The Artground launched its latest interactive solo installation “I SΦ With my Little Eye”, a geometric visual space by artist Shahrul Jamili.
This play area, which will be here till 1st April 2018, takes children on a journey as they act as “little spies” to investigate new ways of envisioning and moving through 3D structures. They get to re-imagine how space and shapes can be creatively transformed, as they climb up, over and under!
Shahrul Jamili’s Inspiration
By applying geometric principles in his artworks, Shahrul was inspired by the golden ratio that we find within nature and the body. He believes there is a magical effect that not only creates aesthetically pleasing three-dimensional structures, but also complements the way participants naturally access and play within these structures. He also explores how geometry, even in its limitations with its fixed set of rules, can still present an infinite possibility of patterns – demonstrated by the installation, where a fixed play structure can still lead to infinite (play) opportunities for children to explore within and without.
Guess who is so happy to be here!
Card Board Games by The Kueh Tutus
The Artground offers embodied learning via arts experiences through its non-ticketed and ticketed programming. While entry into The Artground itself is free, they have a variety of age-specific drop-in programmes that participants will get to enjoy, on a first come, first served basis. Each programme will be charged at $10 per parent-child pair. You can purchase a single ticket, TAG cards for 5 or 10 + 1 sessions at $50 and $100 respectively at the reception.
One of these spectacular programmes we got participate in at the media preview, is the Card Board Games by The Kueh Tutus: Dances for Children. When a “video game” comes alive, how do you play?
Jaden was watching the game from the side initially. Soon, he can’t help but to join in the fun to unite “blue” and “red”. No instructions were given to the kids but they had a recorded voice to help them, as they intuitively place coloured cards on the floor for both characters to move about. What a fantastic way to let these 5-7 year olds “figure it out” through interactive play!
It is such a beautiful performance to watch, and I love how this encourages a sense of curiosity and self-expression in our young audiences 🙂
Move A Beat with Riduan
For kids 6 years and up, look out for Move A Beat with Riduan. Eccentric drum performance and the kids get to explore these percussions!
Cozy Corners: Origami & Reading
For kids to explore around, there are also fringe DIY activities. Like magnetic walls, origami space and a cozy book corner, which are all in sync with the current theme – Geometry. I spotted some board books on shapes, babies and toddlers will be most intrigued!
The Launch of Groundbreakers
The Artground will formally launch Groundbreakers, its incubation programme for local artists to develop original new works for young audiences. Artists will also have opportunities to test-bed these development ideas at The Artground. The Artground also hopes to present final works resulting from Groundbreakers at regional and international platforms for young audiences, and at The Artground’s inaugural performing arts festival in May 2018.
As part of the Groundbreakers programme, The Artground invites artists to propose ideas to
be incubated year-long at this space. Online applications open on 9 November 2017 and close
7 December 2017, 2359hrs. For more information on Groundbreakers – https://theartground.com.sg/artist-call/
About The Artground
The Artground: A Curious Place To Be is a multi-disciplinary arts centre designed for children aged 12 and under. The Artground offers programming for the public and welcomes school groups as well as the special-needs and underserved communities. Since its opening in July 2017 at Goodman Arts Centre, The Artground has welcomed almost 10,000 families and young children. The Artground is developed by The Ground Co Limited in collaboration with the National Arts Council.
Artground, Goodman Arts Center
Block J #01-40
90 Goodman Road
Opening Hours: Wednesday-Thursday 9.30am – 5pm
Fridays-Sundays & P.H. 9.30am – 6pm
*Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays