Date: Wednesday, 17 Jan to Sunday, 28 Jan
Time: 9:00 am to 9:00 pm
Venue: Bras Basah & Bugis
A joint initiative by the National Arts Council, the Singapore Tourism Board and the Singapore Economic Development Board, Singapore Art Week reinforces Singapore’s position as Asia’s leading arts destination. In its sixth edition in 2018, the twelve-day celebration of the visual arts will be taking place in venues across Singapore, from galleries and museums to art precincts and non-profit spaces.
Reaching out to both Singapore residents and international visitors to promote art appreciation, Singapore Art Week offers a myriad of quality art experiences which span the visual arts, from traditional to modern to contemporary practices. Audiences can look forward to art fairs, gallery openings, exhibitions, lifestyle events, public art walks, and enriching discussions on art and culture. Singapore Art Week also aims to galvanise the arts sector to launch innovative art and lifestyle concepts and events in conjunction with art events during this period.
Image: Mural, Shanghai, Vhils, 2012. Image Credits: Joao Moreira & Danysz Gallery.
Featuring nearly 200 works including on-site projects, paintings, installations, videos, archives and sketches from 50 of the world’s best known street artists such as Banksy, Shephard Fairey (aka OBEY), Futura, Seen, Space Invader, JR, and Vhils, Art from the Streets is the first major retrospective of street art ever shown in Southeast Asia. The exhibition traces the 40 years of this artistic movement from its beginnings to its rise as an urban art form. Art from the Streets also charts the diverse artistic techniques employed and shows how new technologies have created new expressive avenues for artists.
Image: ART STAGE 2017. Image Credits: ART STAGE Singapore
ART STAGE Singapore returns in 2018 for its eighth edition from 26 to 28 January 2018. As the flagship show of the Southeast Asian art world, ART STAGE continues to develop and bridge regional art scenes to create a stronger and more unified Southeast Asian market.
Positioned as the region’s key player in representing the interests of Asian art in the global arena, the Fair also acts as a catalyst for driving international interest in and understanding of Southeast Asian art and igniting heightened market activity. In long-standing recognition of Asia’s dynamism and artistic excellence, ART STAGE continues to innovate with special projects and showcases and encourage dialogue between markets.
Image: Endgame, Nabilah Nordin, 2015. Image Credits: Christo Crocker & DISINI
DISINI is a curated festival consisting of a series of events, art exhibitions and public engagements. Spurred by its locale, DISINI borrows its name from the Malay adverb ‘di sini’, meaning ‘over here’. The Gillman area has been occupied in as far back as 1349 as noted by Wang Dayuan, a Chinese trader who penned personal encounters with communities living near Longyamen, between Sentosa island and Labrador Point. Today, this historical landscape includes iconic sites such as Haw Par Villa, Pasir Panjang Terminal, the shrine of Raden Mas Ayu, Bukit Chandu and Labrador Park. These landmarks sit within a 4-km radius surrounding Gillman Barracks and string the curatorial premise for DISINI. Catchwords such as ‘divinity’, ‘trade’, ‘war’, ‘myth’, ‘monument’, ‘sanctuary’, ‘flora’, ‘occupation’ and ‘hero’, present ideas that call out to be excavated and engaged. Through DISINI, the site presents possibilities for meaningful meetings and a juncture to consolidate the collective spirit.
While Singapore Art Week 2018 officially ends on 28 January, many of its installations and exhibitions will run for months after. These include Art from the Streets, DISINI and The Life of Things, which is a show at the Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay that peers into the relationship between place and people.