Singapore Art Week: Our picks for the best of the best to see

At left, an immersive installation on at Artspace@HeluTrans. At right, an artist’s impression of the Floating City light installation. Photos: Singapore Art Week website/National Gallery Singapore
At left, an immersive installation on at Artspace@HeluTrans. At right, an artist’s impression of the Floating City light installation. Photos: Singapore Art Week website/National Gallery Singapore

From giant, colorful “five stones” roaming the city to an installation addressing our overly surveilled city-state, dozens of art events will take place next month as part of Singapore Art Week

We looked through what’s in store at 10 venues, including the cityscape itself, over 10 days and picked the following highlights:

Five Stones

Five stones. Photo: Public Art Trust/Facebook
Five stones. Photo: Public Art Trust/Facebook

Five Stones by Singaporean artist Twardzik-Ching Chor Leng is a playful work reminiscent of the familiar childhood game. The colorful, inflated pieces are currently traveling across the island and will gather in the Civic District during Singapore Art Week for a series of performances by five artists including Amanda Heng and Ezzam Rahman.

Jan. 10 – 19
Various locations
Free admission


De:voted installation

De:Voted is an immersive mash-up of light, sound, performance, and technology by seven local and two Japanese artists that conjures the claustrophobia of “surveillance capitalism.”

See works by Singaporean artists Urich Lau, Justin Lee, Yen Phang, Ezzam Rahman, Andy Yang, Yeoh Hwee Wee, and Yeo Shih Yun as well as Japanese artists Chihiro Kabata and Yuuri Kabata. Some of the artists will lead visitors through workshops, guided tours, and space activations.


Jan. 13 – 19
Noon – 7pm
Free Admission

AR.T Trail

AR.T Trail


Explore six public artworks by pioneering Singaporean artists throughout the Central Business District with augmented reality technology, or AR. 

The AR.T Trail is powered by Facebook’s Spark AR studio, which is responsible for all the cool filters you see on Instagram stories. The project is the result of a three-month collaboration between leading Singapore artists and creative technology studio MeshMinds.

Participating artists include Chua Boon Kee, Grace Tan, Han Sai Por, Kumari Nahappan, Robert Zhao and Yeo Chee Kiong.

Jan. 11-19
Various times daily
Free admission
Trail locations: Raffles Place Park, OUE Bayfront, One Raffles Quay, Marina One (East
Tower), Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre

Jaafar Latiff: Beyond the Familiar

The late Jaafar Latiff.
The late Jaafar Latiff.

The late self-taught artist Jaafar Latiff was known for experimenting with vibrant colors and the batik medium. 

Among his memorable works include the abstract painting Sea Port of Singapore, which is still on display at the Bras Basah MRT station. 

He also played a significant role in Singapore’s art education scene and taught at various local art institutions from 1965 nearly until his death in 2007.

As part of Singapore Art Week, a retrospective will be held in memory of Jaafar’s career, tracing his artistic evolution from pre-abstraction to his brush with early digital technology in the ‘90s. 

Jan. 8 – 19
Free admission

Impart Collectors’ Show 2020: Material Agendas

Impart Collectors Show

Selected local and regional collectors are allowing audiences access to key works held in private collections at the Impart Collectors’ Show, now back for its third edition. 

This year will celebrate the spirit of transforming materials into strange, odd and exhilarating forms, and features work by artists such as Yinka Shonibare, Kehinde Wiley, Bharti Kerr, El Anatsui and Eko Nugroho.

Jan. 10-19
SOTA Gallery
10am – 7pm
Free admission

Justice for All

Justice For All

In 1827, the building where The Arts House now stands was rented by British colonial authorities for use as a courthouse. 

As part of Singapore Art Week, British-Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare is paying homage to that heritage by depicting the Singaporean Lady Justice in a brightly patterned garment, fashioned from African print, among other works.

From Jan. 13
The Arts House
Free admission

Art Week at Bras Basah Complex: Joint Exhibition by Ten Galleries

Bras Basah Art

Ten galleries including the Cape of Good Hope Art Gallery and Nanyang Gallery will host a joint exhibition featuring modern Chinese artworks throughout the Bras Basah Complex.

The artists will be present on various days throughout the exhibit to mingle and share their personal artistic journey.

From Jan. 11
Bras Basah Complex
Various times
Free Admission

Light to Night Festival 2020: Invisible Cities

Floating City

The Light to Night Festival returns to Civic District during Singapore Art Week with breathtaking light installations set to illuminate the Marina Bay area. 

Inspired by the theme Invisible Cities, the fourth edition of the festival promises to draw visitors into the imaginary worlds of artists, designers and musicians with programs spanning from day to night and happening at the National Gallery Singapore, Asian Civilisations Museum, The Arts House, Victoria Theatre & Victoria Concert Hall, and the Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay.

Jan. 10 – 19
Various times
Free Admission


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