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Preview: Goodman Open House 2021

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This March holidays, Goodman Open House is back – online that is. Introducing visitors to Goodman Arts Centre’s various tenants, the open house will take place on 12th March 2021 for free, with a chance to discover how nature inspires art, pick up some art making skills and explore visual art work, all from the comfort of your home.

“For the first time, we will be holding a virtual edition of Goodman Open House, to provide audiences with opportunities to explore and experience art activities, in an intimate and safe manner. As Goodman Arts Centre is surrounded by lush greenery and is home to an ecosystem of artists, it is natural for nature to feature prominently in some of their artworks. Through a series of digital programmes, we hope to expose audiences to the work of our resident artists and arts groups, and encourage them to appreciate the relationship between nature and art,” says Ms Dorothy Neo, Centre Manager of Goodman Arts Centre.

The Goodman Community Farm was reactivated and redesigned, as part of a collaborative partnership between Goodman Arts Centre and Cultivate Central in November 2019. This space provides a conducive environment for artists and visitors to engage in community gardening, urban farming, hand-on workshops and provide opportunities for collaboration.

Through a series of five digital videos, audiences can get a glimpse of how nature in this farm inspires the work of Goodman Art Centre’s resident artists. Hear leading modern sculptor Han Sai Por on how nature around Goodman Arts Centre has influenced the shapes and forms in her works; listen to Jerry Hinds from the Association of Comic Artists Singapore as he explains the process of developing characters and storylines in comics, and how bug enthusiast James Khoo has inspired his work as a comic artist. Storyteller Kamini Ramachandran shares about being a pioneer in the field of storytelling and how nature has inspired her craft, while Mural Lingo founder A’shua Imran reveals more about his work, the story behind his collaborations and wall murals. Finally, listen to local band The Observatory share more about their annual “Playfreely” series and discuss how their sound installations are inspired by solar energy.

Other programmes include hearing from Goodman’s various resident dance groups, include Frontier Danceland’s Low Mei Yoke, T.H.E Dance Company’s Kuik Swee Boon, Apsaras Arts’ Aravinth Kumarasamy, ERA Dance Theatre’s Osman Hamid, Decadance’s Rachel Lum & Edwin Wee, and RAW Moves’ Ricky Sim.

Check out the works by the centre’s resident visual artists via their digital gallery, and listen to them share their inspiration behind their work and highlights of their artist journey. Plus, you too could become an artist, as you gather your kids for a couple of fun arts and crafts sessions, ranging from making your own stamp art, to creating puppets with reusable materials or simply painting away, with a series of demonstration and DIY videos.

Goodman Open House 2021 runs from 12th March 2021. More information available here

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