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Start Your Year Right with Singapore Art Week 2017!

An annual affair in its fifth edition in 2017, Singapore Art Week 2017 is here yet again. It is a  joint initiative by the National Arts Council, the Singapore Tourism Board and the Singapore Economic Development Board to reinforce Singapore’s position as Asia’s leading arts destination. This 12-day celebration of the visual arts takes place in venues across Singapore, from galleries and museums to art precincts and non-profit spaces.


Reaching out to both Singapore residents and international visitors to promote art appreciation, Singapore Art Week offers a myriad of quality art experiences which span the visual arts, from traditional to modern to contemporary practices. It also aims to galvanise the arts sector to launch innovative art and lifestyle concepts and events in conjunction with art events during this period.


Here are some of the upcoming programmes happening over the 12 days:


1. Aliwal Urban Art Festival (14 to 15 Jan 2017)


Aliwal Arts Centre sees the return of this annual celebration of Singapore cool, with a carefully-curated selection of art inspired by international street culture—from contemporary art to graffiti, punk to disco, skateboarding to street dancing.


Trade skills for assorted items at the Barter Workshop Market, cop works from Singapore artists, or party to some of the best bands, DJs, producers and turntablists from the island.


Organised alongside the one-day festival is No Regrets For Our Youth—an artistic yet functional urban gymnasium examining the cult of #gymlife, by Singapore art collective DXXXXD, whose members are interested in relations between contemporary visual art and the vernacular. Everyone is invited to get fit here!


Aliwal Arts Centre, 28 Aliwal Street, Singapore 199918
Free admission, daily 11am to 8pm


2. Art After Dark X SAW 2017 (13 Jan 2017)


The flagship edition of Art After Dark at Gillman Barracks returns as a highlight event of Singapore Art Week 2017, Singapore’s annual celebration of the visual arts.


At Art After Dark, enjoy an unforgettable evening at Gillman Barracks—Singapore’s visual arts cluster, where our galleries, the NTU Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA) Singapore, and other visual art tenants will premiere their new exhibitions and open their doors till late in celebration of Singapore Art Week. There will also be the launch of Gillman Barracks public art project, outdoor F&B pop-ups, and a showcase of live music acts throughout the night.


So come down for an unforgettable evening of live music, food, and of course, contemporary art.

Gillman Barracks, 9 Lock Road, Singapore 108937
Free Admission, 7pm to 11pm


3. Body Politic (13 Jan to 2 Apr 2017)


A series of four exhibitions, Body Politic explores the relationship between the individual and collective, as well as the personal and public. These sculptural, photographic, and video installations examine the roles inhabited by persons in society, and consider the rights their bodies have to occupy space.


Featuring new and recent works by local and regional artists: Mike HJ Chang (Singapore), Kray Chen (Singapore), Chen Wei (China), Kathryn Kng (Singapore), Ko Sin Tung (Hong Kong), Cassandra Koh (Singapore), Chulayarnnon Siriphol (Thailand) and Yao Jui Chung (Taiwan).


Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, 1 Esplanade Drive Singapore 038981
Free admission,
Monday to Friday: 11am – 8.30pm
Saturday, Sunday, and Public Holidays: 10am – 8.30pm
Tunnel, Concourse, and Community Wall:
Daily: 10am – 12am


4. Fantasy Islands (11 to 26 Jan 2017)


The geographical condition of islands—bodies of land marked by surrounding waters—lends itself to metaphors of closure and openness, interiority and exteriority, where people, objects, ideas, and histories move across their borders.


Borders—real or imagined—establish and define relations, woven by those who cross them. Here, desire factors into governing our actions in setting up such borders: what do we do on this island? Whom do we talk to? What is seen, and what is hidden from view?


