Time Out Singapore: Art Week 2016

29 Dec 2015: Gwen Pew and Andrea Cheong round up the best exhibitions, festivals, fairs and tours to check out during the nine-day extravaganza

Art Stage 2015

Art Stage 2015

Art Fairs

Art Stage 2016

Art Stage – the main event around which the rest of Art Week revolves – returns for the sixth year and is once again set to take place across four days. It features 143 galleries from 32 countries, many of which are from Asia. New elements visitors can look forward to this year include the Southeast Asia Forum, and artworks exhibited in the public areas of the fair.

Singapore Contemporary Art Show

Representing both renowned and emerging contemporary artists, the first edition of this art show is themed ‘A World of Art’. Fringe activities include artist encounters, which give visitors the chance to speak to 16 artists from around the world, as well as tours, live painting sessions and activities for the whole family.


Prudential Eye Awards Exhibition

Running for the third year, this award aims to celebrate emerging artists in the Asia region. After reviewing over 100 nominations from curators, critics and art experts across Asia, the panel of judges has shortlisted three artists for each of the five categories. Their works are all on show at the ArtScience Museum, and the winners are announced on Jan 19.

Singapore Arts Club

This show features works by three local artists: Jack Tan presents an outdoor light installation, Sean Lee invites strangers to hop into bed to have their portraits taken together, and Joo Choon Lin stages a performance piece around an interactive sculpture.


Forum at NGS: Capturing the Moment

While many artworks are physical objects that you can hold and easily display, there are also those that are far more ephemeral or abstract in nature. Like performance pieces or works that degrade over time. This forum looks at the issues that institutions and collectors face when researching, documenting, archiving and conserving such pieces of art.

The talk is inspired by and runs alongside Tang Da Wu’s seminal 1980 exhibition, Earth Work, as well as a group show titled A Fact has No Appearance, the latter of which examines the impact of fresh ideas that arose in the South-East Asian art world during the turbulent ’70s.

2016 calligraphy exhibition, workshop and bilingual calligraphy forum

The practice of traditional calligraphy is alive and well today, and this inaugural bilingual calligraphy forum presents a series of lectures, discussions and demonstrations in appreciation of the craft.

Roundtable @ SAM

The second of five instalments of the series hopes to spark a conversation on ‘Art and the Big Ideas of a Small Nation’. This discussion is held as part of SAM’s current exhibition, 5 Stars: Art Reflects on Peace, Justice, Equality, Democracy and Progress.


Concrete Island Bus Tour

Inspired by JG Ballard’s novel of the same name and Tan Pin Pin’s 2003 film 80km/h, Concrete Island is a project by NUS Museum that was created as a response to those works.

It comprises an exhibition, a reading workshop, a mobile cinema programme, and a bus tour along the Pan Island Expressway, guided by architect Lai Chee Kian. Taken together, the event is an examination of Singapore’s urban history, movements, and the design of expressways.

Public Art Walking Tour

Learn more about the three new public art installations that were launched along the Jubilee Walk at the end of November: ’24 Hours in Singapore’ by Baet Yeok Kuan, ‘Cloud Nine: Raining’ by Tan Wee Lit and ‘The Rising Moon’ by Han Sai Por and Kum Chee Kiong.

Art in Motion

Back for the third edition, Art in Motion once again features 16 galleries that are part of the Art Galleries Association Singapore – including Chan Hampe Galleries, Gajah Gallery and STPI – where a series of exhibitions, book launches, panel discussions and other events are set to take place.

Festivals + Markets

Aliwal Urban Art Festival

What do skateboards, graffiti and DJs have in common? They’ll all be featured in the Aliwal Urban Art Festival this year, that’s what. For the first time, the event also has an exhibition segment entitled Cannot be Bo(a)rdered, where 16 artists from South-East Asia come together to explore youth culture through skateboard art. Other performers include The A Capella Society, DJ RZPZ and Take Two.

Art after Dark

Once the sun sets, hit up Gillman Barracks’ bi-monthly arts bash, which brings together visual art, music, performances, guided tours, talks, as well as lotsa food and booze. Eleven galleries are taking part in this edition.

The Local People x SAM Art Week Market

Eat, shop and drink to your heart’s content at The Local People x Singapore Art Museum Art Week Market. Expect over 100 locally based vendor booths, while homegrown musicians the likes of Jaime Wong, Amanda Tee, Jean Goh Seizure and Stanley Ho serenade you in the background. Top it off with drinks at The Local Soda Bar for a boozy end to your Sunday.

