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A Guide to Singapore Art Week 2019


A Guide to Singapore Art Week 2019

The seventh edition of Singapore’s signature visual arts celebration will see the city transform into a vibrant canvas of possibilities, as Art Takes Over for nine exciting days in the new year, from 19–27 January 2019. Here at The Artling Artzine, we've compiled all the happenings for you in one feature, including the art fairs, exhibitions, and public art programmes that are set to take place on our little red dot. 

Art Fairs 


Image courtesy of S.E.A. Focus 

S.E.A. Focus 
24 – 27 January 2019
Gillman Barracks Pavilion (Carpark B)
Thursday: 3pm – 9pm, Friday: 3pm – 10pm, Saturday: 11am – 7pm, Sunday: 11am – 7pm

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, which aims to showcase these 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 programmes including performances, talks, and tours.

The Artling sat down with Emi Eu and Audrey Yeo of S.E.A Focus, click here to read on. 



Image courtesy of Chan + Hori 

Chan + Hori 
Devices, a solo exhibition by Chris Chong Chan Fui 
23 January – 3 March 2019
6 Lock Rd, Singapore 108934
Tuesday to Friday:
11am7pm Saturday and Sunday: 12pm6pm (closed Monday and Public holidays)
Free admission 

This solo exhibition by Malaysian artist Chris Chong Chan Fui queries society’s uncanny yet seemingly normalised relationships between natural and man-made constructs. 

Image courtesy of Mizuma Gallery 

Mizuma Gallery
Hope & Dialogue in Rumah Kijang Mizuma

12 January – 10 March 2019
Mizuma Gallery 22 Lock Rd 
Singapore 108939
Tuesday to Saturday:
11am7pm Saturday and Sunday: normalized6pm
Free admission

This group exhibition features selected artists who have undertaken residencies at Rumah Kijang Mizuma in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, an artist residency space founded by Executive Director of Mizuma Galleries, Sueo Mizuma in 2014. 

Image courtesy of NTU CCA 

NTU Centre for Contemporary Art 
And in the Chapel and in the Temples: Buddhist Archive of Photography. Amy Lien and Enzo Camacho.

1 December 2018 – 10 February 2019
43 Malan Road, Singapore 109443
Tuesday to Sunday: 12pm – 7pm Friday: 12pm – 9pm
Open on Public Holidays, Closed on Monday
Free admission

In this contemporary engagement with modern art histories of Southeast Asia, the research practices of the Buddhist Archive of Photography in Luang Prabang Laos, and the collaborative project by artists Amy Lien and Enzo Camacho focusing on the Filipino-American modernist painter Alfonso Ossorio, are juxtaposed in this presentation.

Residencies OPEN
25 January 2019, 7pm – 11pm (Art After Dark)
Singapore 37 and 38 Malan Road 
Singapore 109452 and 109441
Free admission

Also held by NTU CCA, Residencies OPEN offers a rare insight into the often-introverted sphere of the artist studios by profiling the diversity of contemporary art practices from around the globe. Come meet the current Artists-in-Residence: Julieta Aranda (MX/DE), Francisco Camacho Herrera Herrera (CO/NL), Daniel Hui (SG), Soyo Lee (KR), John Low (SG), Tan Kai Syng (SG/UK), and John Torres (PH).

Image courtesy of ShanghART 

Boedi Widjaja: Rivers and lakes tanah dan air
7 December 2018 – 17 February 2019
Singapore 9 Lock Rd, Singapore 108937
Wednesday to Sunday: 11am - 7pm
Closed on Monday, Tuesday and Public Holidays
Free admission 

ShanghART Singapore is pleased to present its first solo exhibition by Boedi Widjaja, featuring new works from his Stone telling (2011 - ) and Imaginary homeland (2015 - ) series. 

