Singapore's biggest visual arts celebration returns — expect blockbuster art fairs, gallery openings, art tours and more.
Whether you’re an art aficionado or just a casual gallery browser, head to Singapore Art Week for myriad quality art experiences. Taking place over twelve days, Singapore Art Week 2017 promises an unparalleled experience of the best of local, regional and international art.
Some of the festival’s highlights include multi-disciplinary works such as socio-cultural art project Fantasy Islands, No Regrets For Our Youth at Aliwal Arts Centre, and Body Politic at Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay. Singapore Art Week also features exhibitions that shine the spotlight on life in Singapore, such as We Are The World These Are Our Stories by Singapore artist Amanda Heng and The Bizarre Honour by OH! Open House. Be sure to also look out for exciting exhibitions with the likes of public art project LOCK ROUTE and the iconic Art After Dark at Gillman Barracks where exhibitions open their doors till late.
Art Stage Singapore 2017
Art Stage Singapore, the flagship contemporary art fair in the region, returns from 12 to 15 January. The fair brings the best of Asian contemporary art to the forefront, with content that addresses the most hot button issues in world affairs today. Here, art enthusiasts can expect a crossroads of contemporary art from Southeast Asia, China, India, the Middle East, Australia and New Zealand. The seventh edition of Art Stage Singapore focuses on Southeast Asia, and will highlight the importance of a cohesive Southeast Asian art market. The focus is anchored by the Southeast Asian Forum titled “Net Present Value: Art, Capital, Futures”, which will see in-depth discussion by global thought-leaders and art luminaries, while addressing the theme of capitalism through the visual arts.
Singapore Biennale 2016/2017: An Atlas of Mirrors
It’s all about humankind’s exploration in this edition of the Singapore Biennale. The highly anticipated Biennale returns with the theme ‘An Atlas of Mirrors’, referencing the tools we use to navigate and map our journeys into the unknown. Be inspired to explore and experience the many ways of seeing the world and yourselves (that’s what atlases and mirrors are best for, after all) — audiences are invited to share the imaginative and critical perspectives of artists from 19 countries across Asia. The exhibition features site-specific and never-before-seen work by 63 artists and art collectives, who deal with contemporary realities, double-edged legacies, the human condition, and an array of ‘big ideas’ through their art.
ARTWALK Little India
After two successful editions, ARTWALK Little India returns with a new theme, Your Path To Remember. This year, the festival brings traditional folktales and mythology to life through animation — inviting visitors to explore these stories and spaces through captivating art installations and immersive performances. Organised by LASALLE College of the Arts and the Singapore Tourism Board, with the support of the Little India Shopkeepers’ and Heritage Association, the project runs from 12 to 17 Jan 2017. Arts Management student Khairuddin Hussinee, one of the LASALLE undergraduates involved in ARTWALK Little India, says of the project: “I feel fortunate to be involved in the effort to popularise art in Little India, and to work with visual artists who liven up the Little India area with mural paintings and art installations.”
Singapore Art Week takes place from 11 to 22 January 2017. To find out more, visit www.artweek.sg.