Fantasy Islands looks at the manifold relations between Batam and Singapore. Curated by Mitha Budhyarto and Kin Chui, and presenting new works by Indonesian and Singaporean artists: Fyerool Darma, Ardi Makki Gunawan, ila, Stephanie J. Burt, Eldwin Pradipta, Evelyn Pritt, and Wu Jun Han, the exhibition perceives “islandness” as a staged event, framed by the concepts of borders and desires. 


Objectifs – Centre for Photography and Film, 155 Middle Road, Singapore 188977
Free admission,
Tuesday to Saturday: 12pm – 7pm
Sunday: 12pm – 4pm
Closed on Monday & Public Holidays


5. LOCK ROUTE (13 Jan to 30 Jun 2017)


A highlight of Singapore Art Week, Gillman Barracks’ public art showcase, LOCK ROUTE is curated by Khairuddin Hori.


LOCK ROUTE takes inspiration from 9 Lock Road—Gillman Barracks’ address—and the traditional 24km march commonly featured in the training of ‘graduating’ army recruits in Singapore.


Featuring arresting installations, sculptures, and murals by renowned and emerging international and Singapore artists, LOCK ROUTE invites visitors to traverse the grounds of Gillman Barracks and experience a closer encounter with art in the open.


The launch of LOCK ROUTE coincides with the Gillman Barracks’ annual celebration of the visual arts, Art After Dark.


Gillman Barracks, 9 Lock Road, Singapore 108937
Free admission, all day


6. The Photograph as Atlas, An Affiliate Project of Singapore Biennale 2016 (26 Nov 2016 to 1 Feb 2017)



This exhibition looks at photography’s role as a mirror of history that can be both objective and subjective at the same time. In exploring the navigation and creation of history through photographs, the works question the status of these recorded histories—by posturing that things may not be as they seem.


DECK, Galleries 1 & 2, 120A Prinsep Street, Singapore 187937
Free admission


7. Ubi, Ubi! (13 Jan to 26 Jan 2017)


Ubi, Ubi! is a visual art exhibition presented by artists Betty Susiarjo, Fyerool Darma, Hilmi Johandi, Simon Ng, Soh Choi Yin and Wong Kel Win. An artist-initiated project showing and promoting the notion of shared creative spaces in Singapore.


These six artists came together in 2015 to co-share a studio space in the Kampong Ubi estate, to work and pursue a common goal—to practise art.


This exhibition will be the first collaborative effort by these artists. It is a presentation of how artists come together to share common resources to make art, in the attempt to exercise a sustainable way of making a living. It is also a showcase to mark the diverse artistic style that each artist has worked towards since the beginning of the venture.


The exhibition also takes place in the studio, giving the audience a glimpse into the situation and condition of production itself.


UB. One, 81 Ubi Avenue 4, #07-28, Singapore 408830
Free admission,
Tuesday to Friday: 3pm – 9pm
Saturday & Sunday: 1pm – 6pm
Closed on Monday


8. Once Upon a Time in Little India (20 Nov 2016 to 21 Jul 2017)


Overseas Indian communities often reproduce various manifestations—such as practices, values, language, dress, food, and religions—of their root heritage and cultures. Following this predisposition, is the creation cultural enclaves and neighbourhoods—like Little India.


Discover the evolution of Singapore’s cosmopolitan Little India through the Indian Heritage Centre’s Once Upon a Time in Little India. Drawing from historical and contemporary lenses, and presenting parallels with various diasporic settlements across the globe, the exhibition recreates moments past and present through film and installation pieces.


The works are an eclectic mix of historical artefacts from the centre’s collection, alongside loans from the Indian community, as well as site specific works by artists such as K. Rajagopal, Kumari Nahappan and Navin Rawanchaikul.


Indian Heritage Centre, 5 Campbell Lane, Singapore 209924
Admission fees apply,
Tuesday to Thursday: 10am – 7pm
Friday to Saturday: 10am – 8pm
Sunday & Public Holidays: 10am – 4pm
Closed on Monday



Photos taken from: Singapore Art Week 2017 website

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