Opening in 2015, the National Art Gallery, Singapore is a brand new visual arts institution building upon a sound foundation of scholarship and experience.
They hope to strengthen Singapore’s role as a regional and international hub for visual arts. They will do this through the display, promotion, research and study of Southeast Asian and Singapore art, while hosting international art exhibitions.
The gallery's future home likewise pairs rich history with exciting modernity. Right in the heart of the Civic District, two monumental buildings - the City Hall and the former Supreme Court - will be refurbished and reborn as the National Art Gallery. At 60,000 square metres, they will not only be the largest visual arts venue in Singapore but also one of the largest in the region when the Gallery officially opens.
The National Art Gallery will focus on displaying 19th and 20th century Southeast Asian art, including Singapore art. Through a comprehensive collection, the Gallery will present the development of Singapore and regional cultures, so as to tell the story of their social, economic and political histories.
While the body of works at the National Art Gallery falls largely within the area of modern art, the Gallery strives towards understanding the collection in new and varied ways – taking on a contemporary approach and interpretation of the development of Southeast Asian art. The Gallery will look beyond national and regional boundaries of art and take on a wider ambit of international visual arts culture, research into Asian heritage and cultural affiliations and engage with global cultures and discourses.
Element Art Space, one of Singapore’s leading galleries for modern and contemporary South East Asian art, have departed their old premises and opening on March 12 at the historic Raffles Hotel Arcade in the heart of Singapore’s Art District.
The gallery first opened in October 2009 under the mentorship of Chua Soobin - one of the most prominent gallerists in South East Asia and was the first to introduce avant garde Chinese art to the region. Initially named S.Bin Art Plus, the gallery changed its name to Element Art Space in 2011. Drawing in from Soobin’s more than 20 years of experience in the art industry, the gallery’s aim remains consistent: to promote great and innovative artists from South East Asia and provide an exchange for dialogue with artists, galleries and collectors from throughout the world. The gallery also offers residencies to a highly selected number of emerging artists from the region.
The sister gallery to Langgeng Gallery one of the top galleries in Indonesia, Equator Art Projects aims to be a platform for art that is intelligent, sensuous and “of-this-moment”, regardless the medium.
Equator Art Projects also shows the works of regional artists from Singapore, China and the Philippines, and the gallery seeks to contribute to the study of Southeast Asian art history through its exhibitions and publications.
Together with Indonesia, the Phillipines is the backbone of art in Southeast Asia. Silverlens’ unique vision for the region, through its exhibition program, artist representation and institutional collaborations, aims to place Philippine contemporary art within the broader framework of international contemporary art dialogue.
Complementing Michael Janssen’s gallery in Berlin, which has participated in major art fairs such as Art Basel, Art Basel Miami Beach, Art Hong Kong and The Armory Show, the Singapore space showcases emerging, mid-career as well as established artists from North America, Europe and Southeast Asia.
Michael Janssen Galllery was founded in Cologne in 1995 where it operated for twelve years and held over eighty exhibitions. In the spring of 2007 a second branch opened in Berlin but exhibition activities were completely moved to Berlin as of July 2008 when Michael Janssen closed the Cologne space.
They strive to constantly introduce young artists but also focus on rediscovering older artists.
Whether you are a nature lover, a beach enthusiast or a leisure seeker, Seastrand is the perfect home for you. Strategically located near Pasir Ris Beach Park and Downtown East, enjoy beachfront living at affordable prices. Fill up your weekends with endless activities by the beach (picnic, BBQ, volleyball), in the park (cycle, jog, rollerblade) and under the sun (swim, kayak). Some of Singapore's favourite food haunts are also found in the nearby Changi Village, famous for its local fare and rustic charm.
Inspired by a beachfront living concept, most units at Seastrand are designed with a pool view. The 10-block development is located at the junction of Pasir Ris Drive 3 & 4. Three bedroom, three bedroom compact and four bedroom compact units are available, ranging from 1,109 to 1,362 sq ft.
Known for its self-contained and well served neighbourhoods, the East has no lack of schools, business hubs, shopping malls, country clubs as well as dining and recreational options. There are also major expressways such as Tampines Expressway and East Coast Parkway that link the East to the rest of Singapore.
Downtown East is also set to undergo a $200 million revamp. Wild Wild Wet, Singapore’s water theme park will be double the size and will include 6 new attractions. Further enhancements will be made to its convention and exhibition facilities, shops, dining and entertainment outlets.
