If you love art and happen to be in Singapore this week, then you should definitely join the festivity of Singapore Art Week 2016, while you still can. Started from Jan 16 and will run till Jan 24, the Lion City goes full swing into a parade of what's best in the local and international art scene, and this is a good time to immerse yourself in art.
From art enthusiasts and seasoned collectors, to those new to the world of visual arts, Singapore Art Wek 2016 has something for everyone. With over 100 visual arts programmes packed into a short 9 days, we wouldn't blame you if your schedule only permits your attendance to a few. If you're feeling overwhelmed, we bring you our guide to the six most exciting things to see at Singapore Art Week 2016. Check this out!
1. Andy Warhol: Social Circus
For the first time in Asia, a rare collection of Andy Warhol's Polaroids featuring prominent actors, artists and fashion designers from the '70s and '80s will be presented here. This is also the first time these Polaroids have been reunited and exhibited under one roof in Asia, since they were pulled out of Warhol's Polaroid camera between 1958 to 1987, and dispersed across the world by various collectors. These Polaroids not only demonstrate Warhol's influence as an artist and society figure, but also inspire his large scale portraits he is best known for.
When: 16 - 29 Jan 2016 (free admission)
Where: Block 47 Malan Road #01-26, Gillman Barracks
2. Prudential Eye Awards and Finalists' Exhibition 2016
The Prudential Eye Awards return to Singapore for a third edition. The annual Awards celebrate emerging contemporary artists from across Greater Asia and highlight the breadth, range and diversity of the works created by these artists. This year's Awards includes Singapore finalist Robert Zhao in the category of Best Emerging Artist Using Photography.
When: 19 Jan 2016 (Awards Ceremony), 16 January - 27 Mar 2016 (Exhibition)
Where: MasterCard Theatres (Sands Theatre) (Awards Ceremony), ArtScience Museum (Exhibition)
3. Art After Dark
Enjoy an unforgettable evening at one of Singapore's more unique art destinations. Located in a former military camp amidst lush tropical greenery, Gillman Barracks comprises 11 celebrated galleries from around the world, as well as the NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore and other visual art organisations. An outdoor party set against the new shows premiered by the galleries provides the perfect opportunity to enjoy Gillman Barracks' diverse art offerings. Apart from the galleries' shows, be sure to check out Singapore Arts Club, the Barracks' annual curated public art project, which returns for the second year.
When: 22 Jan 2016 (free admission)
Where: Gillman Barracks, 9 Lock Road
4. Art Walk Little India
Art Walk Little India is a multidisciplinary art festival set in the cultural precinct of Little India. Journey along the lanes and alleyways, and immerse yourself in the rhythmic beats of traditional Indian percussion instruments or creative fusions of Indian and Western styles of music. Indulge your senses and be transported to a world of Hindu gods and goddesses, as legends come to life through stories told within the walls of one of Singapore's historic monuments.
When: 19 - 23 Jan 2016 (free admission)
Where: Little India
5. Aliwal Urban Art Festival
The Aliwal Urban Art Festival is back with an exciting selection of art events inspired by international street culture, from live street art, music performances and workshops, to the festival's very first exhibition. Cannot be Bo(a)rdered is a visual exploration of youth rebellion through skate culture, where the skateboard is used as a medium to create new artworks that both respond to the physical material, and challenge existing social connotations.
When: 16 Jan 2016 (festival activities), 14 Jan - 14 Feb 2016 (Cannot Be Bo(a)rdered exhibition) (free admission)
Where: Aliwal Arts Centre, 28 Aliwal Street
6. Art Stage Singapore 2016
Southeast Asia's flagship art fair is back in its sixth edition, featuring 168 galleries from 32 countries and 30 global cities, of which 68 galleries are new exhibitors. Showcasing bold contemporary art from across the region, Art Stage Singapore continues to encourage dialogue and the exchange of ideas through the medium of art. Underscoring the Fair's Asian identity is its strong showing of Asia-based galleries, with 132 exhibitors from across Asia, as well as the introduction of the Southeast Asia Forum, a thematic programme that offers a closer view into broad global issues that affect the region.
When: 21 - 24 Jan (admission fees apply)
Where: Marina Bay Sands, Sands Expo & Convention Centre, Level B2, Halls D, E, F, 10 Bayfront Avenue
(Photo Courtesy: Singapore Art Week)