180 works by students inspired by family ties on display at National Gallery as part of National Day celebrations

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SINGAPORE – More than 180 works of art by school children will be on display at an exhibition at the National Gallery Singapore until Wednesday August 10 as part of the nation’s 57th birthday celebrations.

Organizer Our Heart for Singapore selected these paintings from more than 3,000 submissions from 110 primary, secondary and special schools.

The fourth edition of the exhibition – Singapore, From Your Generation to Mine – will also feature 93,000 student pledges and well wishes.

The pledges will be kept in a time capsule. Visitors can view these pledges, as well as submit their own via a QR code, on a digital wall in the exhibition.

Students were asked to draw and write their thoughts after talking to their grandparents or a member of the older generation about how life was in the past.

The organizer said the exercise helped school children recognize the importance of families and strengthened their sense of belonging to Singapore by building closer relationships at home, and was also in line with efforts to mark 2022. as the Year of the celebration of SG families.

Nicolette Chia, a 5th grade student at Paya Lebar Methodist Girls’ Primary School, drew things her grandfather liked when he was younger, including snacks like tutu kueh and his favorite sport, football .

“Life back then was simpler and less stressful, so I learned to be more positive and optimistic,” said 11-year-old Nicolette.

Sharmaine Sim, 15, from Bukit Panjang Government High School, said she befriended her mother by buying sweets from mamak stalls.

“It brought me closer to my mother because I realized that we had common experiences. I feel like she can relate to me more,” said the 3rd year student.

The exhibition was opened on Monday by Minister of State for Culture, Community and Youth Low Yen Ling and Brigadier General Goh Pei Ming, chairman of the 2022 National Day Parade Executive Committee.

In an in-home interview at the event, Ms Low said the stories presented at the event highlight the important role that family ties play in shaping and shaping collective values ​​and identity in as a Singaporean.

“Our pride and love for Singapore is also passed on to our future generations, through our students and young leaders. We really want them to continue this dialogue and intergenerational connection,” she added.

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