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Silver Arts

#SilverArts is an initiative by the National Arts Council (NAC) that celebrates the meaningful possibilities seniors have in the arts. Since 2012, #SilverArts has brought enriching arts programmes to seniors all over Singapore, encouraging them to express themselves creatively, deepen family bonds, and form new social connections. This includes the Arts and Ageing Forum (formerly known as the Arts in Eldercare Seminar) which brings artists, social and healthcare practitioners, community leaders and funders together to network, share best practices and advocate for the social value of the arts for seniors.

Look out for #SilverArts on social media and other platforms to discover senior-centric arts programmes and content by various partners.

 

#SilverArts: Establishing partnerships across various sectors

This year, NAC has established partnerships with selected social sector and community partners to create opportunities for artists to engage seniors from all walks of life. By contributing their own experiences and creativity to the art-making process, seniors are empowered to share perspectives from their diverse backgrounds, create unique experiences that bond them and deepen their understanding and appreciation of the arts.

 

Partnership with Lions Befrienders Active Ageing Centres

With ‘Neighbourliness’ as the theme across the three participating Lions Befrienders Active Ageing Centres (AAC), the final public showcases will present artworks co-created by seniors and artists and highlight seniors’ stories with the community.

1. Spirit of Ghim Moh by Jalyn Han

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Showcase: 30 September 2022 (Friday), Lions Befrienders Active Ageing Centre @ Ghim Moh

Theatre practitioner Jalyn Han will lead senior participants to present an outdoor theatre performance highlighting the seniors’ personal stories. The showcase will also include a documentation of the engagement process.

2. Rumah Kita Arts Journey (Our Home Arts Journey) by SEED Collective

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Showcase: 25 November 2022 (Friday), Lions Befrienders Active Ageing Centre @ Clementi 420A

Time slots: 9.30am-11am, 1pm-2.30pm, 2pm-4.30pm

SEED Collective and senior participants will present a 3D artwork they co-created, with sensory sound experience. The showcase will also include SEED Collective’s visual and textual documentation of the engagement process.

Due to limited capacity, please register your interest with Catherine Tan at Catherine_Tan@nac.gov.sg

3. Breathing Life by anGie seah

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Showcase: 22 December 2022 (Thursday), 10am-12pm, Lions Befrienders Active Ageing Centre @ Bendemeer

Check out a showcase of clay artworks and a participatory presentation, created by seniors guided by artist anGie seah! The showcase also includes the artist's documentation of the engagement process with the senior participants.

Working on the theme of Neighbourliness, the final clay pieces are intended to reflect the diverse multitude of stories and community connections the seniors have experienced over the years.

Due to limited capacity, please register your interest with Catherine Tan at Catherine_Tan@nac.gov.sg

 

Partnership with Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre (SCCC) 

Telling Your Stories, Sharing Your Memories 说出你的故事,讲讲你的回忆 by Wong Swee Yean

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Final showcases:

18 November 2022 (Friday), 3 – 4pm (Anglican Senior Centre Tampines)

23 November 2022 (Wednesday), 3 – 4pm (Anglican Senior Centre Yishun)

2 December 2022 (Friday), 11am – 12pm (Anglican Senior Centre Havelock)

Witness the presentation of stories by elderly participants who have been led through a process of reminiscence with other seniors using exhibits from SCCC’s SINGAPO⼈ exhibition as well as folktales from the oral tradition. The programme will be in Mandarin. Due to limited capacity, please email interest to Janice_Seah@nac.gov.sg; a separate email to confirm registration will be sent.  

#SilverArts In-conjunction Programmes

The wider arts sector also makes available various in-conjunction programmes suitable for senior audiences and their loved ones throughout the year.

Click here to check out engaging activities by arts groups, cultural institutions, and other community partners!

Individuals or organisations producing quality and enriching senior-centric arts programmes are welcome to use the #SilverArts hashtag in social media publicity, for discoverability.

#SilverArts Brand Toolkit

NAC hopes to establish strong partnerships and work with more artists and partners to bring arts to seniors and their loved ones. Download the #SilverArts brand toolkit and logo files to brand your quality and enriching senior-centric arts programmes as part of the #SilverArts initiative. Publicity materials that include the #SilverArts logo should be sent back for clearance before publishing or printing. For any clarifications, please write to nac_artsforall@nac.gov.sg

Downloadable links for brand guides, logo files & templates.

Find out more about the past editions of #SilverArts below: