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The ultimate guide to Singapore Art Week 2019

Navigate your way through Singapore Art Week as we map out 13 must-see highlights
Art Stage Singapore, Singapore Art Week
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Ready to chin-stroke your way through nine days of art? The National Arts Council, Singapore Tourism Board and the Economic Development Board of Singapore team up to present the seventh edition of Singapore Art Week from January 19 to 27. Catch the city painted in a kaleidoscope of colours as artists, art collectors and enthusiasts from all over the world pull all the stops to showcase their masterpieces at five major locations – the Civic District and Marina Bay, Bras Basah and Bugis, Jalan Besar and Little India, Gillman Barracks and in the heartlands like Woodlands and Taman Jurong.

Whether you’re an art aficionado or rookie, this is the perfect opportunity to fall in love with the city's art through different mediums such as paintings, sculptures, films, photographs, live performances, discussions and immersive experiences such as art walks and lifestyle events. Satiate your hunger for stunning visuals by taking part in over 100 events held at multiple art galleries, institutions, museums and non-profit spaces. Come with a curious mind (and camera) for an impressive range of exhibitions, talks, workshops, performances and film screenings that encompass a plethora of genres and topics including experimentalism, horror, history and culture.

Can’t wait to start your Singapore Art Week trail? We’ve mapped out the highlights to catch during nine-day art-stravaganza.

Returning favourites

Impart Collectors' Show 2019: Fabulous Monsters, Singapore Art Week

IMPART Collectors’ Show 2019: Fabulous Monsters

Jan 17-Feb 2

A dream-like world that showcases how a grand collection of visual iconography in Asia can be used to examine current socio-political issues. The ArtScience Museum transforms into such a world as the exclusive and private art collections of avid Singaporean and regional collectors deck the space for a limited period. To keep the conversation going, there are also public symposiums of talks and tours led by keynote speakers including art practitioners such as Catherine David, the Deputy Director of the Musée Nation d’Art Moderne at Centre Georges Pompidou, and Johnson Chang, founder at Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong and co-founder of the Asia Art Archive (AAA).

ArtScience Museum, daily 10am-7pm

Art Week at SAM, Singapore Art Week

Art Week at SAM

Jan 18-27

Feast your eyes – and broaden your mind – on a myriad of contemporary art at the Singapore Art Museum. Observe the thought-provoking pieces by local artists at the President’s Young Talents exhibition and get into their creative minds through talks and performances. Get a taste of the upcoming Singapore Biennale with a teaser line-up of panel discussions, film screenings and live music performances by various artists at the Singapore Art Museum too.

SAM @ 8Q, daily 10am-7pm

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Artwalk Little India, Singapore Art Week

ARTWALK Little India 2019

Jan 18-Feb 2

The Singapore Tourism Board teams up with LASALLE College of the Arts with the support of Little India Shopkeepers and Heritage Association to deck out the vibrant precinct with its annual multidisciplinary public arts project set to the theme of Image and Sound of Fragrance.

Take a stroll down Little India and admire the colourful murals that line the walls. Immerse yourself in an exciting line-up of exhibitions and performances that ignite your senses – including live storytelling by Kamini Ramachandran, exhibition by various artists at UltraSuperNew Gallery, and mural paintings and artworks by students of LASALLE College of the Arts.

Little India, various timings

Light to Night, Singapore Art Week

Light to Night Festival 2019: Traces and Echoes

Jan 18-Feb 24

The annual urban art fest takes over the Civic District with a wide variety of creative and artistic expressions at the National Gallery Singapore, The Arts House, Empress Lawn, Victoria Theatre and Victoria Concert Hall, Asian Civilisations Museum, Esplanade Park and Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay. But what makes this year’s event different is that it runs on two editions. The festival kicks off with Singapore Art Week from January 18 to 27, and then commemorates Singapore’s Bicentennial from January 28 to February 24. Based on the theme of Traces and Echoes, the Singapore Art Week edition allows viewers to discover art and ideas that tie in with the rich history and roping stories of the Civic District.

Civic District, daily 5pm-midnight

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State of Motion 2019: A Fear of Monsters, Singapore Art Week

State of Motion 2019: A Fear of Monsters

Jan 23-Feb 24

Curious about Southeast Asian horror? We dare you to explore the worlds of State of Motion 2019: A Fear of Monsters and discover the parallel histories and connections between Southeast Asian horror films and Southeast Asian contemporary art. There are captivating exhibitions, tours, artworks and panel discussions to better showcase the relationship between horror films and art.

Film History Exhibition: National Library Building, daily 10am-9pm
Art Exhibition: 11 Kampong Bugis, daily 1pm-9pm

Art After Dark, Singapore Art Week

Art After Dark

Jan 25

Hop between new exhibitions and exciting programmes by resident galleries and the NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore at the visual arts precinct’s late-night open house event. While you’re at it, shop unique and quirky paraphernalia at pop-up stores, grab some tasty bites at the eateries on-site and groove to the live music on the dancefloor under the stars amid a range of impressive artworks.

