Yes, our first ever creative session is about to launch into full force on the 27th July, and it’s with none other than our friends over at Practice Tuckshop! The workshop, titled “SPACESMALLSMALLDREAMBIGBIG (38m²)” will touch on placemaking, namely creative placemaking through the arts. They pride themselves as a collaborative creative playground where friends, families and creatives can gather over a cup of tea or coffee.
WHAT IS PLACEMAKING?
Placemaking is a multi-faceted approach to the planning, design and management of public spaces. Placemaking takes advantages of a local community's assets, inspiration, and potential, with the intention of creating public spaces that promote people's health, happiness, and well-being.
It goes beyond being just a one-time process - it is also a philosophy that perpetually governs the area that is designated for growth and development. This concept may sound like one that’s exclusive to the job scope of political leaders, grassroots leaders and community managers. However, the reality is that its application remains largely on-the-ground, which means the people who reside in it technically have the greatest impact and influence in the placemaking sphere.
An infographic on Placemaking: What Makes A Place Liveable by Project for Public Spaces
PRACTICE TUCKSHOP: THEIR JOURNEY
Practice Tuckshop is a creative program by The Theatre Practice (Practice), Singapore’s longest-standing professional bilingual theatre institution.
At the heart their constant hustling, which encompasses rehearsing for their performances and bringing other creative projects (i.e. Recess Time) to life, their modus operandi is to collaborate with the community they’re in and also bring people together through storytelling. It’s why they’ve found a breakthrough with their Recess Time programme, a session where anyone’s welcome to join for a lunch party with fellow foodies and Makan Masters (i.e. amateur and pro chefs).
“Food is always a good entry point to understanding a programme,” producer Cecilia Chow.
And it sure is, given our collective love for food as Singaporeans. It’s not wrong to say that the best conversations happen over makan moments; this very thing can trigger conversations and storytelling.
Ang Xiao Ting, the programmer of Practice Tuckshop echoes this sentiment – she shares that she was inspired by her trip to Berlin, where she realised such operation models were more common. She shares that with Practice Tuckshop’s Recess Time, they’ve made it de rigueur for guests with to sit in a group with people they haven’t met before. They also do not reveal to them what they’ll be serving during the time there so that the opportunity for conversations remains clear as day.
They also worked on the Waterloo Street Crawl for the Singapore Art Week 2018, in which people were invited to unearth the hidden secrets of Waterloo’s places of interest. They collectively recalled the moment when they noticed one middle-aged man who scanned the QR code on one of the posters they put up along the street.
Xiao Ting shares, “He was so happy. He scanned the code, immediately when he opened the page and saw paragraphs of text, he suddenly had this look of disappointment on his face.”
“He thought it was going to lead to some form of a giveaway,” she quips.
Yet, Practice Tuckshop chose to look at it as an opportunity to learn and grow from it, and in fact added that it spurred them to listen in more closely to what the people want instead of what they thought would work. That’s part and parcel of doing placemaking – learning that the locus of a place ultimately lies in its community, and not its geography.
WHAT TO EXPECT AT THE CREATIVE SESSION
The creative session will comprise of two parts – a sharing session and an activity time. During the sharing session, they will introduce themselves and share how they’ve leaned into the art of storytelling to craft the creative programmes.
In the second part, this is where you’ll be sharing some of your passion and expertise, and brainstorming ideas on how to craft a story about Waterloo Street that you may very well see in their upcoming programmes! In similar past sessions, they’ve incorporated flashcards into their activity. Storytelling will be the overarching element in this one.
Mark the upcoming date in your calendar and clear your Saturday lunch dates for some exciting session of creativity and storytelling! Book your tickets here!
Date: 27 July 2019
Venue: Naiise Iconic @ Jewel Changi Airport, #02-205/206, Singapore 819666