Pasir Ris Link, Junction of Pasir Ris Drive 3 and Drive 4
The gallery was one of the first from China to participate in international art fairs such as Art Basel and FIAC in Paris. It was also named one of the 75 most influential galleries in a Thames & Hudson publication, “International Art Galleries: Post-war to Post-millennium”.
Since its inauguration the gallery has established more than 70 exhibitions and represents China's most talented artists working with different media ranging from painting and sculpture to video art and performance. Today ShanghART works out in Shanghai, in Beijing and Singapore.
Since its establishment in 2006, the gallery has built a reputation as one of Singapore’s more innovative galleries. Through its exhibitions, the gallery hopes to sustain a discourse among artists and art enthusiasts, as well as stimulate contemporary art practices.
Sundaram Gallery has recently opened at Gillman Barracks. The gallery is part of the 13 new international galleries selected between 30 applicants by a government-appointed committee of private and public arts experts.
Established in 2000, Sundaram Tagore Gallery is devoted to examining the exchange of ideas between Western and non-Western cultures. They focus on developing exhibitions and hosting not-for-profit events that encourage spiritual, social and aesthetic dialogues. In a world where communication is instant and cultures are colliding and melding as never before, their goal is to provide venues for art that transcend boundaries of all sorts.
Tagore's first Asian gallery opened in Hong Kong in 2008. It was also the first international gallery to land in the city, preceding a wave of openings in the following years including Gagosian Gallery and White Cube.
With alliances across the globe, their interest in cross-cultural exchange extends beyond the visual arts into many other disciplines, including poetry, literature, performance art, film and music.
A new type of gallery has opened in Singapore. Call it nomadic in concept, Artemiss Contemporary takes art to the people by holding exhibitions in unusual places, restaurants, shops, salons, hotels, flats, as well as its own gallery space. They propose a wide variety of original artworks, in limited editions, different styles and at affordable prices.
Popular in Europe, this is the first time the idea of a roving art gallery for European art is being launched in Singapore. Clementine de Forton, the brainchild of gallery owner explains she wants to display the artworks they love in living interiors, that way anybody can see and appreciate the pieces in a friendly environment. They share their passion for amazing European arts, photography, painting, mixed media, sculpture, with the widest group of people possible.
Her partner, Gaetane Prinselaar. thinks of these spaces as a totally different atmosphere to galleries. The buzz of a venue filled with people having a good time lends an extra dimension to artworks. That’s particularly true of their first exhibition, the urban muse, which focuses on the world’s great cities, and the dynamism, drive, humour and trauma of the urban environment. An unexpected encounter with an artwork is like a moment out of time, and that’s exactly the emotion the artists in our exhibition are trying to achieve.
The urban muse comprises several original artworks by four artists: Christian McManus, Christophe Jacrot, Caroline Benech and Joel Odesser. Through photography and mixed media each artist explores the city in surprising and original ways. Shanghai, Hong Kong, New York, Paris, London and many more are re-imagined and embellished, revealing their beauty and diversity.
Clementine de Forton regularly travels to Europe to meet exceptional new artists and select their finest work for exhibition in Asia, often for the first time. As well as the roving shows, Artemiss Contemporary has a collection of work by the artists it represents, which can be seen at its permanent gallery in Singapore by appointment.
As well as exhibiting and selling the artworks, Artemiss Contemporary’s services include leasing, art counseling for interior design projects, creating public artistic events and corporate gifts such as signed art books.
Complementing Singapore’s position as the Asian hub for business, finance and education is Singapore’s growing importance as a centre for contemporary art in Asia. Events such as the Singapore Biennale, Art Stage Singapore, complemented by public museums, non-profit spaces and commercial galleries, have created a vibrant arts scene that is making waves in the region and beyond. The contemporary arts scene has seen steady growth in the last 10 years, with increasing local and regional interest in events, exhibitions and education. As the number of venues dedicated to contemporary art increases, more international artists are choosing to unveil their new works to the world from Singapore, thus cementing its position as the centre for contemporary art in Asia.
The deliberate development of the local contemporary art industry in the past decade by the state has resulted in a vibrant arts scene that has been propelled by growing commercial activities including gallery exhibitions, art fairs and auctions. Coupled with Singapore’s strategic position within Asia and an extensive infrastructure of support services, there is no better place to establish your contemporary art gallery in this region.
Gillman Barracks will be the new contemporary art destination in Asia. Distinguished as a creative and intellectual centre, it will become a centre for the production, discussion and distribution of contemporary art in Asia. Complementing the local and international galleries and creative industries will be several new initiatives designed to grow the visual arts ecosystem in region, particularly in the areas of exhibition, residencies, and research.
