Roundtable@SAM: Art and the Big Ideas of a Small Nation - Peace



Join us for the third of this series of Roundtable@SAM on Art and the Big Ideas of a Small Nation as experts across diverse fields share how the value of Peace affects and influences their experience, expectations, and visions of the individual, communities, and the state.

This Roundtable is part of the Crescent Project: Art Embraces All for the exhibition, 5 Stars: Art Reflects on Peace, Justice, Equality, Democracy and Progress. To encourage a coherent and holistic discussion, each speaker is given 10 minutes to respond to a preset question before the session is open to the floor.


His Excellency Geoffrey Keating (Ambassador of Ireland to Singapore)

Geoffrey Keating is Ireland's ambassador to Singapore. In a career spanning the past thirty-five years, he has served in Rome, Boston and London. In 2000 he was appointed Ireland's first Consul General in Shanghai and in 2005 became Ireland's first resident ambassador to Bulgaria. After a period in Dublin at the Department of the Taoiseach (Prime Minister's Office) working on European Union issues, he was posted to Singapore in 2014.

Catherine Lim (Singapore author and political commentator)

Catherine Lim is a writer in Singapore and has to date published 20 books, including collections of short stories and novels. She is also a political commentator, giving lectures and writing articles on various political and social issues in Singapore. Before she became a full-time writer, she was a lecturer in linguistics. She was awarded the South East Asia Write Award in 1999 and an Honorary Doctorate in Literature by Murdoch University, Australia in 2000.

Boedi Widjaja (Visual Artist, Singapore)

Born in Solo City, Indonesia, visual artist Boedi Widjaja left his parents and childhood home for Singapore at the age of 9, amidst ethnic tensions. Having to adopt to a new way of life, Boedi developed a 'double vision' of the city: a place full of intimate memories, yet one that constantly resists his desire for rootedness. Now a Singapore citizen and with a daughter of his own, his recent exhibition Path. 6, Unpacking my Library, offers an even deeper look into his past, present and future, in an attempt to navigate to where ‘home’ truly is.

Eirliani Abdul Rahman (Co-founder and Executive Director of YAKIN (Youths, Adult survivors and Kin in Need) and campaigner against child sexual abuse)

Eirliani is co-Founder and Executive Director of YAKIN which works in the area of child rights and child protection. Formerly from the Singapore Foreign Service, she won the 2015 BMW Foundation Responsible Leaders Award for her work on child sexual abuse in India. The social media campaign, called #FullStop to #childsexualabuse, which she led on behalf of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Kailash Satyarthi, reached 16 million people over six weeks. Eirliani is a member of the Advisory Council of the Global Diplomacy Lab and writes for the Huffington Post India on the issue of child abuse and child online safety.


Kennie Ting (Director, Group Director, Museums and Development, National Heritage Board)

Kennie Ting is Group Director, Museums and Development at the National Heritage Board. He oversees the national museums managed by the NHB, as well as corporate and professional development. Before NHB, he worked in the former Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts, where he was involved in developing strategies for heritage and the arts. He is interested in the history of travel and the heritage of Asian port cities and is the author of the books, The Romance of the Grand Tour – 100 Years of Travel in South East Asia and Singapore Chronicles: HERITAGE.


5 Stars: Art Reflects on Peace, Justice, Equality, Democracy and Progress is SAM’s salute to Singapore’s Golden Jubilee and the five stars on the Singapore flag which represent universal humanist values. Engaging with these “big ideas” through contemporary art, 5 Stars is an exhibition of five specially commissioned works, curated to encourage contemplation of what these shared human ideals mean in the present day, and how they might continue to help us envision our futures.


Concession eligibility:

(1) Students (full-time, with valid student pass issued by the enrolled institution)

(2) Senior Citizen (60 yrs & above, with valid identity pass showing proof of age)

(3) NSF (with valid 11B pass)

(4) SAM Docents: Friends of the Museums/ Museum Volunteers/Chinese Research Group (through Singapore Art Museum's counter only)

(5) Staff of Ministry of Culture, Communication and Youth, National Heritage Board, National Arts Council, National Gallery Singapore, Singapore Tyler Print Institute

[Please note that random checks on concession tickets will be conducted at the point of entry]


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Mon Feb 22, 2016
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