Mr Lim Kok Boon believes that art brightens the world. A strong advocate for arts education, he thinks every child is entitled to a meaningful arts experience. Before his current position as Master Teacher (Art), he was a Programme Director (Art) at Singapore Teachers’ Academy for the aRts (STAR), Art Curriculum Planning Officer with the Curriculum Planning and Development Division, and art teacher at Nanyang Girls’ High School. He is also an independent art critic who writes art reviews on his blog, boonscafe.com. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Art History and Fine Arts from Goldsmiths College (University of London) and a Master of Philosophy in Education from University of Cambridge.
His research interest includes visual literacy; Information, Communications Technologies in art education; museum-based learning; and art criticism.
Professional Involvement and Contributions
Lim, K. B. (2017). Language of Art: prompt cards to help talk and write about art. Singapore Teachers’ Academy for the aRts, Ministry of Education.
Lim, K. B. & Chun W. S. (Eds.) (2017). Investigating art: ideas on museum-based learning. Singapore Teachers’ Academy for the aRts, Ministry of Education.
Lim, K. B. & Loy, V. (Eds.) (2016). Inquiry in and through art: a lesson design toolkit. Singapore Teachers’ Academy for the aRts, Ministry of Education.
Lim, K.B. (2016). “Introduction to Chapter 3, Practising the contemporary: art as an expanded field”, In Say, J. & Seng Y. J. (Eds.) (2016). Histories, practices, interventions: a reader in Singapore contemporary art.
LASALLE College of the Arts, Institute of Contemporary Arts, Singapore, 279-294.
Lim, K.B. (2016). “A short note on 50 drawing exercises”, In Constable, M. & Chen, Y.Y. (2016). 50 Drawing exercises: for teachers and students of drawing. Singapore Teachers’ Academy for the aRts, Ministry of Education.
Lim, K. B. & Ira W. S. (Eds.) (2016). Generating inquiry-based art lesson ideas: a primer with 50 examples. [E-book] Singapore Teachers’ Academy for the aRts, Ministry of Education.
Loy, V., Lim, K. B. & Chun, W.S. (Eds.) (2016). Serious play: perspectives on art education. Singapore Teachers’ Academy for the aRts, Ministry of Education.
STAR, PESTA (2016). Enhancing 21st century competencies in physical education, art and music: PAM research report. Singapore: Ministry of Education.
Lim, K.B. (2013). Not in any order: writings on singapore art 2006 - 2010. Singapore: Firstfruits.
Lim, K.B., Kwa, G. & Loy, V. (Eds.) (2013). Drawing learners: perspectives on art education. Singapore Teachers’ Academy for the aRts, Ministry of Education.
Lim, K.B. & Tang, H.J. (Eds.) (2013). A: Edge. Singapore Teachers’ Academy for the aRts, Ministry of Education.
Lye, D. & Lim, K.B. (Eds.) (2011). AEPE2011: between worlds. Singapore: Ministry of Education.
Lim, K.B. (2008). Curator’s Note. In Lee, M. (2008). Drawing out conversations: Eight Slangs. Singapore.
Lim, K.B. (2000). The Danger Museum: a publication from the danger museum archives. Singapore.
Conference papers and presentations
Investigating the usefulness of WebQuests in art education: a case study of Singapore secondary art teachers’ use of WebQuests to enhance students’ visual literacy, 5th International Conference on Teaching and Learning with Technology, Singapore, 28 - 31 March 2016.
Developing 21st century competencies through physical education, art and music in Singapore schools, Symposium presentation member, National Institute of Education, Redesigning Pedagogy International Conference 2015
Frames of mind: understanding thinking routines, Singapore Teachers’ Academy for the aRts, Museum Education Symposium 2015
Let’s talk about art: effective questioning strategies that support artistic inquiry, Teachers’ conference 2014, Session 3300, Ministry of Education, Singapore, 2014.
Selected Workshops and Lectures
Inquiry-based Art Lesson Design Course, Singapore Teachers’ Academy for the aRts, 2016-7
Dive into Art Criticism, guest lecture for MA Asian Art Histories, LASALLE College of the Arts, 2017
Selected Art Exhibitions
Something To Write Home About:8288 Nautical Miles, Singapore Arts Festival in New York from 12 – 22 September, 2015
Shiok! Exhibition, curated by Black Design (Singapore), Centre of Creative Communication, Shizouka, Japan
Curating Lab: 100 Objects (Remixed), presented by NUS Museums, Singapore, 2009
Drawing Out Conversations, curator, FOST Gallery, Singapore，2008
Common Wealth, presented by Touring Natives (http://www.boonscafe.com/touringnatives/), Singapore, 2008
The EXTRAordinary Tales of Skylarking, An Exhibition to celebrate the process of Play in Art-making, Jendela, Esplanade–Theatres on the Bay, Singapore, 2007
Vision for Tomorrow, Curated by Jennifer Teo, p-10, Singapore, 2006
I Work Here, commissioned by Raffles City, Singapore, 2006
Insomnia 48, TheatreWorks’ event, Curated by Ong Keng Sen, The Arts House, Old Parliament House, Singapore, 2004
Pop Shots, Month of Photography, The Substation Gallery, Singapore, 2004
Toys!, Curated by Gunalan Nadarajan, Earl Lu Gallery, Singapore, 2003
Unpacking London, Independent Group Show, Perumal Studio, Singapore, 2003
Art Bites!, Curated by Kng Mian Tze, Esplanade-Theatres on the Bay, Singapore, 2003
B. E. A. U. T. Y., Organised by The Artists’ Village (TAV), Utterly Art Gallery, Singapore, 2002
From a Distant, PSC 50th Anniversary Exhibition, Curated by Lindy Poh and Shirlene Noordin, City Hall, Singapore, 2001
President’s Young Talent Art Exhibition, Singapore Art Museum，2001
Feast! Food in Art, Curated by Lindy Poh, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore，2000
ASEAN Art Awards Exhibition, Philip Morris Group of Companies, Atrium, MITA Building, Singapore, 2000
Outstanding Innovator Award (MOE HQ), 2016
President’s Young Talent Award for Art, 2001
Juror’s Choice for Philip Morris Singapore-ASEAN Art Awards, 1999 and 2000