In the wake of the not unexpected cancellation of Artstage 2019, Singapore’s premier contemporary art fair, the spotlight is now firmly turn to the new kid on the block, S.E.A. Focus, an initiative created by Singapore Tyler Print Institute (STPI)’s Executive Director, Emi Eu and S.E.A. Focus Project Director Audrey Yeo in response to the growing need to create a deeper appreciation and demand for SE Asian modern and contemporary art, delivered through both local and international galleries. So what do they have to offer?
It’s time for the 15th edition of Singapore’s M1 Fringe Festival. This year’s theme embraces a seminal work by the incredible Singaporean artist, Suzann Victor. Her controversial 1997 Still Waters (Between Estrangement and Reconciliation) has been embraced by all the festival’s participants as this year’s theme. Originally performed in 1997 during Singapore’s de facto performance art ban, it tackles the issue of government forbidding funding for the arts.
After recently joining the Women In Art committee, set up by Nuwa founder, Elaine Friedlander, I was asked to moderate the Be Bold Be You panel discussion, featuring three inspiring role models from Singapore’s arts scene. Anita Kapoor is a TV host, writer, moderator and advocate for equal rights. Sukki Singapora, a professional burlesque dancer and a role model to young men and women in the arts in Singapore and Amanda Chong a lawyer, published poet and co-founder of ReadAble, a not for profit organisation helping migrant women to read. I felt excited about putting the conversation together and seeing where the questions would lead with such a great panel.
This edition of the Affordable Art Fair Singapore (AAF) has brought 80 art galleries from around the world to offer first time and existing art buyers the opportunity to purchase work at reasonable prices. 63% of the galleries participating are from Asia and the rest are from the UK, the USA, France, Australia and beyond. Interestingly, 40% of the artists exhibiting are new and 22 galleries have been introduced for the first time so fair goers can expect get acquainted with emerging as well as established artists and galleries. On view is an array of artworks from installations, photography, performance art, drawing, calligraphy, sculpture, street art and ceramics.