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What the local arts scene is looking forward to in 2016

We ask the movers and shakers of the local art scene to tell us what they’re most looking forward to this year

Ben Hampe, co-owner and director of Chan Hampe Galleries

Ben Hampe, co-owner and director of Chan Hampe Galleries

‘I am most interested in seeing what galleries in Singapore will be showing. They will be programming the very best exhibitions and projects during this peak period for art sales and audience development.’

Tan Siuli, co-head of the curatorial team of the Singapore Art Museum

Tan Siuli, co-head of the curatorial team of the Singapore Art Museum

‘The Singapore Biennale 2016! We have kept the collaborative curatorial structure from the previous edition, which always makes for an exciting spectrum of perspectives on contemporary art. While the focus is still on South-East Asia, this time we're also looking at the wider Asian region, and I'm looking forward to seeing the connections that emerge, and the relationships and narratives that are rediscovered through contemporary art.’

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Ezzam Rahman, multidisciplinary artist

Ezzam Rahman, multidisciplinary artist

‘A very busy January – with Art Stage happening around the corner, the other fringe art programmes, events and mini festivals circling around the same time, I am not sure whether I can catch everything! Of course I am also looking forward to experience the artworks on display for the upcoming Singapore Biennale in October! Busy, busy year ahead!’

Rizman Putra, multidisciplinary artist

Rizman Putra, multidisciplinary artist

‘I had the experience of working with a diverse group of individuals in 2015, producing refreshing material and experiences. Hopefully, 2016 will bring along more of such collaborations with both emerging artists (such as Heider Ismail of SSYSTM and Shawna Chia of throbbingpixels) and seasoned pioneers of our industry.’

Russell Storer, senior curator at the National Gallery Singapore

Russell Storer, senior curator at the National Gallery Singapore

‘It’ll be exciting to see people begin to really engage with the Gallery and help us generate new conversations around art in the region. I’m also looking forward to the Singapore Biennale. It’ll be its 10th anniversary, believe it or not.’

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Find out what else is happening during Singapore Art Week

Guide to Singapore Art Week

Think you can chin-stroke your way through nine days of art? Tell your Warhols from your Hirsts from your Emins? Do you have the names of the Stuckists tattooed on your leg, above the one of that Mondrian piece? If so, then congrats – you’ll breeze through Singapore Art Week. And even if art isn’t your jam, you don’t want to miss the exhibitions, tours, talks, film screenings and music performances during the nine-day extravaganza. We’ll show you what’s up.

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By: Gwen Pew

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