"Art is for Everyone" - The Celebration Starts!


Singapore Art Show 2005


23 Sept - 23 Oct 2005


Official Opening



27 September 2005 

 Time: 7 pm
 Venue: Singapore Management University
Cityhall Campus, Li Ka-Shing Building

Dr Lee Boon Yang
Minister of Information, Communications & the Arts


The Singapore Art Show, a celebration of local visual art by homegrown artists, will be officially launched today by Dr Lee Boon Yang, Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts.


Organised by the National Arts Council (NAC), it is the largest curated art show of its kind, with more than 400 artworks by 200 artists, and involving 11 curators. There are 10 core exhibitions, 9 in-conjunction exhibitions and 25 public programmes, workshops and exhibition tours – all of which offer free admission.


NAC worked in close collaboration with each of the curators to put together exhibitions that profile works ranging from traditional to contemporary in different media by artists from different quarters and eras, going as far back to the 50’s right through to aspiring new talents. Featured artists include Chen Wen Hsi, Tan Swie Hian, Chua Ek Kay, Jaafar Latiff, Han Sai Por, Ho Tzu Nyen, Jason Lim, Matthew Ngui, Michael Lee and Brian Gothong Tan in main exhibition components such as: New Works by Singaporean Artists, Retrospectives: Celebrating Singapore Art, Re-engaging Traditions, The Creative Curating Lab and Public Art (Sculpture Exhibition).


“The Singapore Art Show 2005 marks a milestone in the history and development of visual arts in Singapore. Besides showcasing the artistic and creative talents we have in Singapore, it is also an effort to bring art to everyone. This show has something to interest every serious art lover, as well as to appeal to the ordinary man in the street”, said Mr. Lee Suan Hiang, Chief Executive Officer, NAC.


Visitors to the month-long Singapore Art Show can enjoy these exhibitions and events, conveniently located in more than a dozen venues within the downtown Middle Road / North Bridge Road / Hill Street vicinity at their leisure. NAC hopes everyone will visit as many of the exhibitions as possible and gain further insights into the exciting spectrum of the visual arts in Singapore and the amazing creativity and talent that exists in our very midst. At the same time, visitors can look forward to free coffee and cake at Menotti in Raffles City by collecting stamps with every visit to an exhibition.


“It is SMU’s intention to be part of the cultural life of our lively and historically rich neighbourhood and we are glad to be able to play a part in the inaugural Singapore Art Show. SMU is most happy to share our space with the community, while bringing in beautiful works of art into our environment to enhance and enrich our students’ educational experience,” said Professor Howard Hunter, President, Singapore Management University.


For full details on the Singapore Art Show, please visit www.singaporeartshow.com.


 Annexes  - Official Opening Programme
   - List of Singapore Art Show Partners and Sponsors