Time Out Singapore: ‘Singapore Writers Festival 2013’ Preview

Back for the 16th edition, Singapore’s largest literary festival returns this month with a host of talks, workshops and events to inspire the country’s love for the written – and spoken – word. Gwen Pew speaks to the Singapore Writers Festival’s programme director, Paul Tan.

Workshops, author's talks, meet and greet sessions - this is a bookworm's dream come true. Image courtesy of the Singapore Writers Festival.

Workshops, author’s talks, meet and greet sessions – this is a bookworm’s dream come true. Image courtesy of the Singapore Writers Festival.

25 Oct 2013: Back for the 16th edition, Singapore’s largest literary festival returns this month with a host of talks, workshops and events to inspire the country’s love for the written – and spoken – word. ‘The Singapore Writers Festival has always sought to connect our audiences with literature in diverse ways, and through topics close to their hearts,’ says festival director Paul Tan.

This year’s theme is Utopia/ Dystopia, which Tan explains: ‘We picked the theme to shine a light on the darker side of humanity, through accessible topics such as crime, violence and war.’

Amongst the exciting line-up of over 190 authors this year are appearances by the UK’s first female Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, journalist, children’s author and daughter of physicist Stephen Hawking, Lucy Hawking, and best-selling crime fiction writer Peter James. France-based Chinese Nobel Laureate Gao Xingjian will also be premiering his documentary Requiem for Beauty, while philosopher AC Grayling will present a lecture on our interactions with the world.

Of course, it’s not just about bringing in the big shots from overseas – plenty of local talents will be showcased too. ‘Some of the highlights include a revisit of classics like Animal Farm and Brave New World through the lens of Singaporean writers Gwee Li Sui and Adrian Tan and “guerrilla” literary performances around the Singapore Biennale installations,’ says Tan.

‘Other interesting speakers come from the associated genres of film, visual art and music such as Anthony Chen, Bani Haykal and Yusnor Ef,’ he continues. ‘We promise a lot of food for thought, catering to many different appetites.’

Time Out Singapore: Deepavali 2013 Guide

Bright lights along Upper Serangoon Road at 2012's Deepavali.

Bright lights along Upper Serangoon Road at 2012’s Deepavali.

8 Oct 2o13: Although we won’t get a working day off for the holiday this year (d’oh!) – due to the Hindu Advisory Board revising the official date of Deepavali from Sunday the 3rd to Saturday, 2 November – there are still plenty of ways to celebrate the Festival of Lights in Singapore. This year marks the 25th anniversary of Little India’s annual light-up, and as usual, the district’s streets – stretching from parts of Selegie Road to Serangoon Road (from the junction of Sophia Road to Lavender Street) and Race Course Road – are now adorned with colourful decorations. The theme centres on Radha and Krishna, the divine lovers in Hindu mythology, whose life-size replicas can be found swinging atop the main arch at the entrance of Serangoon Road. A range of events are planned.

Festival Village and Heritage & Crafts Exhibition

Until 1 Nov

Following the success of previous years, the Festival Village returns to Campbell Lane and Hastings Road to offer 15,000 square feet of retail therapy. Find stalls selling all sorts of decorations, jewellery and crafts, get your hands decorated by henna tattoo artists or try delicious Indian delicacies. The Heritage & Crafts Exhibition, titled Our Indian Forefathers and Their Trades in Singapore, is at Hastings Road and showcases a range of photographs and stories. There are also workshops for participants to learn from Indian craftsmen.

Fringe Activities

Various dates

Kids are invited to dress up as mini Radhas and Krishnas (5 Oct, 3pm, Hastings Rd), while the Family Challenge (12 Oct, 2pm, Hastings & Kerbau Rd) encourages adults to partner up with their little ones to complete three designated tasks around the Little India district; there are prizes to be won at both events. A Dance Medley (19 Oct, 5pm, Hastings & Kerbau Rd) sees a line-up of performers demonstrating various types of traditional dances, and be sure not to miss the spectacular Theemithi, or Fire-Walking, Festival (20 Oct, 6pm, Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple).

Deepavali Countdown

1 Nov

For the best way to welcome the Festival of Lights, head down to the Event Marquee at Race Course Road. Spectators will be treated to an evening of performances by local and Indian artists – the full line-up can be viewed on the Little India website listed above – starting from 8.30pm, and culminating in the much-anticipated countdown. A fireworks display will mark the official start of Deepavali with much colour and fanfare – just be sure to head down early and leave any metallic items behind, as huge crowds are expected and security checks will be conducted.

See www.littleindia.com.sg for the full schedule.