Anchored within Gillman Barracks will be the newly established Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA) Singapore which will be one of the key programming platforms in this new contemporary art destination in Asia. Through its diverse exhibition, residency and research programmes, CCA Singapore aims to be the centre for the production, presentation and interpretation of the arts of our times as well as a catalyst for the exchange of ideas and creative expressions.
Devoted to the presentation of innovative and groundbreaking exhibitions of contemporary art, CCA Singapore’s exhibition programmes embrace a global, multi-disciplinary, and diverse approach towards the presentation and interpretation of contemporary art, showcasing the latest developments through exhibitions, as well as new projects by significant and emerging Singapore, international and Asian artists.
International Artist Residency Programme (IARP)
The International Artist Residency Programme (IARP) will be Singapore’s first internationally-tiered offering that will facilitate the production and creation of works by significant established and emerging international and Asian artists and establish Singapore as a centre for contemporary art creation in the region.
Centre for Contemporary Art Research
The Centre for Contemporary Art Research will be a centre of excellence for the study and research for contemporary art in the region. It will contribute to the discourse and knowledge on Asian and international art production as well as informing the context of cultural production today.
Complementing these core programmes will be year-round dedicated programmes focused in the areas of education, community outreach and audience engagement. The former military barracks are slated to open in the second quarter of 2012 as an international destination for contemporary art with the following galleries confirmed to open thus far:
Suntec Real Estate Investment Trust (Suntec REIT) has announced a S$410 million asset enhancement initiative (AEI) for its flagship asset, Suntec City.
The AEI is scheduled to start in mid-2012, and will comprise a S$230 million capital expenditure in remaking Suntec City Mall and a further S$180 million on Suntec Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Centre (Suntec Singapore).
Suntec REIT holds an effective interest of 60.8 per cent in Suntec City. On completion in mid-2015, the development will offer almost 1 million sq ft of retail lettable space.
Launched in January 2011, the IHC architectural design competition attracted a total of 38 submissions out of which four where short-listed to proceed to Phase 2 of the competition. All four short-listed designs were showcased at a public exhibition held at the IHC site from 22-24 April 2011 and the URA Centre from 25-28 April 2011. In addition, the 4 designs were also at the IHC website during the public exhibition period.
From the four short-listed designs, the IHC architectural design competition judging panel selected Robert Greg Shand Architects (in collaboration with URBNarc Pte Ltd) submission as the winning design because it best translated IHC’s stated vision into an iconic, unique and sustainable building that blended both traditional Indian as well as modern architectural elements.
Mr Greg Shand of Robert Greg Shand Architects added "it a privilege to design a building in one of my favorite parts of Singapore. We see the Indian Heritage Centre as a metaphor for the Baoli, an Urban Forum, where the rich diversity of Indian culture is celebrated, nurtured and allowed to grow - a source of enrichment for Little India".
The Indian Heritage Centre will be located at the crossroads of Campbell Lane and Clive Street and scheduled to begin operations by end of 2013.
The coming together of minds to spark off new ideas and movements have been the inspiration of the cafe. Comprising of 7 distinct areas, the environment hopes to provoke thoughts and inspires an action.
Coupled with good food and an array of wines and desserts, it will be an environment that is cohesive for talents to come together, collaborate and create works of art. Where photographers can collaborate with models, graphic artists with poets, chefs with artist, where emerging talents can discover their hidden potentials – the possibilities are endless.
Located on Tras Street, the 2-storey Talent Cafe not only allows professionals to gather and create but also has the flexibility of becoming a space for exhibitions or corporate events. It can be a space that only your imagination can bring to life.
Talent cafe will become home to an international cast of talents. Where stories are shared, formed and told, where networks are built, great ideas are born and lasting relationships formed forever.
With its regional head office in Singapore, Talent Cafe will provide one-stop creative solutions; bridging the often separate mediums of talent casting, photography, design, styling, production etc under one roof.
Singapore's only natural history museum, the Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research (RMBR) at the National University of Singapore (NUS) has received its latest philanthropic gift of S$25 million from the Lee Foundation. This latest gift enables the RMBR to embark on building a new purpose-designed building for its invaluable collection of animals and plants specimens. To be renamed the 'Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum', the new building will showcase Southeast Asian biodiversity and environmental issues in an exhibition hall that will be 10 times the size of the current gallery.
