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)
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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.