Noah’s Garden II by Deng Guoyuan at the Singapore Biennale: An Atlas of Mirrors (Photo by Singapore Art Museum)

Noah’s Garden II by Deng Guoyuan at the Singapore Biennale: An Atlas of Mirrors. (Photo by Singapore Art Museum)

It was a visual feast at the fifth edition of Singapore Art Week, which ran from 11 to 22 January 2017. With more than 100 events ranging from art fairs, gallery openings to art walks around Singapore, there were plenty of activities for art lovers of all ages – whether you’re an art aficionado or just a casual gallery browser.

Highlights of the Singapore Art Week include Art Stage Singapore, the region’s flagship international art fair returning for its seventh edition. In 2017, the art fair focused on the importance of developing a cohesive Southeast Asian art market in Singapore, which saw in-depth discussions by global thought leaders and art luminaries. The fair also brought the best of Asian contemporary art to the forefront, with content that addressed the most hot button issues in world affairs today. 

The other must-see exhibition of Singapore Art Week was the Singapore Biennale (which happens biennially, only coinciding with Singapore Art Week on the latter’s alternate years), one of Southeast Asia’s most important contemporary art exhibition presented a constellation of artistic perspectives that provide unexpected ways of seeing the world and ourselves. 2017’s edition of the Singapore Biennale was titled An Atlas of Mirrors, and featured site-specific and never seen before contemporary artworks by more than 60 artists across Southeast Asia, and East and South Asia. 

The celebration of visual arts continued throughout Singapore, featuring prolific local artist, Amanda Heng, held at the Singapore Tyler Print Institute, in an exhibition titled We Are the World – These Are Our Stories which centred on history, memory, communication, and human relationships in urban spaces.

Visitors also ventured beyond the galleries for an art walkabout with ARTWALK Little India. During this multidisciplinary festival, the Little India cultural precinct came alive with performances and art installations that celebrated its rich heritage.

The immersive art experience went on late into the night at Art After Dark and Aliwal Urban Art Festival, held at the Gillman Barracks and Aliwal Arts Centre respectively. These two outdoor parties were a colourful fiesta filled with street art, live music and a plethora of delectable F&B offerings.

Got you psyched to join in this arty adventure? Start planning for the upcoming Singapore Art Week 2018. Singapore Art Week is held in January every year, so mark your calendars!