A Rundown Guide of the Singapore Art Week (January 2017)

If you think that the first month of the year is always the most uneventful, we’re here to change your mind! Kicking off the year is the annual Singapore Art Week (SAW) which has a line-up of programmes that will turn your lazy weekends into exciting, fun-filled day-offs!

The SAW is running from 11 Jan – 22 Jan in 2017 (click here for their official website). With multiple programmes happening throughout the period, how does one decide which programme to attend? We’ve got you covered with our list of top 5 events we won’t want to miss out on:

  1. Art After Dark x SAW2017 (Friday, 13 Jan)

Location: Gilman Barracks, 7pm – 11pm.

Gilman Barracks will be set alight with stunning visuals and exhibitions for one night only during the SAW. Most of the art showcased here will be contemporary and it will be accompanied by live music acts and various food stalls. Spend an lively night here with your date, friends or family to welcome the weekend.

  1. Art Stage Singapore 2017 (Thursday, 12 Jan – Sunday, 15 Jan)

Location: Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convetion Centre, 12pm – 8pm daily.

This is the art fair to be at if you want to see the latest and greatest collection of contemporary Asian art from around the region. Expect to see art from India, China, the Middle East and around Southeast Asia – the sheer multiplicity of artists and their works on display will floor any art enthusiast who is interested in contemporary Asian art. The event is ticketed, and you can buy the tickets through Sistic here.

  1. ARTWALK Little India (Thursday, 12 Jan – Tuesday, 17 Jan)

Location: Little India

Great for kids, this is a guided walking tour that will bring you around the sights of Little India and tell you more about its history through traditional storytelling, performances and public art installations that will captivate both young and old. These tours are free of charge, and a great way to spend the afternoon before heading somewhere nearby for a yummy bite!

  1. Artwork Management and Conservation Tour (Sunday, 22 Jan)

Location: National Gallery Singapore, 2pm / 330pm / 5pm

Geared towards an older crowd, this special tour will give guests an insider look into how our National Gallery works – from how they receive and store their artworks, to how these artworks are conserved so that they can be put on display. The tour is a rare opportunity to look at the interesting lives of museum curators, and the fact that it is free is the cherry on top! Registration is required for this tour, so put your names down before all the spots are taken up!

  1. Singapore Biennale 2016: An Atlas of Mirrors (27 Oct 2016 – Sunday, 26 February 2017)

The Singapore Biennale is an exhibition of installations, exhibitions and art works by over 60 artists from East, South and Southeast Asia. The theme, ‘An Atlas of Mirrors’ questions how we look at ourselves and the world at large, and how we navigate ourselves through our ‘shared histories’ across Asia. You can read more about the theme here.

We highly recommend attending this exhibition due to the sheer variety of art pieces that will be put up for display at the Singapore Art Museum and other locations (National Museum of Singapore and The Arts House to name a few). It’s ticketed (ticket information here), and you can see the whole list of exhibitions for the Singapore Biennale on this page and the list of events organised by the Biennale on this page.

Excited for the SAW now? So are we! To look at the full list of events happening during the SAW, click here. You can also check out some suggested itinereries here.

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