• An exhibition where expressions of love and regret are captured through the artworks of community participants and artist, Dahlia Osman.

  • A performance by community elders and P7:1SMA inspired by the wisdom of seniors in our community and their stories about letting go.

  • The artist-led project in collaboration with residents of Blk 7 Telok Blangah Crescent involved creating artworks and experiences that reimagined what is valuable to the community, while also fostering connections between neighbours.

  • Inspired by the Chinese characters huo dong, where huo is to live and dong is to move, the participatory experience asked community participants to rediscover their environment through the aural expression qualities of the familiar and the mundane, thus reinventing the meaning of the everyday for themselves.

  • Residents of Blk 7 Telok Blangah Crescent were invited to the void deck studio to pose for a video-portrait. The activity focused on the moments before and after the shutter clicks - as residents shared how they want to present themselves, why they chose this moment to capture for eternity, and for whom?

  • This film is about a cooking series. It looked at food as a remembrance of a person’s life and asked people to select recipes they would like to be remembered by. The participants in the series also demonstrated how they cook their selected dishes.

  • Closer - Kindling - Kow Set Tai caregiver

    Featuring portraits and photographs made by Chong Pang residents who delved into the world of relationships and intimacy during their art making journey. They spoke about the process of ageing, living and dying, love and grief, wishes and regrets.

  • Closer - To Cherish To Hold by Goh Soo Kheng

    Showcasing sympathy blankets - offered to the family of the deceased and hung at funerals - created by Chong Pang residents after they spent time at a workshop contemplating the end-of- life and how to come to terms with death.

  • Closer - The Gift - Han Xuemei

    The Gift is an invitation to contemplate a last gift for someone in each participant’s life. Each gift that was made in this artist-led project, signified a person’s reflection of what is significant to them, what they wish to leave behind, and a unique relationship between two people, in life and death.

  • Closer - Akan Datang - Jasmine Ng

    Using documentary footage of senior participants as a starting point and weaving in the images of a lifetime that were excavated from old photo albums, the three short films tell us how each senior has been differently dealing with delicate issues of death and dying that are present in their daily lives.

  • This edition of Both Sides, Now focused on engaging the Malay-Muslim community to explore end-of-life conversations.

    It began with Kata-Kata Kita (Our Words, 2021), a hybrid variety show for the public to learn more about end-of-life matters, and share their stories.

    Following this success, Lepaskan Sesalan (Release Your Regrets, 2022), a multi-disciplinary arts festival held at Heartbeat@Bedok offered a safe space for the community to continue the conversation on death, dying and bereavement.

  • Carnival, Telok Blangah

    Both Sides, Now had a multi-year presence in two communities - Chong Pang and Telok Blangah - to forge a deeper level of engagement.

    Through a community-based, arts-driven approach, this edition aimed to strengthen social ties and motivate sustainable involvement among community members.

    Its ultimate goal was to support individuals and families in making informed decisions about end-of-life plans.

  • The Wind Came Home - Actress with puppets hot flask brush and cat

    The Wind Came Home, a puppetry performance about end-of-life topics and making difficult decisions went on a tour to 50 senior centres across Singapore.

    As seen through the eyes of a stray cat, the play tells a story of an elderly couple struggling to make end-of-life choices and care plans, when one of them suffers from dementia while the other is diagnosed with cancer.

  • Public Engagement, Khatib

    The second edition of Both Sides, Now continued to be a multi-disciplinary immersive arts experience, this time held in the residential areas of Khatib and Toa Payoh.

    The project brought end-of-life topics, and created spaces for end-of-life conversations to residents’ doorsteps, to create awareness, encourage reflection and engender opportunities for conversations with loved ones, friends and neighbours.

  • Khoo Teck Puat Hospital

    The inaugural edition of Both Sides, Now was a multi-disciplinary immersive arts experience held over three weeks at Khoo Teck Puat Hospital.

    It aimed to create awareness, encourage reflection, and provoke conversations around end-of-life issues among healthcare professionals, caregivers, and the general public.

  • Tides Yishun Seniors Collaborators

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    Community Exhibition and Programmes
    9-20 March 2024

    An arts and asset-based community development approach enabling communities to support one another to live well, and leave well, with lead artist Salty Xi Jie Ng.