THE ARTGROUND – A CURIOUS PLACE TO BE: LAUNCH OF NEW CHILDREN’S ARTS CENTRE FOR CHILDREN
Parents and little ones enjoying Baby Space, a multi-sensory installation designed for babies 16 months and under, at The Artground
Singapore, 7 July 2017 – The Artground, Singapore’s newest multi-disciplinary arts centre designed for children aged 12 and under, officially opened its doors at the Goodman Arts Centre today. Featuring purpose-built spaces that cater to the different ages and learning stages of children, the Artground offers enriching artistic experiences across a variety of art forms, encouraging a sense of curiosity and self-expression in our next generation. The Artground is developed by The Ground Co Limited, in collaboration with the National Arts Council.
2 Ms Luanne Poh, Director of The Ground Co Limited, shares, “We believe that all children are intrinsically curious, and at The Artground we hope to provide opportunities for them to remain so. With the space and the myriad of programming possibilities, we aim to facilitate learning through play and empower children to express themselves in multiple ways. We are driven by our vision ‘to let art do, what art does’ – to provide experiences that keep our children thinking, questioning, exploring, appreciating and discovering through art.”
3 Occupying over 500 square metres, The Artground comprises four accessible arts play spaces. Baby Stage is a safe space for parents, babies and early walkers to explore together. It features walkways and slopes with a slight incline, a feature essential to motivating crawlers to transition to walkers. Over at the Ground Floor, kids aged 2 and up can look forward to interactive installations which will be refreshed thrice a year, while at the WhiteBox, they can catch child-friendly performances in a bright, cosy theatre space. To encourage children to embrace the wonders of nature, The Artground has also created the Good Garden, a whimsical outdoor space that invites visitors to interact with the greenery around them. (See Annex A for images and more information)
4 The various venues will host both indoor and outdoor arts programmes, free and ticketed throughout the year. An interactive visual art exhibition titled Down The Rabbit Hole by mixed media artist Poh Ya See will be the inaugural installation at the Ground Floor, inviting visitors to hop, skip, climb and crawl to explore the hidden world of animals that live underground. For the first time in Southeast Asia, Baby Space, a multi-sensory installation designed for babies 16 months and below, will be on show at the WhiteBox. Melding together contemporary dance, music, poetry and visual art together for most babies’ first encounter with the arts, babies are encouraged to explore and interact with the performers and elements of the installation. Baby Space is created by Sweden-based award-winning choreographer, theatre maker and cultural worker Dalija Acin Thelander. (See Annex B for further information on programmes)
5 The Artground offers regular programming for the public and welcomes school groups as well as the special-needs and underserved communities. Educators can look forward to workshops that are designed to inspire and equip them with new skills. In addition, The Artground will serve as a platform for artists to develop new and innovative ways of engaging children through multiple art forms. Practitioners keen to create art programmes for young audiences can use The Artground as an incubation space for original home-grown content, and look for opportunities to collaborate with other like-minded home-grown and overseas artists. The Artground also hopes to present works created and developed within this space, at regional and international platforms for young audiences; and likewise serve as a space to feature quality works from around the region.
6 Ms Grace Ng, Director, Education and Development, National Arts Council, says, “We are very excited to be introducing The Artground to make quality arts experiences accessible to children of all abilities, needs and backgrounds. The arts are a powerful way to help children develop creatively and we are happy that this space will provide differentiated programming reaching out to diverse communities. Collaborations such as this with The Ground Co Limited are important to drive the ongoing development and growth of the arts ecosystem, as we strive to make the arts integral to the lives of young people’.”
7 The Artground is open to the public from 8 July 2017 onwards. Interested parties can find out more about the space and its programmes at www.theartground.com.sg and join the conversation via Facebook and Instagram at @TheArtground, and hashtag #theartground.
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