The Storytelling Centre Limited is a non-profit organization that advances the art of storytelling through performances, collaborations, artistic exchanges, mentorships, training and community outreach. Their focus is on ensuring the sustainability of the art of storytelling by nurturing emerging Young Storytellers. Helmed by Kamini Ramachandran, they are also producers of StoryFest: International Storytelling Festival Singapore. Terrific Tales is their signature storytelling programme especially for little listeners aged 3 to 7 years old held weekly at The Artground. Known for their highly interactive storytelling sessions, they believe in audience participation to create an inclusive environment for families.
Little Creatures by SA
Rolypoly Family is a team of dance artists who value body positivity and respect, gender equality and social inclusion. Led by artists Faye Lim and Bernice Lee, they run dance and body-based programmes and projects for diverse children and families, in partnership with organisations across Singapore. Their performance of Baby Baby Mama Bear (2017) explored nuances of womanhood and motherhood, and was presented at Maya Dance Theatre’s In Bloom Festival and Fang Mae Khong International Dance Festival. The Artground has been an invaluable space for the development of their programmes, such as Rolypoly Family Dance Party, Dance Playground and Dance Jambo.
art@homesg is made up of a group of merry magical creatures, often disguised as art teachers, but once you get to know them, they wouldn’t hesitate to share their magic and love for art with you! They mostly give private art classes at the student’s house, but occasionally does workshops outside too – like at The Artground. Some of their favourites are Colour Scientist and Googly Doodly Monsters. You’ll mostly see their Head Elf Cherlyn, who’s also a watercolour artist, leading the workshops as their other elves are more low profile.
Stan, Artist in Residence
Stan is a musician, educator and maker, interested in creating music that enscones traditional instruments in sounds that are accessible in today’s society. IHer piano school, My Piano Room, focuses on teaching children as young as 3.5 years using special syllabus developed as a result of her experiences as a music educator.
Education and music are both important callings for her and whilst composing and performing music for theatre pieces for babies in 2017, she started wondering if she could create pieces for babies under 18 months that were simple in concepts and which used sustainable materials. She love making things by hand and using handmade props or sets in she works makes her feel like she’s incorporating warmth and love into these experiential installations.
Cardboard City was the first work Stan developed as Artist-in-Residence at The Artground. Using primarily recycled cardboard and yarn, she has fashioned a space for pre-walking babies to explore, make sounds and develop spatial awareness.
The Good Giftery
The Good Giftery is made up of Nasyitah Tan & Rochelle Lin, former art and drama educators in a local school. Collectively, they are passionate about educating the next generation, crafting, the draw of stories and preserving Mother Earth. Initially, their goal was to support social enterprises in the region by bringing in responsibly-made gifts and hence the name. They sought out The Artground to stock gift items from Tohe at the TAG Shop and chanced upon an opportunity to also offer our expertise in combining all that they love and sharing it with the young children and their families who come to play. And the rest is history!
It Takes Balls
Adeline Loo left her job as a paralegal to pursue her interest in fibre arts, and she seeks to create works which are immersive and textural. Adeline is drawn to personal experiences, stories, and practises craftivism to express herself. Working mainly with waste fabric, upcycled materials and other industrial detritus, Adeline is currently exploring sculptural processes with knitting and weaving techniques. She is also the founder of It Takes Balls, which seeks to challenge and redefine the traditional notions of knitting and domestic crafts. When not crafting, she can be found in Neil Gailman’s world and is well liked by most cats.