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National Gallery Singapore’s Opening Celebrations

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National Gallery has opened its doors to the public and its opening celebrations offer more than 20 free events for you to engage in Southeast Asian modern art. 


Visitors will have the opportunity to hear from curators, art critics and architects about the evolution of Southeast Asian art in the region, the changing roles of museums, as well as the architecture, design and conservation principles of the Gallery.

Part of the celebrations is the inaugural Art Carnival which will be held at the Padang from 27 to 29 November.

Replete with interactive art installations, community art workshops and artisanal treats, the carnival gives visitors plenty to explore as they continue their art journey beyond the walls of the gallery. Visitors can look forward to the world premiere of Southeast Asian short films on the art in the gallery’s exhibitions which is held in conjunction with the 26th Singapore International Film Festival. Plays, dances and music inspired by artworks will also be showcased in various spaces within and beyond the gallery.


Highlights of the Opening Celebrations


Sat 28 Nov – Sun 29 Nov | 1pm – 4pm

Supreme Court Wing, Level 4M, Supreme Court Terrace

Articulate your thoughts to an artist from the Organisation of Illustrators Council, who will interpret them into a personalised and unique artwork for you to take home.



Fri 27 Nov – Sun 29 Nov, Fri 4 Dec – Sun 6 Dec | top of each hour from 10am – 10pm

Mon 30 Nov – Thu 3 Dec | top of each hour from 10am – 6pm

30 minutes | Supreme Court Wing, Level 5, Theatrette

The world premiere of three short films specially commissioned to realise the Opening Celebrations’ themes of memory and hope.



Fri 4 Dec – Sun 6 Dec | 9pm

10 minutes | Padang Atrium

A unique dance performance pays homage to distinct hues of red found within the Gallery’s collection. In shades of stunning maroon, crimson and ruby, dancers from The Arts Fission Company invite audiences to rediscover the stories behind the works as they perform against the majestic backdrop of a cascading grand staircase at the Padang Atrium.


Share the Hope Façade Show

8pm, 9pm, 10pm | 10 minutes | Building Façade

Share the Hope is a grand audio visual production inspired by the Gallery’s collection, sponsored exclusively by Cartier. For three nights only, be captivated by the stunning displays of light, sound and visuals set against the backdrop of the newly transformed National Gallery Singapore.


Ticketing Information

All visitors will enjoy complimentary entry to National Gallery Singapore (including the two permanent galleries, the DBS Singapore Gallery and the UOB Southeast Asia Gallery) and the Art Carnival from 24 November to 6 December 2015. Entry into the Gallery building by tickets only. Tickets can be booked online till 6 Dec (5pm) through A maximum of five tickets can be booked at a time.


Date: 24 November to 6 December 2015

Venue: National Gallery & Padang

For more information about the gallery and its opening celebrations, visit

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