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Artists at work at Aliwal Arts Centre
Artists at work at Aliwal Arts Centre | © Singapore Art Week
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A Guide to Singapore Art Week 2017

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Updated: 23 January 2017
There’s so much to see and experience at Singapore Art Week (SAW) this year that it’s bursting at the seams. SAW teams up with the ongoing Singapore Biennale to host several events, and even the Asian Film Archive is getting in on the action. Add to that the Singapore Fringe Festival that kicked off the year, and the Singapore Palestinian Film Festival at the end of the month, and January could more correctly be referred to as Singapore Art Month. All of this bodes well as the National Arts Council continues its push for Singapore to be recognized as a forerunner in contemporary and modern art.

Explore Singapore’s cultural districts during SAW at the Aliwal Urban Art Festival in Kampong Glam and ARTWALK in Little India. On January 14th, starting at 5pm, SAW takes over the Aliwal Arts Centre with No Regrets For Our Youth, an exhibition celebrating street culture. Part exhibition, part street festival, participants include the Barter Workshop Market and music by local bands and DJs. Running from January 12-17th, head down to Little India to experience the third edition of ARTWALK, Your Path To Remember. Join festival guides to learn about the history of the neighborhood and the people who have inhabited it through performances and colorful street art.

Traditional Trades of Little India | Courtesy of Singapore Art Week
Traditional Trades of Little India | Courtesy of Singapore Art Week

Ongoing events at the Singapore Biennale titled An Atlas of Mirrors include Boedi Widjaja’s Black—Hut which will be showing at the LASALLE College of the Arts until February 1st. It is an immersive installation, a room inside a room, that will naturally erode and change over the duration of the exhibition revealing cracks and discoloration in the walls. Through this, Widjaja explores ground from his own upbringing and the Chinese diaspora to Singapore’s stunning architecture styles, starting with the college itself. For patrons who are interested in the future of art in Singapore, the Singapore Biennale Symposium is a must-attend event capping off both the Biennale and SAW. At the Symposium, the question posed is Why Biennale At All?, with opinions offered by different members of Singapore’s arts industry on the growing scene in Singapore, how Asian art is changing and what is to come next.

© Boedi Widjaja | Courtesy of Singapore Art Week
© Boedi Widjaja | Courtesy of Singapore Art Week

SAW wraps up its finale weekend with the Tanjong Goodman Weekend Market. On January 21st and 22nd, the Goodman Arts Centre will be hosting Imaginary Compound, an arts festival that will see participation from many artists, ranging from performance art pieces to workshops and interactive studios with activities geared towards all ages and skill levels. The market will feature homemade arts and crafts, as well as pre-loved items available for sale.

Tanjong Goodman Weekend Market | Courtesy of Singapore Art Week
Tanjong Goodman Weekend Market | Courtesy of Singapore Art Week

Finally, the Asian Film Archive presents State of Motion 2017: Through Stranger Eyes. Breaking out of their home at the National Library, Through Stranger Eyes takes visitors on a tour of Singapore through five films with distinct Singaporean locales as a backdrop. At each of these locations the films will be screened and location-specific artworks will be unveiled. One of the most anticipated films of this program is Ricochet, a documentary about David Bowie’s 1983 tour that brought him to Singapore, Bangkok and Hong Kong.

State of Motion - David Bowie in Ricochet | Courtesy of Singapore Art Week
State of Motion – David Bowie in Ricochet | Courtesy of Singapore Art Week