About Campaign

ends 31 Mar 2021, 11:59 PM
Art is a powerful emotive platform that allows us to both express ourselves and bring people together. It can provide respite and comfort while empowering, and numerous studies have found that art has unique therapeutic. This is why National Gallery Singapore has launched Words that Count, a programme that invites everyone, particularly healthcare workers who are tirelessly battling the COVID-19 pandemic at the frontline, to join us in creating a blackout poem with words borrowed from our artists.

Blackout poems are a form of visual poetry that use an existing text - writings from our artists, in this case - to create a new piece of art. Create your own blackout poem to express yourself - be it to offer words of encouragement to a friend, neighbour and others in our community, or to share your reflections on being a healthcare and frontline worker in these challenging times. Submissions are published on the website's Inspiration Wall (in end-July) so that they can be appreciated by everyone.

We need your help to spread the word about this initiative and support mental well being in Singapore. Your contributions will allow us to bring Words that Count to communities in need, such as the elderly, children with disabilities, and the homebound, through workshops that explore the different ways in which we can approach a blackout poem.

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About the Charity

National Gallery Singapore is a leading visual arts institution which oversees the world's largest public collection of Singapore and Southeast Asian modern art. Situated at the birthplace of modern Singapore, in the heart of the Civic District, the Gallery is housed in two national monuments - City Hall and former Supreme Court, the Gallery aims to be a progressive museum that creates dialogues between the art of Singapore, Southeast Asia and the world to foster and inspire a creative and inclusive society. This is reflected in our collaborative research, education, long-term and special exhibitions, and innovative programming. The Gallery also works with international museums to jointly present Southeast Asian art in the global context, positioning Singapore as a key node in the global visual arts scene.

In 2019, the Gallery was the only museum in Southeast Asia that received a ranking in The Art Newspaper's annual global survey of attendance at art museums, taking 32nd place. It was the first museum in Asia to receive the Children in Museums Award by the European Museum Academy and Hands On! International Association of Children in Museums in 2018. The Gallery also won the awards for 'Best Theme Attraction' at TTG Travel Awards 2017, 'Best Attraction Experience', 'Breakthrough Contribution to Tourism' and 'Best Customer Service (Attractions)' at the prestigious Singapore Tourism Awards in 2016 for its role in adding to the vibrancy of Singapore's tourism landscape.


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