Robert Zhao Renhui: Trying to remember a tree (iii) – The world will surely collapse
21 September 2018 – 23 June 2019
Singapore 10 Lock Rd, Carpark B
Singapore 108938
All day; Light up hours: 6pm till late
Free admission 

This special outdoor light box installation by Singaporean artist Robert Zhao Renhui features a series of 14 near life-size photographs of a very old and large tree that collapsed near the artist's home. 

Image courtesy of Yavuz Gallery

Yavuz Gallery 
Supper Club

25 January – 17 February 2019
9 Lock Rd, Singapore 108937
Tuesday to Saturday: 11am – 7pm Sunday: 11am – 5pm
Free admission 

London-based Singaporean artist Alvin Ong's first solo exhibition explores the body's appetites through allusive paintings redolent with black humour. 

Image courtesy of Sullian+Strumpf 

Sullivan+Strumpf Singapore 
Solo Exhibition by Lindy Lee
25 January – 24 February 2019
Singapore 108933
Tuesday to Saturday: 11am – 7pm Sunday: 11am – 6pm
Free admission 

Australian artist Lindy Lee's practice explores her Chinese ancestry through Taoism and Ch’an (Zen) Buddhism – philosophies that see humanity and nature as inextricably linked. 

Image courtesy of Richard Koh Fine Art 

Richard Koh Fine Art
23 January – 16 February 2019
47 Malan Road,
Singapore 109444 Tuesday to Saturday: 10am – 7pm
Free admission 

Haffendi Anuar’s ‘Midday Stanza’ is an immersive installation that incorporates various sculptures and objects and stems from the artist's interest in the landscape and cityscape. 

Image courtesy of Your MOTHER Gallery

Your MOTHER Gallery 
19 January – 2 February 2019
91 Hindoo Road, Singapore 209126 Daily: 12pm – 8pm
Free admission 

20 January – 3 February 2019 Coda Culture (please refer to
Daily: 12pm – 8:30pm
Free admission 

Showcasing contemporary thoughts on personal journeys of faith and tradition, ORTHODOX is a visual art exhibition featuring installations, live performance art, video art, sculptures and paintings 

Curated by Nicole Phua and Liza Markus, the show features works by 12 emerging artists: Ahdini Izzatika, Faris Heizer, Farizi Noorfauzi, Jackson Kang, Kim Hyesu, Kuat Zhi Hooi, Liza Markus, Moktarrullah Abdullah, Nicole Phua, Oneal Parbo, Phua Shi Ying, and Yunita Rebekah. 



Image courtesy of Singapore Art Museum 

Art Week at SAM 
18 – 27 January 2019
8Q 8 Queen Street, Singapore 188535
Daily: 10am – 7pm
Museum opens till 10pm on 18, 19, 25 & 26 Jan 2019
Free admission 

From artworks to performances, workshops, an art market, a community carnival and live gigs, explore the wonders of contemporary art with a range of art experiences at Art Week at SAM. Be inspired by thought-provoking artworks, artist talks and performances by emerging Singaporean artists under the age of 35 in the President’s Young Talents exhibition. You can even take a sneak peek into the upcoming Singapore Biennale with a pre-Biennale festival featuring panel discussions, film screenings and live music sets by local and regional contemporary artists. 

Image courtesy of IMPART 

ArtScience Museum
IMPART Collectors’ Show: Fabulous Monsters 

17 January – 2 February 2019
ArtScience Museum
6 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018974
Daily: 10am – 7pm
Free admission

In times of conflict and uncertainty, one of the responses by contemporary artists has been a retreat from the horrors of our socio-political realities into an inner world of dreams. Yet this trajectory is no simple escape from life. The dream-like worlds created by contemporary artists demonstrate how the rich repertoire of visual iconography in Asia can be deployed to critique current socio-political fractures. 

The IMPART Collectors’ Show features international and local art from the exclusive and private collections of prominent Singaporean and regional collectors. Curated by Tan Boon Hui, Vice President of Global Arts & Cultural Programmes, and Director of Asia Society Museum, the show provides a rare opportunity for the public to witness these vast and prestigious collections of international and local art. 

