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Ripple Root

6 Nov – 16 Dec 2021, 10am – 6pm Daily (Closed on Mondays), Kampong Glam, Malay Heritage Centre
Artists present on 6 – 7 and 13 – 14 Nov for live painting

For its sixth edition, Art Encounters will return once again to the lawn of the Malay Heritage Centre from 6 November to 16 December 2021, with a vibrant site-specific installation by local artist duo Ripple Root that celebrates the history of Kampong Gelam as a flourishing port in the 19th century where travelers and tradesmen from the Malay Archipelago would gather.

Where Land Meets Sea explores the material and visual culture of seafarers who made their livelihood from the sea and surrounding islands, as well as the Malay communities who settled around the river banks of the nearby Rochor river. In doing so, it spotlights the concept of tanah air (land-water), which together translates to mean ‘homeland’ in Malay.

In line with existing Safe Management Measures, visitors will only be allowed into Art Encounters in groups of 2 (limited to 4 pax per container). Short waiting times may be expected. Proof of vaccination and SafeEntry check-ins via the TraceTogether app are required. (Updated: 19 October 2021)

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Inspired by the Malay Heritage Centre’s rich collection and artefacts featured in the upcoming special exhibition Cerita (Stories) which will open from 11 December 2021 to 29 May 2022, the artists will layer their colourful visual language over archival images and reimagine historical objects in their signature bright and bold hues, enlivening the past and encouraging us to see it with new eyes. Life-sized cut-outs of a traditional boat and Gelam tree will also be sited on the sprawling lawn for visitors to take photos with.

Continuing in Art Encounter’s mission to reveal more of the artistic process to the public, the duo will spend the first 2 weekends of the exhibition (6-7 November, 13-14 November) live painting inside the containers, giving visitors a rare insight into their painting process which takes place like a tag-team manner, with each adding onto another’s interpretation freely. When complete, visitors step inside the containers to learn more about the artefacts in the paintings.

You are welcome to take photos and videos with credit to Art Outreach and the artists.


Please tag the artist @rippleroot and @artoutreachsingapore on Instagram, and let us know how your experience was!


Exclusive Stickers

Featuring artworks  from the exhibition. Stick them over your laptop case, water bottle, files or anywhere you can imagine and show your support for Singapore art. Proceeds  will going towards Art Outreach’s education, community outreach, and public programmes.

Now available in our online store and on site during the exhibition.

Featured Artworks

These works measure 40 x 40cm and are available for purchase with proceeds going towards Art Outreach.

Please contact us for enquiries.

*View these artefacts in Malay Heritage Centre’s special exhibition Cerita (Stories) opening on 11 December 2021

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About the Artist
Ripple Root is the artist moniker of Liquan Liew (b. 1986, Malaysia) and Estella Ng (b. 1991, Singapore), a duo who develop artworks physically next to each other, taking turns to add to a piece like a game of ‘tag’. They make collaborative, carefree works reflecting themes of nature and wildlife, and are known for their colourful murals around Singapore that reflect the history and character of neighbourhoods they are sited in. Ripple Root depicts scenes from both reality and the subconscious while dealing with abstraction through bold colour, strokes and pattern. In their work is a distinct Southeast Asian ornamentation, seen in the dense, interwoven patterns that borrow from arabesque tiles and textiles, and folkloric elements given a modern twist.

Ripple Root has held solo exhibitions both locally in Singapore, as well as internationally, in London, South Korea, Melbourne and Sydney. Their art can be found in the private collections of Cathay Pacific, Raffles Hotel, Google, Zendesk and Facebook. In Singapore, they are known for their art in commercial and public spaces, such as Keong Saik Street Alley, 21 Tanjong Pagar, Cuppage Terrace. In 2019, they were handpicked by Sotheby’s to participate in their Modern & Contemporary Asian Art auction, where the work See You at the Satay Club was shipped to Sotheby's Hong Kong, and was sold there.

Past Works

Get Ripply! Art Contest

Inspired by your visit to From Land to Sea at the Malay Heritage Centre? Stand a chance to win one of the 6 exclusive paintings by Ripple Root from “Where Land Meets Sea". Up to 5 runner-ups will also receive a sticker set featuring 6 of their designs! All you have to do is create your own artwork in the style of Ripple Root’s signature waves and bright colours, and share it with us before 16 December 2021.


All mediums and expressions are welcome.



  • This contest is open to participants who are at least 10 years old (at the time of submission).

  • Each participant is limited to one submission. 


Contest Mechanics

  1. To participate:


  • Fill in your details and upload a square format photo of your artwork at the form below


  • Post a square format image of your artwork on your profile (ensure your account is set to “Public” so we can see your post) with the hashtag #ArtEncountersSGContest

  • Follow and tag @artoutreachsingapore


2. The Contest will commence on 6 November 2021 and end on 16 December 2021, 11.59 p.m. Late submissions will not be accepted.  


3. Art Outreach will, in its sole and absolute discretion, select the winners by 31 December 2021. Winners will be announced publicly via Instagram and Facebook by 31 December 2021, and will be contacted via Instagram Direct Message or email for further details, depending on their mode of submission. They must respond with their details within 48 hours or may forfeit their prize. 

Contest Submission

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Terms & Conditions

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The results of our Get Ripply! Art Contest are in and here are our winning entries!

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