Love at the Gallery @ National Gallery


Writing about love is a challenge. How does one verbalise an intimate and inexpressible feeling? How does one top the Bard and a steady flood of poets and songwriters? But still we persist in writing love poems.

Art becomes a muse for the poets drawn from all the official linguistic traditions in Singapore. Those poems are ekphrastic—that is, they engage in the imaginative act of describing, narrating, or reflecting on situations limned in paintings or sculptures, expanding and amplifying on the meaning that they evoke. The artworks belong to the National Gallery Singapore, which offers an unparalleled vantage point for representations of love in Southeast Asia’s rich history and cultural heritage.

We hope that the audience will be continually led back to the poems and their respective artworks.

Click here to see the featured artworks!

The featured poets will be Edwin Thumboo, Robert Yeo, Ann Ang, Yong Shu Hoong, Theophilus Kwek, Tan Chee Lay, Zhou Decheng (Chow Teck Seng), Faridah Taib, Bakti Khair, Subha Sentikumar (TBC), Subiksha Raman (TBC) and Oliver Seet will join winners of the Love @ the Gallery poetry competition as featured poets.



The meeting venue will be at the Supreme Court wing foyer.

There will be two groups, 5.00pm, and 5.30pm, do note that the maximum pax for each group is 25.

"Love Poetry at the Gallery" (3 & 10 Nov 2018) is organised in conjunction with Singapore Writers Festival 2018. It requires attendees to present the SWF festival pass ($25.00) to gain entry. This event has no further entry charges.

The pass will also give you access to hundreds of Singapore Writers Festival (SWF) other events.
The direct online purchase link is:

You may still purchase the SWF Pass *ONLY AT* The Arts House, Ground level during the festival.

Your registration for this event is not valid without the SWF Festival Pass.

  • The event description was updated. Diff#376196 2018-10-05 04:45:46
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Nov 3 - Nov 10, 2018
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5:00 PM - 6:30 PM SGT
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3 November 2018 Saturday, 5.00pm - 6.30pm FULL
10 November 2018 Saturday, 5.00pm - 6.30pm FULL
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1 Saint Andrew's Road Singapore
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