Gillman Barracks, 7pm-late

Newcomers

< > Sim Lim Square Art Residency, Singapore Art Week

< > Sim Lim Square Art Residency

Jan 7-27

Skip your regular electronic stores and repair technicians, and head up to level six of Sim Lim Square for some hybrid art – we’re talking visual art pieces fashioned from tech. The art residency transforms into an open studio and exhibition – all at once – for the month of January. Witness artists come together for panel sessions and get the full residency experience with a guided tour. For a free-and-easy viewing, the open studio is available from noon to 6pm for visitors to engage in conversations with each artist, allowing them to understand the processes and means of making art with the use of technology.

Sim Lim Square, daily noon-6pm

National Museum of Singapore

Lucy Liu and Shubigi Rao: Unhomed Belongings

Jan 12-Feb 24

Heard of ‘visual pen-friends’? That’s what American artist Lucy Liu – who also happens to be the Hollywood star – and Singaporean artist Shubigi Rao are. Like pen-pals, the two became friends through an exploration of their respective artworks without meeting in person. The exchange unravelled shared interests and themes that are incorporated in their practices. Both artists are known for analysing cultures, histories, identities and relationships through their works. Intrigued? Check out the visual dialogue presented by the two artists for the very first time at the National Museum of Singapore.

National Museum of Singapore, daily 10am-7pm

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Home(Work), Singapore Art Week

Home(work)

Jan 19-27

Examine local issues of domesticity and labour through multiple mediums like mark-making, sculpture and drawing at this community-centric installation. Wander through the exhibition and see the everyday domestic in the form of art – bridging the connection between house workers and artists – as well as the nature of labour within the confines of home. Understand the art pieces further by signing up for workshops and meeting various artists who share their views of the themes of the exhibition.

National Design Centre, daily 9am-9pm

The MeshMinds Foundation and Lasalle College of the Arts present: Art x Tech For Good, Singapore Art Week

The MeshMinds Foundation and LASALLE College of the Arts presents: Art x Tech For Good

Jan 19-27

View art in the age of technology at Singapore’s first student-led immersive art exhibition. More than just a showcase of visual stunners, the display revolves around the sustainability of people and the planet. It’s a great opportunity for visitors to learn and witness the results when art meets technology through workshops, talks and performances featuring mash-ups with virtual reality (VR) painting, 360 films and 3D printing.

Roger&Sons, Mon-Thu 11am-8pm, Fri-Sun 11am-late

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Memories of Singapore River, Singapore Art Week

Memories of Singapore River

Jan 19-Feb 2

Inspired by the scenes of the historic Singapore River, this film showcase by Eric Lim with support by Filmat36 takes viewers back to in time through paintings and discussions with the city’s veteran artists including Lim Tze Peng, Tan Choh Tee, Low Puay Hua and other locals who’ve called the riverside home. The documentary is screened in Mandarin with English subtitles.

Don't miss the accompanying special exhibition Memories of Singapore River: Paintings by Local Artists at The Fullerton Hotel. For some live-action art, check out outdoor sketch sessions by Singapore Watercolour Society and Urban Sketchers Singapore at the Singapore River.

Screenings:
Asian Civilisation Museum, Jan 19: 4pm-6pm, Jan 20 & 27: 11am-6pm, Jan 25 & 26: 
2pm-9pm, Feb 1 & 2: 2pm-9pm;
Singapore River Cruise, Jan 20 & 26: various timings, Jan 19, 20, 23, 25, 26: 7pm, 8pm, 9pm;

Talks:
Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre, Jan 24: 7pm;

Exhibition:
The Fullerton Hotel, Jan 19-Feb 2: 12pm-8pm

Of Other Places, Singapore Art Week

Of Other Places

Jan 19-Feb 3

The Substation is all set for an interdisciplinary exhibition in conjunction with Singapore Art Week. Curated by Dr Wang Ruobing, local creatives such as artist Fauzy Ismail, musician Jeremy Lee (Hell Low), photographer See Kian Wee and Singapore-based Thai artist and photographer Juria Toramae come together to showcase their works that address the critical relationship between people and places in Singapore. Some notable places include the old National Library, the Quarry, Singapore coastal lines and transient prayer spaces. These thought-provoking art pieces are made to strike up conversations and you can do so via the exhibition’s dialogue sessions with artists, writers, architects, scientists, and a guided tour led by Dr Chua Ai Lin.

The Substation, Tue-Sun noon-8pm

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S.E.A. Focus, Singapore Art Week

S.E.A. Focus: A Spotlight on Southeast Asia

Jan 24-27

Take your art appreciation even further at S.E.A. Focus. The inaugural event is serving art aficionados a boutique fair in a special pop-up structure at Gillman Barracks, focusing mainly on Southeast Asian modern and contemporary art via exciting collaborations between international and local galleries.

Gillman Barracks Pavilion (Carpark B), Thu 3pm-7pm, Fri 3pm-10pm, Sat-Sun 11am-7pm

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