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Singapore Art Museum exhibition focuses on the wonders of everyday life through the works of students

The little wonders of our daily lives are presented at the Singapore Art Museum (SAM) find wonders exhibition, which celebrates the 10th anniversary of the SAM’s museum school program Think! Contemporary.

Available both physically and online for the first time, find wonders presents more than 30 works produced by 2,078 elementary school students over the past two years.

SAM integrates the school program with visits to museums with the Think! Contemporary program, using the artworks in its exhibitions as teaching resources for subjects such as English, art, science and social studies.

More than 11,000 students are part of the Think! Contemporary program, in partnership with schools like CHIJ Our Lady Queen of Peace, Geylang Methodist Primary School, Haig Girls’ School, Mayflower Primary School and St Anthony’s Primary School.

The exhibition presents several works created by students who were inspired by the works of local artists.

For instance, Mushroom mania includes a collection of various colorful mushrooms, such as Portobello, Champignons de Paris and Lingzhi. The installation was created by Primary 4 students from CHIJ Our Lady Queen of Peace, who were inspired by SAM TO REFUSE exhibition of The Observatory, a Singaporean avant-rock band.

Students reflected on the importance of resilience and flexibility in unpredictable times in their daily lives like the COVID-19 pandemic as they studied mushrooms. PHOTO CREDIT: CHIJ OUR LADY QUEEN OF PEACE

Another piece featured in the exhibit is a three-dimensional wire sculpture created by Mayflower Elementary School students in response to artist Jing Quek Singapore idols.

Jing Quek’s Singapore idols is a series of photographs featuring national servicemen, domestic workers and groups of elderly people, and aims to showcase Singapore’s diverse communities that are usually overlooked.

Appointed MFPS Idols – Construction workersthe students also set out to shed light on often overlooked groups of people who have contributed to society, drawing inspiration from construction workers.

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The wire sculpture pays tribute to the construction workers who have worked daily since 2019 to modernize the original buildings on the Mayflower Elementary School campus. PHOTO CREDIT: ART MUSEUM OF SINGAPORE

Visitors can find the physical find wonders exhibition from November 4 to December 31 on levels seven and eight of the National Library building, or access it online at SAM’s website from November 4 to March 31, 2023.