Living Galleries Ekphrasis Poetry Tour & Workshop - Part of #BuySingLit


Lim Cheng Hoe: Painting Singapore presents social and cultural narratives of Singapore in paint. Three generations of Singapore Poets will do the same in verse. The poets will reflect on bonds with their homeland through the visual and literary arts.

How does one verbalize intimate feelings about home? Art becomes a muse for the poets drawn from all the official linguistic traditions in Singapore. The poems engage in the imaginative act of narrating or reflecting on situations limned in paintings. In its latest iteration, this popular poetry tour will explore representations of home in the paintings of watercolorist Lim Cheng Hoe in National Gallery Singapore.

The event will feature 2 tours and 2 ekphrastic poetry workshops from 3.30pm to 6.30pm (Saturday)

Group 1: 3.30pm – 5.00pm
Group 2: 5.00pm-6.30pm

Group 1: 5.15pm-6.00pm
Group 2: 4.00pm - 4.45pm

Walk-ins are welcome, but are based on first come, first served basis.

Featured Artworks

Lim Cheng Hoe. The Estuary. c. 1970.
Watercolour on paper. 37.5 x 51 cm.
Gift of Michael Lim Hock Ann.
Collection of National Gallery Singapore.
© Family of Lim Cheng Hoe

Lim Cheng Hoe. Singapore River. 1962.
Watercolour on paper. 33 x 43cm.
Collection of National Gallery Singapore.
© Family of Lim Cheng Hoe

Lim Cheng Hoe. [Not titled] (Pulau Saigon with a view of Supreme Court). 1971.
Watercolour on paper. 36 x 48cm.
Gift of Low Cheng Hock.
Collection of National Gallery Singapore.
© Family of Lim Cheng Hoe

Lim Cheng Hoe. [Not titled] (Kampong House with Two Figures). 1957.
Watercolour on paper. 36 x 44cm.
Collection of Fermin Diez and Su-Yen Wong.
© Family of Lim Cheng Hoe

... and many more!

Featured Poets

1. Loh Guan Liang
2. Angeline Yap
3. Tan Chee Lay
4. Kamaria Buang
5. Swetha Senthikumar
6. Yeow Kai Chai
7.Cheong Yun Yee
8. Heng Siok Tian
9. Djohan A. Rahman
10. Werner Kho

Event Host

Khoo Lilin


The accompanying performers for this event will be Psalmideo (choir), Gladwin Pantastico (guitarist ), Denise Tan and Xenres Chi (dancers). Do come down to the event to catch their performances.

*Selected books or publications may be available for sale (outside the gallery). Visitors are encouraged to bring along cash to make their purchases.

Lim Cheng Hoe: Painting Singapore runs from August 2, 2018, to June 9, 2019 at the National Gallery Singapore. Admission to this exhibition is free, as is entry to the museum, unless you are a non-Singaporean or non-Permanent Resident however, in which case $15 to $20 admission fee will be required (purchase at B1 Ticketing Counter).

The exhibition will showcase Lim’s works, from the time he started in the 1930s, all the way to the 1970s, as he captured the changing landscape and people of Singapore across four decades.


Members of the public can sign up for workshops on ekphrastic poetry, the same genre that will be showcased at the poetry tours. Join the workshop, "Ekphrastic Imaginings: Writing About Art in Singapore” which will be facilitated by Desmond Kon Zhicheng Mingde.

About Desmond Kon Zhicheng Mingde

Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé is the author of a novel, two hybrid works, and nine poetry collections. A former journalist, he has edited more than fifteen books and co-produced three audio books. Among other accolades, Desmond is the recipient of the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award, Independent Publisher Book Award, National Indie Excellence Book Award, Poetry World Cup, Singapore Literature Prize, two Beverly Hills International Book Awards, and three Living Now Book Awards. He helms Squircle Line Press as its founding editor.


Dress Code: Smart Casual
Assembly Point: Padang Atrium, B1
Pens and notebooks will be provided in the workshop seminar room, sponsored by PILOT.
The National Gallery Singapore closes at 7pm.
Admin & programme fee (excluding gallery admission fees) of $5 is applicable for each tour or workshop.

Instagram Competition - Deadline 20 Feb 2019

There will be an Instagram poetry competition that will be held in conjunction with Living Galleries Ekphrasis Poetry Tour. The top three winners to be invited to perform their works at the tours.

For details of the competition, visit this link: https://www.poetryfestival.sg/igjudging

Living Galleries Ekphrasis Poetry Tour
Presented by: Poetry Festival Singapore

Organised as part of: BuySingLit
Supported by: National Arts Council
Venue Partner: National Gallery Singapore

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Sat Mar 9, 2019
3:30 PM - 6:30 PM SGT
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Gp 1: Tour 3.30pm - 5.00pm (9 Mar 2019) SOLD OUT $5.00
Gp 1: Workshop 5.15pm - 6.00pm (9 Mar 2019) SOLD OUT $5.00
Gp 2: Workshop 4.00pm - 4.45pm (9 Mar 2019) SOLD OUT $5.00
Gp 2: Tour 5.00pm - 6.30pm (9 Mar 2019) SOLD OUT $5.00
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