The 8th edition of Singapore Art Week (SAW), Singapore’s visual arts calendar pinnacle, will return from 11 to 19 January 2020 with new works and exciting art experiences happening island-wide for people of all ages to explore and enjoy.

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Don’t miss exhibitions with engaging tech and digital elements, public art installations and lifestyle events for the whole family. There will also be talks, tours, fairs and gallery openings to catch.

In keeping with SAW’s theme of “Art Takes Over”, more than 100 art events will take place across Singapore, including our arts and cultural institutions and private galleries to art precincts and independent arts spaces.

There’s art for everyone – from those who are collectors and connoisseurs, to those who are drawn to the innovative, quirky, unusual, thought-provoking and multi-sensorial.

Signature events like the Light to Night Festival, S.E.A. Focus, IMPART Collectors’ Show, ARTWALK Little India, Aliwal Urban Art Festival and Art After Dark at Gillman Barracks return with new offerings as well.

SAW 2020, a celebration of Singapore’s vibrant art landscape, is a joint initiative by the National Arts Council (NAC), the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) and the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB).

Visit here for the full SAW 2020 event line-up.

Listicle of family-friendly programmes:

Art is Everywhere by Brave New Worlds – This free series of workshops and drop-in activities uses art-making to get kids to build and express critical and creative thinking skills in a fun and accessible way. This is the first time that Brave New Worlds is collaborating with SAW to bring art to families in the heartlands, and its unique 5E Approach (Explore, Examine, Experiment, Express and Evaluate) that borrows from Harvard Project Zero’s Visible Thinking Routines will take young participants on an adventure into olden Chinatown, local architecture and nature, as well as various art textures and techniques. You might like to consider gleaning further insights from an interview with Adeline and Corliss, the team behind this special project!

Five Stones by artist Twardzik-Ching Chor Leng is a playful and interactive public art project commissioned by the Public Art Trust, consisting of large-scale inflatables reminiscent of the familiar childhood game. The stones will first pop up at various locations around Singapore this month, before finally gathering in the Civic District in surprise locations for SAW in January 2020. There will also be another set of inflatable five stones available for public play, photography and interaction at Empress Place.

Arts@Macpherson – Happy Streets is a part of the Arts@Macpherson initiative that aims to create delight in everyday experiences through pops of unexpected art around the neighbourhood. Participants will get to sketch and paint the public walkways of Macpherson together with artists and the community, enlivening these public spaces with permanent creative installations inspired by their own memories and stories.

Of Gardens & Dreams – Public Art Showcase at Taman Jurong by Shophouse & Co. is Singapore’s first residential art gallery! Themed “What is a life worth living in a place of Gardens & Dreams?”, it will take on a visual arts trail that features three newly commissioned artworks that celebrate the neighbourhood’s connectedness with nature and the lively spirit of its residents.

Here’s some additional topline info on SAW 2020:

• This is the 8th edition of SAW, which is the pinnacle event of Singapore’s visual arts calendar

• More than 100 events (to date) will be rolling out from 11-19 Jan 2020 across the island. Venues include of course the arts & cultural institutions, museums in the CBD and Civic District and galleries in Gillman Barracks; as well as art spaces in Helutrans, Waterloo Road, Bras Basah, Bugis, Jalan Besar, Little India, Kampong Glam, plus non-art spaces in shopping malls, outdoor parks, warehouses, and in neighbourhoods in Jurong, Katong, Toa Payoh, Punggol and Tampines.

• There’ll be a slew of new works and exciting arts experiences for all ages

• These include exhibitions with engaging tech and digital elements, public art walks (including exclusive access in to offices in the CBD on the weekends to view the artworks displayed by corporates), public art engagements as well as lifestyle events (more “late night” events in different precincts), multi-disciplinary and immersive experiences, deeper engagements etc.

• Returning signature events include the Light to Night Festival, S.E.A. Focus, IMPART Collectors Show, ARTWALK Little India, Aliwal Urban Art Festival and Art After Dark at Gillman Barracks.

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