In January, our local art scene takes centre stage with Singapore Art Week 2015, a nine-day celebration of contemporary and traditional visual arts. Events include art fairs, gallery openings, exhibitions, installations, art walks and discussions. Here’s a roundup of the festival’s key highlights.
Ancient Fantasy – Kukoku Tamura
To kick start 2015 on a massive high, Japanese art gallery Kato Art Duo has invited the internationally-renowned Kukoku Tamura to launch its first solo exhibition of the year. Running from 16 January to 28 March, Ancient Fantasy – Kukoku Tamura focuses on the works of the post-war experimental calligrapher, whose unique fusion of traditional Japanese calligraphy and abstract expressionism has made huge ripples through the art scene. Famed for his thought-provoking, avant-garde approach to capturing Japanese culture, we can’t think of a better match for the Raffles Hotel gallery. Head here for more information.
Art Stage Singapore
Back for its fifth edition, Art Stage Singapore is a leading international art fair that celebrates the best of Asian and international contemporary art. This year’s fair presents a varied selection of works by both established and emerging artists representing over 130 galleries from across the globe – including Singapore, Australia, China, Germany, India, Israel, Japan, Myanmar, Spain and Uruguay, among many others – with over 70 percent of the exhibitors coming from Asia.
Unique to the event is its curated Platform projects, or sales exhibitions presented in museum-like layouts; this year sees the addition of the Russia Platform, the Video Platform and the Modern Platform. The fair will also feature a variety of public programmes including talks and panel discussions with industry professionals, Platform tours and other activities. See it from 22 to 25 January at Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre, 10 Bayfront Avenue.
Prudential Singapore Eye Exhibition
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Singapore’s independence, the Prudential Eye Programme presents the Prudential Singapore Eye exhibition, for which an international curatorial panel selected around 25 artists. In addition, a comprehensive book published by the Eye Programme, which features 75 contemporary artists from Singapore, accompanies the exhibit. See it from 17 January to 28 June at ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Avenue.
Asia Pacific Breweries Foundation Signature Art Prize Exhibition
Established in 2008 by the Asia Pacific Breweries (APB) Foundation and the Singapore Art Museum (SAM), this triennial event turns the spotlight on the most outstanding contemporary artworks over the past three years from emerging and seasoned artists across the region. From a total of 105 nominated artworks – from 24 countries including Australia, Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, New Zealand, Pakistan, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam – 15 finalists were chosen by an independent judging panel to have their works exhibited at SAM (71 Bras Basah Road). See it until 15 March.
At Gillman Barracks’ first-ever festival of curated public artworks, visitors have the chance to view a variety of artworks and outdoor installations for free. Expect live painting by Indonesian artist Maryanto, prints by Singaporean photographer Dawn Ng, historic black-and-white images by Centre for Contemporary Art archivist Koh Nguang How, and a reworked classic bus-stop sculpture by Wong Lip Chin, plus an exhibition by international artists and galleries. See it until 25 January. 9 Lock Road. Also, don’t miss Art After Dark at Gillman Barracks, an outdoor party on 23 January, from 6pm until late.
Aliwal Urban Arts Festival
Some of Singapore’s most exciting street artists, dancers, bands and DJs will come together for the second edition of the festival on 17 January, from 5pm until late, presenting a free evening of performances, showcases, street art jams and stunts.
Art in Motion
Presented by the Art Galleries Association Singapore, the inaugural Art in Motion exhibition invites art lovers to experience the depth and diversity of Singapore’s visual arts scene through 17 galleries, in addition to exhibitions and panel discussions. The best part? You can gallery-hop with Art in Motion courtesy buses that will travel between various art clusters including Raffles Hotel Arcade, Tanjong Pagar Distripark, Old Hill Street Police Station and Gillman Barracks.