5 events not to miss at Singapore Art Week
The ninth edition of Singapore Art Week, an annual celebration of the visual arts, is back from 22 to 30 Jan. Visitors can look forward to discovering new works of art and experiencing exciting art events island-wide, including public art installations, art exhibitions and art-related tours of the city. The programme is a joint initiative by the National Arts Council, Singapore Tourism Board and the Singapore Economic Development Board.
Here is what you shouldn’t miss at Singapore Art Week:
See the Civic District in new light
Light To Night Festival
An anchor event of Singapore Art Week, the festival promises to bring the Civic District to life with mesmerising multimedia projections on the façade of iconic buildings. The festival programme will boast an expanded offering with its line-up of physical and digital art experiences. Festival goers can also access everything from art workshops to livestreamed talks. Don’t miss Art Skins On Monuments, where visitors will be able to enjoy immersive light projections inside the National Gallery Singapore for the first time at the Rotunda Library and Archive. Alternatively, catch Around The World With The Harp, where audiences can join harp quartet La Vie En Harpe, led by harpist Sarah Wong, on a journey to Tchaikovsky’s Russia and De Falla’s Spain. The festival runs from 22 to 31 Jan, and it is organised by the National Gallery Singapore, in collaboration with partners in the Civic District such as the Asian Civilisations Museum and the Esplanade. Learn more about Light To Night Festival here.
Go on a cultural walk
Artwalk In Spite Of
Take a trip down memory lane by joining this free art tour in Little India, and learn about the history and traditions of the neighbourhood, as well as discover new murals in the area. The tour will feature murals by artists Mithra Jeevanantham, Eunice Lim and Khairulddin Wahab. It is presented by Lasalle College of the Arts and the Singapore Tourism Board, with the support of the Little India Shopkeepers and Heritage Association. This event will run from 22 Jan to 6 Feb. Learn more about Artwalk Little India here.
Explore new realities through art
State Of Motion 2021: [Alternate/Opt] Realities
Explore film as a document of time through this multidisciplinary exhibition at Marina One, organised by the Asian Film Archive. The exhibition is curated by Syaheedah Iskandar and Thong Kay Wee, and it features works by artists Bani Haykal, Shawn Chua Ming Ren and Debbie Ding, which explore the future of Southeast Asia. The show runs from 20 Jan to 21 Feb. Learn more about State of Motion here.
Go on an art treasure hunt
The Hours After
Dive into experimental art presentations at a few mystery locations island-wide with this novel art experience. This art showcase includes installations, video art and sound works by artists such as Ezzam Rahman, Cynthia Delaney Suwito and Melvin Sim. The show will run from 22 to 28 Jan. Learn more about The Hours After here.
Experience augmented reality art
Inner Like The OutAR
Don’t miss this first-of-its-kind, large-scale AR art installation in Singapore, which seeks to disrupt perceptions of our environment through physical and augmented architecture. The free, in-person art installation at Gillman Barracks uses augmented reality and an audio-visual simulation of the real world to bring viewers closer to the magic of nature. The showcase also includes a multisensory work that invites audiences to experience nature anew through scents, sounds and textures. Presented by the founder of creative consultant MAMA MAGNET Tulika Ahuja, this installation will be available from 19 to 31 Jan. Learn more about Inner Like The OutAR here.
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(Photos: National Gallery Singapore, LASALLE College of the Arts and Singapore Tourism Board, Asian Film Archive, Elise Bonato, Reza Hasni)