Workshop: "Why intervene at all?" by Lin Shiyun, Creative Director, 3Pumpkins

When, why, and how do artists play a role in the community?

While neighbourhoods in Singapore may appear homogenous, each local community faces a unique set of issues due to its distinct social demographics. There is no fixed formula for creative intervention that conveniently applies to all. In this workshop, Lin Shiyun will share her practice in community engagement and development projects, carried out in public spaces, as a constant search for answers to understand and reorganise social patterns. Through case studies, participants will attempt to unravel the purpose and examine various methods of creative intervention in communities, and question if such intervention is necessary at all.

No prior experience in community engagement and development needed. Participation fee includes material costs.

Venue: The Seminar Room, NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore, Blk 43 Malan Road, Singapore 109443
Workshop Fee: $12

This workshop is by paid registration only. No walk-ins allowed.


Lin Shiyun (Singapore) is the Creative Director of 3Pumpkins, an arts company that is rooted in activating and connecting communities as both creators and audiences of the arts. The company’s flagship social practice Let’s Go PLay Outside! is focused on developing resilience in local communities through long-term engagement with children at the neighbourhood playgrounds. Since 2012, Lin has been commissioned by public and private institutions to produce multi-disciplinary participatory programmes. Her most recent works are Our Time Together exploring children’s experiences in grief and loss, and outdoor giant puppet show The Rubbish Prince. She is also currently working with Tzu Chi Foundation (Singapore) on designing a comprehensive arts programme targeted at youth and community participation.


This is an education programme of the exhibition Siah Armajani: Spaces for the Public. Spaces for Democracy. Learn more about the exhibition here.

Image credits: Children and facilitators goofing at the neighbourhood playground, a locus of public interaction activated in social practice Let's Go PLay OutSide!, 2017. Courtesy Lin Shiyun.

Sat Aug 24, 2019
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM SGT
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Malan Road, Gillman Barracks, Block 43 Singapore
NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore