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On the wall: Art exhibitions in and around Singapore in January

What’s hot on the walls around town and abroad this month…

Art Ablaze
Singapore has gone bonkers for art this month. Here’s a quick wrap of a visual feast for all tastes and budgets:

Art Stage Singapore from 16 to 19 January at Marina Bay Sands.

Art Apart at ParkRoyal Hotel, Pickering Street from 17 to 19 January. 

Singapore Biennale until 16 February at venues around Bras Basah Road. 

The Prudential Art AwardsPlus, the new Prudential Art Awards is an exhibition of contemporary Asian artists’ works, recognising excellence in photography, painting, sculpture, installation, and digital and video art. Five category winners will be announced at an awards ceremony, the overall winner to be exhibited at the Saatchi Gallery in London this summer. See the exhibition from 17 January to 5 February at Crescent Room, Level 2, Suntec City Mall. Free. 

Portraits of the transgendered community in BugisHuman Frailty
French photographer Alain Soldeville’s portraits of the transgendered community in Bugis in the 1980s show a largely forgotten side of Singapore. Explaining the photos, Soldeville says, “Looking back, I believe I meant those photos to be portraits of these people I had come to consider friends, wishing to show their fragility, their humanity, rather than documenting a situation news-style.” Visit the exhibition from 30 January to 17 February and attend a free talk by the artist on 29 January from 6pm to 7pm. Objectifs, 56A Arab Street. 6293 9782. 

Off Shore
All art roads lead to Perth, Australia in February, when the city hosts the month-long Perth International Arts Festival. And with airfares so cheaply available, why not join in? An incredible 1,000 performers will take part: from great Russian theatre to world-class Israeli dance, from Man Booker Prize winners to Tony Award winners, from multi-player video theatre to a life-size bouncy-castle Stonehenge. Promising to both disrupt and transform Perth, the Festival spills across unique venues and outdoor spaces from 7 February to 1 March. 

Perth Arts Festival is worth travelling the distanceHear Ye, Hear Ye!
Hot on the heels of the success of the Affordable Art Fair in November, the organisers have announced another event from 23 to 25 May this year. The 2013 show was the biggest yet, with 17,800 visitors, 101 galleries and $4.9 million in sales across the mammoth 5,000-square-metre exhibition space.