Non-profit organisation Playeum has opened a dedicated creative space for children at visual arts hub, Gillman Barracks. Working directly with practicing artists, the Children’s Centre for Creativity will present three themes a year and around each theme, build a series of open-ended participatory artistic experiences and custom installations. The changing themes ensure a constantly refreshed space in which children can explore new ideas.
Drawing inspiration from Formula 1, the centre’s debut exhibition is entitled The Art of Speed. The programme encourages children to experiment with cars and ramps, and to participate in stimulating workshops. Light painting, shadow play and artist interventions also feature in this novel programme conceptualised by Playeum’s Creative Director, Singapore-based artist Isabelle Desjeux. The Art of Speed has been specially designed for children aged one to 12 and will run from 19 September 2015 to 3 April 2016.
“The team and I share a deep rooted passion and drive to restore and protect the precious creative years of childhood back to engage in child-led play and creative activities. The environments and activities within the Children’s Centre for Creativity have been carefully designed to encourage open-ended, exploratory learning and play,” explains Sumitra Pasupathy, Co-Founder of Playeum.
The centre has four curated spaces: A Main Space that houses interactive, open-ended installations for hands-on exploration and free play. A Play Maker Space, where children have access to a wide range of mediums and have the freedom to create their own unique projects. A Dark Space for creative interaction with audio and visual media, and a Workshop.
The Children’s Centre for Creativity is located at Blk 47, Malan Road and operating hours are Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 6 pm. Entrance charges are $20 per child (ages 1 to 12) with free entry for one accompanying adult, and $10 for additional adults.