As Singapore Art Week rolls around again for the eighth year, and takes over the Civic District from 11 to 19 January 2020, you might find yourself spoilt for choice by the multitude of activities and programmes available. Major festivals—such as the Singapore Biennale, Aliwal Urban Art Festival, Light to Night Festival, and Art After Dark—are clearly a given, but what about the fringe events? Don’t miss out on these alternative gems that should be included in everyone’s Art Week itinerary.
This free-entry open house at local studio YH Conservation offers a behind-the-scenes look at the unsung work of art conservators. Paired with a diversity of interactive talks and workshops, visitors will leave with a newfound appreciation for the techniques and intricate processes behind the fascinating art of preserving and restoring paintings, sketches, sculptures and artefacts.
Address: YH Conservation
Dates: Open house – 13 to 17 January (9am to 5pm)
Workshop – 11, 12, 18, 19 January (1pm, 3pm)
Get reacquainted with Chinatown on a walking tour that’s been elevated up a notch and incorporated with virtual reality to create an immersive, mixed-reality experience. Thanks to Streets Alive, each major landmark in this neighbourhood will also be animated by characters portrayed by professional actors, rounding up the sensory journey that seeks to take you back in time.
Address: Telok Ayer MRT Station Exit A
Dates: 1 to 31 January (9am to 11.30am, 9.30am to 12pm)
Forget the usual plays. Take part in A Novel Idea, an alternative theatre experience where the audience gets to choose which performance they’d like to see (a stage adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale or Of Mice and Men). Priced at $10 per person, the show begins with an on-the-spot voting session, which results in a somewhat impromptu stage reading of the selected text, featuring actors Janice Koh and Daniel Jenkins.
Address: Play Den, The Arts House
Dates: 17 to 18 January (8pm to 8.45pm, 9.45pm to 10.30pm)
London-based feminist artist and photographer Jemima Stehli brings her newest photographic works to Singapore in a free solo exhibition, in which a series of monochrome images have been scribbled over by her five-year-old son. In the process of deliberately defacing the photographs (some of which depict her pregnant self), new works are created as a representation of her complex, evolving relationship with her child.
Address: 1961 Projects
Dates: 17 January to 13 March (1pm to 6pm, Friday and Saturday)
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Audrey Yeo of Singapore Arts Club has transformed a former ship-repair factory into a buzzing concrete arts house. Think stripped back tiles and minimalist factory feels. Joining them on this journey during art week is local staple Dawn Ng, Vietnamese conceptual artist, Tuan Mami who explores the dichotomy between art and the social process; and Mike HJ Chang whose work dissects spaces where the public and private intersect. There will also be workshops by NY-based Recharge Foundation, founded by Lorin Gu, executive board member of the New York Foundation of the Arts and a board member of the China Academy of Arts.
Address: 2 Cavan Road
Date: 11 – 28 January 2020
5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Step into this multi-sensory wonderland crafted by multidisciplinary artist Ng Fongyee, which promises an escape from a dreary existence. This whimsical dimension takes inspiration from the colourful, expressive nature of the weather, and is free to enter. While it’s mainly made as an educational experience for kids, adults are free to revel in the installations as well.
Address: The Artground
Dates: Now till 22 March (Closed from 13 to 28 January)
Wednesday to Thursday – 9.30am to 5pm
Friday to Sunday – 9.30am to 6pm