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  • FOM - Book Group
    over the world and our discussions are always very lively We tend to have the meetings at our homes taking turns to host and review the books This month our bookgroups are reading move your cursor over a book s cover for a brief synopsis or click on a book s icon for more information about each title Shelfari Book reviews on your book blog Nehru the invention of India by Shashi Tharoor Why the West Rules For Now by Ian Morris A Fortune Teller Told Me by Tiziano Terzani We would like to invite you to contact us if you are interested in joining and we will do our best to find you a spot in a suitable group You can either contact me Preeti the coordinator or the group leaders directly to see if they have a place The leaders are Monday 1 30 to 3 30 pm 2nd Monday of the month Sakina Hoosenally Monday 7 00 to 9 00 pm 1st Monday of the month Zita Simoes Tuesday 9 30 to 11 30 am 2nd Tuesday of the month non fiction with an Asian Central Asian history biography focus Mary Rajkumar FULL Wednesday 1 00 to 3 00 pm last Wednesday of the month Pramila Chanrai FULL Thursday 9 30 to 11 30 am 3rd Thursday of the month Tassy Moochala FULL Thursday 1 30 to 3 30 pm last Thursday of the month non fiction Preeti Khandelwal Friday 10 am to 12 noon 1st Friday of the month fiction Liz Jorden FULL Sunday couples only last Sunday of the month Alphonse Falconi FULL You are also encouraged to volunteer to lead a new book group with whatever focus you choose With over 2000 members there are often many FOMers waiting to join a group so

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  • TEXTILE ENTHUSIASTS GROUP (TEG)
    various hand woven textiles produced in Mainland Southeast Asia that were inspired by Indian trade textiles The patola was the most influential trade textile in the mainland and it was reproduced in weft ikat rather than double ikat technique by weavers in Cambodia Laos and Thailand The brocades from Varanasi Banares were also replicated by weavers in these countries and the locally woven versions were used in clothing styles of the courts No surviving examples of patola have been found in Mainland Southeast Asia but some brocades especially those worn as drama costume have survived The presentation will be illustrated with examples from the Tilleke Gibbins Textile Collection Download the report of this activity here Kimono clad women Date Time Thursday 26 April 2012 Title Kimono Uncovering a Tradition Tour Our Program The graceful elegance of kimono clad ladies has been a feature of Japan for centuries We learned a little of the history of this garment its many different styles materials and motifs and uncovered the complexities beneath the refined exterior with a demonstration of how the kimono is worn Our speaker Fiona Cole spent 8 years living in Tokyo and developed a love of Japanese textiles Click here for a photo summary of her presentation Date Time Wednesday 28 March 2012 10 00 11 00 am Title Patterns of Trade Tour Our Program A private tour of ACM s latest textile exhibition featuring Indian trade textiles Kim Jane Saunders is the author of Contemporary Tie and Dye Textiles of Indonesia OUP 1997 and contributing author in Tenun Handwoven Textiles of Indonesia 2011 Her passion for textiles began in the National Museum Jakarta Indonesia whilst serving as Chairman of the Indonesian Heritage Society As an historian and teacher she has worked with the educational travel and tourism industry in Asia for the last twenty years promoting awareness and appreciation for locally produced contemporary Southeast Asian textiles She leads expeditions and lectures regularly to international specialist interest groups Her own textile teaching collection continues to grow Javanese batik Date Time Wednesday 14 March 2012 10 00 11 00 am Title Javanese Batik from the various regions of Indonesia Tour Our Program Many of us own Indonesian batik pieces but weren t quite sure where they came from Ibu Tumbu Ramelan a connoisseur of Indonesian Batik as well as the Director of the Batik Museum in Jakarta kindly consented to give a talk to us on her favourite subject She is also the author of the book entitled 20th Century Batik Masterpieces Date Time Wednesday 29 February 2012 10 30 am Title Fabric of Life and Death White cotton cloth among the Tai Our Program Plain weave white cotton cloth is a more important symbol of women s power in Tai cultures than their celebrated and elaborate mat mi and khit patterned textiles Our speaker Dr Leedom Lefferts Senior Research Fellow at the ACM shared with us his knowledge of weaving processes as well as the crucial role of this simple

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  • FOM - Docent Ongoing Training
    docents regardless of your home museum s Date TBA Time TBA Title TBA Venue TBA Speaker TBA Description TBA More Information TBA back to top of page Reminders concerning ACM Student Tours 1 Meet student groups outside ACM main entrance Docents have been asked to meet their school groups just outside the main entrance on the front steps under the portico The students can then be divided into groups who are each then allocated a docent The docents can lead their groups one by one to the new locker area behind the Front Desk get the students to deposit their bags and then take the groups up into the museum These new arrangements are needed as space in the student locker area is quite tight and it s easy to lose students and docents en route 2 Use the BACK staircase For the safety of the students we have requested that all student groups with or without docents use the back staircase to access Level 2 entry to galleries and Shaw foyer and River Room The grand staircase is too wide and not all students going up the stairs have access to the handrails We also would like to leave the grand staircase to individual visitors and public groups that can sometimes be very big too The back staircase is also a more direct route to the galleries and the River room 3 Use PENCILS only FREE The museum has been trying to get visitors to use only pencils in our galleries by issuing free pencils You may be familiar with the orange and black pencils This is in accordance to conservation guidelines that we need to upkeep Using pens markers water or poster colour crayons in our galleries may lead to accidental or intentional destruction of our artefacts on

