It’s refreshing to see our arts scene grow bigger and better each year (finally Singapore!) and what better way to kick off 2017 than with the fifth edition of Singapore Art Week.
The joint initiative actually goes on for 12 days officially (not just a week), and promises an exciting line up of exhibitions, lifestyle events, art discussions, art fairs and other activities at a few locations around our island.
We’re always looking for new things to do in Singapore, so be rest assured that your month of January is sorted. We had a look through the programmes and venues and here are a few happening events not to be missed.
1. ‘Greetings from Singapore’ by Samantha Lo
Voice of the people, Samantha Lo aka Sticker Lady, burst into the local graffiti scene a couple of years ago with her daring “vandalism” of public property. Her bold and witty stickers interrupted our orderly lives and started what some would call a bit of an artistic revolution.
This Singapore Art Week, check out her exhibition which documents her journey as a street artist thus far, and will also act as a platform for the launch of her new book by the same title.
Dates: 10 – 31 January 2017
One East Asia Gallery, 15 Scotts Road, #09-03 Thong Teck Building, Singapore 228218 | More Info
2. ‘She smiled at me’ by Kenny Pittock
It’s a shame most of us have never heard of Kenny Pittock till now – the Australian artist is HILARIOUS. His works consist of drawings, zines, ceramics, paintings, and videos but we especially love his depictions of passengers and actual scenarios that happen on his daily commute on the train.
Don’t miss his first exhibition in Singapore or any of his drawing workshops.
Dates: 10 January 2017 – 9 February 2017
Chan Hampe Galleries, Raffles Hotel Arcade, #01-21, 328 North Bridge Road, Singapore 188719 | More Info
3. ‘IMMORTALITY PROJECT I’ by Sam Jinks
Whaaaaatt real naked people on display in Singapore? Before you get too inappropriately excited, this is actually Sam Jink’s first solo exhibition here which centers on our (often unspoken) shared fascination with the human form.
What you see in the picture is actually a sculpture painstakingly crafted from silicone, fibreglass, resin and real human hair. The sculptures are posed in such a way to highlight human vulnerability.
4. ‘No Regrets For Our Youth’ by Singapore art collective DXXXXD
Start your 2017 ‘Lose Weight’ resolution off right by dropping by this artistic urban gym that investigates this newfound subculture in Singapore. ‘No Regrets For Our Youth’ confronts the rise of gym culture amongst the younger generation here.
Some of us aren’t gym buffs (just yet) but it looks set to be something pretty cool to check out.
5. Aliwal Urban Art Festival
Organised alongside ‘No Regrets For Our Youth’, the Aliwal Urban Art Festival celebrates international street culture and you can expect anything from contemporary art to graffiti, punk to disco and skateboarding to street dancing.
Mark your calendars and don’t miss out on a Barter Workshop Market and good day of partying with music from some of the best musicians on the island.
Dates: 14 – 15 January 2017
Aliwal Arts Centre, 28 Aliwal Street, Singapore 199918 | More Info
6. Artwalk Little India + Public Art Tours
Yes friends, Little India is so much more than just Tekka Market and Mustafa Centre. This Singapore Art Week, go on a guided tour around the cultural sector to explore some pretty amazing murals and artwork that usually go unnoticed.
Other art tours will also be happening to hunt down public art in the civic district. Get your friends and family together to explore a whole other side of Singapore!
Dates: 12 – 17 January 2017 | Various locations within Little India | More Info
Dates: 14 – 21 January 2017 | Meeting Point: Outside entrance to Asian Civilisations Museum; Ending Point: Above Raffles MRT Station | More Info
7. Singapore Art Week(end) at SAM
We can’t think of a better way to round up Singapore Art Week 2017 than by joining in the celebrations at the Singapore Art Museum (SAM). There’ll be a party in the courtyard (whoop whoop), activities all weekend long and longer opening hours.
There are a few exhibitions currently ongoing so why not take this opportunity to make it down after hours. Meet like-minded folk and appreciate all the wonders of the art scene, with a bit of a party to boot!
Dates: 20 – 22 January 2017
Singapore Art Museum, 61 Stamford Road, #02-02 Stamford Court, Singapore 178892 | More Info
Singapore Art Week 2017: Programmes & Venues | Website
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