Time for a break

The nine-day Singapore Art Week starts tomorrow with about 70 art shows, including premier art fair Art Stage Singapore.

But even the most die-hard art fan might suffer from art fatigue and need a break.

Thankfully, there are many other programmes to check out, including gigs, parties, markets and tours.

For example, the Singapore Art Museum's schedule for Art Week includes The Courtyard on Jan 22, the second edition of its popular party that it co-organises with W Singapore Sentosa Cove.

The last edition of The Courtyard drew more than 1,300 partygoers.

On top of its usual programmes related to its current exhibitions, the contemporary art museum will also stage music performances as well as an art and food-and-beverage market done in collaboration with market organiser The Local People.

Ms Tan Shir Ee, head of programmes at the art museum, says offering a diverse array of programmes "allows the museum to breathe art into life and make it accessible to all".

Indeed, the National Arts Council, which started the Singapore Art Week together with the Singapore Tourism Board and Economic Development Board in 2013, acknowledges that the number of lifestyle-related events "has definitely grown over the past four editions", adding variety to the calendar.

Mr Low Eng Teong, the council's director of sector development for visual arts, says: "Artists, arts groups and event organisers increasingly recognise that the arts can be integrated in our lives... We hope Singaporeans will come to the art week and experience the visual arts in diverse, unique and entertaining environments."

Last year's Art Week drew about 126,000 visitors.

The attendance this year is expected to be comparable.

Having diverse programmes helps to draw visitors as they appeal to different audience groups.

For example, younger and more street-savvy types might be drawn to the Aliwal Urban Art Festival at the Aliwal Arts Centre. It starts tomorrow and activities include a skateboard exhibition and live graffiti drawing.

Meanwhile, Tanjong Goodman at the Goodman Arts Centre on Jan 23 is suitable for families.

Besides visiting artist studios and viewing exhibitions, parents can check out the farmers' market and garage sale, while children can take part in more than 20 workshops for activities such as face-painting and comic drawing.

Several specialised tours are also turning out to be sleeper hits at this year's art week.

The State Of Motion minibus tours, for example, which is organised by the Asian Film Archive, will take visitors to filming locations of old Cathay-Keris movies, such as former kampungs in Siglap.

Organisers say ticket sales for the tours - to be held tomorrow, on Sunday and next weekend - have been "encouraging", with nearly half of the tours booked.

Then there is No Man's Land, an immersive theatre art tour in Joo Chiat organised by art walkabout group OH! Open House. Tickets to the 16 performances, from Jan 22 to 31, are sold out. The organiser has extended the tour's run to include dates in February, March and April.

The Public Art Walking Tours, taking place tomorrow and next Saturday, will introduce three new public artworks commissioned by the National Art Council's Public Art Trust. The tours are also fully booked, but there is a waiting list for those interested.

Nonetheless, with close to 100 programmes spanning multiple genres happening during the Singapore Art Week, visitors will be spoilt for choice, no matter where their interests lie.

Graphic designer Hamaizah Kasban, 24, does not usually attend Singapore Art Week, but is planning to go to The Local People market at the Singapore Art Museum.

She says: "Programmes such as these appeal to me because they are social, laid-back affairs. I can hang out with my friends while checking out the market.

"And who knows, I might also go into the art galleries if they are not too crowded."

For an overview of Singapore Art Week events, go to www.artweek.sg



What: The Singapore Art Museum brings back the popular The Local People Market (right) for the Singapore Art Week, with food-and-beverage vendors such as frozen treats retailer The Sng Bao Society, and art and retail vendors such as accessories store The Lorem Ipsum Store.

Where: Singapore Art Museum Courtyard and Glass Hall, 71 Bras Basah Road

When: Jan 24, 11am to7pm

Admission: Free

Info: singaporeartmuseum.sg/artweekatsam


What: Shop for preloved goods at the Great Singapore Garage Sale or pick upfresh produce at the Goodman Farmers' Market.