Time Out Singapore: Halloween 2013 Guide

With All Hallows Eve creeping up on us this month, Gwen Pew and Maddison Capuano round up the best events where you can be scared silly.

Zombies celebrate the season of the (un)dead! Image courtesy of Universal Studios Singapore.

Zombies celebrate the season of the (un)dead! Image courtesy of Universal Studios Singapore.

30 Sep 2013:

Fright Nites

1-31 Oct
One of the newer attractions on Sentosa, 4D AdventureLand is offering three special Halloween options this month. On top of their usual rides Journey 2 the Mysterious Island, Extreme Log Ride and Desperados, which will be showing from 10am to 7pm, visitors can experience after-dark shows as well. Hold on tight in a motion-based capsule and try not to get engulfed by your host-turned-monster in Panic House, or sit on one of the 20 moving saddles and enter a virtual game to slay zombies in The Grip of the Undead. A special Halloween maze called Trapped will also take place on selected evenings (see website for schedule) – escape if you can!

Sentosa 4D AdventureLand 51B Imbiah Rd (www.4dadventureland.com.sg). HarbourFront. 10am-9pm. Children aged three to 12 $26.90, adults $38.90, includes unlimited access to the rides throughout the day.

Halloween Horror Nights 3

11 & 12, 18 & 19, 26 & 27, 31 Oct & 3 Nov
For the third Halloween running, Universal Studios Singapore is taking on a makeover in honour of all things terrifying. The theme park will be riddled with a number of haunted houses and mazes, designated scare zones and photo ops all designed to get your heart racing. This year, the central characters are three witches who have reincarnated as the ominous Daughter of the Undead, Maiden of the Opera and Crone of the Forest. The event is also perfect for those of you who can’t be bothered to dress up – masks and costumes are strictly prohibited here.

Universal Studios Sentosa. (www.halloweenhorrornights.com.sg). HarbourFront. 7pm-1am. $68.

Museum of Horrors – The Twins

18-31 Oct
Organised by *SCAPE with Movie Mania and Singapore Polytechnic, this scare fest returns for its fourth edition. This time, the storyline follows the vengeful spirit of a woman who was murdered by her sister before her wedding night, and participants will have to slither through a maze with seven realistic dioramic sets showing haunted places around Singapore – and pray that they won’t end up with the cursed wedding ring. Also look out for the Horror Workshop, which teaches you how grisly props are made, and take part in their Gruesome Photo Contest for prizes.

*SCAPE Warehouse Level 2, 2 Orchard Link (www.museumofhorrors.com.sg). Somerset. 6-11pm. $17-$20.

Cursed Studio

19 & 20, 25-27, 30 & 31 Oct
Once upon a time, we’re told, two radio DJs were murdered and one went missing in their studio after what initially appeared to be a power cut. No one ever found the culprit, but there are rumours that the studio is haunted… This Halloween, you will be given the task of entering the studio to find documents to prove what happened to the DJs – or else you will be trapped inside and become ghost-food. Each team can have a maximum of three brave souls, all of whom must be at least 13 years of age.

Chat Chat Media 30B Smith St (www.chatchatmedia.com/halloween2013). Chinatown. 7.30- 11pm. $48.

Sentosa Spooktacular

19, 25, 26, 31 Oct & 2 Nov
Sentosa and Thai movie production studio GTH are teaming up to bring five Thai horror films to life this Halloween. Through five haunted trails, guests are confronted with reenacted scenes from the films – namely Coming Soon, Shutter, Pee Mak, Body and Dorm – and are given tasks they must complete in order to ensure they survive the night, including finding all the body parts of a butchered corpse (gloves not provided) and bringing peace to the spirit of a schoolboy who died after falling down a well.

Fort Siloso, Sentosa 33 Allanbrooke Rd (www.spooktacular.com.sg). HarbourFront. 7-11pm. $66.60.

Race the Dead

26 & 27 Oct
This 5km dash across Sentosa will see you pitted against the flesh-hungry undead. At the beginning of the race, each runner is presented with two life-tags and must try and make it to the safe haven with at least one of these intact. Not only will this run test your fitness and speed – you will also be confronted by a whole host of obstacles and, of course, attacks by zombies coming at you from all sides. However, the fun doesn’t end once you cross the finish line, and even those who don’t survive the course can enjoy the live music and games happening during the evening. If you’re looking for more zombie action even later in the night, head down the street to Wave House on 26 Oct for the Zombieland afterparty, complete with DJs and dancers.