Image courtesy of NTU CCA

NTU CCA, Jef Geys, Quadra Medicinale Singapore 
1 December 2018 –3 March 2019
NTU Centre for Contemporary Art, The Exhibition Hall
43 Malan Road, Singapore 109443
Tuesday to Sunday: 12pm – 7pm Friday: 12pm – 9pm (closed on Mondays)
Free admission 

Originally commissioned for the Belgian pavilion at Venice Biennale in 2009, Quadra Medicinale – by the late Belgian artist Jef Geys (1934-2018) – will make its Asian debut at Singapore Art Week 2019. 

With its organic subject matter and collaborative process, Quadra Medicinale features elements of Geys’ work from the past four decades, featuring plant photography and characteristics alongside scientific descriptions and inventories. A newly-produced Singapore section will be included, inviting local collaborators to identify and archive twelve street plants from a quadrant of their neighborhood. 

Image courtesy of Malay Heritage Centre 

Malay Heritage Centre
Of Wax Dyes a
nd Labour 
19 January – 9 February 2019
Malay Heritage Centre
85 Sultan Gate, Singapore 198501
Tuesday to Sunday: 10am – 6pm (closed on Monday) Free for Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents 

Paying homage to traditional batik, the exhibition features the work of seven Singapore-based artists as they translate, juxtapose and amalgamate their works into elements of Batik - from the techniques, processes, materials, motifs, and usage of fabric – in exploration of an art form considered obsolete and labour intensive in today’s modern times. 

The show is curated by Fajrina Razak and the selected group includes a ceramist, illustrators, a wood-based artist, a photo-based artist, a performance artist and a printmaker. Featuring the works of Aklili Zakaria, Almostasthma, AmirahRau, Fajrina Razak, Lee Wan Xiang, Shane Ng and Yang Jie. 

Image courtesy of National Museum Singapore 

National Museum Singapore 
Lucy Liu & Shubigi Rao: Unhomed Belongings 

11 January - 24 February 2019
National Museum of Singapore
93 Stamford Road, Singapore 178897 Daily: 10am - 7pm
Free admission 

Co-presented by the National Museum of Singapore and The Ryan Foundation, Unhomed Belongings presents artworks by two creative minds, Lucy Liu from the United States and Shubigi Rao from Singapore. The artists, who have never met in person before, developed into “visual penfriends” through an exploration of their respective works. 

The discourse unveiled similar themes in their practices. Incidental or not, Liu and Rao share an interest in examining and dissecting cultures, histories, identities and relationships through their works. The visual dialogue between the two artists is presented for the first time at the National Museum of Singapore. 

Image courtesy of the Weekender 

The Arts House 
My Journey – A Retrospective Show of Chng Seok Tin
15 - 21 January 2019
The Arts House 1 Old Parliament Lane,
Singapore 179429 Daily: 10am - 8pm.
Closed on public holidays.
Free admission 

This historical journal and significant repertoire of one of Singapore’s most celebrated multi-disciplinary artists, Chng Seok Tin, will be showcased through prints, paintings, sculptures, literature and interviews with the artist in this exhibition, presented by Very Special Arts. 


Public Art Programmes 


Image courtesy of Singapore Art Week

Various Locations 
Light to Night Festival 2019: Traces and Echoes

18 January – 24 February 2019
Various locations (National Gallery Singapore, The Arts House, Victoria Theatre and Victoria Concert Hall, Asian Civilisations Museum, Empress Lawn, Esplanade Park, Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay)
Various timings
Free admission 

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, the festival will play out in some of Singapore’s most iconic settings and include artworks and events like public art commissions. Look out for the return of Art Skins on Monuments by Brandon Tay and Safaun Johari, outdoor installations by Tell Your Children and MessyMsxi, as well audio installation Under the Five Trees in Esplanade Park and the Common Life exhibition which will take audiences on a visual and poetic journey across scenes in everyday Singaporean neighborhoods. 