There will also be activities such as henna-drawing workshops, dance sessions and film screenings, on top of open artist studios, art exhibitions and installations.

Where: Goodman Arts Centre, 90 Goodman Road.

The garage sale is at The Garden, the farmers' market will be under the umbrellas between Block B and the amphitheatre.

When: Jan 23, 10am to 6pm

Admission: Free (except special events)

Info: goodmanartscentre.sg



What: The minibus tour will take you to five filming locations of selected films made by Cathay-Keris Studio, from the old Outram Prison to the former kampungs in Siglap.

Aimed at "creating greater awareness of Singapore's cinematic treasures", the tours also include new artworks by five artists which respond to the site and the selected film.

Where: Tours depart from Level 8 Promenade, National Library Building.

When:Tomorrow and Sunday, and Jan 23 and 24, from 10.30am to 6.30pm, each tour lasts three hours

Admission: $12

Info: stateofmotion.peatix.com


Photo: The New Paper

What: A self-guided trail with

art installations and scheduled activities and performances, the artwalk celebrates the rich history and culture of Little India.

Look out for storytelling sessions, a bhangra performance and silkscreen- printing workshops.

Where: Little India, Campbell Lane (The trail goes through Buffalo Road, Belilios Lane and Upper Dickson Road and ends at Clive Street Green)

When:Tuesday to Jan 23

Admission: Free Info: facebook.com/ artwalklittleindia

Parties and gigs


What: The second instalment of The Courtyard returns during Singapore Art Week, with sets by DJs such as former Zouk resident DJ Aldrin and DJ Kiat, co-founder of audiovisual collective Syndicate. There will also be a food-and- beverage pop-up stall by Woobar from W Singapore.

Where: Singapore Art Museum, Courtyard, 71 Bras Basah Road

When: Next Friday, from 8pm

Admission: Free

Info: singaporeartmuseum.sg/artweekatsam


What: Tonight, enjoy an elegant affair with home-grown clarinet ensemble, Sparks Chamber Clarinets.

And on Jan 23, shimmy to the music of fun-loving home-grown bands such as Giants Must Fall and The Quartermasters.

Where: Singapore Art Museum, 71 Bras Basah Road

When: Sparks Chamber Clarinets, tonight, 7 to 7.30pm and 8 to 8.30pm; Live sessions, Jan 23, 7pm till late

Admission: Free

Info: singaporeartmuseum.sg/artweekatsam


Photo: National Art Council

What: While shuttling between the galleries at Gillman Barracks, which will be open till late, get your music fix with performances by music mentorship alumni from Noise Singapore, a creative platform initiated by the National Arts Council for youth aged 35 and younger.

There will also be food- and-beverage pop-up stalls and an afterparty at Red Baron cafe.

Where: Gillman Barracks, 9 Lock Road

When: Next Friday, 7 to 11pm

Admission: Free

Info: gillmanbarracks.com


Photo: Aliwal Arts Centre

What: Street art and music will come alive with band performances and DJ sets by home-grown groups such as rap crew Mediocre Haircut Crew. There will also be zine-making workshops and a skateboarding challenge in the carpark.

Where: Aliwal Arts Centre, 28 Aliwal Street

When: Tomorrow, 5pm till late

Admission: Free

Info: aliwalartscentre.sg


What: Check out programmes related to graffiti and hip-hop culture, such as a freestyle dance performance next Friday, as well as a free graffiti demonstration by artist Antz on Jan 23.

The exhibition, which features more than 100 artworks by international and home-grown graffiti artists, runs till June 25.

Where: Singapore Pinacotheque de Paris, The Features Gallery, 5 Cox Terrace.

When: Next Friday to Jan 24

Admission: $28 for a three-day pass to the exhibition for the opening weekend, limited to 150 people.

The ticketing counter will open from 8 to 9.30pm next Friday.

Regular one-day tickets are $14. The live graffiti demonstration on Jan 23 at 11am is free.

Info: www.pinacotheque.com.sg


This article was first published on January 15, 2016.
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