The Arts Open House 2016
The Arts House opens our doors to welcome you to engage in literary shenanigans! We twist traditional perceptions of what literary arts programmes are and present a host of unexpected programmes, which are based on or inspired by literature. From storytelling and batik painting for kids to uncovering a murder mystery, break down the walls of boredom for a day of fun for all!
We are grateful for the help of the following writing groups who meet regularly at The Arts House for their curatorial support of this year’s The Arts Open House.
The Image-Symbol Department is a collective of poets in their twenties that meet monthly to do (terrible) things to each others' poems. Founded by Joshua Ip, Pooja Nansi & Ann Ang after the first Singapore Poetry Writing Month (SingPoWriMo) in 2014, the Department has since performed at the Singapore Writers Festival 2014, and several of its writers have gone on to publish their first collections. They believe in snacks, forgiveness, hard work and honest living.
Burn After Reading (BAR) is a community of young and emerging poets and writers founded and supported by Jacob Sam-La Rose and Jasmine Cooray in London, which has since spread to Singapore under the patronage of Pooja Nansi and Joshua Ip. BAR represents and appreciates a diverse range of poetics from "spoken word" to "page" and points in between.
Ministry of Noise (MoN) is a collective of spoken word poets who meet monthly to workshop new poems and performance ideas. They welcome and encourage a variety of styles and perspectives. MoN aims to provide a space for spoken word poets to share skills, critique one another's work and improve on their writing and performance technique.