The A List pick of free events at Singapore Art Week 2022
The biggest annual art festival in town returns 14–23 Jan as Singapore Art Week gets underway. More than 130 events, exhibitions, happenings, tours and pieces of large-scale public art are listed and described on the SAW 2022 website, so there is sure to be something to catch your interest. Meanwhile, here are our recommendations from the free events to explore…
With 24 galleries showing more than 170 artworks, S.E.A. Focus at Tanjong Pagar Distripark is the anchor event of Singapore Art Week 2022. Alongside the art is a stimulating programme of talks by industry leaders, who offer their perspectives on the future of Southeast Asian contemporary art. S.E.A. Focus is organised by STPI – Creative Workshop & Gallery, and supported by the National Arts Council, Singapore. A noteworthy aspect of S.E.A. Focus is Tezos, an energy-efficient blockchain widely adopted by NFT (Non-Fungible Token) artists and collectors worldwide. Tezos is the first public blockchain to present an Asian-centric NFT showcase called NFTs: The New North Star. Find out more about S.E.A. Focus 2022 here.
Light to Night Festival 2022
One of the marquee events of Singapore Art Week is the sixth edition of Light to Night 2022, which serves up a feast of on-site and digital art, literary and performing arts experiences from 14 Jan to 3 Feb, all over the historic Civic District. Spearheaded by National Gallery Singapore, The Arts House, Victoria Theatre and Victoria Concert Hall, Asian Civilisations Museum and Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, Light to Night 2022 challenges audiences to uncover new ways of seeing, thinking and being. Check out the line-up for Light to Night 2022 here.
ARTWALK 2022: Looking Back, Going Forward
Previously only in Little India, ARTWALK extends its reach this year into the colourful Katong/Joo Chiat neighbourhood. Through murals and other artworks, performances, workshops and experiences, artists bring to life the rich history and traditions of these multi-ethnic communities. This event is presented by LASALLE College of the Arts and the Singapore Tourism Board with the support of Little India Shopkeepers and Heritage Association. Find out more about ARTWALK 2022 here. (Photo: LASALLE College of the Arts)
Korakrit Arunanondchai: A Machine Boosting Energy into the Universe
Korakrit Arunanondchai’s A Machine Boosting Energy into the Universe (pictured) is one of several Singapore Art Museum installations at Tanjong Pagar Distripark, alongside Gan Siong King: My Video Making Practice and Present Realms by Chu Hao Pei, Salty Xi Jie Ng, and Johann Yamin. In it, Arunanondchai ponders the interconnectedness of human, machine, and spirit in 21st century Bangkok – a city where animistic energies and advanced technologies co-exist. The heart of the installation is the artist’s large-scale video installation, Painting with history in a room filled with people with funny names 3, from the Singapore Art Museum collection.
The installation resembles a post-apocalyptic wasteland littered with used electronics, auto parts, mannequins and clothing refashioned into cyborg-like figures. A Naga sculpture symbolising the underworld – an unsettling assemblage of electronic waste, discarded clothing, and artificial plants – snakes through the space connecting the human, spiritual and digital worlds. Find out more about Korakrit Arunanondchai: A Machine Boosting Energy into the Universe here.
Intrigued? Plan your visit to Singapore Art Week 2022 here.