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  • The Benefits of Joining FOM
    the Asian Civilisations Museum ACM Singapore Art Museum SAM the National Museum of Singapore NMS Singapore Tyler Print Institute STPI The Peranakan Museum TPM and the Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall SYSNMH Free subscription to our bi monthly glossy magazine Passage featuring articles of local and Asian interest special columns on museum artefacts current museum exhibitions regional tours and other member events and activities Invitations to join various members activity groups see Members Activities Participate in interesting educational and cultural programs tours and other activities that will help you strengthen your knowledge about Singapore and Asia Meet new friends with common interests Join in programs that encourage you to use your talents and develop new ones Connect with volunteer activities that support Singapore s museums and other leading cultural institutions How to join FOM It couldn t be easier Print out our Membership Form click here to download complete it and Mail along with your payment to the FOM office 61 Stamford Road 02 06 Stamford Court Singapore 178892 You may also give a gift of membership by downloading this form If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us at fommembership yahoo com If you

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  • FOM - FOM Council
    she met her husband and became a trailing spouse and has since enjoyed living in Japan Hong Kong France the UK and since 2008 Singapore During this time she has worked at Asia Money Magazine Goldman Sachs and INSEAD conducting research writing and editing Over the years she has also set up two businesses produced three children trained as a reflexologist and massage therapist and become quite experienced at moving house Kate is a docent at SAM and STPI and was co Head of training at SAM 2011 12 She is passionate about art museums and books and enjoys travelling learning new things and volunteering Rita Lee Honorary Treasurer Rita is a Singaporean who returned home in 2007 after working for 18 years with Citibank the last 7 of which were in Taiwan and Hong Kong She then decided to heed her other interests and trained to be a docent while undertaking and completing a Master s Degree program in Southeast Asian Studies at the National University of Singapore Rita now works part time as a financial consultant but volunteers full time She currently serves as the Honorary Treasurer in the 2012 Council and is also the Coordinator and Co head of docent training at the Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall Prior to that she was the NMS Coordinator from 2009 2010 She is also an active volunteer with her church s ministry to the elderly Preeti Khandelwal Council Representative Membership Volunteer Appreciation Preeti Khandelwal was born and raised in Mumbai India She has a BA and and an MBA from the United States She worked in the music business in London for some years Preeti is married to a Belgian and has 2 children aged 13 and 11 Before moving to Singapore in 2009 Preeti lived in The Netherlands for eight years and the UK for eight years prior to that She speaks English Hindi and Dutch and is struggling to learn Italian She enjoys travelling photography and reading non fiction She enjoys all forms of art culture and music however diverse She currently coordinates FOM s Asian Book Groups and initiated the first non fiction book group within FOM Preeti joined docent training in 2011 and now guides at the ACM Maren Kraemer Dreyer Council Representative Museums Maren Kraemer Dreyer is a German citizen and holds an M A and PhD in economics and geography from the University of Hannover in Germany She worked in the publishing industry in Germany until 1994 when she moved to Singapore and started working here Her mainly free lance work included authoring a business guide on India in 1996 for the network of the German Chambers of Commerce economic reports on various industries of Southeast Asian countries for the exhibition industry 1996 2005 as well as editing children art books since 2007 She has been a docent at SAM since 2010 and the coordinator in 2011 and 2012 She has three children and enjoys painting and guiding students at SAM Victoria

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  • Family Fun!
    entry charges apply Recommended for 6 9 yr olds P1 P3 Recommended group size is 10 40 children Accompanying parents teachers are welcome Venue The Peranakan Museum Armenian Street Singapore Note Bookings need to be made through the Education Dept of the Peranakan Museum Email adibah daud nhb gov sg Let s Go to Emily s House 1 Dec 2012 2pm 5pm NEW Create your own Peranakan masterpiece with fabric collage and mixed media painting techniques and join a tour of the Emily exhibition led by artist Kelly Reedy 20 per pax includes Peranakan snacks all art materials and a goodie bag The Worshop is suitable for children aged 7 10 years For more info please click here The Asian Civilisations Museum Rainbow Safari Is it a bird A fish A crocodile Something new altogether Let your children find out at the ACM on the Rainbow Safari an interactive tour conducted by FOM docents that introduces children to Asian cultures and stories through animals lurking at all corners and on everything This half hour tour is followed by a hands on activity with a take home memento Programme duration 1 hour Museum entry charges apply Recommended for 6 9 year olds P1 P3 Recommended group size is 10 40 children Accompanying parents teachers are welcome Venue Asian Civilizations Museum 1 Empress Place Singapore Note Bookings need to be made through the Education Dept of ACM To book and enquire more please contact our education officer at 6332 7886 or drop an email to adibah daud nhb gov sg Singapore Philatelic Museum Spice Is Nice Runs through May 2013 Spice is Nice exhibition traces the voyages of discovery spice trade colonisation migration pattern life in early Singapore traditional cures and flavours of regional cuisine The exhibition targeted at families with children

