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Discover the story of Emerald Hill through secret tours, art, and performances
in homes and private spaces.

Emerald Hill, a former nutmeg plantation, is a perfect illustration of the relationship between botany and commodities that circulate the Empire. But there is a dark side too. Scientific exploration exists alongside exploitation of new lands. Valuable crops are stolen, smuggled and monopolised. The colonial still haunts us.

Explore, collect and piece together your very own story of Emerald Hill in 19th century Singapore.


Saturdays & Sundays
3 / 4 / 10 / 11 / 17 / 18 / 24 / 25 March 2018

Tours start 11am
Last entry 4.30pm

37 EMERALD HILL ROAD

2.5hrs

$30 / pax
(excluding ticketing fees)


 
 

WHAT TO EXPECT

 

YOUR TICKET ENTITLES YOU TO
THREE 30-MINUTE TOURS AND A FINALE EXHIBITION

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The Moral Hazards of Growing Nutmeg in a Faraway Land

Nutmeg Mania seizes Singapore in its early years. This tour takes you to the origins of Emerald Hill and Orchard Road as cash crop plantations. An immersive and sensorial tour that recreates the heady excitement of colonial nutmeg main turning into a tale of tragedy and failure.

30-min tour

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All The King’s Painters
 

History is written by the winner; artists are essential to this fickle story. This tour puts our colonial history on a stage – artists play with its performance and construction. Includes an introduction to the founder of Singapore, Sir Stamford Raffles, his iconography and legacy.

30-min tour

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Fantastic Beasts and
man-eating flowers

The rise of natural history and science gives the Europeans a self-assuredness in organising the exotic and unknown. Like colonials on an expedition, you embark on a choose-your-own-adventure through the themes of botany, science and representation.

30-min tour

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BUY EMPIRE
EVERY DAY EVERY WHERE

The citizen fulfils their civic duty only by consuming.
 


A finale exhibition

 

ARTISTS

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Anthony Chin

Anthony Chin (b. 1969) is a designer turned visual artist, who works and lives in BeiJing, Chiang Mai and Singapore. He graduated with an MA in industrial design from the Royal College of Art (UK). He has created award-winning design works and led two design agencies as a creative director for 10 years. After his stint in the field of design, he backpacked extensively in the region for a few years, while focusing on visual art. This journey eventually led him into creating immersive installation works that confront our state of contemporary being. He has participated in various local design and art projects and recently had his first solo art show in Beijing's 798 art district.

 


Allison Low x Ho Wai Kit

Allison Low (b. 1989) is a Singapore-based artist. She obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Fine Art from UNSW, Sydney where she majored in drawing and painting. She is fascinated by the human condition and works with concepts relating to emotional chaos and intangible states of being. Her works have been shown at Kult Gallery and Taksu Gallery in Singapore and Airspace Projects in Sydney amongst others.

Ho Wai Kit (b.1985) is an architect who established A Whispering Campaign as a moniker for creative collaborations. He received his Master of Arts (Architecture) from NUS in 2011. His works explore the possibilities of creative partnerships between disciplines and take the form of illustrations, installations, murals, architectural design, film scoring and creative writing. He has recently presented works at the Spellbound: Noise x GIF Festival Singapore in Gillman Barracks, The Majestic Hotel and RWS Singapore.

 


Ang Song Nian

Ang Song Nian (b. 1983) is a Singaporean artist. He received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Photography from UAL Camberwell College of Arts and the London College of Communication respectively. He works with materials and traces of human behaviours made visible within landscapes through photographic documentation and installations. His recent solo exhibitions include As They Grow Older and Wiser at Objectifs and Hanging Heavy on My Eyes at DECK in Singapore. He has also exhibited in the Photo Espana Festival (Spain), Lianzhou International Photo Festival (China), Gallery Jinsun (Seoul, South Korea), Hanmi Gallery (London, England) and the Institut d'Estudis Ilerdencs (Lleida, Spain).

 


Evil Empire

Evil Empire (est. 2009) is a collective of amorphous parts and artists that work with site-specific interventions. Working with Felicia Y Liu, it last presented Save Joo Chiat, a light and sound installation that talked about our nation-state's search for a new social compact and identity. With Yen Phang and spell#7, it staged The End of History in a labyrinth of a shophouse. At Marina Bay, it created a reading of Kafka’s book in a hall of mirrors, reproducing the random violence of bureaucracy in urban environments.

 


Gilles Massot

Gilles Massot (b.1955) is a multidisciplinary artist and academic. After studying architecture and photography in Marseille, he obtained his Master of Arts (Fine Arts) from LASALLE SIA/Open University, London in 2006. He currently lives and works in Singapore. Based on the idea of "the space between things", his work aims to link and decipher the narratives existing between disciplines, people, occurrences and parts of the world. His visual art practice more specifically deals with the theory of photography and its relation to time and space.

 


Isabelle Desjeux

Isabelle Desjeux (b. 1967) is an artist and scientist based in Singapore. Her research is based on the "refuse", the "leftovers", the "failures" and their function in the process of scientific research, and a strong belief in the power of transformation over creation. Her art takes the form of videos, installations and lectures. She has exhibited works in the Singapore Art Museum and the ArtScience Museum. 

 


Jimmy Ong

Jimmy Ong (b. 1964) was born in Singapore and currently works from his studios in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Since graduating from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia, USA, he has exhibited in numerous local and international exhibitions including FOST Gallery (Singapore), Tyler Rollins Fine Art (New York, USA), Museum of Contemporary Art (Taipei, Taiwan) and more. Ong’s works are also in the permanent collections of the National University Of Singapore Museum and the National Gallery Singapore, Deutsche Bank AG, amongst other private and corporate collections.

