Visitors drawn to new art fair's smaller scale

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A new contemporary art fair got off to a quiet start at Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Centre last night. The by-invitation-only preview of Singapore Contemporary Art Show was not as packed as that of the sixth edition of Art Stage Singapore on Wednesday.

The new fair, organised by a Hong Kong company, is also much smaller in scale, featuring 65 galleries compared with 173 at Art Stage Singapore, which is often billed as the Republic's premier contemporary art fair and is on at Marina Bay Sands.

Several visitors interviewed liked the smaller scale of the new fair. Most of the art on show was priced under $10,000. Sales manager Celeste Wong, 32, said: "It is a lot quieter than Art Stage Singapore, but the pricing makes it appealing to people who are not big art collectors."

Another fair, the seventh edition of the boutique hotel art fair, Art Apart, opens today at Parkroyal on Pickering. All three fairs are part of the ongoing Singapore Art Week and are open to the public till Sunday.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 22, 2016, with the headline 'Visitors drawn to new art fair's smaller scale'. Print Edition | Subscribe