Rounding out the festival will be performances at the Victoria Concert hall, home of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO), and free guided tours of the Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall. The Empress Lawn and Connaught Drive look set to be transformed with a wide array of food and craft stalls, perfect for picnicking and taking in the vibrancy of Singapore’s Civic District. 

Image courtesy of Gillman Barracks 

Gillman Barracks
Art After Dark

25 January 2019
Various Locations within Gillman Barracks
7pm till late
Free admission 

Gillman Barracks’ flagship night-time open house event of stimulating visual arts and electrifying live music will feature new exhibitions and exciting programmes by resident galleries and the NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore. 

Pop-up stores and eateries on-site make for the perfect venue to satisfy the taste buds while the senses take in the surrounds of Singapore’s favorite visual arts precinct. 

Image courtesy of Singapore Art Week

Little India Precint
ARTWALK Little India

18 January – 2 February 2019
Little India Precinct
Various outdoor locations
Free admission. 

In its fifth edition, ARTWALK Little India, an annual multi-disciplinary public art project set in Singapore’s iconic Little India precinct, returns with this year’s theme of Image and Sound of Fragrance. 

Supported by the Singapore Tourism Board, LASALLE College of the Arts and the Little India Shopkeepers and Heritage Association (LISHA), ARTWALK Little India features wall murals, exhibitions and performances, immersing audiences in the rich culture of the buzzing heritage district. Visitors can expect storytelling by Kamini Ramachandran, performances by Kathak guru Jyotika Joshi, an exhibition by various artists at UltraSuperNew Gallery, mural paintings and artworks by students of LASALLE. 

Image courtesy of Singapore Art Week

National Library Building
State of Motion 2019: A Fear of Monsters

18 January – 24 February 2019
National Library Building
100 Victoria Street, Singapore 188064
Daily: 1pm – 7pm
Exhibitions and Screenings: Free admission
Tours: Ticketed 

Organised by Asian Film Archive, this exhibition explores the parallel histories and connections between the two emergent genres of Southeast Asian Horror Film and Southeast Asian Contemporary art, asking what makes these forms quintessentially Southeast Asian? 

Incorporating both exhibitions and tours, the programme aims to develop a general understanding of this historical relationship between contemporary art and the cinematic in Southeast Asia. The artworks, film screenings, panel discussions and performances, will serve as responses to the themes and relationships drawn out within the region’s own cultural and social histories in the context of ‘horror’. 

Image courtesy of Singapore Art Week

Various Locations in Woodlands 
Placing Home: Woodlands

8 November 2018 – 27 January 2019
Free admission 

Exploring the ideas of home and movements within Woodlands, this public art project curated by Dr. Wang Ruobing presents five artworks from the neighborhood. Audiences are invited to look at their surroundings with a fresh perspective and be curious about the world around them. 

Image courtesy of Singapore Art Week 

Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay
Bridging Realms
18 January – 7 April 2019
Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay
1 Esplanade Drive, Singapore 038981
Various locations and timings
Free admission 

Featuring four exhibitions around Esplanade – from newly commissioned paintings and video to sculptural installations, Bridging Realms explores works by Ari Bayuaji (Canada/Indonesia), Mark Chan with Brian Gothong Tan (Singapore), Justin Lee (Singapore) and MessyMsxi (Singapore) to challenge the notion of identity, cultural diversity and social responsibility. The exhibitions invite viewers to contemplate the influence of artist and audience in initiating change and bridging conversations. 

