8 Nov 2019 - 22 Mar 2020

Daily

Fridays

10.00 - 7.00 PM

10.00 - 9.00 PM

Getting Here
5 mins walk from Raffles Place MRT Station (Exit H)

More Info
Admission
Singaporeans & Permanent Residents | $12
Foreign Residents & Tourists | $20

More information

Admission tickets are available for sale on-site at ACM and online at SISTIC

Buy Now

Scholarly Treasures

Daily, 8 Nov 2019 to 22 Mar 2020
Level 2 Foyer
Museum opening hours
Admission charges apply.

Step into the shoes of a Chinese scholar, and have fun with the various artistic skills they had to pursue! Learn more about the brush, seal, paper, ink, and inkstone, and create your own Chinese hanging scroll artwork. Continue the exploration with Wen Wen, the art-collecting magpie, and embark on a journey through Dr Tan Tsze Chor’s amazing collection of Chinese art! Together with your collector’s trail, learn more about the life of Dr Tan, complete various hands-on activities, and discover fun facts about some artworks in the show.

Suitable for ages 7 and up.

 

Curator Tours

Wednesdays, 20 Nov, 11 Dec 2019, 22 Jan, 19 Feb 2020
7.30 to 8.30pm
$40 per person, includes entry into Living with Ink (pre-registration is required).

Join an exclusive tour with exhibition curator Conan Cheong as he brings visitors through Living with Ink: The Collection of Dr Tan Tsze Chor at the Asian Civilisations Museum. Gain behind-the-scenes perspectives and uncover little known facts about highlights from the over 130 treasured Chinese paintings, porcelains, and scholars' objects donated to the museum since 2000 by the Tan family.

This special tour happens after-hours, when the museum is closed to the public. Entry is solely for registered participants.

 

Register now at the following links:
20 November, 2019
11 December, 2019
22 January, 2020
19 February, 2020

 

About the Curator

Conan Cheong is Assistant Curator for Southeast Asian art at the Asian Civilisations Museum. He received an MA in Art History and Archaeology under an Alphawood Scholarship at SOAS, University of London, in 2018. His dissertation examining the relationship between model, image, and replica in the making of images of the Buddha in Thailand was awarded the Frederick Richter Memorial Prize.

At ACM, Conan worked on the permanent galleries for Chinese ceramics and for the Hindu-Buddhist art of South and Southeast Asia, and co-curated Cities and Kings: Ancient Treasures from Myanmar (2017). He is curator for Living with Ink: The Collection of Dr Tan Tsze Chor.

 

INKredible Weekend Festival

Friday to Sunday, 28 Feb to 1 Mar 2020
Friday: 7 to 9pm; Saturday: 1 to 9pm; Sunday: 1 to 5pm
Free admission to programmes.

Celebrate the Season of Chinese Art at ACM with a super-sized cultural bonanza this weekend! Catch an interactive performance on the Eight Immortals, or the fascinating tai chi quan, a traditional martial art form. Make your own paper using coloured pulp, or join in guided tours of the Living with Ink exhibition. Come evening, the Asian Culture Music Series presents "Chinese Whispers", bringing to life stories, classic poetry, and art of well-loved myths and legends by expert tellers of tales.

 

Saturdays@ACM

Saturdays, 30 Nov, 28 Dec 2019, 25 Jan, 29 Feb 2020
1 to 5pm
Free admission to programmes.
Suitable for children (5 to 12 years old)

Discover interesting stories of Chinese scholars and their pursuits in this family friendly monthly programme. Explore Chinese art and culture through art-making, interactive performances, and guided tours.


Saturdays@ACM: Four Treasures

Saturday, 30 November 2019
1 to 5pm
Free admission to programmes.

Catch an exciting drama performance about a Chinese scholar and his four treasures! Be a scholar for a day, and create your own fan painting to cool yourself down in the humid Singapore weather. Don’t miss the chance to visit Living with Ink, and explore beautiful artworks by master painters.


Saturdays@ACM: Signed, Sealed, Delivered

Saturday, 28 December 2019
1 to 5pm
Free admission to programmes.

Create your own Chinese seals to sign off your year-end letters to family and friends! Take a closer look at the seals on display in the Living with Ink exhibition, and catch an interactive drama on Chinese calligraphy. End your year with a reflection on 2019 at the ACM this weekend.


Saturdays@ACM: Rat Race

Saturday, 25 January 2020
1 to 5pm
Free admission to programmes.

Race into the Year of the Rat with a special Chinese New Year celebration at ACM! Get blessings from the lion dance performance, and create your own blessing scroll to bring home. Discover how the rat fared in the animal race in the interactive drama performance or join in a guided tour of the galleries. Start your year with the whole family at ACM.


Saturdays@ACM: Blue and White

Saturday, 29 February 2020
1 to 5pm
Free admission to programmes.

Discover the allure of blue-and-white ceramics in world trade! Learn about their travels from China around the globe, and create an artwork inspired by the collection. Have a closer look at wonderful blue-and-white pieces in the galleries, and in the Living with Ink exhibition.

 

Scholarly Pursuits

Saturdays, various dates
10.30am to 12.30pm
Asian Civilisations Museum
Pre-registration is required. Fees apply.
Suitable for adults and children (5–12 years old)

Pick up artistic skills practised by Chinese scholars in a series of literati lessons tailored for both adults and children.


