There’s art for everyone!
The eighth edition of the annual Singapore Art Week returns this month with new works and exciting art experiences happening islandwide for people of all ages to explore and enjoy. There’ll be exhibitions with engaging tech and digital elements, public art installations and lifestyle events for the whole family, as well as talks, tours, fairs and gallery openings to catch.
In line with its theme of “Art Takes Over”, more than 100 art events will take place across Singapore, including arts and cultural institutions, private galleries, art precincts and independent arts spaces.
Visit www.artweek.sg for the complete event line-up.
Light to Night Festival returns to the heart of Singapore’s Civic District as a marquee event of Singapore Art Week where art, innovation and ideas intersect. Over the two weeks of the festival, art extends beyond the walls of Civic District’s cultural institutions, and into the precinct’s public spaces, where the Civic District is transformed with light, sound and movement. Free admission.
Light To Night Festival 2020
10 to 19 January
Civic District (locations include National Gallery Singapore, Asian Civilisations Museum, The Arts House, Victoria Theatre & Victoria Concert Hall, and Esplanade)
This playful public artwork by Twardzik-Ching Chor Leng is reminiscent of the familiar Singapore childhood game. Igniting personal memories, shared histories and a collective remembrance of gathering around simple play, each stone offers exciting new ways of experiencing art in the everyday, and invites all to engage in the spirit of communal play and openness. Free admission.
Five Stones by Twardzik-Ching Chor Leng
10 to 19 January
In four exhibitions around Esplanade, discover new works by Chen Sai Hua Kuan; kllylmrck; The Migrant Ecologies Project (comprising Zachary Chan, Lucy Davis, Kee Ya Ting and Zai Tang); and Amanda Heng.
By surfacing untold stories and reflecting on shared experiences of negotiating our sense of belonging and human agency, the works invite a deeper and more critical engagement with the world we inhabit. Free admission.
This site-specific installation by British-Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare, situated in the former parliament chamber of The Arts House, is an artistic response to the historicity of the building and pays homage to the rich cultural heritage of Southeast Asia.
In 2019, Shonibare was awarded the decoration of Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire or CBE. He was notably commissioned by the late curator Okwui Enwezor in 2002 to create his most recognised work Gallantry and Criminal Conversation that launched him on to an international stage. Free admission.
Get a rare introspection of production and art practices in the workspaces of the resident artists of Telok Kurau Studios and enjoy open studio, workshops and art discourses run by the artists within their own workspace. The event highlights new residents of Telok Kurau Studios, representing a changing phase of the venue while introducing new perceptions, forms and ideas of art. Telok Kurau Studios is Singapore’s pioneering arts house since 1997 housing 28 distinguished veteran to emerging artists. Free admission.
S.E.A. Focus returns for its second edition with 20 leading galleries from Singapore and around the world. Featuring 35 artists based in or connected to Southeast Asia (with over half born before 1985), it builds on its mission to showcase contemporary art from Southeast Asia, providing a platform to foster greater appreciation and engagement with the art and artists from the region. Tickets from $10.
Former Ship Repairs Workshop and Warehouse officially opens its doors to the public for the first time as a pop-up art destination. For six months from 10 January, expect to see a bold, new art space take shape in this massive 20,000 square feet of heritage industrial factory space. Once the manufacturing workshop and yard for ship repairs, the ground floor will be repurposed as the main activity area, and will house the project’s main contemporary art exhibition opening with an artist line up that includes local multi-hyphenate Dawn Ng. Free admission.
Subculture takes centre stage once again at the seventh edition of Aliwal Urban Art Festival as artists from the periphery gather at Aliwal Arts Centre in a radical showcase of visual art, alternative music, dance performances, and skateboarding that confronts you with the question “What if”. What if art is taken to the streets? What if performances go beyond the norm? What if you can be a part of art? Ignite your curiosity with unconventional creativity in this celebration of urban art and youth subculture. Free admission.
Here’s your chance to catch art from the private collections of prominent Singaporean and international collectors. The show aims to bring together the “market, the makers and the masses”, and to cultivate and support emerging art talents, as well as encourage art collectors and the public to understand, appreciate and support local visual art communities.
Featuring works by artists including Yinka Shonibare, Kehinde Wiley, Bharti Kerr, El Anatsui, Eko Nugroho and indieguerillas, this edition of the IMPART Collectors’ Show celebrates the transgressive spirit of artists boldly transforming materials into strange, odd and exhilarating forms. Free admission.
Join this multi-disciplinary public art project set in the cultural precinct of Little India and reconcile the past and present while tracing through the moods of heritage and the grandiosity of works.
Into its sixth year, the enchantment continues its journey through space and time, enthralling visitors with yet another wondrous line-up of activity that evokes the memories of the past, the calmness of the now and the excitement of tomorrow. Free admission. Free admission. Registration is required.
ARTWALK Little India 2020
10 to 11 and 17 to 18 January
Little India, Jalan Besar
This vibrant flagship night-time open house event by Gillman Barracks is a heady combination of stimulating visual art and electrifying live music. With new exhibitions and programmes, the entire precinct will open its doors from 7 pm till late in Singapore’s very own visual arts cluster. Free admission.
Organised by Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre, CapitaLand and Facebook Art Department, participants on the trail are given access to hidden artworks located in the CBD that are not often accessible to the public. Wow!
Highlights include works by Singapore’s Cultural Medallion recipient Goh Beng Kwan, artists Tan Zi Xi and Ng Yak Whee amongst others. Free admission. Registration is required.
Revealing a fragment of the lesser-known ‘culture tribe’ from the underbelly of the city state, this art and AR technology showcase presents the art of emerging contemporary Singaporean artists. Translated with raw, poetic sincerity and intimate reflection through sculptures, animations, performance art, and moving images, encounter a fragment of Singapore seldom seen or spoken about. Curated by Khairuddin Hori, this exhibition features seven artists: Speak Cryptic (Farizwan Fajari), Gerald Leow, Muhammad Izdi, anGie seah, Eugene Soh, Amanda Tan, and Daniel Yu.
By Muneerah Bee, January 2020 / Photos: respective events and Facebook
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