Image courtesy of Singapore Art Week

The Fullerton Hotel Singapore, Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre, Asian Civilisations Museum – Theatre
Memories of Singapore River 《忆记新加坡河》 
19 January – 2 February 2019 
Screenings at: Asian Civilisations Museum – Theatre
Date Times (hourly screenings) 19 Jan 4–6pm 20, 27 Jan 11am–6pm 25, 26 Jan 2–9pm 1, 2 Feb 2–9pm 

Onboard Singapore River Cruise: Date Times (hourly screenings) 19, 20, 23, 25 & 26 Jan 7–9pm 
Exhibition at The Fullerton Hotel: 12pm – 8pm daily Talk at Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre: 24 Jan, 7pm 

Singapore River Cruise: Ticketed
Other Programmes: Free admission 

Back in the day, as thousands of bumboats bustled about the Singapore River lined with godowns, laborers toiled diligently while drenched in perspiration. Moved by these scenes, artists took to their brushes, crafting vivid masterpieces that brimmed with emotion. 

The 40-minute documentary film Memories of Singapore River, presented in Mandarin with English subtitles, transports us back to simpler times through paintings and conversations with our veteran painters Lim Tze Peng (林子平), Tan Choh Tee (陈楚智) and Low Puay Hua (刘 培和), as well as other Singaporeans who resided along the river. 

There will also be a special exhibition Memories of Singapore River: Paintings by Local Artists held in conjunction at The Fullerton Hotel Singapore by artcommune gallery, and outdoor sketch sessions by Singapore Watercolour Society and Urban Sketchers Singapore at the Singapore River. 

Image courtesy of Singapore Art Week

Various locations around Taman Jurong neighbourhood.
Of Gardens & Dreams – Guided trail of a Public Art Showcase at Taman Jurong
19 January 2019
Various locations around Taman Jurong neighbourhood.
Meeting Point at Taman Jurong Community Club
1 Yung Sheng Road, Singapore 618495
Guided trails at 4:30pm and 5pm
Free admission 

Of Gardens & Dreams, curated by Shophouse & Co, celebrates the nature and residents of Taman Jurong through two guided trails throughout the area to discover Singapore’s first residential art gallery, Our Gallery at Taman Jurong. 

In partnership with People’s Association and the Taman Jurong Community Arts and Culture Club, the trails will feature four newly commissioned visual artworks, including a pair of street art pieces from Noise Urban Arts In The Hood by Noise Singapore. 

Image courtesy of Tikikids 

Seeing Art Through Play

26 and 27 January 2019,
11am – 5pm
Playeum 47 Malan Road,
Singapore 109444 Ticketed 

Camera Obscura! 11am – 1pm (Age 7-12) 

Press & Pull a Cloud 2.30pm, 4pm (Age 5-10) 

Families and children can build a portable camera with everyday materials in Camera Obscura. Create abstract shapes on paper with materials like string and paint, and marvel at the endless possibilities in Press & Pull a Cloud. 

Image courtesy of SCCC

Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre 
Workshop by urban artist, ANTZ Exploring Art in Central Business District

Workshop: 20 January 2019, 2–5pm
Art Trails: 19 & 26 January 2019, 5–6.30pm
Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre
1 Straits Boulevard, Singapore 018906
Ticketed Limited availability, pre-registration required. 

Get your hands dirty and learn spray painting with local urban artist ANTZ. Learn how he creates an interesting juxtaposition of contemporary urban styles with traditional Chinese visual references. 

In addition, Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre (SCCC) will also be conducting a CBD Arts Trail, Exploring Art in Central Business District, that will showcase various art pieces that often go unnoticed in the business district. Highlights include works by local artists at SCCC and installations by Kurt Laurenz Metzler and Gao Xiaowu at Capitol Tower. 


Independent Art Spaces 


Image courtesy of Singapore Art Week

< > Sim Lim Square Art Residency 
7 – 27 January 2019 Sim Lim Square #06–53/31 1 Rochor Canal Rd, Singapore 188504
Open studio: 12pm – 6pm daily
Free admission. 

Held in the heart of Singapore’s electronic goods mall, Sim Lim Square, this three-week residency 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. 