 


Ju Ae Park

Ju Ae Park (b. 1990) was born, lives and works in Jeju Island, South Korea. She studied Western Painting at the Jeju National University. She works with the traditional oriental painting as well as acrylic on canvas, often combining the two together. She has exhibited her works in Jeju Island at the Jeju Culture and Art Centre, the Jeju Provincial Art Museum and recently completed a residency at the Nars Foundation in New York.

 


Kayleigh Goh

Kayleigh Goh (b.1993) is an independent arts practitioner currently based in both Singapore and Malaysia. She received her BFA from Lasalle College of the Arts. Trained as a painter, her current practice utilises cement and construction materials in place of paint to explore her interests in the psychological and poetic implications of place. She has participated in various group shows in Singapore and Malaysia, including the Noise Art Mentorship Showcase: Proposals for Waterloo.

 


Kent Chan

Kent Chan (b. 1984) is an artist, filmmaker and curator based in Singapore and Amsterdam. He obtained his Masters in Fine Arts from the Sandberg Institute, Netherlands. His practice revolves around our encounters with art, fiction and cinema, exploring the links between aesthetic experience and knowledge projection. He is particularly interest in the tropical imagination and the relationship between moving images and the modern city.

 


Lenne Chai

Lenne Chai (b.1991) is a Singaporean photographer and director. She has worked with brands such as SK-II, Canon Asia, H&M, Puma and RMK. Her work has been geatured in publications such as TeenVogue (USA), NYLON (Japan). Elle Girl (Japan), Harper's Bazaar (Singapore) and more.

 


Mamakan

Mamakan (b. 1971) is a Danish artist and photographer based in Singapore. Her practice is driven by her fascination with stories in botany, including edible botanicals, the lives of botanists, the transoceanic journeys of seeds and plants, and people's relationship with plants and food. She uses multi-sensorial modes of engaging guests, through touch, sounds, scents, and even food and drinks. She has exhibited at the National Museum of Singapore and the Singapore Biennale.

 


Nabilah Nordin x Nick Modrzewski

Nabilah Nordin (b. 1991) lives and works in Melbourne. She received her Masters in Contemporary Art from the Victorian College of the Arts in 2015. She works with found objects bound together with cement, glue and plaster, creating giant sculptures that talk about the demands of time, material and labour. She has exhibited at places such as Chapter House Lane and Fort Delta in Melbourne, and at the Australia High Commission and Institute of Contemporary Arts in Singapore.

Nick Modrzewski (b. 1988) is an artist based between Australia and Singapore. He recevied his Bachelor of Fine Art from the Victorian College of the Arts and a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from the University of Melbourne. He works across painting, sculpture, performance and text to tell stories that are semi-autobiographical and explore power hierarchies. He has exhibited in Australia and Singapore, at places such as Fort Delta and Blindside in Melbourne and the Australian High Commission in Singapore.


Robert Zhao Renhui

Robert Zhao Renhui (b. 1983) is a Singapore-based multi-disciplinary artist. He received his Master's degree in Photography from the London College of Communication. His practice addresses human relationships with nature. Using conventions of documentary photography and museum displays, he composes narratives that subtly destabilise our notion of truth. He has exhibited widely locally and internationally. He recently presented The Nature Museum as part of Singapore International Festival of Art (SIFA) and The Bizarre Honour as part of Singapore Art Week in 2017. He was also a part of the Jakarta Biennale in Indonesia and the 7th Moscow Biennale in Russia in 2017.


Tan Kheng Hua

Tan Kheng Hua (b. 1963) is a well-known award-winning theatre/television actress/producer in Singapore. She was recently selected as one of 50 iconic local stage personalities in an exhibition celebrating 50 years of Singapore theatre. She also creates and produces original works in and outside of Singapore. She was one of the 20 Singaporean contemporary artists chosen to represent Singapore in Singapore: Inside Out, a showcase presented by The Singapore Tourism Board in Beijing, London and New York City to celebrate the country’s 50th Birthday.

 


Weixin Chong

Weixin Chong (b. 1988) is an artist who maintains a nomadic practice, frequently in transit between Singapore, London, and other cities. She completed her MFA in Printmaking at the Royal College of Art, London. She is fascinated with the relationships between digital and organic, surface and translation. She uses different materials as metaphors, as well as corpuses for senses and spirits. She has exhibited locally and internationally including at NTU-CCA and DECK in Singapore, Gajah Gallery in Yogyakarta, and Palazzo Binelli in Carrara. She was recently an artist artist in residence at the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo in Santiago, Chile.

 


Zarina Muhammad

Zarina Muhammad (b. 1982) is a curator, arts practitioner and educator based in Singapore. Her research interests lie in the intergenerational and interregional translations of narratives, more specifically on cultural translations pertaining to ritual magic and Southeast Asian mythologies. Zarina has presented her work in Indonesia, Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia.

Image courtesy NTU CCA Singapore

 


Zen Teh

Zen Teh (b. 1988) is an artist and educator. She completed her BFA (Photography and Digital Imaging) at NTU. She is interested in man's relationship with the natural world. Her practice is shaped by her proficiency in photography and painting, alongside her continual investigation into interdisciplinary studies of the works of nature and human behaviour. She has exhibited works in Singapore, most recently at the Alliance Française de Singapour and Pearl Lam Galleries, and also regionally in Thailand, Taiwan and China.