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  • More Public Events
    Gallery 2 Showcasing works of art drawn exclusively from the collections of the Asian Civilisations Museum this exhibition reveals how artistic forms from central Islamic lands were transformed by regional traditions Religious objects such as Qurans calligraphy and tomb markers will be displayed along with secular objects including arms textiles and pottery from Indonesia and Malaysia The exhibition will also showcase Chinese porcelain and enamels made for local Muslim patrons in the region For more info please click here back to top of page COURSES Batik Painting Class Date Every Wednesday 7pm 9 30pm Venue The Goodman Arts Centre Batik is a traditional technique for fabric design originating from Java It is also an interesting medium for painting on fabric Participants will be introduced to the history of batik that relates to our Asian heritage its traditional methods and guided on the proper use of tools like the tjanting and managing the dying process No prerequisite skills required 150 X 2 8 sessions For more information please click here Caricature Drawing Class Date Every Wednesday 7pm 9 30pm Venue The Goodman Arts Centre Learn how to draw caricatures or improve your skill at it Conducted by professional caricaturists of Cartoon SG It will systematically cover the basics for beginners as well as coaching for advance students No prerequisite skills required 150 X 2 8 sessions For more information please click here The following short courses are on offer from Lasalle Click here for more information Coming up Textiles and Clothing of Asia 11 14 February 2013 SOAS and Ceramics of the Far East 27 30 May 2013 SOAS Visit the SOAS website for advance information back to top of page CULTURAL PERFORMANCES The Sacred Music of Gamelan Date 29 Nov 1 Dec 2012 8pm NEW Venue The Arts House Chamber Gamelan music has been around for centuries It often accompanies dance wayang kulit and drama It has been performed for many different occasions such as festivals baptisms weddings rituals funerals birthdays and even general elections In this performance the Sacred Music of Gamelan will be showcasing gamelan music for thanksgiving in praise of the wonderful gifts that we have received over the years such as love friendship unity in diversity stewardship tolerance courage and humility Over the years the groupís Artistic Director Amran Ahmad has researched and collected gamelan pieces that are meaningful along the themes of ìGratitudeî Amran has re arranged some classical repertoire to highlight the young talents amongst the members who have learnt to play various intricate instruments within the gamelan family Audience can also look forward to the interludes of duets and trios chamber style Javanese gamelan music as well as full ensemble presentations with vocals There will be snippets of Sundanese and Balinese gamelan music as well 15 per pax For more info please click here back to top of page OTHER LISTINGS Film But Is The Book Better Date 28 Nov 1 Dec 2012 NEW Venue The Arts House Screening Room Eating Air 28

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  • More Singapore Links
    is Singapore s first independent contemporary arts centre located in the civic district just a few doorways down from the Peranakan Museum on Armenian Street Its venues include a black box theater a gallery a dance studio Random Room and two multi functional classrooms It presents and co presents a wide range of artists and programmes from traditionally trained dancers to local rock bands established visual artists to young poets publications to international short film festivals experimental theatre to seminal conferences on Singapore arts and culture It offers courses in arts marketing photography batik painting dance acting and film to the public minimum age 15 Institute of Southeast Asian Studies ISEAS is a regional research centre dedicated to the study of socio political security and economic trends and developments in Southeast Asia and its wider geostrategic and economic environment The aim of the Institute is to nurture a community of scholars interested in the region and to engage in research on the multi faceted dimensions and issues of stability and security economic development and political social and cultural change To achieve these aims the Institute conducts a range of research programmes holds conferences workshops lectures and seminars publishes research journals and books and generally provides a range of research support facilities including a large library The library has a comprehensive collection of research material on the applied social sciences dating mainly from the 19th century ISEAS schedules regular seminars and lectures To receive notices of their events send your contact details to seminar iseas edu sg Asia Research Institute The Asia Research Institute ARI was established as a university level institute in July 2001 as one of the strategic initiatives of the National University of Singapore NUS Its mission is to provide a world class focus and resource for research on the Asian region located at one of its communication hubs ARI engages the social sciences broadly defined and especially interdisciplinary frontiers between and beyond disciplines Through frequent provision of short term research appointments it seeks to be a place of encounters between the region and the world Within NUS it works particularly with the Faculties of Arts and Social Sciences Business Law and Design to support conferences lectures and graduate study at the highest level ARI conducts regular lectures and seminars Events Select Books The Asian Book Specialist The best independent bookshop in Singapore specializing in Southeast Asian titles Set up in 1976 its vision is to make a wide variety of publications on Southeast Asia available to a wider audience It stocks an extensive collection of books and journals relating to the region They compile a new titles list called Selections for customers on their mailing list and they ve recently launched a dedicated blog They put out occasional special subject lists for example on The Chinese in Southeast Asian Art Architecture and Southeast Asian Literature They are also good about special ordering titles for you they do not have in stock and FOM members receive a 10

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