Explore a reimagined Civic District in Light to Night Singapore 2024, a visual arts festival by National Gallery Singapore.
Light to Night Singapore 2024: REIMAGINE
From 19 Jan to 8 Feb 2024, the Light to Night festival returns to National Gallery Singapore and the Civic District, with 14 installations and light projections on display. Numerous art programmes will also be available throughout the event to enhance your festival experience. Plus, the National Gallery will extend its hours and offer free admission to all of its exhibitions on select Open House days. This is a great time to check out TROPICAL for free!
Highlights of Light to Night Singapore 2024
Art Skins – Projection Artworks
Anchoring the event is a series of light projection artworks, giving the facades of iconic buildings in the district a new “skin” during festival nights. At the National Gallery, you can enjoy two works – the projections span both Supreme Court and City Hall buildings, so stand further back, or head to the other end of the Padang, for the best experience.
Temple of Love (Arahmaiani, Wayang Merdeka, Milosh Lucyznski). Enter this surreal world where Mother Nature emerges to heal the world after a monster destroyed it – all depicted with artistic touches of shadow puppetry and power of vibrant colours.
Teo Eng Seng: Living the Life (Teo Eng Seng, Milosh Lucyznski). Witness a dazzling spectacle celebrating the life of the Cultural Medallion recipient and visual artist Teo Eng Seng – complete with riotous moments and spontaneous motifs, including food!
Symphony of Order (Sarah Choo Jing, Mathias Choo) explores the rules and order of a social setting – that is, a family dinner with underlying tensions, presented within the Rotunda Library & Archive (Supreme Court Wing, Level 3) at the National Gallery Singapore.
Go on a trip into dimensions unknown as you follow a cat in Winter Sonata, Summer Mookata (Knuckles and Notch). Start your journey at The Arts House building facade.
Passage (SOTA) – ceramic bowls reveal a tale about Singapore’s history as a port city, as motifs swirl and patterns come to life. Look up for the colours at Extension Wing of the Asian Civilisations Museum (facing Victoria Theatre).
Embroidered Landscapes (SISTRUM) – weaving elements of Chinese Opera into a colourful tapestry at the Victoria Theatre & Victoria Concert Hall.
Art Installations at the National Gallery
During your night out and about the festival, you can also see other art installations inside National Gallery. You’ll already find one of them at the Padang while catching the Art Skins projections on the National Gallery buildings.
Glowing saga seeds in gigantic portions form the Wings of Change (Kumari Nahappan). Echoing the need to take action on climate change, the work also draws attention to the saga tree, which is becoming less common over the years.
Take a walk in a clockwise direction around the largest seed to experience the work as the artist intended.
Go on an ASMR experience at Wishful Thinking (Whisperlodge), a multi-room sensory installation that drives you to discover unexpected sounds and sensations.
This is a ticketed experience, at $5 per entry, and can be found at Level B1 of the National Gallery’s City Hall Wing. On select nights during the festival, there will also be ASMR activations and performances. More details on the Light to Night 2024 website
The circular table of Ping Pong Go-Round (Lee Wen) returns, this time in the National Gallery’s City Hall Wing. Enjoy playful games with friends and strangers.
Rapture (Victor Tan) – Marvel at these drifting wire sculptures as they ascend at the Padang Atrium of the National Gallery.
Art Installations in the Civic District
The Wayang Spaceship (Ming Wong) has landed in the Civic District, bringing you an opera experience streamed from the past and another dimension. The work stands dormant throughout the day, and comes alive as “transmissions” are received at specific timings at dusk (7:15PM onwards, daily). Additional timings from 9:15PM on Fridays through Sundays during the festival.
Find a poem hidden within the 8-bit Word Cloud (Justin Loke) as you reconstruct the words floating on the lawn.
Relive the carefree moments from a bygone era at Party Pavilion (Howie Kim), an installation inspired by works within ACM and theme parks from the past. Find this pavilion at the Asian Civilisations Museum Lawn.
Funan’s Underground Pedestrian Link is now overtaken by The Gachapartment Complex (Nikkei), a hidden world where toys lead complex lives of their own.
Scan the QR codes on the walls to activate the AR filters on Instagram to become fully immersed in this whimsical underground city.
Light to Night Singapore 2024: REIMAGINE
19 January – 8 February 2024
National Gallery Singapore and various locations around Civic District
Free Admission to all artworks (Outdoor projections begin from 7:30PM)
Free Admission to all exhibitions inside National Gallery Singapore during Open House dates:
19-21, 26-28 Jan, 2-4 Feb 2024
For full festival line-up and programmes, visit the Light to Night Singapore 2024 website. Some experiences may require registration, or are separately charged.