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Singapore's annual celebration of the visual arts, the Singapore Art Week returns from 16 to 24 January 2016. In its fourth edition, this collective effort by the National Arts Council (NAC), the Singapore Tourism Board (STB), and the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) kicks off Singapore's exciting arts and culture calendar, featuring a diverse spectrum of nearly 100 visual arts programmes over nine days.

This year, audiences can look forward to more novel art experiences and monumental public art works on display, bringing art closer to the community and enlivening the city's urban spaces. These include presentations of visual arts in unexpected spaces, such as re-purposed shipping containers and site-specific installations in distinctive neighbourhoods, which will engage a wide range of audiences, from art enthusiasts and seasoned collectors, to those new to the world of visual arts.

Reaching out to both Singapore residents and international visitors, there's a myriad of quality art experiences in Singapore Art Week 2016, from art fairs, gallery openings, exhibitions, lifestyle events and public art walks, to enriching discussions on art and culture. Covering the visual arts beyond contemporary practices, including modern and traditional visual forms.

In this nine-day celebration of the visual arts, Singapore Art Week 2016 held at many venues across Singapore, including museums, art precincts and non-profit spaces. The venues are around the Civic District, Marina Bay, Bras Basah and Bugis areas, as well as precincts such as Gillman Barracks, Chinatown, Kampong Glam, Little India, and Joo Chiat, to bring the visual arts to as many people as possible.

Singapore Art Week 2016 is also an opportunity for both established and emerging home-grown talent to be presented alongside their regional and international counterparts, across commercial and not-for-profit platforms. Low Eng Teong, Director, Sector Development (Visual Arts), NAC, said, "This year, we're seeing more arts groups, including emerging artists and new art collectives, taking part in Singapore Art Week. We're excited that they see Art Week's value as an enabling platform for artists to create more interesting projects that challenge artistic boundaries, and art enthusiasts can look forward to more unique and innovative experiences."

Low Eng Teong also said, "Most of the exhibitions and events are free for the public, and there is something for everyone, including family-friendly and lifestyle programmes. Take a trip around the Civic District and the Marina Bay areas, and enjoy the many monumental sculptures by some of Singapore's and Asia's best artists."

Carrie Kwik, Executive Director, Arts, Entertainment & Integrated Resorts, STB added, "We're delighted that the fourth edition of Singapore Art Week has many new art offerings. It reinforces Singapore's standing as the gateway to the visual arts scene in Southeast Asia, and accentuates our appeal as a cultural and lifestyle destination for art lovers."

Kow Ree Na, Director, Lifestyle Programme Office, EDB said, "The Singapore Art Week is a valuable commercial platform for collectors and art businesses and institutions. It is an annual celebration of the growth of the visual arts scene in Singapore where our galleries, artists and institutions showcase their best to herald the beginning of a new and exciting year. For the international art community visiting Singapore during Art Week, the business networking opportunities provide a window and platform to grow long term partnerships in Singapore to tap into the growing art market in Asia and beyond." For more information and the latest updates, you can visit (Photo: Singapore Art Week)

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