Following artist presentations on the opening night, panel sessions and guided tours form part of the residency experience, while open studios from 12 – 6pm daily allow audiences the opportunity to engage in conversations with each artist, providing an exposition of the processes and means of art-making with technology. 

Image courtesy of The MeshMinds Foundation and LASALLE College of the Arts present: Art x Tech For Good

The MeshMinds Foundation and LASALLE College of the Arts present: Art x Tech For Good
19 – 27 January 2019
Roger&Sons 115 King George’s Avenue, Singapore 208561
Monday to Thursday: 11am – 8pm Friday to Sunday: 11am - late
Free admission 

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, 

Image courtesy of Supernormal


17 January – 9 February 2019
Gillman Barracks, Lock Rd, Singapore 108937
Blk 1 #01-01, Blk 9 #03-21
Tuesday to Saturday: 12pm – 7pm Sunday: 12pm – 4pm
Closed Mondays and public holidays
Free admission 

Organised 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. Featuring 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. 

Combining a diverse programme from artist talks and guided tours, practical workshops and performances, this exhibition aims to highlight the expanded potential of technology within the contemporary art genre. 

Image courtesy of Objectifs 

Objectifs – Centre for Photography and Film
Dance of a Humble Atheist
10 January –17 February 2019
Objectifs – Centre for Photography and Film
155 Middle Road, Singapore 188977
Tuesday to Saturday: 12pm – 7pm, Sunday: 12pm – 4pm (closed on Monday)
Free admission 

Dance of a Humble Atheist is a multidisciplinary installation by Toh Hun Ping, a visual artist known for the use of his self-invented techniques of bleaching, scratching and recycling filmstrips in his video work. Toh’s film is created through painstaking frame-by-frame animation, featuring hundreds of hand-made ceramic tiles specifically handmade by the artist himself and used to animate the video, which serves as a creative expression of ideas relating to death, faith, after-life, nature and consciousness. 

The programme will engage audiences on all levels through live performances, an experimental film-making workshop, exploratory ceramic-making sessions and panel discussions on Singapore experimental film. 


1PROJECTS, in collaboration with the Objectifs - Centre for photography and film presents a group exhibition by four rising photographers; Lavender Chang (Taiwan / Singapore), Sophirat Muangkum (Thailand), Pokchat Worasub (Thailand) and Yatender (Vietnam) curated by Nim Niyomsin.

The last century has seen rapid change. Urbanization is spreading and the gap between humans and nature continues to grow. In Ecopsychology, resonating with the sense of alienation in modern society, four photographers are trying to understand our presence and position in relation to this 


Image courtesy of The Substation 

The Substation
Of Other Places
19 January – 3 February 2019 
45 Armenian St, Singapore 179936
Tuesday to Sunday: 12 – 8pm (closed on Monday)
Free admission 

Featuring interactive installations, paintings, videos, photographs and sound works, Of Other Places is the first major interdisciplinary exhibition by Singaporean artists – photographer, musician and architect Fauzy Ismail, Jeremy Less (Hell Low), See Kian Wee and Singapore- based Thai artist and photographer Juria Toramae. 

Curated by Dr. Wang Ruobing and conceived specifically to address the evolution of public places in Singapore – such as the old National Library, the Quarry, Singapore coastal lines and transient prayer spaces, the exhibition aims to explore the critical relationship between people and places in Singapore. 

The exhibition also offers engaging programmes including dialogue sessions with artists, writers, architects, scientists, and a guided tour by Dr. Chua Ai Lin. 

Image courtesy of Singapore Design Centre 

Singapore Design Centre 

National Design Centre
111 Middle Road, Singapore 188969
Daily: 9am – 9pm
Free admission 

This community-centric installation examines local issues of domesticity and labour through the mediums of mark-making, sculpture, and drawing. It poses this question to the public: how do we value different kinds of labour in society? The installation which subverts everyday domestic objects, turning these into art objects instead, encourages audiences to think about their intersectional positions of house and art worker, to better understand the nature of labour in the home. 

