AttractionsThe first-ever ART SG kicks off as Southeast Asia’s largest-ever art fair, featuring pieces from over 1,000 artists and 160 exhibitors.

State of the art: Singapore's artistic ambitions just got bolder

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Thousands of VIPs attended the preview day of ART SG, including local and international collectors from Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam, Australia, Japan, Korea, Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan as well as Europe and the US.
Thousands of VIPs attended the preview day of ART SG, including local and international collectors from Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam, Australia, Japan, Korea, Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan as well as Europe and the US. Photo Credit: Cheryl Teo

A new international art fair – ART SG – has debuted in Singapore, showcasing and retailing thousands of art pieces from over 1,000 artists from 12 to 15 January 2023.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the event, Keith Tan, CEO of Singapore Tourism Board congratulated and thanked the organisers of ART SG for making this happening, citing the importance of arts and culture in Singapore.

“Our multicultural and vibrant society gives us a unique identity as a country,” Tan shared. “It differentiates us from other cities, and it helps us to offer a very wide range of experiences for those who love and enjoy art and culture.”

The inaugural edition of ART SG marks Southeast Asia’s largest art fair to date, featuring over 160 exhibitors that represent some of the world’s leading galleries. Prior to its public opening, ART SG had a VIP preview day on 11 January where thousands of international art collectors from Asia, Europe and the US turned up to appreciate and purchase the artwork.

The art fair takes places across two floors at the Sands Expo & Convention Centre. In addition to the main GALLERIES sector, there is FOCUS, a contextualised sector featuring galleries presenting solo or duo artist programmes, or curated thematic presentations.

There is also FUTURES, a sector dedicated to supporting young galleries below six years, with specially created presentations, and REFRAME, for galleries showcasing art that is engaged with, made or presented using digital technology, including digital painting, animation, immersive installations, augmented or virtual reality, and non-fungible tokens (NFTs).

Other than creative art installations, the public can also look forward to art programmes, experimental film, and panel discussions.

“Being in Singapore is emphasising the idea that the city might be the new hub of the Asian art market,” said Eric Firestone, Eric Firestone Gallery (New York, East Hampton). “The doors are swinging open and it was great to meet so many new collectors from Singapore and Taipei in particular. Magnus Renfrew is a fantastic fair promoter and is firmly planting his flag in Singapore.”

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