120 Tanjong Beach Walk (www.racethedead.sg). HarbourFront. 8am-8pm. $79.90.

X-Out Halloween Carnival

26 & 27 Oct
Forget zombies, witches and things that go bump in the night – the most deadly monster out there is your packet of cigarettes, according to X-Out Singapore, who will be hosting Asia’s first and only anti-smoking carnival this Halloween. There will be a number of games and activities to get involved with, such as an anti- smoking playback theatre, as well as the bloodcurdling Cigarette Path of Regret. This horror maze illuminates all the evils of smoking and aims to convince you to quit before it’s too late.

Singapore Expo 1 Expo Dr. (www.x-out2013.wix.com/home). Expo. 11am-9pm. $20.

Tanah Pusaka – Haunting Stories of a Land Possessed

31 Oct
Are you brave enough to let the ghastly monsters under your childhood beds come out at last? Then join MoonShadow Stories on the night of All Hallows Eve itself as Kamini Ramachandran, Verena Tay and others tell you local tales that nightmares are built on, involving characters like the bomoh [witch doctor] and toyol [poltergeist] from traditional Malay folklores.

The Arts House 1 Old Parliament Ln (www.moonshadowstories.com). 8-9.15pm. $25 (www.bytes.sg).

Time Out Singapore: Mid-Autumn Festival 2013 Guide

The Mid-Autumn Festival falls on the 19th of September this year. From Chinatown to Gardens by the Bay, Gwen Pew and Chen Ting round up the best places to soak in the lunar celebrations.

Mid-autumn lanterns in Chinatown.

Mid-autumn lanterns in Chinatown.

4 Sep 2013: 

City Square Mall

24 Aug-22 Sep

Get your fill of the traditional Mid-Autumn pastry – and some contemporary spin-offs – from renowned bakeries and hotels such as Baker’s Oven, Shangri-La and InterContinental Singapore at discounted rates at City Square Mall’s Delightful Mooncake Fair. To sweeten the occasion even more, chef Pang Nyuk Yoon will be giving a demonstration on the art of mooncake-making (weekends from 7-15 Sep, 7pm), while the Singapore Wind Symphony will be performing a concert titled City Swing, playing sweet swing, jazz and Bossa Nova tunes all afternoon long (25 Aug, 4pm).

180 Kitchener Rd (www.citysquaremall.com.sg, 6595 6595). MRT: Farrer Park. Various times. Free.

Chinese Garden

30 Aug-23 Sep

Admire the moon by the stillness of the lake at Chinese Garden, where lanterns will be displayed and Shaolin kungfu masters will be performing incredible feats of power. In addition to the usual festivities, some prehistoric visitors will also be making an appearance this year – life-size animatronic dinosaurs will be roaming and fighting within the gardens – and lucky kids might even get to go home with free gifts while stocks last.

1 Chinese Garden Rd (www.lanterncarnival.com, 9003 6612). MRT: Chinese Garden. Sun-Thur 10.30am-11.30pm; Fri & Sat 10.30-12.30am. Adult $12; child $6.


7 Sep-4 Oct

The home base for all Mid-Autumn festivities, Chinatown will leave you dazzled and entertained until well after the full moon has set. The opening night will see the official street light-up ceremony, followed by a line-up of multicultural song and dance performances and, of course, a beautiful fireworks display that can be witnessed along New Bridge Road and Eu Tong Sen Street (7-10pm). Be sure to also soak in the colourful enclave’s festive air by visiting street bazaars and nightly cultural shows, join in the first ever Chinatown Mid-Autumn Walking Trail (8 & 14 Sep, 7-8.30pm; each trail is conducted in English and limited to 15 participants, so book early by emailing hr_zhang1984@yahoo.com.sg) or participate in the annual Mass Lantern Walk (15 Sep, 7-10pm). There are also lantern making (31 Aug, 8-10pm) and lantern painting (1 Sep, 9am-noon) competitions at Chinatown Point to get you in the mood prior to the festival.

Various locations across Chinatown (www.chinatownfestivals.sg, 6323 2758). MRT: Chinatown. Various timings. Free.

Gardens by the Bay

13-22 Sep

Gardens by the Bay will be celebrating the traditional Chinese festival for the first time this year, with the Flower Field inside the Flower Dome set to be transformed into a carpet of autumnal floral splendor from 9 Sep onwards. A bevy of activities have also been planned for all the family to enjoy, from elaborate light displays to lantern-making workshops, and photography competitions to mindboggling Chinese riddles. Alternatively, sit back as local and overseas groups put on a range of dance, theatrical, opera and musical performances, which you can catch whilst being surrounded by a healthy dose of nature.

18 Marina Gardens Dr (www.gardensbythebay.com.sg, 6420 6848). MRT: Bayfront. Various times. Various prices.