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tawct17-1Singapore Art Week 2017 is upon us again and as usual the frenzy of events is building up. Fairs, exhibitions, vernissages, performances, talks, walks, tours ….how much can one accomplish in the twelve-day celebration of the visual arts that begins on January 11 and runs through January 22.

With locations ranging from spaces as diverse as galleries and museums to art precincts and non-profit spaces across the island, the 12 days long event  hopes to reach out to both Singaporeans and international visitors with a myriad of quality art experiences which span the visual arts, from traditional to modern to contemporary practices to promote art appreciation.

Here is Artitute’s must-see/do list for the Week:

Art After Dark 
Singapore’s visual arts cluster at Gillman Barracks  will open its doors till late in celebration of Singapore Art Week with a host of new exhibitions premiering at its galleries. There will also be the launch of Gillman Barracks public art project, outdoor F&B pop-ups, and a showcase of live music acts throughout the night.

Indieguerillas Goyang Cukur, indieguerillas. Image courtesy of indieguerillas and Mizuma Gallery.

Indieguerillas Goyang Cukur, indieguerillas. Image courtesy of indieguerillas and Mizuma Gallery.

A highlight of Singapore Art Week, is the public art showcase, LOCK ROUTE which has been curated by Khairuddin Hori and takes inspiration from 9 Lock Road—Gillman Barracks’ address—and the traditional 24km march commonly featured in the training of ‘graduating’ army recruits in Singapore. Featuring arresting installations, sculptures, and murals by renowned and emerging international and Singapore artists, LOCK ROUTE invites visitors to traverse the grounds of Gillman Barracks and experience a closer encounter with art in the open.
13 Jan 2017, Gillman Barracks, 9 Lock Road, Singapore 108937

 

Aliwal Urban Art Festival

Aliwal Arts Centre sees the return of this annual celebration of Singapore cool, with a carefully-curated selection of art inspired by international street culture—from contemporary art to graffiti, punk to disco, skateboarding to street dancing.

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Trade skills for assorted items at the Barter Workshop Market, cop works from Singapore artists, or party to some of the best bands, DJs, producers and turntablists from the island.

Organised alongside the one-day festival is No Regrets For Our Youth—an artistic yet functional urban gymnasium examining the cult of #gymlife, by Singapore art collective DXXXXD, whose members are interested in relations between contemporary visual art and the vernacular. Everyone is invited to get fit here!
4 – 15 Jan 2017, Aliwal Arts Centre, 28 Aliwal Street, Singapore 199918

ARTWALK Little India

little-indiaAfter two successful editions, ARTWALK Little India returns with a new theme, Your Path To Remember. This year, the festival leads visitors into a space in time where memories and stories of the precinct come to life through animated tellings of traditional folktales and mythologies, captivating art installations, and immersive performances.

12 – 17 Jan 2017, Little India

Art Stage Singapore

Water Dripping—Splashing, Zheng Lu,  Image courtesy of Zheng Lu. Art Stage Singapore 2016. Image courtesy of Art Stage Singapore.

Water Dripping—Splashing, Zheng Lu, Image courtesy of Zheng Lu, Art Stage Singapore 2016. Image courtesy of Art Stage Singapore.

Southeast Asia’s flagship art fair, opens its seventh edition from 12 to 15 January 2017 (Vernissage on 11 January) at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre.

12 – 15 Jan 2017, Sands Expo & Convention Centre, 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956

 

Singapore Contemporary

Relatos de la Floresta III/Tales of the Forest III, Sergio Camporeale. Image courtesy of ENLACE Contemporary Art, Peru & Singapore Contemporary.

Relatos de la Floresta III/Tales of the Forest III, Sergio Camporeale. Image courtesy of ENLACE Contemporary Art, Peru & Singapore Contemporary.

Curated over 6,000 square meters of state-of- the-art space, the 2nd edition will again present the popular ‘Artist Dialogues’, ‘China Encounters’, and ‘Gallery Projects’ sectors, as well as unveiling ‘Photo 17’—an exciting photography-centred sector that reflects growing Southeast Asian interest in contemporary photography.

20 – 22 Jan 2017, Halls 401, 402, and 403, Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre
Amar Kanwar, Trilogy: A Season Outside, 1997.

Amar Kanwar, Trilogy: A Season Outside, 1997.

Talk: Lines of Control: Borders and Contemporary Art

iftikhar-dadi  Renowned artist, curator and scholar Dr Iftikhar Dadi discusses how contemporary artists navigate the dilemmas of a globalised and fractured world through this talk on his project Lines of Control. Echoing ideas explored in Artist and Empire: (En)countering Colonial Legacies, this exhibition-led inquiry co-curated with Hammad Nasar examined the notion of border-making as a productive space—where nations are made through forging new identities, reconfiguring memory, re-writing history, and patrolling physical and psychological borders.

20 Jan 2017,  The Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium, National Gallery Singapore, 1 Saint Andrew’s Road, #01–01, 178957

 

Lim Soo Ngee, Inscription of the Island, 2016 Copper alloys with patina treatment 250 × 500 × 300 cm Collection of the Artist Singapore Biennale 2016 commission

Lim Soo Ngee, Inscription of the Island, 2016 Copper alloys with patina treatment 250 × 500 × 300 cm Collection of the Artist Singapore Biennale 2016 commission

The Singapore Biennale 2016 Symposium: Why Biennale At All?

20160314_SAMScreen  The Singapore Biennale 2016 Symposium contextualises key ideas and questions about biennale modalities and art practices in Southeast, South and East Asia, in relation to the international contemporary art circuit. It will feature presentations and conversations between biennale directors, curators, art historians, writers, and artists. Scheduled to run over two days during Singapore Art Week 2017, the symposium asks: Why Biennale At All? and will be shaped to enable different modes of engagement with core issues relating to the making, scope, and experience of biennales in general, with a special focus on the region’s expositions.

21 – 22 Jan 2017, Gallery Theatre, National Museum of Singapore, 93 Stamford Road, Singapore 178897

Prologue:  Singapore and Tokoname Ceramic Art Exchange Exhibition 2017
Ladder on a Cloud, Teo Hueyling. Image courtesy of Teo Hueyling.

Ladder on a Cloud, Teo Hueyling. Image courtesy of Teo Hueyling.

The exhibition brings together 15 local and 8 Japanese ceramics artists invited from Tokoname, an ancient and prominent center for ceramics in Japan, to promote cross-culture exchange and celebrate bilateral ties between the 2 countries through the medium of clay.  From the 19th to the 22nd of January (11am – 6pm), the 58-year old Guan Huat Dragon kiln will be bursting with a range of artistic activities. The atmosphere will be friendly and educational—a fantastic getaway for general public and ceramics enthusiasts.

9 – 22 Jan 2017, Jalan Bahar Clay Studio, 97L Lorong Tawas, Singapore 639824

For more information about Singapore Art Week, visit https://www.artweek.sg/

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About Durriya Dohadwala (31 Articles)
Durriya Dohadwala is an independent writer on contemporary Asian art and culture. She is also a docent and enjoys facilitating the decoding of contemporary Asian art.