SINGAPORE - First, it was foreign galleries showing works of Singapore artists internationally. Then, overseas galleries with outposts here began exhibiting Singapore artists.
Now, renowned Chinese art gallery ShanghArt, which opened in Gillman Barracks last year, is staging a group exhibition dedicated to artists based in Singapore.
The group of eight includes emerging artists such as Henry Lee and Valence Sim, as well as established practitioners Chen Sai Hua Kuan and Robert Zhao Renhui.
More than 50 works of art will be on display and they span a range of medium from video and photography to painting and sculpture. The works are for sale and priced between $500 and $19,000.
For ShanghArt, which mostly represents talents from China including acclaimed artists Geng Jianyi and Yang Fudong, its latest exhibition here is a gesture of an outstretched hand.
The Singapore gallery's director Xue Liqing, who is in her 30s, says: "As a newcomer to Singapore and Gillman Barracks, we are curious about the local arts scene. We want to make friends, talk about ideas, about art, and inspire each other."
This desire led her to attempt to build bridges with the gallery's latest show, Going Where?
Ms Xue, who holds a doctoral degree in cultural studies from National University of Singapore's Chinese department, joined the gallery here in February. She is the curator of the show and to put together the exhibition, she spent nearly two months researching and speaking to contemporary artists based here.