Singapore’s buzzing art scene has boomed in recent years, with the city playing an important role regionally and internationally as a hub for art-lovers in Southeast Asia. Many artists, designers, curators and project managers across the island have been engaged in generating art projects in a variety of creative mediums that are accessible to the general public.

With 2019 just around the corner, the Singapore arts scene has cooked up an agenda to kick off the season. These range in objectives and target audiences, but each program is committed to building a bridge between art and the public. The year begins with weekly art events and below is a list of flagship art programs in Singapore that feature annually.

Light to Night Festival 18-27 January 2019
Free admission

The annual Light to Night Festival is returning to the Civic District of Singapore, staging a variety of creative and artistic expression in the form of projections, installations, music and poetry inspired by histories and stories in response to the theme of
Traces and Echoes.

The first weekend of the festival explores special public art commissions, outdoor installations and other commissions at the National Gallery, The Arts House,
Victoria Theatre & Victoria Concert Hall and the Asian Civilisations Museum
The second weekend festival gives a series of performances at The Victoria Concert Hall, including a clarinet quintet and a percussion ensemble. Free guided tours programs digging into the history of the venue will also be offered (see website inset for timing).
Revellers will also be invited to explore food and craft stalls dotted around The Empress Lawn and Connaught Drive before laying out their picnic mats to watch façade projections across on The National Gallery after dark.

Singapore Art Week 19-27 January 2019

Singapore Art Week puts the island firmly on the map as one of Asia’s leading arts destinations. This nine-day visual art celebration is first on the arts agenda and umbrellas programs offered by galleries and museums, art precincts and independent art spaces at venues across Singapore. With the myriad of art fairs, exhibitions, lifestyle events, public art walks and enlightening discussions on art and culture, varying from traditional, to modern, to contemporary methods, there will be something to suit the taste of all art fans. Full details of their program can be found on their website (inset).

Art Stage 2019 25-27 January 2019
Entry ticket ranges from $22-$50.

Located at Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Centre, Art Stage is an art fair with regional and international galleries presenting their best artist’s pieces in support of Singapore Art Week. This year’s direction is I AM ART, reflecting the notion that art reflects life and that life is a representation of all of us. The program includes an inaugural reveal of private collections, specially commissioned projects and large-scale installations by 20 top collectors in Singapore and Southeast Asia. Whether a collector or visual art enthusiast, visitors will be immersed in a wide range of collections to cultivate their taste in art.

Art after dark 25 January 2019
Free admission

As a part of Singapore’s Art Week, Art After Dark is an open house evening event at Gilman Barracks that combines visual art and live music performances. Also not to be missed is SEA Focus, showcasing 25 international and regional galleries from exciting new artists and modern masters alike. The Barracks opens its doors with free entry from 7pm where you can eat, drink and party into the night.

iLight 28 January – 24 February 2019
Free admission

If Singapore Arts Week whet your appetite for more, then be sure to check out iLight Singapore, an annual free art festival that showcases new media art projects incorporating energy-saving lighting or environmentally friendly materials. This year it returns with a special Bicentennial Edition and opening at four locations, namely Marina Bay, Civic District, Fort Canning and Singapore River. The festival welcomes back Industrial Design Graduate from NUS, Yun, who co-created her installation, The Rainbow Connection, with members of the community using upcycled cookie containers combined with solar lights to represent the social fabric that holds individuals together; each member contributing to something bigger.

Singapore Arts Web Directory

Art After Dark
www.gillmanbarracks.com

Art Stage
www.artstage.com

iLight Singapore
www.ilightsingapore.sg

Light to Night Festival
www.nationalgallery.sg

Singapore Arts Week
www.artweek.sg

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