Featuring workshops and an exhibition by various artists invited to share their own interpretations of domesticity and labour, Home(work) provides an alternative, artistic perspective on the issue of work within the home environment. 


Talks & Symposiums 


Image courtesy of Frieze 

Frieze Academy Series, Public vs Private Museums: Bridging the Divide? 
25 January 2019
National Gallery Singapore 6pm – 7.30pm
Free admission, registration required 

Frieze Academy makes its debut during Singapore Art Week 2019. This is the second of three events organised by Frieze, in partnership with the Singapore Tourism Board, which see local and international creatives come together to exchange insights on contemporary art in Southeast Asia. 

What is the difference between ‘public’ and ‘private’ in the 21st-century museum landscape? What roles do private organisations occupy in regions where public art infrastructure is limited or contested? How do – or should – their programmes and responsibilities diverge from or overlap with those that are state-funded? 

Bringing together international museum professionals from across the sectors, this panel discussion will focus on the burgeoning of private museums and foundations across Southeast Asia. It will also consider the many ways in which public institutions internationally are engaging with private organisations, and emerging forms of collaboration between the sectors. 

As part of the Frieze Academy Series, local and international curators will also participate in four closed-door roundtable sessions on 23-24 January, hosted in collaboration with partner Singapore institutions on issues of contemporary curating in an international context. 

Image courtesy of IMPART

The IMPART Awards Symposium 
Heliconia Main Ballroom, Level 3,
Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre
26 January 2019 from 10am -12:30pm

The 2019 IMPART Symposium held on January 26 will feature 2 panels: 1) “Branding Southeast Asian Art: Artists Collectors, Spaces” moderated by Sara Mao, Director for Christie’s Education in Asia, 2) “Private Collections, Public Legacies?”, moderated by Tan Boon Hui, President, Global Arts & Cultural Programs, and Director, Asia Society Museum. Featured speakers on the panel include Catherine David, Deputy Director, Museé National d’Art Moderne, Centre Pompidou, Johnson Chang, Founder of Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong, and Co-Founder of the Asia Art Archives, Wendy Xu, Executive Administrator of Powerlong Culture. Renowned artists Zhong Biao and Jin Meyerson will also feature, as will Private Collectors Jim Amberson, Hady Ang and Mark Goh (MAGMA Collection). 

Image courtesy of  T.H.E.O Art Professionals 

ARTSPACE @ HeluTrans 
The Art Week Conversations: Considering Collecting by THEO Art Professionals 

19 – 27 January 2019
Various locations
Talks: Ticketed
Exhibition: Free 

In its fifth edition, The Art Week Conversations, presented by THEO Arts Professionals, focuses on collecting and collectors across Vietnam, Singapore and Southeast Asia, offering audiences insights into the nuances of each individual market from character and growth, demographics and directions of its producers and buyers. 

Panel discussions featuring collectors, artists, curators and gallerists provide seasoned and new collectors alike opportunities to better understand the current art collecting scene across the key Southeast Asian cities, while hearing from the experts on the dynamics and ways-in of successful and authentic collecting. 

Image courtesy of Pearl Lam Galleries 

Conversation: Ben Loong x Zulkifli with Josef Ng 
27 January 2019, 3pm – 5pm
Pearl Lam Galleries 9 Lock Rd, Singapore 108937
Free admission 

Gain insights into the artists' personal histories, cultural influences, and future directions of their practice, as well as their material engagement within contemporary Southeast Asian art. 

Image courtesy of Singapore Arts Club 

Singapore Arts Club 
Audience with an Artist

24 January 2019, 7pm – 9pm
Singapore Arts Club
47 Malan Road, Singapore 109444
Free admission 

Singapore Arts Club will be inviting two contemporary artists and a moderator of different generations with rather different practices to dialogue with a new audience that extends beyond the art industry. 

For more information on Singapore Art Week 2019, click here

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