Singapore’s museums and galleries abound with keepsakes that encapsulate the nation’s unique culture and heritage.
Feeling stuck? Escape your regular routine and enjoy a boost of inspiration with an art-filled escapade over the long weekend. All that awaits you will not just be a much-needed change of scenery, but also an interesting myriad of opportunities to refresh your senses and bond with your friends.
Masters at the marina
Go on an enlightening journey like no other into the brilliant mind of the most celebrated artist and scientist of all time at the Da Vinci: Shaping the Future Exhibition. Featuring original masterpieces from Leonardo Da Vinci for the very first time in Southeast Asia, spend the day uncovering the secrets of his most seminal works such as The Last Supper and let your imagination be stirred. While you are there, take a stroll around the iconic venue that is the ArtScience Museum to admire its beautiful architecture.
When night falls, Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake by The Petersburg Ballet is an internationally acclaimed stage spectacle that is not to be missed. Held from 28 to 31 May at the exquisite Marina Bay Sands®, not only will it be the epitome of performing arts at its finest featuring breath-taking sets and stunning costumes, but also a fun occasion for you and your friends to dress in your best.
Urban and unconventional
For a more easy-going outing, explore the city’s various nooks and crannies with a spot of street art hunting. Although graffiti is illegal in Singapore, some neighbourhoods play host to building facades that have been turned into canvases by commissioned artistes who have left their talented marks. Notable places to wander around include Victoria Street near Bras Basah-Bugis, Haji Lane near Kampong Glam and Aliwal Street.
Ever heard of art-jamming? Art Jam Studio and My Art Space offer amazing spaces for you and your friends to express yourselves artistically, in a way that is at once personal and meaningful as well as social and interactive. While an afternoon away by working on your own painting as you mingle with people from all walks of life – whether they are beginners or skilled with a brush.
Where creativity meets cuisine
If you love art as much as food, there are plenty of spaces in Singapore for you and your friends to indulge in both. As its name suggests, Cups N Canvas is a cosy café-studio that offers artisanal coffee and comfort bites with painting classes. Located along the city’s extended arts belt and housed within a charming art deco shop house, there is no better way for you to let the creative juices flow over your favourite cuppa.
Prefer tea? Then, head over to Arteastiq to try a fascinating range of fresh brews and sweet treats such as gelato, cakes and scones amidst a luscious lounge setting. This cushy and calming retreat in the heart of Singapore’s hustle-and-bustle also holds art-jamming sessions that make for therapeutic sessions if you are trying to get back in touch with your artistic side.