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Tue 09 May 2006

Go ahead, sketch if you're inspired!

Category : museum

08 May 2005 - SAM reviews sketching policy.

SAM encourages art appreciation and expression

"We thank you for your valuable comments and suggestions pertaining to the copying of artworks at Singapore Art Museum (SAM).

SAM is a staunch believer that the museum is a learning resource towards the promotion of art appreciation, reflection, and inter cultural learning. In line with this belief, we encourage all forms of activities that foster art appreciation and expression. To this end, we encourage the copying of artworks in the galleries. However, as with major museums around the world, certain parameters had to be put in place to safeguard the national collection.There may also be some conditions imposed by insurers and lending museums.

We have reviewed our policy in regards to the need to apply for a sketching permit in the galleries, taking into consideration feedback from the public. We welcome drawing or sketching on hand held sketching pads in the galleries using dry medium.

Understandably, special arrangements can be made with SAM for the setting up of easel, large drawing boards placed on the floor, use of wet medium, and studio art classes conducted in the galleries.Please contact our customer service Ms Stephanie Yeow at 6332 7989 for such arrangement.

We seek your understanding,and we welcome all who are interested in making SAM their source of inspiration for the learning and studying of art.

Thank you.

Suenne Megan Tan
Assistant Director (Communications & Partnership Development)
Singapore Art Museum

- Posted to Editors mailing list, 08 May 2006 by NHB staff Shaun Wong.

This all started with a letter of complaint to the forum page, a typical PR response from SAM's Corp Comms conceding little and infuriating many, further onslaught and then this. I wished they'd be less officious about their response and better acknowledge the point and the impetus for this decision. Its almost robotic. Boy or boy, could this be any stuffier?

But its an encouraging sign. Considering that they are, after all, fronted by bureaucrats and their practical worries, and that this received national exposure in the press and well-informed heritage circles, and that it required some homework to support this decision, it is a relatively fast response.

And Jessica Lai Kit Mun who asked NHB to "Allow students to copy artworks at museum" (Straits Times, 27 April 2006) is to be congratulated for writing in. Its wonderful that she cared about improving SAM. We have to make that effort to put forward constructive complaints, solutions and acknowledge good things that we see, when we can.

Some updates, 10 May 2006 - About half and hour ago (1am), a very gracious letter appeared on I added SAM's title to the letter above some 30 minutes later.

Yesterday, Chua Ai Lin of the Singapore Heritage Mailing List forwarded the original blog post (08 May 2006: 9.25pm) to the Singapore Heritage Mailing List (09 May 2006) where feedback about the issue had been generated earlier. List member Gilles Massot, who had certainly added his five cents worth, said "A big thank you to SAM for listening to us."

Now that everyone's happy with SAM, I only wish I could sketch something for the staff as positive feedback!

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