are encouraged to participate in both realms – online and on-site for a complete hybrid festival experience and to double the fun. Both experiences of the artwork invite children to participate and co-create with international artists, with the on-site installations presenting immersive tactile experiences that are distinct from one’s experience with the online artworks. Children are encouraged to touch, move, and interact with the installations, fostering skills such as curiosity and critical thinking as they learn through play.
The nine installations are located at various public spaces around the Gallery, and access is free, without the need for a ticket. The on-site installations for Gallery Children’s Biennale will be available till December 2022 at National Gallery Singapore. Visitors who are unable to join for the physical experience may still participate in this edition of Gallery Children’s Biennale through the microsite. The online experience continues to be accessible until December 2022 at http://childrensbiennale.com/