Singapore’s signature visual arts celebration — Singapore Art Week (SAW) — will see the city transform into a vibrant canvas of possibilities, as art takes over the urban hub for nine exciting days in the new year, from January 19 to 27 for the staging of the festival’s seventh edition.
A collective and multi-disciplinary effort bringing together new and old partners — including art institutions, museums and galleries, as well as groups and collectives of established and emerging artmakers, SAW2019 intends to engage a wider audience through compelling, innovative and memorable art experiences.
Audiences can also enjoy art offerings that explore familiar public spaces in a new light; draw inspiration from technology, tradition and heritage; and present Singapore’s diverse and distinctive visual arts landscape in the company of world class names.
These accessible art activities take place island-wide, from site-specific installations around the Civic District, Little India and other public areas, to malls, unconventional spaces, and even the Singapore River, bringing new life to spaces not usually associated with art.
Whether one is an art collector, art enthusiast, or casual onlooker, SAW2019 promises new and inspiring ways of experiencing art, drawing different audiences together in shared appreciation of Singapore’s vibrant visual arts.
New and exciting presentations
With a spotlight on established and emerging Southeast Asian artists, 2019 sees the debut of S.E.A. Focus. An initiative by STPI-Creative Workshop and Gallery, the exhibit on January 24 to 27 aims to showcase local talents and help grow and nurture a deeper appreciation for the dynamic and rapidly evolving modern and contemporary art scene within the region. The curated boutique art fair features presentations by 25 local and international galleries via a pop-up location within Gillman Barracks, allowing audiences to explore via a diverse range of programs including performances, talks and tours.
On January 25, Frieze Academy makes its debut at SAW. Organised in partnership with the Singapore Tourism Board, this segment sees local and international creatives come together to exchange insights on contemporary art in Southeast Asia, answering such questions as, what is the difference between public and private in the 21st century museum landscape?
Return of ‘Light to Night’
Light To Night Festival 2019: Traces and Echoes, 18 January – 24 February 2019
Celebrating Singapore’s Civic District, urban art event “Light to Night Festival” returns once again, bringing accessible artworks and a range of creative and artistic expressions to audiences. Over two weekends from January 18 to February 25, the festival will play out in some of Singapore’s most iconic settings, and include artworks and events like public art commissions.
Held in the heart of Singapore’s electronic goods mall, Sim Lim Square, this three-week residency from January 7 to 27 aims to bring together multiple art and technology communities — from Sim Lim Square tenants, store owners and repair technicians, regular shoppers at the mall, to technologists and academics, offering audiences the chance to witness the residency as an open studio, workshop and exhibition all at once.
Organized and curated by independent art space Supernormal and artist-educator Ong Kian Peng, Adaptations is the first ever showcase of its kind to address the correlation between contemporary art and technology. Held from January 7 to February 9, it features seven local and international artists, the exhibition will showcase diverse practices ranging from video art, device art, computational art as well as hybrid practices combining digital and traditional media.
Art x Tech For Good, Singapore’s first student-led immersive art exhibition focusing on sustainability of people and the planet, shows exactly the impact when art meets cutting technology. Audiences can enjoy workshops, talks and performances featuring mashups with VR painting, 360 films and 3D printing presented by The MeshMinds Foundation and LASALLE College of the Arts on Janurary 19 to 27.