Plus over 100 other events that’ll keep you busy post-holiday season

Back to present a slew of free art exhibitions and events across our tiny island, the Singapore Art Week will soon be in its eighth edition this Jan 11-19. With over 100 showcases, trails, film screenings, performances and discussions available, SAW 2020 will truly be the best time to hop around Singapore, as #ArtTakesOver.

One of the main highlights at Art Week will undoubtedly be S.E.A Focus, which runs for a mere three days out of the nine at none other than Gillman Barracks. In addition to featuring over 20 galleries across Southeast Asia and beyond, the exhibition will focus on Southeast Asian contemporary and modern art. And also returning for a night on Jan 17 is the arts precinct’s flagship evening open house event, Art After Dark, with its rambunctious music and funky visual arts displays.

Meanwhile, at Tanjong Pagar, sign-up for an AR art trail, a collaborative effort between The MeshMinds Foundation and six artists including Chua Boon Kee, Robert Zhao and Grace Tan. We’re expecting AR.T Trail to be one of the most interesting trails of the next year, as it’ll be an interactive augmented reality trail of the artists’ public works.

Down by the Civic District, brace yourselves for the Light to Night Festival 2020, taking place at multiple venues like The National Gallery Singapore, Asian Civilisations Museum, The Arts House, and more. These museums and spaces will be offering an entire line-up of indoor and outdoor events that explores the invisible geographies of the area, and how perceptions of places are shaped by personal memory, desire, loss and cultural forces.

Bugis and Waterloo Street have not been overlooked either. Putting on Atypical Singapore, an art and AR technology homecoming exhibition featuring seven artists is the National Design Centre. Plus another one we’ve been looking forward to is The Substation’s Stealing Public Space, which explores the connection between innovating art languages, the city, and its public space and symbolic spaces.

With the new year arriving in just a little over a month's time, be certain to set aside time to check out the offerings at the Singapore Art Week. Besides, you’ll need to keep busy when the holiday parties and feastings come to a close.


Singapore Art Week runs from Jan 11-19. More information available here.