The sixth edition of Singapore Art Week, which will take place from 17 to 28 January 2018, will pull you in with its diverse range of visual art experiences. Engage in discussions with internationally renowned artists and fellow art enthusiasts, peruse the priceless collections of art collectors, uncover Southeast Asia's wealth of talent, and celebrate Singapore’s thriving arts scene. Here are six events to check out at Singapore Art Week.
26 – 28 Jan 2018: ART STAGE Singapore 2018
An exceptional fair that will feature art from celebrated international artists and nearly 100 galleries worldwide, the eighth edition of ART STAGE Singapore will once again showcase an impressive breadth of Southeast Asian contemporary art, which art enthusiasts and avid collectors will enjoy immersing themselves in.
ART STAGE Singapore 2018 will also be presenting the third edition of its successful Southeast Asia Forum, where you are invited to participate in dialogues and panel discussions. Gain insights from key industry leaders at this forum that will explore the cross-disciplinary practices of art and design. For the first time, art enthusiasts have the rare opportunity to view the collections of local collectors in their private residences, at the fair’s Signature Collectors’ Visits.
Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Centre Level 1 Hall A – C. 1 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore, 018971. 26 – 28 Jan 2018. Ticketed.
13 Jan – 3 Jun 2018: Art from the Streets
Around 200 works by 50 of the world's best-known street artists can be admired at Art from the Streets, which will take place at the ArtScience Museum™. The list of prominent artists includes notables like Banksy, Futura 2000, Seen and Shepard Fairey (aka OBEY).
Trace the evolution of street art over the past 40 years from its humble beginnings to its rise as an urban art form, and learn about the diverse artistic techniques used in street art. Be sure to also check out the featured works from Southeast Asian street artists, such as Speak Cryptic (Singapore), Yok & Sheryo (Singapore) and Eko Nugroho (Indonesia).
To see more art pieces on the streets, check out the Marina Bay Art Trail, which will take you to discover interesting outdoor modern sculptures by celebrated local and international artists and sculptors woven seamlessly into the bay’s cityscape.
ArtScience Museum. 6 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018974. 13 Jan – 3 Jun 2018. Ticketed.
18 – 27 Jan 2018: ARTWALK Little India
Explore colourful and eclectic gems as you meander through the nooks and crannies of the bustling Little India precinct on an acclaimed heritage trail. Participants of ARTWALK Little India can expect to encounter art murals, installations, performances and activities centred around the theme of “Urban Mythology”. Immerse in the rich stories of Little India as told by an all-local line-up of artists and performers such as Kamini Ramachandran.
Continue to discover this vibrant part of Singapore with The Little India Art Trail, which highlights the abundant traditional art, contemporary art and street art that Little India is filled with.
Various locations in Little India. 18 - 27 Jan 2018. Free admission.
19 – 28 Jan 2018: Light to Night Festival 2018: Colour Sensations
See the Civic District in a different light during Singapore Art Week, literally and figuratively. Taking centre-stage are dazzling multimedia projection shows on iconic buildings such as the National Gallery Singapore and the Esplanade, which will stay open later than usual.
The Light to Night Festival will also showcase literary and performing art forms, as well as the ongoing Century of Light exhibition at the National Gallery Singapore featuring masterpieces from Musee D’Orsay and works by Raden Saleh and Juan Luna.
Take the Civic District Art Trail and explore the historic premises of art venues such as the Victoria Concert Hall and the Arts House and the works of local sculptors and international artists. The Asian Civilisations Museum will also pique the interest of history buffs and art lovers with its display of pan-Asian historical artefacts.
Various locations around the Civic District and Marina Bay. 19 - 28 Jan 2018. Free admission.
18 – 28 Jan 2018: IMPART Collectors’ Show by Art Outreach
For the first time, visitors can view the eclectic private art collections of two prominent Singaporean art collectors.
Curated by the inaugural IMPART Award Curator winner Kamiliah Bahdar and presented by Art Outreach and venue partner The Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre, the IMPART Collectors' Show is a rare opportunity for you to discover the aspects of Singapore that inspired these pieces.
For more of Singaporean and Asian artists, drop by the UOB Art Gallery, which is an ardent supporter of artists in the region.
Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre. 1 Straits Boulevard, Singapore 018906.18 – 28 Jan 2018. Free admission.
26 Jan 2018: Art After Dark;
6 Jan – 30 Sep 2018: DISINI
A beloved mainstay of Singapore Art Week, Art After Dark (26 Jan 2018) at Gillman Barracks will feature both captivating art installations and a variety of delectable street food and beverages. Gillman Barracks’ many galleries will stay open till late for a unique contemporary art experience complete with live bands and F&B pop-ups.
One of Art After Dark’s most anticipated highlights is Transaction of Hollows, where Indonesian artist Melati Suryodarmo leaves viewers to interpret what her two-day durational performance involving a flurry of bows and arrows means.
Concurrently, the inaugural site-specific visual arts festival DISINI (26 Jan – 30 Sep 2018) will take you on an enthralling walk among outdoor sculptures and murals by local and international artists. What's more, Convening #3 by the Nanyang Technological University Centre for Contemporary Art (NTU CCA) will also take place from 25 – 27 January, which will engage the public in performances, talks and workshops, as well as Art After Dark's Residencies Open programme that lets you into the studios of NTU CCA's Artists-in-Residence.
Art After Dark. Gillman Barracks. 9 Lock Rd, Singapore 108937.
26 Jan,7pm till late. Free admission.
DISINI. Gillman Barracks. 9 Lock Rd, Singapore 108937.
26 Jan – 30 Sep 2018. Free admission.