The Singapore Art Week returns with its largest edition, with more than 100 events over nine days in January. A joint initiative by the National Arts Council (NAC), the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) and the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), Singapore Art Week 2015 is set to wow Singaporeans and international audiences, with its myriad of quality art experiences, from blockbuster art fairs, exciting gallery openings and lifestyle events, exhibitions, public art walks and enriching discussions. The third edition of Singapore Art Week will take place from 17 to 25 January 2015.
Singapore Art Week 2015 aims to reach out to a wide range of international and Singaporean audiences, including art enthusiasts and connoisseurs, art dealers, curators and collectors. Most of the events will take place within the major arts and cultural precincts in Singapore such as Bras Basah, Civic District, Dempsey Hill, Gillman Barracks and Kampong Glam.
Says Mr Paul Tan, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, NAC, “Singapore Art Week kicks off the nation’s cultural calendar and we are pulling out the stops to make sure across the island, the visual arts come alive – from the Bras Basah Bugis district to Gillman Barracks to many corners of the island where you don’t usually find art! Whether Singaporean or international guest, first-timer or serious art collector, Singapore Art Week has something for everyone. Art Week is also a celebration of how far the sector has developed, and is a wonderful opportunity for Singaporean artists to be presented alongside their regional and international counterparts, and be showcased to collectors and the wider arts world.”
Growing the industry
As the pinnacle event in Singapore’s visual arts calendar, Singapore Art Week further reinforces Singapore’s position as an Asian art hub of growing importance and significance. It also seeks to galvanise the arts sector to launch innovative art and lifestyle concepts and events in conjunction with it.
Adds Carrie Kwik, Executive Director of Arts, Entertainment & Integrated Resorts, STB, “Singapore Art Week showcases our multi-faceted arts scene to the world – from the best of contemporary art, vibrant visual arts institutions, to the burgeoning gallery scene. It kicks off the landmark year for Singapore’s visual arts scene. It is also a platform for the industry to test-bed innovative concepts. We hope that the organic growth of the visual arts sector, coupled with the opening of National Gallery Singapore and Singapore Pinacothèque de Paris later this year, will make Singapore an even more appealing destination to art enthusiasts and collectors.”
With a significant number of top-notch international galleries participating in Art Stage, including 93 galleries coming from across Asia, Singapore Art Week is also set to be a match-making platform for collectors, artists, gallerists, curators and art enthusiasts in Asia. Says Kow Ree Na, Director of Lifestyle Programme Office, EDB, “Following the launch of Art Stage in 2011, the arts community in Singapore has started to introduce exciting art events and business networking platforms to attract art collectors, businesses and institutions to Singapore Art Week. As a result, we have witnessed increased confidence from art businesses to establish themselves in Singapore, to tap on the capabilities in Southeast Asia and beyond.”
For collectors and art connoisseurs, Art Stage Singapore, which is back for its fifth edition with more than 130 galleries from 29 countries, remains a must-see. The Prudential Singapore Eye Exhibition is a first for Singapore, which will include the launch of a book showcasing 62 Singapore contemporary artists. In addition, the Asia Pacific Breweries Foundation Signature Art Prize will announce the winners during Art Week. Gillman Barracks will play host to Art After Dark, a late night open house featuring joint gallery openings and an outdoor party, an ongoing public art festival called Drive, while the NTU Centre for Contemporary Art will feature a debut solo exhibition in Southeast Asia by Yang Fudong, a critically-acclaimed Chinese contemporary artist and film-maker. For the arts enthusiast and budding collector who may be keen to learn about different aspects of the visual arts, there are also many talks and panel discussions with experts and artists at Art Stage, Ion Art Gallery, Artistry Café, and the Arnoldii Arts Club at Gillman Barracks as well as participating art galleries.
There are also events for the whole family such as the Sculpture Carnival at Fort Canning Park; Leonardo Da Vinci’s Earlier Mona Lisa at the Arts House; outdoor Taichi Sculpture Exhibition by Ju Ming, well-known Taiwanese sculptor; open house at Tanjong Goodman and the many art trails, by MRT or bus, or an art walk through Little India.
The adventurous-at-heart may wish to check out Vertical Submarine’s unusual interactive installation at the Golden Mile Complex; the Super 0 Party; Aliwal Urban Arts Festival, or sit in on a talk by icons of contemporary art, British duo Gilbert & George.
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