9 Things To Discover At Singapore Art Week 2018

Art & Design

January 9, 2018 | BY Phoebe Taylor

The city comes alive as Singapore Art Week takes over the streets, museums and galleries from January 17 to 28 with a myriad of engaging works and events.

Twice, 1966 by Kim Lim (Image: STPI)

Kim Lim: Sculpting Light

When January 13 to March 2

What For the first time in three decades, Singapore will host a solo show for late artist Kim Lim in her place of birth. Combining sculpture, drawings and prints, Kim Lim: Sculpting Light celebrates her unique, graceful simplicity and a body of work which changed the narrative for Asian sculpture internationally. At STPI.

9 Things To Discover At Singapore Art Week 2018
Mural, Shanghai by Vhils (Image: Joao Moreira/Danysz Gallery)

Art From The Streets

When January 13 to June 3

What The first-ever major retrospective of street art in Southeast Asia, Art From The Streets pulls no punches. With over 200 works, including site-specific projects, paintings, installations, videos, sketches and archives, this exhibition at the ArtScience Museum charts the growth of urban art over the last 40 years. Expect to see works by famous names such as Banksy, Obey and Space Invader as well as up-and-coming Southeast Asian talents.


Untitled (When We Are...) 2015 by Muntean Rosenblum (Image: The Parkview Museum)


When January 17 to 27

What Featuring 34 international contemporary artists, The Artist’s Voice at The Parkview Museum explores human existence and contemporary art’s capacity to convey essential messages and runs until February 28. Running alongside the exhibition during Singapore Art Week is Reframe, a programme that includes sketching masterclasses, artist discussions and guided tours. The Parkview Museum also plays host to the Singapore Art Week closing party, PVM Live! on January 27.

9 Things To Discover At Singapore Art Week 2018
Image: Kray Chen

5 Rehearsals For A Wedding

When January 17 to February 11

Visual artist and 2017 Young Artist Award recipient, Kray Chen (second from right), playfully explores Singaporean Chinese wedding customs in his video installation, 5 Rehearsals For A Wedding. In the process, he challenges accepted traditions and highlights their cliches and expectations. At Objectifs: Centre for Photography and Film.

Image: Art Outreach Singapore

Impart Collectors' Show

When January 18 to 28

What Take a peek into the private collections of two prominent Singaporean collectors at the Impart Collectors’ Show by Art Outreach Singapore, which features notable Chinese contemporary art as well as works by homegrown artists highlighting the city’s multicultural heritage. There is also a panel discussion featuring prominent collectors from around the region on January 24, at the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre. 

9 Things To Discover At Singapore Art Week 2018
Image: National Gallery Singapore

Light To Night Festival

When January 19 to 28

What The Light to Night Festival transforms the National Gallery Singapore, together with buildings in the Civic District, including Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall, into spectacular works of art exploring the sensation of colour. Explore a house of mirrors, participate in the creation of an artwork, or walk through an immersive digital labyrinth. Music and performances complement the artworks. Meanwhile, the gallery’s Ng Teng Fong Roof Garden sees a specially commissioned site-specific installation, Untitled 2018 (The Infinite Dimensions of Smallness), by Thai artist Rirkrit Tiravanija. The large-scale bamboo maze and wooden tea house invites visitors to engage in various tea ceremonies with local and international tea masters, and will remain at the gallery from January 24 to October 1.

Image: Sarah Walker/Melbourne Festival

Progress: The Game of Leaders

When January 22 to 28

Where You may know homegrown artist Samantha Lo as the Sticker Lady, best known for her guerrilla street art. Progress: The Game of Leaders, she takes a tongue-in-cheek look at Singapore’s current sociopolitical landscape, where visitors can play a giant version of the classic block-stacking game. Blocks of “Progress” represent the elements which go into making a first-world Singapore—which do we compromise on or prioritise? You decide. At The Arts House.

9 Things To Discover At Singapore Art Week 2018
Image: Art Stage Singapore

Art Stage Singapore

When January 25 to 28

What The anchor event of the Singapore Art Week 2018 and Southeast Asia’s flagship art fair, Art Stage Singapore, returns for its eighth edition with a focus on “interactions”. Along with a special country focus on Thailand, expect a diverse programme including dialogues and panel discussions featuring acclaimed keynote speakers at the Southeast Asia Forum, and even exclusive viewings of private collections with the Signature Collectors’ Visits. Read our story on Art Stage Singapore here.

Endgame (2015) by Nabilah Nordin (Image: Chris Crocker)


When January 26 to September 1

What Borrowing its name from the Malay adverb "di sini" or "over here", this curated festival is inspired and centred around Gillman Barracks. A series of events, art exhibitions and public engagements combine to create possibilities for consolidation, collaboration and engagement. From parties to paintings, Singapore Art Week is a catalyst for Disini's several months of artistic endeavour. It begins with Here/Now, an all-night-long party on January 26, headlined by French-Canadian cult DJ Jacques Green.

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