Singapore Art Week will be back from 16 – 24 January 2016. There are over 80 events during the nine-day festival celebrating various genres of visual arts across 70 to 80 venues in Singapore. Genres include performance, music, film and immersive installation pieces, many of which feature some of Singapore’s emerging and established artists, showcasing their works alongside internationally-acclaimed artists in the block-buster events like Art Stage, Prudential Singapore eye and the galleries.
Some of the highlights are:
- The Public Art Trust (PAT), a new initiative by the National Arts Council (NAC), aims to make art a part of Singapore’s urban spaces and bring art closer to Singaporeans. The first three works commissioned by the PAT celebrate Singapore’s 50th anniversary in 2015, and are located along the Jubilee Walk. The Jubilee Walk is a commemorative trail leading through historic and iconic locations within Singapore’s civic district and Marina Bay area, that connect the past, present and future elements of the Singapore Story.
- Art lovers will have the opportunity to view internationally-acclaimed Singapore artist, Tang Da Wu’s 1980 work “Earth Work” at the newly opened National Gallery.
- 56th Venice Biennale “Special Mention” winner, pioneering video and performance artist, Joan Jonas will present her work in a premiere solo exhibition.
- Film and art lovers are in for a treat, with a series of “Exhibition on Screen” films that were filmed on location at high-profile exhibitions on art masters like Rembrandt, Van Gogh and Matisse.
- Singapore’s first ever Bilingual Chinese Calligraphy Forum, organised by the Chinese Calligraphy Society of Singapore will take place during Art Week to explore its heritage, and role in today’s contemporary society.