Scholarly Pursuits 1: Make-your-own Chinese Paint

Adults (ages 16 and above): Saturday, 23 Nov 2019
Children (ages 5–10 accompanied/11–12 unaccompanied): Saturday, 30 Nov 2019
10.30am to 12.30pm
$15/participant. Pre-registration is required.

Learn the ins-and-outs of making traditional Chinese paint! Get mesmerised by the colourful collection of Dr Tan Tsze Chor in Living with Ink before following a step-by-step guide to making paint. Grind minerals, mix adhesives, and learn about the paint-making process while creating your own mini paint pot to bring home.

Register at the following links:
Adults: Saturday, 23 November 2019 Register here. 
Children: Saturday, 30 November 2019 Register here. 

 

Scholarly Pursuits 2: Stone Seal Carving

Saturday, 11 Jan 2020
10.30am to 12.30pm
Suitable for ages 19 and above
$30/participant. Pre-registration is required.

Make your mark with a stone seal. Learn about the history of Chinese seals and the evolution of Chinese characters in this workshop. Follow a step-by-step guide to the art of carving and bring home your newly carved stone seal, an inkpad, and a fabric pouch.

Register at the following link:
Saturday, 11 Jan 2020 Register here.

 

Scholarly Pursuits 3: Chinese Ink Painting

Adults (ages 16 and above): Sat, 15 Feb 2020
Children (ages 5–10 (accompanied)/11–12 unaccompanied): Sat, 29 Feb 2020
10.30am to 12.30pm
$12/participant. Pre-registration is required.

Paint like a free-spirited literati! This beginner-friendly workshop will introduce you to Chinese ink painting, materials, and key painting tips. Learn xieyi, the spontaneous calligraphic painting style, through demonstrations based on key artworks in the exhibition. Practice your skills with close guidance from the instructor, and create your final painting to take home on a rice paper postcard.

Register at the following links:
Adults: Saturday, 15 February 2020 Register here. 
Children: Saturday, 29 February 2020 Register here.

 

Scholarly Pursuits 4: From Pulp to Paper

Sat, 29 Feb - Sun, 1 Mar 2020
1pm, 2.30pm, 4pm (45mins per session)
Refundable $10 deposit. Pre-registration is required.

Participants will get a chance to learn about the overall concepts of papermaking as well as the various creative and innovative ways that STPI Artists-in-Residence have worked with paper. There will be a live demonstration and papermaking materials for participants to get a full-on tactile experience.

Register at the following links:
Saturday, 29 Feb 2020 Register here. 
Sunday, 1 Mar 2020 Register here. 

 

School Programmes


LET’S MAKE ART! WORKSHOP – Living with Ink edition

Mondays to Fridays, 8 Nov 2019 to 22 Mar 2020
Available between 10am to 4pm (1.5hrs per session)
Suitable for Primary, Secondary and Tertiary levels (7–17 years old)
$15 per student (min 20, max 40 students). Booking is required.

Discover over 130 treasured Chinese paintings, porcelains, and scholars' objects from Pepper King Dr Tan Tsze Chor’s collection! Book a workshop session with us that includes a guided tour of the Living with Ink exhibition and art-making. Groups may choose one from the following art-making options:

  • Chinese calligraphy (suitable for Primary schools)
  • Chinese calligraphy Lino Rubber Seals (suitable for Secondary/Tertiary schools)
  • Chinese ink painting (suitable for Primary/Secondary/Tertiary schools)

Please note that workshop bookings should be made at least 4 weeks in advance, and are subject to the availability of our museum facilitators and venues. E-mail nhb_acm_edu@nhb.gov.sg for more details.


Teachers

Teachers can book a guided tour of Living with Ink, or explore the exhibition on your own with your students. Pick up a free copy of the activity booklet at the entrance of the exhibition, and drop by the four activity stations for hands-on activities related to brush, ink and inkstone, paper and seal!

E-mail nhb_acm_edu@nhb.gov.sg for more details.

 

Access Programmes


ART-MAKING WORKSHOP

Mondays to Fridays, 8 Nov 2019 to 22 Mar 2020
Available between 10am to 4pm (1.5hrs per session)
For seniors only
Free for seniors (min 15, max 30 seniors). Booking is required.

Book a session with us for a special workshop for seniors in conjunction with the Living with Ink exhibition. The workshop will include a guided tour, and art-making inspired by the objects on display. Groups may choose one from the following art-making options:

  • Miniature clay-making
  • Chinese ink painting

Please note that bookings should be made at least 4 weeks in advance, and are subject to the availability of our museum facilitators and venues. E-mail nhb_acm_edu@nhb.gov.sg for more details.

Supported by HeritageCares, an accessibility initiative by National Heritage Board


Other senior-friendly activities:

Pick up a free copy of the activity booklet at the entrance of the Living with Ink exhibition, and drop by the four activity stations in the exhibition for senior-friendly hands-on activities related to brushes, ink, inkstones, paper, and seals!

 

ACM Symposium: Living with Ink


Friday, 7 Feb 2020
Saturday, 8 Feb 2020
Asian Civilisations Museum, Ngee Ann Auditorium

Held in conjunction with the exhibition Living with Ink: The Collection of Dr Tan Tsze Chor 水•墨•情—又逢香雪庄, this symposium brings together art historians and curators to examine the development and appreciation of Chinese art and identity in networks of overseas Chinese artists and collectors, particularly in the Nanyang (Southeast Asia), in the late 19th and early 20th century.