The new museum will also be home to the existing collection of 500,000 specimens of mammals, birds, amphibians and other invertebrates. This is the oldest natural history collection of animals in Singapore, including some century-old artefacts and extinct animals. It is also one of the largest collections of Southeast Asian animals in the region and is the second oldest natural history collection in Southeast Asia after Indonesia's Bogor Museum.
The University believes strongly in the national significance of this project and has provided the museum with a larger and highly strategic site on their Kent Ridge campus. The new Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum, which is expected to be ready by 2014, will be located adjacent to the NUS University Cultural Centre along Kent Ridge Crescent. When ready, the natural history museum would, with its neighbours the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, the NUS Centre for the Arts and the NUS Museum, be part of a heritage and cultural hub at Kent Ridge.
The RMBR embarked on a fundraising campaign in late 2009 to build a new natural history museum for Singapore after an overwhelming response to an International Museum Day Open House held in May 2009. The open house attracted more than 3,000 visitors, which severely stretched the museum's physical and manpower resources. An unnamed donor, responding to media reports, came forward with a pledge of S$10 million to support the fundraising project. The latest philanthropic donation by the Lee Foundation and with donations from other donors brings the total funds raised to S$46 million.
The funds raised to date will be used for the development of the new natural history museum building. The RMBR Fundraising Committee will soon embark on the next phase of its fundraising efforts to equip the new museum with high-quality new exhibits for the galleries. The RMBR team also hopes to develop a strong public programme.
The RMBR at NUS is the custodian of one of the earliest natural history collections in Southeast Asia. The 160-year-old collection was inherited from the then Raffles Museum and Library at Stamford Road in the 1970s, after the museum was renamed the National Museum and refocused its attention on the arts and history. Over the past 40 years, the collection has grown to more than 566,000 specimens.
In recent years, environmental issues such as climate change and global warming have captured the world's attention. There is increased awareness of the importance of biodiversity as an economic and scientific resource, and how human activities such as the overharvesting of species, introduction of alien species and habitat destruction have caused dramatic losses in biodiversity. The RMBR provides vital scientific expertise in aiding the research that may one day find solutions to these problems.
Public support for the museum and its collections and research has grown tremendously over the years. With the resources bestowed by the benefactors, the new museum hopes to provide larger and more comprehensive exhibition galleries, display even more specimens of historical and scientific significance, and include modern interactive exhibits to further enhance its role in reaching out and engaging the public.
Funds are still needed to make this museum a reality. A website has been launched to accept donations from the public. Your gift will help to create a museum that we all can be proud of! You can donate online, by cheque or call to make donations in cash or other gifts.
Department of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science, 21 Lower Kent Ridge Road
Jo's Creations is a private studio and gallery set up by Joanna Wong, where she can pursue her deep passion for painting. Jo's Creations features Joanna Wong's works and can be viewed by appointment.
Joanna Wong began her journey as an artist in early 2003. Starting off with Chinese brush painting, she found herself drawn to plein-air painting, and has been fortunate enough to have the privilege of being under the tutelage of Ong Kim Seng, one of Singapore's premier artist and Master Watercolourist.
Over the next three years, Joanna Wong attended a succession of painting workshops and classes conducted both by Ong as well as American master watercolourist Stephen Quiller and master oil painter Wee Shoo Leong to further hone her skills with the brush. She has also had the opportunity to pariticipate in three group exhibitions with fellow students of Ong Kim Seng.
Widely travelled, Joanna's works are often about the places she has visited all over the world. Her training with masters in watercolour and oil shows in her impeccable technique, which can be easily identified on the canvas, where every piece of art is rendered in rich detail and lovingly composed to create paintings that immerse the viewer in the scene presented.
Besides her passion for painting, Joanna Wong also found time to follow her other passion of writing, and is the author of illustrated children's book series Squeaky and ten fully illustrated books for early readers.
If your head belongs to art and design, then get your head to the newly opened NAFA Creative Design Centre + Gallery. Located wihtin NAFA’s Fashion Campus 2, this space is all geared up for exhibitions and events, and comes armed with a super collection of arty books (courtesy of Thames & Hudson).
The gallery will enjoy its grand opening on 10 March with an exhibition of local designer Frederick Lee, entitled “The World of Frederick Lee”.
Experience an all-new concept in meeting spaces with the newest convention wing at Singapore EXPO. Slated to open by the 1st quarter of 2012, the MAX Atria will harness the enlivening power of nature to inspire.
