Four Faces From Singapore Art Week 2017

Published on 11 January 2017

It’s a visual arts extravaganza at this year’s Singapore Art Week (SAW) with exhibitions, tours, talks, workshops, and festivals. Who are the people behind the scenes, putting everything together? We catch four SAW participants from their busy preparations to tell us what they’ve been up to.

BY MELANIE LEE

It’s a visual arts extravaganza at this year’s Singapore Art Week (SAW) with exhibitions, tours, talks, workshops, and festivals. Who are the people behind the scenes, putting everything together? We catch four SAW participants from their busy preparations to tell us what they’ve been up to.

BENJAMIN PUAH
ARTIST

What he’s involved in: “A View from The Bridge No. 1” & Art Apart Fair

My public sculpture “A View from The Bridge No. 1” is something I initiated myself and it was a tough journey finding the support. Having it exhibited during SAW is great for exposure and allows me to share it with a wider audience. I’ll also be doing a solo showcase of my works as part of Art Apart Fair 9th Edition at Pan Pacific Orchard. From SAW, I hope more people will understand that I’m an artist who does not place myself in a comfort zone.

It’s a visual arts extravaganza at this year’s Singapore Art Week (SAW) with exhibitions, tours, talks, workshops, and festivals. Who are the people behind the scenes, putting everything together? We catch four SAW participants from their busy preparations to tell us what they’ve been up to.

JASDEEP SANDHU
DIRECTOR OF GAJAH GALLERY 

What he’s involved in: Art Stage

It takes months for us to decide what to showcase at our Art Stage booth. We consider factors such as design, display, placement, lighting and logistics. Art Stage is Gajah Gallery’s first fair of the year, and for me and many other gallery owners, it is an important event as it establishes Singapore as the art capital of Southeast Asia. I’m hoping the fair will attract many foreign collectors, curators and renowned art critics so that we can promote the artists that we represent as much as possible.

It’s a visual arts extravaganza at this year’s Singapore Art Week (SAW) with exhibitions, tours, talks, workshops, and festivals. Who are the people behind the scenes, putting everything together? We catch four SAW participants from their busy preparations to tell us what they’ve been up to.

JUNIE TANG
PROGRAMME EXECUTIVE OF VERY SPECIAL ARTS SINGAPORE (VSA)

What she’involved in: Dialogue – A VSA Art Exhibition 2017

This is the first time VSA is doing an exhibition as part of SAW. We’ve been preparing for this since May 2016 to make sure we put up a good show. Dialogue features 20 pieces of artworks by Gregory Burns (Polio) and Chng Seok Tin (visually impaired) to clear the misconception that artists with disabilities are unable to produce fine art. Through this exhibition, we hope more people will know more about our work in empowering people with disabilities through the arts.

It’s a visual arts extravaganza at this year’s Singapore Art Week (SAW) with exhibitions, tours, talks, workshops, and festivals. Who are the people behind the scenes, putting everything together? We catch four SAW participants from their busy preparations to tell us what they’ve been up to.

KHAIRUDDIN HORI
CURATORIAL DIRECTOR FOR CHAN HAMPE GALLERIES

What he’s involved in: No Regrets for Our Youth, LOCK ROUTE, North.Centre.South, She Smiled at Me and A Totem for Your Genuine Internals

SAW is a key platform in presenting groundbreaking ideas and projects. I’ll be curating a series of exhibitions at Chan Hampe Galleries as a way to introduce our new triannual-season based calendar and our shift towards working with a more diverse group of artists. With the LOCK ROUTE trail, appealing to the public is my number one focus. I wanted to bring home facets of certain experiences like the Burning Man Festival in Nevada, USA through the Constellation of One by Kirsten Berg.

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