Painted Shadows: A Queer Haunting of the National Gallery, hosted by Ng Yi-Sheng

This class is part of The School of Uncommon Knowledge

Join poet/activist Ng Yi-Sheng on a walk through Southeast Asia’s queer art history. Moving between chambers of the National Gallery, he will unlock the spaces and artefacts of the institution to reveal hidden stories of oppression, struggle, liberation, love and loss. 


About Ng Yi Sheng

Ng Yi-Sheng is a Singaporean poet, fictionist, playwright, journalist and LGBT+ activist. He won the 2008 Singapore Literature Prize for his debut poetry collection last boy. He is also the author of the spoken word compilation Loud Poems for a Very Obliging Audience, the co-editor of GASPP: A Gay Anthology of Singapore Poetry and Prose, and the co-organiser ContraDiction, the nation’s annual queer literary reading. His plays include The Last Temptation of Stamford Raffles (W!ld Rice), Reservoir (TheatreWorks), Georgette (Musical Theatre Ltd) and 251 (Toy Factory Theatre). He tweets and Instagrams at @yishkabob.


Before your tour, please obtain one General Admissions ticket for yourself (i.e. we will not be visiting Artist and Empire).
Your guide will be waiting outside the Holding Cells at the Supreme Court Wing, Level 1. He will be dressed in white.
Try to arrive at least 15 minutes before the tour begins.

This event is not endorsed by the National Gallery Singapore.

All classes in A Home for the Arts run on barter. When registering please select one (or more) of the following that you would like to give in exchange for the class.

  • Edibles. Please make sure they are properly sealed during the tour.
  • If you know the guide intimately, you may surprise him with other gifts.

Friday, 18 November 2016
Saturday, 19 November 2016


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