Designed to bring nature “inside” and meetings “outside”, the lush, green belts within MAX Atria will harness the enlivening power of nature to inspire minds. Experience an all-new concept in meeting spaces, where discussions and negotiations become a rejuvenating breeze.
Boasts an additional 6,000sqm of space spread across 23 meetings rooms, complemented by foyers and a breathtaking rooftop for cocktail receptions and special events
Fitted with state-of-the-art AV, lighting and technical capabilities
Built in line with Singapore’s Building & Construction Authority’s Green Mark Platinum standard, complete with a verdant courtyard
VP is a new art gallery space focused on limited edition artworks, merchandise, events and a lifestyle that is inspired by photography. It is situated in the heart of Orchard Road, Singapore's premiere retail and shopping district. The space consists of two floors of exhibition and retail area located in a 3000 sq ft pre-war Peranakan shophouse. VP maintains a regular exhibition schedule featuring the artworks of established artists in small editions. A more permanent display of limited edition prints are available starting at S$80. These are offered in edition series of 100 and 500 for artists who exhibit with VP.
It is a place you can come in, browse and walk home with a piece of art. Obtain information about current exhibitions or enquire. Subscribe to the VP's mailing list, and be updated about special promotions, exhibitions and other gallery news and happenings.
VP Gallery is also available to host private functions related to arts and culture.
The world's first ArtScience Museum (picture), located at Marina Bay Sands, will open its doors on Feb 17. There will be 21 gallery spaces totalling 50,000 sq ft. The museum will showcase exhibits reflecting influences from art and science, media and technology, design and architecture. Visitors to the museum will be able to explore it through three galleries - Curiosity, Inspiration and Expression.
The museum will also play host to marquee exhibitions curated by leading museums as well as collections from around the world. The showpiece exhibition, ArtScience: A Journey Through Creativity, will feature a series of permanent exhibits representing the latest in technology, design as well as culture. The museum also plans to launch a speaker series that will bring globally renowned thought-leaders in the field of ArtScience to Singapore.
Designed as a symbolic gesture of welcome to guests from across the globe, the lotus-inspired ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands is set to become the spiritual home of the burgeoning ArtScience movement, as well as a premier destination for major international touring exhibitions from the most renowned collections in the world.
The ArtScience Gallery, is an homage and introduction to the nascent field of ArtScience. What unites Art and Science is the instinct to observe, connect, take risks and explore new ideas and ways of understanding nature’s wisdom and experiences that shape our culture.
Unique to the region, the ArtScience Museum expresses Singapore’s priorities and ambition to be the exchange capital of the world, providing an internationally renowned forum for the exchange of the latest ideas and theories. The ArtScience Museum is an endowment to Singapore’s creative class, and it is Singapore’s gift to the world.
An iconic presence along the Marina Bay waterfront, the Museum is a living, breathing embodiment of the ArtScience theme. The Museum features 10 "fingers" anchored by a unique round base in the middle. The design of each finger reveals different gallery spaces featuring skylights at the “fingertips” that illuminate the dramatically curved interior walls. The Museum’s dish-like roof channels rainwater through the central atrium of the building creating a 35-meter water drop into a small, reflecting pool. The rainwater is then recycled for use in the building’s restrooms. Material such as Glass Fiber Reinforced Polymer (GFRP), typically used in high-performance racing yachts, which has never been used in a project in Singapore, was used for the construction of this architectural wonder.
With a form reminiscent of the lotus flower, ArtScience Museum designed by renowned architect Moshe Safdie has been called "The Welcoming Hand of Singapore" by Mr. Sheldon Adelson, the visionary chairman of Las Vegas Sands Corp.
The iconic ArtScience Museum will host blockbuster international exhibits as well as permanent exhibits on three floors of gallery space across over 4,800 square meters. There are 21 galleries in total.
The roof of ArtScience Museum allows rainwater to be harvested and channeled down a 35-meter water drop through the center of the structure to the reflecting pond at the lowest level of the building. Rainwater is recycled and redirected through the water feature to create a continuous cylindrical waterfall. The rainwater is also recycled for use in the museum’s bathrooms as part of Singapore’s Green Mark program.
Surrounded by a 4,000 square meter lily pond reflecting pool, ArtScience Museum floats over a dynamic new urban terrace with commanding views of Singapore and Marina Bay Sands.
A total of 10 "fingers" that make up the building form plus two bay windows with special views of Singapore and Marina Bay Sands. The tallest "finger" stands 60 meters above ground.
The interiors of the “fingers” are unique gallery spaces with natural lighting from the fingertips illuminating the sculptural interior wall forms.