Art takes over the island for Singapore Art Week

Art takes over the island for Singapore Art Week

The pinnacle event in the local visual arts calendar, Singapore Art Week (SAW), turns a decade old when it returns in Jan 2022.

Be transported to the wonderful world of visual arts from 14 to 23 Jan with more than 130 programmes, under the theme of Art Takes Over. The festival features new works, transnational collaborations and virtual art experiences.

AliWALL Festival 2022: The Dreamer uses walls – both physical and metaphorical – as canvases to unite artists and audiences. (Photo: Aliwal Arts Centre; artwork by Howie Kim)

SAW 2022 is a joint initiative by the National Arts Council (NAC) and SingSAW 2022 is a joint initiative by the National Arts Council (NAC) and Singapore Tourism Board (STB). “The world is opening up, literally, and figuratively in spirit, and we see SAW as a catalyst for the discovery of art from Singapore and the region,” shares Tay Tong, Director of Sector Development (Visual Arts) at NAC.

This 10th edition will showcase over 35 Singapore-based projects from its This 10th edition will showcase more than 35 Singapore-based projects from its open call and offerings from close to 600 artists and creatives, curators, and partners from Singapore and countries such as Thailand, China, Australia, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States. As the theme suggests, art truly is taking over. 

ARTWALK 2022: Looking Back, Going Forward takes place in Little India and Katong Joo Chiat from 14 to 22 Jan. (Photo: LASALLE College of the Arts)

The programmes spotlight the rich artistic practices of Singapore’s modern and contemporary artists – and raise awareness of the infinite possibilities across art mediums, such as the creative use of technology. Some even go beyond the white cube to offer new experiences in unexpected spaces and present new perspectives from the inside out. 

With the evolution of the arts scene comes new frontiers with unconventional spaces. SAW will take over two expansive warehouse spaces and a cargo lift on level 5 of the industrial Tanjong Pagar Distripark. One of the open call projects is A N T I N O D E S, which rallies street culture, music, architecture, technology, fashion and spirituality in this unlikely collaboration. An unorthodox art-going experience indeed.

Light to Night is a SAW regular, returning for its 6th edition in 2022. (Photo: National Gallery Singapore)

Art aficionados will also see some familiar venues come alive with new launches and expanded programmes, such as the marquee event Light to Night Festival 2022 at the Civic District. Organised by National Gallery Singapore, the signature SAW event will champion fresh perspectives by delivering engaging, multi-sensory experiences in partnership with world-renowned artists and creatives.

Can’t wait for SAW’s return? View the teaser and get the full line-up for Singapore Art Week here.

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