Singapore Architecture in Art & Comics


for members


for non-members

Robertson Quay

The Herencia

Singapore 239351

Sun 24 Oct, 10:00 AM to 07:00 PM

Sun 24 Oct, 10:00 AM

Part of Archifest 21

Archifest 21: Design evidence – Architecture is everywhere.


What springs to mind when you think ‘architecture’? Fancy buildings and skyscrapers. Towering hotel buildings. Complex swimming pools and funky shapes. Right?


Well, that’s only half right. Architecture doesn’t just refer to Marina Bay Sands or the Interlace or other award-winning, billion-dollar projects. In fact, architecture and design is all around us. From the humble HDB flat to open community spaces like skate parks and public gardens, everything has evidence of design – everything is ‘architecture’.


This is exactly what Archifest21 seeks to explore. Join us at Crane for a whole host of cool events and activities that will redefine your personal idea of ‘architecture’.


On 24 October, Crane is proud to host a whole slew of fun and fascinating things to do, in collaboration with Archifest.


Join us for a fascinating digital exhibition featuring comic book and graphic artists who have celebrated Singapore’s heartland architecture in art and storytelling. Includes graphics, videos and interactive materials.


Ikebana Workshop: Creating Floral Form & Space

11:30am & 2:30pm, 24 October

2:30pm 23 October (additional class)

$125 (Members) / $135 (Non Members)

Please register for this workshop separately! Look for this event on 

At 11:30am and 2:30pm, join conservation consultant and ikebana instructor Mabel Lee Chow in a flower arranging class like no other, in Ikebana: Creating Floral Form & Space. Explore how ikebana is able to enhance and emphasize design and spaces in architecture.


Art Workshop: Sketching Shophouses with ComXNaut

12pm, 2pm, 4pm, 24 October


Please register for this workshop separately! You can find the link on 

From 12pm, jump into a Shophouse Sketching workshop with ComxNaut studios. This starts with a little tour to view the frontage of the heritage shophouses of Kim Yam Road, ending with a fast and fun perspective sketching lesson on drawing your own little shophouse! Three sessions available throughout the afternoon.


Panel: Grassroots & Inclusive Community Spaces

2pm, 24 October

Included in festival entry


At 2pm, engage in a panel on grassroots and inclusive community spaces, hosted by Crane’s own Arts Associate, Shaiful Risan. In land scarce Singapore, spaces have been appropriated to suit various social and personal needs in addition to their original function as buildings, structures and homes.

The attitude and approach towards the improvisation of space seems to have become part of the intangible localized identity within Singapore. Grassroots x Inclusive Spaces takes a look at the angle of how we create spaces within spaces to make life a little more colourful.

Moderated by Shaiful Risan (Arts Associate of Crane) this session will have a live interchange with Sharon Tan (formerly from The Projector, currently an educator), Zakir Hossain Khokan (former journalist, two time winner of Migrant Poetry Competition) and Manda Foo (Bollywood Adventures), this will be a (grass)rudimentary approach on the topic and inclusivity narrative.


Online Panel: Singapore Stories through Comics & Photographs

4pm, 24 October, moderated live from Crane.

Included in festival entry.


One of the festival events is an online panel discussion on how Singapore stories and architecture are captured in comics and photography, comparing the two mediums with their own visual language, methods and creators' intentions.

How the Singapore skyline, buildings, cityscapes have influenced these artist’s work and the stories they want to tell.Exploring the similarities and differences in how comics and photographs convey the city.

The panel is moderated by Lim Cheng Tju. The panelists are:

Ye Zhen, a self-published comic artist of comic book series Singapore Hip-Hop Horror Comics (12 vols, since 2006)

Mindy Tan, local documentary photographer

Darren Soh, veteran local architecture photographer

Raymond Quek, professor with research on graphic narrative and architecture and Singapore's architectural history.

The panel is accompanied by a digital exhibition of the artists' work at Crane.

 Decompose Interactive Performance Art Corner (11am - 6pm)

Curated in tandem with Independent Archive Ltd, this special corner explores the role of construction and demolition within domesticity!

Heartland Hooligan Live Interactive (530pm - 6pm)

In 2017 a few youths got themselves in a bit of a sticky situation with a rooftop vandalism incident in Toa Payoh. Hosted by Shaiful Risan, this interactive is a humanising dialogue on mischief through the lens of the heartlander.

ANOTHER WAY SOCIAL CENTRE The Presentation (615pm - 7pm)

Imagine a cross-generational elderly home for the marginalized communities. Where growing old does not mean withering away, but having a purposeful golden journey! Closing Archifest2021 @ Crane, yes this is indeed a serious plan, let's make this happen!


Pop-Up Home Decor Market:


All day, Crane will also be hosting an awesome little pop-up featuring homegrown and Singapore-based artists who have celebrated Singapore’s architecture in their art and home decor products, including Ginger Lily, Yeni Draws, Em+Co, Big Red Chilli, and of course, Crane Living. We’ll also feature books and comics on the theme. Pick up beautiful home decor pieces to decorate and celebrate your very own piece of Singapore architecture – your own home!


Registration to the exhibition, talks and panels is included in your $5 entry. (Entry to pop-up marketplace is free). Individual workshop fees apply for hands-on workshops.


See you there!

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