100 activities planned for Singapore Art Week 2017

Artwalk Little India, a project in the cultural precinct of Little India, organised by Lasalle College of the Arts and the Singapore Tourism Board.
Artwalk Little India, a project in the cultural precinct of Little India, organised by Lasalle College of the Arts and the Singapore Tourism Board.PHOTO: TRADITIONAL TRADES OF LITTLE INDIA, PSYFOOL

Large-scale public art installations in Gillman Barracks, printmaking workshops at Capitol Piazza mall in Stamford Road and art tours around the island are among the slew of activities taking place during Singapore Art Week in January.

Held over 12 days from Jan 11 to 22, the annual round-up of visual arts offerings, which is bookended by two art fairs - Art Stage Singapore and Singapore Contemporary - is a joint initiative by the National Arts Council, Singapore Tourism Board and Singapore Economic Development Board.

The activities are organised by various players in the arts scene, including art centres, institutions, museums and galleries.

The aim is to whet the appetite for visual arts in Singapore among international visitors and residents, as well as everyone from seasoned art collectors and art enthusiasts to neophytes and families. They will be able to pick from a programme of close to 100 activities ranging from art fairs and exhibitions to workshops and talks, with admission to most of them free.


  • WHERE: Various locations

    WHEN: Jan 11 to 22

    INFO: For full listing of events, go to artweek.sg

The arts council's director of visual arts development, Mr Low Eng Teong, says the event, which is returning for its fifth edition, is keen to build on growing interest in it and the arts.

Earlier this year, its survey of 1,000 visitors to the event showed that three in four were attending for the first time.

The upcoming edition will be held over two weekends instead of one, to give the public more time to catch the programmes.

Interactive digital booths that are able to offer customised Art Week itineraries for individuals, based on their personal preferences, will also be launched in the Central Business District to help the public navigate the art offerings.

Mr Low says the event is also keen to provide "a more enriching, more engaging" encounter with art and its partners, such as the curators, docents and guides, play an important role in fostering this connection.

The NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore, for example, will be holding its inaugural ideas festival on the theme of "cities for people" and invite artists, architects and researchers to collaborate and share ideas on how to tackle issues which directly impact the lives of urbanites.

The public art showcase in Gillman Barracks, on the other hand, aims to bridge the connection between art and the audience through works that are both "meaningful to the artist and approachable to the public", says its curator Khairuddin Hori.

More than 10 works will be placed outdoors in the Gillman Barracks area. They include an adaptation of Parade, a sculptural installation that recalls a minimalist playground by Australia-born artist Mel O'Callaghan, and modified bicycles that feature a collaboration between a bicycle enthusiast and two street artists in Singapore.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 23, 2016, with the headline '100 activities planned for Singapore Art Week'. Subscribe