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The Arts Open House 2015



The Arts House swings our doors wide open this April in celebration of the arts! Come by The Arts Open House for a day of literary-based art programmes that promises to tickle every fancy.


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Box Office \ 10am – 10pm

Drop by the book exchange corner at The Arts Open House to spread the love of books. Gift your used reads a new lease of life and you may score a rare gem too!

The rules are simple:
1. Bring a book to the book exchange corner at The Arts House on 3 April. Please bring books that you think someone else would enjoy and treasure, no textbooks, manuals, self-help books or magazines please!

2. Drop it off on the shelves and exchange it for another book.


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A Deeper, Truer Speech: Language at the Intersection between Literature and Film (Talk\Film & Literature)

By Ian Tan \ Screening Room \ 2pm – 3pm

Ian Tan will present a refreshing workshop that delves into the relationship between literature and film. Learn how film can be used to illuminate poetic themes and vice versa. Read more. 

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Changing Times – Singapore Stories (Talk\Singapore Stories)

By Readers’ Club Vasagar Vattam \ Screening Room \ 6pm – 7pm

Join the Readers’ Club Vasagar Vattam in their discussion on how local folklores chronicle changes in social, economic and political outlooks of Singapore. Read more. 

*This talk will be conducted in Tamil. 




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Becoming Brainy with Bedtime Stories! (Workshop\Parents Seminar) CANCELLED 

By Angeline Tong \ Blue Room \ 11am – 12pm

This interactive seminar will share creative ways for parents of young children (8 years and below) on how they can use bedtime stories to develop their children's creative imagination and thinking skills. Read more. 

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A Guide to Writing for Graphic Novels (Workshop\Graphic Novel)

By Association of Comic Artists (Singapore) \ Council Room \ 11am – 12pm

This workshop by the Association of Comic Artists (Singapore) is conducted by President of the Association, Jerry Hinds. It will cover the basic essentials required and detailed processes on how to start writing for graphic novels and comics. Read more. 

*This workshop is suitable for ages 15 and above.

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Book Arts (Workshop\Bookbinding)

By notabilia (Pooja Makhijani) \ Council Room \ 1pm – 2pm

Publish a beautifully designed limited edition chapbook with Pooja Makhijani of notabilia! Participants of the workshop will learn about bookbinding vocabulary, tools, materials and techniques of the craft. Read more. 

*Tools and materials will be provided
*Participants are requested to bring an excerpt of their work, e.g. a line of poetry or prose.
*Limited to 25 pax 

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Your Imagination’s the Limit: An Intro to Improv Theatre (Workshop\Improv Theatre)

By The Improv Company \ Living Room \ 4pm – 5pm

Try your hand at creating collaborative stories via improvisation! In this fun workshop on improvised theatre and storytelling, participants will learn the basics of improvisation and the building blocks of creating satisfying stories. Read more. 



Sunshiny Stories (Performance\Storytelling)

By The Storytellers’ Circle of The Society for Reading and Literacy \ Living Room \ 11am – 12pm

Promising entertainment for families, this storytelling-cum-craft session is great for children as young minds indulge in familiar stories that bring warmth and positive vibes. Read more. 


A Kaleidoscope of Stories (Performance\Storytelling)

By Curtain Call Theatre Productions (ITE College East) \ Living Room \ 2pm – 3pm

Curtain Call Theatre Productions presents a storytelling session performed and written by students. Each storyteller spins a unique story using literary techniques from drama, Readers’ Theatre and traditional storytelling methods. Their sets include anecdotes, fantastical tales, folklore and adaptations of literary works. Read more. 


UTAMA PARAMESWARA Sya’ir (Performance\Theatre)

By Keelat Theatre Ensemble \ Chamber \ 3pm – 4pm

Hear the tale of the founding of Singapura using Sya’ir, a classical singing style of story-telling in verse, and moving tableau scenes from Keelat Theatre Ensemble. The audience takes an active role in the telling of history via interaction with the actors. Read more.

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Tell it Slant (Performance\Story Slam)

By The Eloquent Orifice \ Blue Room \ 3pm – 4pm

Combine all your favourite Singapore writers together in a single poem or short story! Based on Emily Dickinson’s verse ‘Tell all the Truth but tell it slant’, this session features readers reading spliced works by Singaporean or Singapore-based writers. Each reader may read up to two redux pieces which may be poems, short fiction or non-fiction on any subject. Read more. 

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An Escape to The Real (Performance\Poetry Recital)

By The Skinny Republik \ Screening Room \ 4pm – 5pm

Appreciate the finer aesthetics of life with The Skinny Republik. This poetry recital, accompanied by projected illustrations and music, will speak to your heart and awaken your senses. Read more. 

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Faking It (Performance\Play Reading)

By Su Ching Teh \ Blue Room \ 5pm – 6pm

Su Ching Teh will present her latest play Faking It, read by Florence Yuan Feng, Kim Tan, Rayann Condy, Tan Lay Boon and Shane Logue. Read more. 

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An Evening of French Music with piano and clarinet (Performance\Music)

By Li Lingzhi & Pauline Tan \ Living Room \ 6pm – 7pm

Via a repertoire of music from the late 19th to mid 20th century, pianist, Pauline Tan, and clarinetist, Li Lingzhi, navigate the evolution of French music century in an intimate chamber music performance. Audience will also learn about the parallel evolution of French literature and music. Read more. 

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Judgement Day (Performance\Play Reading)

By The Drama Clinic \ Chamber \ 7pm – 8pm

Judgement Day is an experimental play, which examines the death penalty. Four unlikely characters are pitted against one another for a second shot at life. At the end of the reading, audience members are invited to vote for the most deserving character. Read more. 

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All the Small Things (Performance\Story Slam) [TBC]

By Story Slam x We Can! Singapore \ Blue Room \ 7pm - 8pm

A collaboration between Story Slam and We Can! Singapore, this story slam features stories submitted by the public. Hear tales about gender, sexuality discrimination, offhand remarks and jokes – daily minor occurrences that are often unnoticed or forgotten but may accumulate to cause considerable damage. Read more.

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Ribcage (Performance\Play Reading)

By Andrew Sutherland \ Living Room\ 8pm – 9pm

Alongside actors Sharda Harrison and Lian Sutton, Andrew Sutherland will read and discuss his new work, Ribcage. To develop his play, Andrew would be soliciting feedback from the audience to help shape and develop the piece before a full staging in future. Read more. 

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The Best Stories We’ve Never Told (Performance\Improv Theatre)

By The Improv Company \ Chamber \ 9pm – 10pm

The Improv Company will stage songs and skits made up completely on-the-spot. These will be inspired by audience suggestions, allowing audience members and Improvisers alike to create spontaneous stories together! Read more. 

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Animal City Sounds (Performance\Music)

By Marc Nair \ Blue Room \ 9pm – 10pm

Marc Nair and his band, Neon and Wonder, will regale you with a quirky series of poems from his book - Animal City, set to music. Read more. 

Visual Arts

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I Destroy to Create

By Word Your Story (Sharlene Leong) \ Level 2 \ 2pm – 7pm

In conjunction with SG50, visual artist Sharlene Leong will ink 50 positive words on 50 personal items or wooden cloth packs provided. Show her how you spread positivity with the inked word and stand to win a mystery gift! Whilst stocks last! Read more. 

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