To commemorate Singapore’s 55th year of independence the National Gallery Singapore has launched a series of on-site and online initiatives for the public to mark their National Day. The initiatives aim to support Singaporeans and celebrate compassion and kindness amidst adversity, through art.
From 24 July to 30 August 2020, the Gallery’s façade will be illuminated in the national colours of red and white as part of a joint effort by Government Agencies and Cultural Institutions. The light-up is intended as a show of solidarity and unity by local arts and cultural institutions in the Civic District and Bras.Basah.Bugis Precinct, as the country marks National Day in a tough year.
The exterior of the Gallery’s central veiled canopy facing the Padang will also feature rotating projections of 60 artworks by artists in Singapore, following the Gallery’s open call which invited artists to submit original artworks inspired by the National Collection.
By participating in the light-up, the Gallery is able to support local production houses, as well as artists and cultural workers, in a year where many events and showcases have been cancelled or postponed.
The public can also participate in a series of exciting activities and live programmes made available online by the Gallery as part of National Day. These include. Words That Count: A self-guided, therapeutic online art programme that guides participants to express their reflections, gratitude, appreciation and encouragement for others through art and poetry.
other events include a series of online programmes led by the Gallery’s docents, a series of performances featuring artists, poets, musicians and art therapists who respond to art in the context of the world that we live in and If Walls Could Talk (Digital Edition), a digital exhibition recounting defining moments in Singapore’s history.