It’s the start of a new year, and with that another swinging round of Singapore Art Week. Starting mid January, the annual event sees Singapore making a bold claim as Southeast Asia’s leading art hub. Even if you’re not one for the arts, there’s still plenty to check out.

(Hero image: Art Stage Singapore, Featured image: Art Walk Little India)

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Art Stage Singapore

The local art fair is back for its ninth edition, this time focusing on garnering experiences between art and audience. While smaller, Art Stage continues to present a range of programmes for fair goers. Besides the regular curations from exhibiting galleries, there will also be the Singapore Stage featuring commissioned works by local artists and the Collectors’ Stage, a collection of private works from the region’s top art collectors.
(Image: Art Stage Singapore)

Address
Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018956
Website
Start Date
January 25, 2019
End Date
January 27, 2019
Price
$24
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Art After Dark

Party the night away at the popular open-house by Gillman Barracks. The art enclave will see the launch of new exhibitions at resident galleries along with live music and dining pop-ups. Also debuting is S.E.A. Focus, a gallery showcase by STPI and international galleries featuring works from emerging and developed artists.
(Image: Gillman Barracks)

Address
Gillman Barracks, 9 Lock Rd, Singapore 108937
Website
Start Date
January 25, 2019
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Light to Night Festival 2019

Light to Night Festival is now in its third year. This edition is enhanced to a full six-week art bonanza which will see interactive and accessible works displayed in and around the Civic District. This bumper-sized version of the festival sees two editions, for Art Week (18 Jan – 27 Jan) and Singapore’s Bicentennial (28 Jan – 24 Feb). This year’s theme is Traces and Echoes, inspired by histories of the area. Expect art trails and exhibitions, dining pop-ups and performances at the Victoria Concert Hall.
(Image: National Gallery Singapore)

Website
Start Date
January 18, 2019
End Date
February 24, 2019
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IMPART Collectors’ Show 2019

The IMPART Collectors’ show is just as its name implies: a showcase of Singapore-based private art collections. Pieces here revolve around imaginary creatures and dream-like worlds; some a reflection or critique of socio-political issues. It also serves as a rare insight to the adventurous tastes of art collectors based here.
(Image: Art Outreach)

Address
ArtScience Museum, Level 4, 6 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018974
Website
Start Date
January 17, 2019
End Date
February 2, 2019
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Art Walk Little India 2019

Art Walk Little India is another regular on the Singapore Art Week lineup; a collaboration between LASALLE and Little India Shopkeepers’ and Heritage Association. The trail takes participants through murals and stories peppered around the area. Along with the usual programming, the event has also partnered with various galleries and associations for film showings and workshops.
(Image: Art Walk Little India)

Website
Start Date
January 18, 2019
End Date
February 2, 2019
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Vanishing Workflows by Xavier Antin

Aloft at Hermes presents French artist Xavier Antin’s latest site-specific work inspired by Singapore’s tropical landscape, the Bitcoin industry and the tensions between technology and nature. Colourful fabrics hung around the gallery depict blurred images of flowers in Singapore created from a hacked printer; a reconstructed landscape of sorts. This is juxtaposed by another installation: a running Bitcoin machine, an invention by Antin, which he hopes to generate enough cash to send an online order to a florist for a bouquet.
(Image: Hermès)

Address
Aloft at Hermès, 541 Orchard Road, Liat Towers, Singapore 238881
Website
Start Date
December 14, 2018
End Date
March 10, 2019
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11 by Dawn Ng

Local multidisciplinary artist Dawn Ng will be presenting her first performance art piece ever at Telok Ayer Arts Club. Ng is best known for Walter (2011), a giant blow-up rabbit which she places at various spots around Singapore. Her focus on life in Singapore continues in her latest project, which also doubles up as a social experiment. Made up of four shows, the performance piece gathers 11 pairs of strangers in a speed dating-like scenario each time to re-enact 11 scripts about Ng’s life experiences. Not to worry, each participant starts with a stiff drink at the bar to loosen up a little before the performance.
(Image: SPRMRKT)

Address
Telok Ayer Arts CLub, 2 McCallum St, Singapore 069043
Website
Start Date
January 17, 2019
End Date
February 14, 2019
Jasmine Tay
Senior Writer
Jasmine Tay is the dining, culture and jewellery writer. She makes fine silver jewellery and causes mini-explosions in the kitchen when she can't afford fancy dinners. Sometimes she tells people what she thinks about art, and binges on the music of Danzig when they don’t agree.