The former ship repairs workshop and warehouse at 2 Cavan Road officially opens its doors to the public for the first time as a pop-up art destination. For only six months in Year 2020, Singapore art audiences can expect to see a bold, new art space take shape in this massive (20,000 square feet) heritage industrial factory space. TWENTY TWENTY will present a collection of immersive works in varied mediums and sizes by international artists of distinct cultures and attitudes, provoking viewers to consider urgent issues that have arose in our globalised states, discover progress in process, and negotiate terrains of ambiguity and contestation. TWENTY TWENTY will also host a series of experiential programming, curated with the aim to connect and nurture lovers of art and culture, inspiring and engaging art audiences and patrons of the future.
Once the manufacturing workshop and yard for ship repairs, the ground floor will be repurposed as the main activity area. It will house the project’s main contemporary art exhibition opening with a predominantly-female artist line up featuring local artist Dawn Ng. For over six decades, this space functioned as the residence of the first owners who used its both as a ship repairs workshop, warehouse, and also living quarters. Artists will create site-specific works that pay tribute to the architecture and history of the building through their creative processes, considering the lived experiences of this space and the history of the site.
TWENTY TWENTY will officially open its doors 10 Jan 2020 with an opening party hosted by artists x Lo & Behold Group to kickoff the first day of Singapore Art Week; the annual arts event celebrated by creative professionals, art practitioners and all groups in the creative industries. TWENTY TWENTY will host key events in and around the building, with programmes lined up until June 2020.
Audrey Yeo, Yeo Workshop, and founder of the Singapore Arts Club has been appointed as Project Director of TWENTY TWENTY. Yeo shares,
“I am honoured to lead the project. This is a fantastic warehouse in an ideal location; the team fell in love with the space the minute we set foot in it! The space is storied with history, industry and the yesteryear spirit of productivity that captures the zeitgeist of early-days Singapore. This is an experience that will renew and excite seasoned international and local art audiences interest in the arts, and also provide a new and fresh perspective of art for new audiences.”