November 16, 2017 - National Arts Council of Singapore - Singapore Art Week 2018
November 16, 2017

National Arts Council of Singapore

Kray Chen, 5 Rehearsals for a Wedding, 2017. Image courtesy of Kray Chen.

Singapore Art Week 2018
Discover a Rich Visual Arts Experience at Singapore Art Week 2018
January 17–28, 2018
Facebook / Instagram / #SGArtWeek / #SAW2018

Singapore Art Week (SAW), the country’s premier celebration of the visual arts, returns for its sixth edition in January 2018. From January 17 to 28, the highly anticipated event will feature a diverse array of quality art experiences including first-to-launch exhibitions, festivals and art fairs, gallery openings and enriching discussions, at various art institutions and public spaces across the island.

A joint initiative by the National Arts Council (NAC), Singapore Tourism Board and Singapore Economic Development Board, SAW 2018 positions Singapore as a leading art market and destination in Asia. The 12-day-long event offers a range of platforms for artistic interaction and collaboration with the global arts community, connecting artists from around the world to Southeast Asia’s dynamic visual arts landscape.

With three distinct tracks representing immersive possibilities, SAW 2018 invites audiences to discover new and unique artworks, experience exciting festivals and engage with art through extensive industry talks and tours. 

Key highlights include ART STAGE Singapore 2018, Southeast Asia’s flagship art fair; Light to Night Festival 2018: Colour Sensations, transforming major cultural institutions and parks in Singapore’s stunning Civic District into spectacular works of art; DISINI, a brand new site-specific festival of programmes, outdoor sculptures and murals by home-grown, regional and international artists at Gillman Barracks, Asia’s leading contemporary arts cluster; and Aliwal Urban Art Festival, a curated selection of art inspired by international street culture.

Singapore’s visual arts community recognises SAW as an enabling platform for the distinctive artworks of home-grown artists, curators and institutions to be showcased alongside their international peers. As with previous editions, NAC commissions several SAW programmes. These include works by up-and-coming artists such as visual artist Kray Chen’s 5 Rehearsals for a Wedding, a playful video installation on Singaporean Chinese wedding customs, as well as a thought-provoking interactive installation Progress: The Game of Leaders by contemporary artist Samantha Lo, inviting viewers to contemplate Singapore’s socio-political landscape. 

Linda de Mello, Director, Sector Development (Visual Arts), NAC, says: “Singapore Art Week has become a key fixture in the calendars of art enthusiasts both locally and internationally. 2018’s stunning line-up of programmes has been made possible through the collaboration of many stakeholders, shining a spotlight on our vibrant and dynamic art scene. With the upcoming edition, we look forward to offering visitors an experiential journey that takes visual arts beyond seeing. We hope that the opportunities for dialogue and exchanges of ideas will inspire the next generation of art-makers and art-lovers.”


Rachel Lee
Ogilvy Public Relations
T +65 6213 7993 / M +65 8127 8829 / rachel.lee [​at​]

Binjin HO 
National Arts Council
T +65 6346 9471 / M +65 8127 6898 / ho_binjin [​at​]

About Singapore Art Week
A joint initiative by the National Arts Council, the Singapore Tourism Board and the Singapore Economic Development Board, Singapore Art Week reinforces Singapore’s position as Asia’s leading visual arts destination. In its sixth edition in 2018, the twelve-day celebration of the visual arts takes place in venues across Singapore, from galleries and museums to art precincts and non-profit spaces.

Reaching out to both Singapore residents and international visitors to promote art appreciation, Singapore Art Week offers a myriad of quality art experiences which span the visual arts, from traditional to modern to contemporary practices. Audiences can look forward to art fairs, gallery openings, exhibitions, lifestyle events, public art walks, and enriching discussions on art and culture. Singapore Art Week also aims to galvanise the arts sector to launch innovative art and lifestyle concepts and events in conjunction with art events during this period.

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