If you’re a fan of the arts, head this way for the best of Southeast Asian art…
What better way to ring in the new year than with an afternoon of appreciation for artists in the region? S.E.A. Focus 2022 is the ideal addition to your leisure agenda if art is up your alley. Celebrating Southeast Asian art, this contemporary art showcase returns for a fourth edition from 15 to 23 January 2022. With the theme “chance… constellations”, this edition explores how the region’s arts scene is connected by shared histories, geographies and converging cultures. Here are the highlights!
Keep an eye out for leading regional artists
Hosting top-notch galleries from Singapore and beyond, must-sees include works from well-known local names. Expect the likes of Mizuma Gallery, Art Porters, Gajah Gallery, STPI and more from Singapore. Let’s not forget Richard Koh Fine Art and Wei-Ling Gallery from Malaysia; ROH Projects from Indonesia; Artinformal, Silverlens and The Drawing Room from the Philippines; Bangkok Citycity Gallery from Thailand and CUC Gallery from Vietnam.
Stay tuned for works from more than 50 established and emerging artists in the region. With over 140 artworks on display, artists on the line-up include Arin Dwihartanto Sunaryo (Indonesia/ROH Gallery), Sawangwongse Yawnghwe (Myanmar/Canada/Nova Contemporary), Citra Sasmita (Indonesia/Yeo Workshop), Tammy Nguyen (Philippines/Tropical Futures Institute), Nicholas Ong (Singapore/Yavuz Gallery) and Zelin Seah (Singapore/Richard Koh Fine Art).
Plus, get excited for artist films from Southeast Asia with S.E.A. Focus’ official fringe programme at Projector X. From socio-historical issues to aesthetic explorations, these films showcases visual artists working with moving imagery.
Explore the future of art with SEAspotlight talks
If you’re a fan of Singapore Art Week, add “In Retrospect: 10 Years of SAW” to your cal. This panel involves three leading industry professionals sharing insights on what makes an art week successful and how it will evolve in post-pandemic times.
Curious about the future of art? Mark your cals for a specially curated series of panel discussions to explore insights on the latest artistic developments in the region. Peek into the world of contemporary art and get thinking about how it’s set to change post-pandemic. With many turning to virtual leisure activities, how will this affect the contemporary art scene? Tune into “Pivot to the Future: Selling Art in a Virtual World” to learn more!
Virtual selling aside, we’re living in an age of online socialising and digital influencers. Together with an increased number of millennial art collectors, there are new ways of doing business in the art scene. With a new generation of taste-makers promoting products to their social media followers, “Pivot to the Future: Age of Influencers” explores how social shapes art collecting trends.
Get artsy with SEAcity events
Look forward to a range of exhibitions and events by partnering institutions, participating galleries and artist-run spaces with SEAcity, including Charles Lim Yi Yong’s “Staggered Observations of a Coast”. This homegrown artist examines Singapore’s land reclamation projects and our identity as a state.
Wanna explore more events? There’s also #tomorrow by Chin Kong Yee with wearable art and other experimental works, The Wanderer 1.5 by CK Koh that reflects on the search for new experiences and many more!
Join the SEAcommunity to learn more about art
As part of S.E.A. Focus 2022, SEAcommunity is an educational programme that invites you to learn more about the artworks that are being presented. Join a range of docent-led public tours that will give you insights into the artists and the stories behind each work. If you’re looking for a meaningful way to spend your weekends and days off, don’t miss these tours, happening daily in January!
This post is in partnership with S.E.A. Focus 2022.