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Singapore is often lamented for being a concrete jungle, lacking in arts and culture. To all the naysayers out there, Singapore Art Week 2017 will reveal our Little Red Dot’s big artistic accomplishments!

From 11 to 22 January 2017, explore art exhibitions, festivals and tours located at various places such as Little India, Gillman Barracks and Far East Plaza.

With over 90 different activities happening during Singapore Art Week 2017, trying to catch each one might be tough.

Here’s our pick of the top 10 exhibitions, festivals and activities you must not miss for an unforgettable local art and culture experience.

Art After Dark at Gillman Barracks

An annual crowd favourite, Art After Dark at Gillman Barracks will be back this year on 13th January, from 7pm to 11pm.

Expect a night of incredible talent with live music acts, new exhibits by the Gillman Barracks art tenants and galleries, irresistible F&B pop-ups, and the unveiling of Gillman Barrack’s public art project!

Peranakan x Star Wars made-in-Japan pieces that will be up for sale at Design New Standard

One such exhibit is the Supermama’s Design New Standard, featuring a precious collection of “omiyage”, or contemporary giftware, made by Singaporean and Japanese designers and craftmakers.

Art After Dark x SAW2017
13 Jan 2017, 7pm till late
Gillman Barracks, 9 Lock Road, Singapore 108937

Contemporary Printmaking Festival

Discover the intricate art of printmaking at the Contemporary Printmaking Festival 2017.

Featuring local printmakers such as PHUNK and the Gentlemen’s Press, uncover a weekend of printmaking heaven.

You can even look forward to a Print Your Own Selfie workshop with Jackson Tan from PHUNK.

Print your own selfie with stamps created by Jackson Tan of PHUNK

Learn how to make silkscreen, letterpress and traditional Intaglio printing from printmakers themselves at live demonstrations and printing workshops.

Contemporary Printmaking Festival 2017
11 – 22 Jan
Open plaza at Capitol Piazza, 13 Stamford Rd, Singapore 178905

Aliwal Urban Art Festival

Soak in the cool atmosphere that accompanies Street Culture at the annual Aliwal Urban Art Festival.

Get ready to be wowed by impressive and renowned talent present at the festival, such as local bands Tomgirl, Urban Artists, and RSCLS!

Here’s what you can expect from a single night at Aliwal Urban Art Festival 2017: Hip Hop Block Parties, Urban Art faceoffs, Live Performances by Poptart, Forests, and Ant-men, live DJ performances, Skateboarding challenges and even Indigoism’s Barter Market!

Aliwal Urban Art Festival
14 Jan, 5pm till late
Aliwal Arts Centre, 28 Aliwal Street, Singapore 199918

State of Motion 2017: Through Stranger Eyes

For this activity, audiences will be presented with feature films where Singapore made an appearance.

While watching the films, you’ll be seeing the transformation of Singapore through strangers’ eyes.

Starting from the Pavilion at the National Library, audiences will be taken on a 3-hour bus tour to visit the exact locations seen in the films.

Scene from The Wild Eye, 1967, where a director brings his crew and lover around Singapore in the 60s

Site-specific artwork and works by Amanda Lee Koe, The Observatory, and more will be present at each location to further enhance the experience.

Afterwards, audiences can attend the talks and panel discussions held to get a deeper understanding of the appearance of Singapore in cinema.

Register for tickets here. Age restriction of 18 and over applies.

State of Motion 2017: Through Stranger Eyes
6 Jan – 5 Feb, 10am – 9pm daily (excluding PH)
The Plaza, National Library Building, 100 Victoria Street, Singapore 188064

Greetings from Singapore

Sam Lo, most known by her moniker, The Sticker Lady, will be showcasing her second solo show from 10 – 31 Jan!

Coupled with her book launch at One East Asia Gallery, she will be baring all with personal writings, news articles, and photographic work in chronological order.

Come for the tongue-in-cheek, colloquially funny artworks, and stay for the honest sharing of her growth and thought processes behind her creations.

RSVP now at +65 6737 1819 or [email protected] for the opening at 6:30pm.

Greetings from Singapore
10 – 31 Jan, 12 – 7pm
One East Asia Gallery, 15 Scotts Road, #09-03 Thong Teck Building, Singapore 228218

Wings of a Rich Manoeuvre

Made from over 14,000 Swarovski crystals, with eight wing-like kinetic chandeliers (each 1.2m long), and accentuated by LED light, homegrown artist Suzann Victor took 2 years to complete this masterpiece.

