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Museum Musings: If Walls Could Talk, FREE Admission and Other Activities at National Gallery Singapore This National Day

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This National Day, it’s time to get artsy with the National Gallery Singapore! As a venue partner for the National Day Parade at the Padang this year, they’ll be offering FREE admission to all visitors across all their exhibitions for 14 days, between 22nd July and 12th August. Even if you missed out, from 13th to 31st August, guests can still enjoy 50% off admission tickets.

In preparation for the country’s annual celebration, the Gallery will be closed on eight select days between 27th July and 10th August 2019. But during the weekend, Singaporeans can still look forward to participating in the Gallery’s programmes during the weekends as they will be brought out and around Singapore to the heartlands instead.

Stories in Art: The Midas Touch takes inspirations from The Other Wall in the Gallery Children’s Biennale, and will be held at the Central Public Library and Yishun Public Library. Four year olds and above can join R Chandran, founder-director of ACT 3 Theatrics, to learn of a king who turned everything into gold, including his daughter, and even be part of the story.

In addition, there will also be family art workshops hosted at the Central Public Library and Serangoon Public Library. Participants can create hanging art mobiles and explore shapes, shadows and silhouettes with moving sculptures, inspired by Every World and Kenangan Kunang-Kunang (Memories of Fireflies) at the Gallery Children’s Biennale.

A range of resources will also be made available on the Gallery website for visitors to peruse from the comforts of their homes or while on the go. For example, children can enjoy interactive and hands-on activities to learn about the art on display as part of Gallery Kids. This includes creating their own artworks using shapes and patterns, inspired by Kim Lim’s and Rasheed Araeen’s masterpieces. Art enthusiasts can also deepen their understanding and appreciation of the artworks with the insights from curators, artists and programmers on Perspectives.

Come September, visitors can immerse themselves in pivotal moments that occurred at the City Hall building with the launch of a brand new, two-year multimedia exhibition—City Hall: If Walls Could Talk. Showcasing defining events such as the swearing-in of the nation’s first President and the unveiling of the national flag and anthem in 1959, the exhibition at the City Hall Chamber chronicles the building’s rich past, and sheds light on the nation’s progress before it transforms into National Gallery Singapore today.

Alongside the multimedia showcase, visitors will be able to expand their experience beyond the Chamber’s walls through an interactive digital wall situated outside the City Hall Chamber. Offering a personalised thematic art journey comprising of artworks from long-term exhibition Siapa Nama Kamu? at the DBS Singapore Gallery, visitors stand to gain a deeper understanding of the nation’s history through an artistic lens.

For more information about National Gallery Singapore, visit their website here

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