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



Join us for the fourth 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 Equality 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.

Date: Fri, 4 Mar 2016

Time: 5pm - 7pm

Venue: SAM Glass Hall

$10 (standard)/ $8 (concession). Tickets available at SAM and SISTIC.


Corinna Lim (Executive Director, AWARE)

Corinna Lim is the first Executive Director of the Association of Women for Action and Research (AWARE), Singapore’s leading gender equality advocacy group. Lim leads AWARE’s work in advocating gender equality and social and economic justice. She was instrumental in setting up AWARE’s Sexual Assault Care Centre and Catalyse Consulting, the Diversity and Inclusion training and consultancy division of AWARE.

Reuben Wong (Director of Studies, College of Alice and Peter Tan)

Reuben Wong is Director of Studies at the College of Alice & Peter Tan (CAPT). He also holds the Jean Monnet Chair (European Integration & Foreign Policy) and is Associate Professor in the Political Science Department at NUS. His current research interests include the construction of Chinese identity vis-à-vis Europe, the politics of disability rights, and education and employment policies for Singaporeans with special needs.

Sun Koh (Filmmaker, Singapore)

An award-winning Singaporean filmmaker, Sun Koh started her career when Singapore Cinema had its second awakening in the late 1990s. Koh has written, produced and directed numerous international film festival favourites, such as her debut short film The Secret Heaven, which won 5 major international awards including the Silver Hugo at the Chicago International Film Festival.

Yip Pin Xiu (Paralympic Gold Medallist, Singapore)

Yip Pin Xiu is a Paralympian swimmer and a world record setter for the 50m backstroke in the 8th ASEAN Para Games in 2015. She made sports history by becoming the first Singaporean to win a gold medal at the Paralympic Games in 2008. Yip is also a role model and a source of inspiration to other youths.


T.K. Sabapathy (Art Historian, Singapore)

T.K.Sabapathy teaches courses in the history of art in the Department of Architecture at the National University of Singapore (beginning in 1981) and is a research fellow in the Centre for Contemporary Art-Nanyang Technological University. He has published on art and artists in Southeast Asia.


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]


Mon Mar 7, 2016
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM SGT
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Glass Hall, Singapore Art Museum
Venue Address
71 Bras Basah Road, Singapore 189555 Singapore
Singapore Art Museum