A perfect representation of the National Museum of Singapore’s authentic 19th-century neo-Palladian architecture melding with the modern glass wing, the artwork was designed to reflect light that shines through the glass windows.

They sway to 8 different swinging patterns as well, and can even form the shape of a dragon due to the customised electromagnets within.

Wings of a Rich Manoeuvre
From now till 31 Jan, 10am – 7pm daily
National Museum of Singapore, 93 Stamford Road, Singapore 178897

No Regrets For Our Youth

Created by Singapore art collective DXXXXD, No Regrets For Our Youth explores the obsession with #fitspo and gym life that has proliferated in our society.

In an attempt to understand the relationship one has with their body as a health or vanity focus, DXXXXD has transformed Music Studio 1 in Aliwal Arts Centre into an artistic jungle gym.

This exhibit will feature sculptures in the form of common gym equipment, and may even offer bodybuilding and wrestling workshops.

No Regrets For Our Youth
12 Jan – 12 Feb, 11am to 8pm daily.
Music Studio 1, Aliwal Arts Centre, 28 Aliwal Street, Singapore 199918

ARTWALK Little India

Running for the 3rd year in a row, ARTWALK Little India is a public art project set in Little India.

Set to the theme of Your Path To Remember, audiences this year are encouraged to walk through Little India and uncover the memories and stories of Singapore’s past.

Image courtesy of LASELLE College of the Arts

There’ll be live performances, retelling of folktales and mythologies, as well as mesmerising art installations.

ARTWALK Little India
12 – 17 Jan
Little India Precinct

Art Stage Singapore

The leading Asian Art Fair, Art Stage Singapore connects art lovers from all over the world with the best of Asian Contemporary Art.

Water Dripping—Splashing, Zheng Lu. Image courtesy of Zheng Lu

The 7th edition this year, expect a plethora of artwork as there are over 20 galleries with art from 27 countries.

Nestscape by Thai Artist Mook

Get your tickets here.

Art Stage Singapore 2017
12 – 14 Jan, 12pm – 8pm; 15 Jan, 11am – 6pm
Sands Expo & Convention Centre, 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956


Inspired by the 24 hour route march our nation’s young men trek before POP, LOCK ROUTE is Gillman Barracks’ featured public art showcase.

Snake by Gerald Leow, featured at Singapore Art Museum’s front lawn in 2013

Curated by Khairuddin Hori, this exhibition will showcase new commissions by artists such as Cleon Peterson, Zheng Lu and Oanh Phi Phi, as well as Singapore artists Gerald Leow and Sheryo+Yok.

Constellation of One, Kristen Berg. Photo courtesy of Kristen Berg

One of the renowned international artists featured is Kristen Berg, most known for her captivating works at Burning Man.

For those of us who are unable to travel to Arizona annually for Burning Man, catch a glimpse of the experience with her sculptures at LOCK ROUTE from 13 Jan – 30 June at Gillman Barracks!

13 Jan – 30 June
Gillman Barracks, 9 Lock Road, Singapore 108937

Just writing this compilation is making us excited for the launch of Singapore Art Week 2017! Best of all, a number of these art exhibitions and installations will be around for an extended period of time, perfect for those of us with busy schedules.

A List Singapore – Your Guide To The Arts And Culture Scene In Singapore

With only 10 out of over 90 art and culture activities recommended in this article, we understand if you are feeling some FOMO (Fear of Missing Out)?

Whether you would like to read up on the other 80 activities or plan your weekend around the art exhibitions, why not follow A List Singapore for an in-depth guide on Singapore Art Week 2017?

As Singapore’s first full-fledged arts and culture guide, you can find comprehensive event listings from music to dance, visual arts to theatre, and literary to family activities.

Besides event listings, you can also be updated with the arts and culture scene with their plethora of thought-provoking articles.

With a Website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and even a Youtube page, you can follow A List Singapore on all your favourite platforms and never fear missing out on the local art scene.

If you love the smell of a fresh magazine, keep a look out on their social media channels for when their January hard copy issue will be distributed at SMRT Stations island-wide!

This Singapore Art Week, embark on a meaningful and reflective journey as you appreciate the arts and culture scene. The amazing talent in our sunny island may just wow you.

Also, read Into The Looking Glass: A Local Exhibition You Must Not Miss!