Fourth edition of Singapore Art Week returns with diverse visual art offerings, fresh cross-collaboration of genres, and special site-specific events


SINGAPORE 15 January 2016 – Singapore’s annual celebration of the visual arts, the Singapore Art Week (SAW) returns from 16 to 24 January 2016. In its fourth edition, this collective effort by the National Arts Council (NAC), the Singapore Tourism Board (STB), and the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) kicks off Singapore’s exciting arts and culture calendar, featuring a diverse spectrum of nearly 100 visual arts programmes over nine days.


This year, audiences can look forward to more novel art experiences and monumental public art works on display, bringing art closer to the community and enlivening the city’s urban spaces. These include presentations of visual arts in unexpected spaces, such as re-purposed shipping containers and site-specific installations in distinctive neighbourhoods, which will engage a wide range of international and Singaporean audiences, from art enthusiasts and seasoned collectors, to those new to the world of visual arts.


Singapore Art Week 2016 is also an opportunity for both established and emerging home-grown talent to be presented alongside their regional and international counterparts, across commercial and not-for-profit platforms. Together, these collective efforts by the art industry with support from the three agencies, showcase the country’s vibrant visual arts landscape, and position Singapore as a leading art market and destination in Asia.


Art Week venues are located around the Civic District, Marina Bay, Bras Basah and Bugis areas, as well as precincts such as Gillman Barracks, Chinatown, Kampong Glam, Little India, and Joo Chiat to bring the visual arts to as many people as possible.


Low Eng Teong, Director, Sector Development (Visual Arts), NAC, said  “This year, we’re seeing more arts groups, including emerging artists and new art collectives, taking part in Singapore Art Week. We’re excited that they see Art Week’s value as an enabling platform for artists to create more interesting projects that challenge artistic boundaries, and art enthusiasts can look forward to more unique and innovative experiences. Most of the exhibitions and events are free for the public, and there is something for everyone, including family-friendly and lifestyle programmes. Take a trip around the Civic District and the Marina Bay areas, and enjoy the many monumental sculptures by some of Singapore’s and Asia’s best artists.”


Carrie Kwik, Executive Director, Arts, Entertainment & Integrated Resorts, STB added, “We're delighted that the fourth edition of Singapore Art Week has many new art offerings. It reinforces Singapore's standing as the gateway to the visual arts scene in Southeast Asia, and accentuates our appeal as a cultural and lifestyle destination for art lovers.”


Kow Ree Na, Director, Lifestyle Programme Office, EDB said, “The Singapore Art Week is a valuable commercial platform for collectors and art businesses and institutions. It is an annual celebration of the growth of the visual arts scene in Singapore where our galleries, artists and institutions showcase their best to herald the beginning of a new and exciting year. For the international art community visiting Singapore during Art Week, the business networking opportunities provide a window and platform to grow long term partnerships in Singapore to tap into the growing art market in Asia and beyond.”


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About Singapore Art Week

An initiative by the National Arts Council, in partnership with the Singapore Tourism Board and Singapore Economic Development Board, Singapore Art Week reinforces Singapore’s position as Asia’s leading arts destination. It is a nine-day celebration of the visual arts, held at many venues across Singapore, including museums, art precincts and non-profit spaces.


Reaching out to both Singapore residents and international visitors, Singapore Art Week offers a myriad of quality art experiences, from art fairs, gallery openings, exhibitions, lifestyle events and public art walks, to enriching discussions on art and culture. Covering the visual arts beyond contemporary practices, including modern and traditional visual forms, Singapore Art Week also aims to galvanise the arts sector to launch innovative art and lifestyle concepts and events in conjunction with it.


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