More local content for Singapore Art Week 2014 with support for more than 20 projects by Singapore artists
NAC enhances local outreach efforts for all Singaporeans to experience Art Week
SINGAPORE, 13 January 2014 – The Singapore Art Week returns with a myriad of innovative and enriching experiences by artists and institutions from 13 to 19 January 2014, presenting more than 70 events across the island. Leveraging on the high visitor traffic and buzz, the National Arts Council (NAC) has commissioned and is supporting more than 20 arts projects and 32 artists and arts groups for the Week, ranging from exhibitions, tours, performances and parties.
2 In addition, to encourage more Singaporeans to attend and appreciate the arts, the NAC is boosting the Art Week campaign with stronger local marketing and outreach. The Singapore Art Week is a multi-agency initiative spearheaded by the Singapore Tourism Board, in partnership with the Singapore Economic Development Board and the National Arts Council.
3 The Singapore Art Week presents an opportunity for the NAC to raise the profile of Singapore artists to the international community, and showcase the depth and diversity of Singapore’s visual arts scene. Apart from the Singapore artists who will showcase at Art Stage Singapore’s Southeast Asia Curated Platform, NAC has worked closely with partners to seed and support projects by other Singaporean artists and groups including Art Outreach’s Art-In-Transit Tours, Shubigi Rao’s exhibition at Grey Projects, and Zul Mahmood’s showcase at The Private Museum (see Annex for full list).
4 One of NAC’s key initiatives, specifically commissioned for Art Week, is the Aliwal Urban Art Festival, to showcase Singapore’s growing urban art scene. The event allows us to give the Singapore Art Week a different flavour, and will feature an energetic line up of local live bands, DJs, street art and performances by some of the city’s most talented artists, such as RSCLS, Masia One, Funkimunkees, Darker Than Wax, O$P$ and +65 Drum & Bass. Visitors to the Kampong Glam area will also be able to look forward to other unique events by the Independent Archive & Resource Centre (iARC), Objectifs, Angkatan Pelukis Aneka Daya (APAD), as well as performances by artists Tang Ling Nah and Malvina Tan.
5 Says Mr Paul Tan, Director for Sector Development (Visual Arts), NAC, “The Singapore Art Week presents an amazing opportunity for Singapore artists, arts groups and non-profit art spaces to tap on the excitement and international visibility generated by Art Stage and the Singapore Biennale, and showcase. NAC has seeded a number of local initiatives, including the Aliwal Urban Art Festival and the Art-In-Transit Tours, to offer both international visitors and Singaporeans a range of different art experiences. These complement the exhibitions from the commercial galleries and the art fairs. Singapore Biennale, which NAC supports, is still running and is another excellent showcase of Singapore and Southeast Asian art. We hope more visitors will catch if they haven't yet. We invite everyone to explore and enjoy Art Week, and discover art at their doorstep!”
6 To add to the diversity of offering at Art Stage Singapore, NAC is also presenting three panel discussions at the fair on January 19. The talks are organised by visual arts practitioner, Tony Godfrey, who is well known in Singapore’s arts scene as an arts historian, educator, critic and curator. Some of the featured speakers include highly regarded Southeast Asian curators Iola Lenzi and Charles Merewether, as well as prominent Singapore artists such as Michael Lee and Charles Lim. Details on the talk and speakers can be found on Art Stage’s website.
7 In addition, Singapore-based art galleries will be abuzz with the premiere of new cutting-edge exhibitions and exceptional showcase. Highlights include An Evening at Gillman Barracks, with the sixteen galleries at Asia’s leading visual arts enclave presenting an evening of distinctive art shows and outdoor festivities for all to enjoy late into the night. The newly opened Centre for Contemporary Art will also present its first exhibition, Paradise Lost.
8 You can find out more about the Singapore Art Week 2014 or download the official event guide at www.artweek.sg.