A Tambal for the Sultan: A sewing-performance with Jimmy Ong

A Tambal for the Sultan: A sewing-performance with Jimmy Ong, in conjunction with his artwork "Poverty Quilt/A Year in Java"

Join Jimmy Ong and his assistants in this sewing circle where you will get the opportunity to create and contribute to making a communal quilt. While doing so, you will hear and exchange stories around the tambal batik. The sewing circle ends in an on-site performance, in which you will help bring the installation to life.

The workshop and performance is suitable for adults and is not child-friendly. WARNING: Performance may contain adult content.

About Poverty Quilt/A Year in Java

For his Poverty Quilt/A Year in Java, Jimmy Ong collaborated with a group of nyai penjahit (“artist-seamstresses” in Javanese) to create a large quiltwork pieced together from textile scraps collected from sewing sweatshops in Yogyakarta. The work is an ode to Ong’s reflections on poverty and the impact of colonial rule on Java, as well as a tribute to his late grandmother. She became the sole breadwinner and raised seven children on earnings made by sewing buttonholes for a factory when his grandfather was stranded on Java in 1948. While the work is on display at ACM, members of the public are invited to participate by sewing buttons onto the large quilt as a representation of inscribing their own individual memorials against the nation’s colonial history.

About Jimmy Ong
Jimmy is an artist from Singapore with a prolific career that has spanned over thirty years. He graduated from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and worked in the US for many years. Currently he is based in Yogyakarta. Ong is recognised for his large-scale, figurative drawings in charcoal. Autobiographical circumstances and familial relationships are interwoven in his works with societal issues relating to gender, sexuality, and social exclusion. In constructing his pictures, he draws reference from art, history, and, in recent years, Javanese myths and colonial history. His works are in several private and public collections worldwide, including Singapore’s National Collection.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Do I need any experience to join this workshop?

No experience/ knowledge is needed!

2. Why do we have to put down a refundable deposit of $10/pax?

As the workshop spaces are highly limited, this is to ensure that the instructor and facilitators' times are fully utilized. The deposit will be refunded 24 hours after the event.

3. I have more questions!

We'd be happy to answer them for you! Drop us a note via peatix or email us at nhb_acm_prog@nhb.gov.sg.

Terms & Conditions

1. A refundable deposit of $10/pax is collected upon registration on Peatix. For all attendees, this deposit will be refunded 24 hours after the event (standard Credit Card refund windows apply). In the event of no-show, the deposit will be forfeited.

2. Please arrive early for the event. We reserve the right to open spaces to walk-in participants if space is available when the event begins. If you are late, you risk not being allowed to participate.
Sep 21 - Sep 29, 2019
[ Sat ] - [ Sun ]
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM SGT
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Sat, 21 Sep, 4.30 - 6pm (Refundable deposit) SOLD OUT $10.00
Sun, 22 Sep, 4.30 - 6pm (Refundable deposit) SOLD OUT $10.00
Sat, 28 Sep, 4.30 - 6pm (Refundable deposit) SOLD OUT $10.00
Sun, 29 Sep, 4.30 - 6pm (Refundable deposit) SOLD OUT $10.00
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1 Empress Place Singapore
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