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  • 11/29/17--00:20: Go ART Market
  • GO MARKET is back for its 2nd year — as an ART edition and weekend ART sale!! Get fabulous artworks, limited edition art prints, pottery and more, at substantial discounts. Buy as gifts and/or to add to your own personal collection, you will be able to rummage through our extensive art collection by a wide range of local and international artists. Where: Maya Gallery, 62 Ubi Road 1, Oxley Bizhub 2, 01-21 From: 14 to 17 December 2017 Hours: 11am – 8pm Admission: Free Tel: 6291-1760 Info: www.mayagallery.com.sg

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    Fantasy cult favourite novel Dune by Frank Herbert comes alive through virtual reality, paintings, prints and projection mapping Prices of artwork start from SGD150. We accept cash, NETS, credit card and a life-time supply of melange. Participating artists: Addy Debil (ID), Chris Foss Artist Page (UK), Didier Jaba Mathieu (SG), Fragiledarkness (SG), Howie Kim (SG), IdleBeats Art Prints (CH), Jess Johnson (NZ), Jevgeni Andronenko (SG), Kittozutto (SG), Laprisamata Artwork (SP), Leeroy New (PH), N.M.A (SG), Race Krehel (SG), Scryptk (Azhar Mat Nor) (SG), Six Degrees of Freedom 6自由度 (SG), The Sucklord (US), Tikkywow (Pichet Rujivararat) (TH), Hegira Scriptures (SG)   DUNE: A SCI-FI ART SHOW OPENING NIGHT 1 DEC 2017 EXHIBITION RUN 1 TO 30 DEC 2017 KULT GALLERY – 11 UPPER WILKIE ROAD, EMILY HILL, S228120 ________________________________________________ OPENING NIGHT, 1 DEC, 7 – 11 PM – Buy art inspired by Dune and its fantastical elements – Immerse yourself in the planet through virtual reality – Taste Cakerholic’s Melange-inspired Spice Cake Bombis (SGD4.50) – Create your own sand art with our Arrakis-inspired cards (SGD2) OVER PIZZA & BEER: SCI-FI, 2 DEC, 4 – 6 PM For more details about this panel discussion that also promises free pizza and beer, hit [...]

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    Based on Gotfried Toussaint’s description of rhythmic elements that make up everyday sounds, participants are introduced to contemporary soundscape compositions through use of improvisation and interactive engagement. In line with the theme, participants are gently pushed to go against their natural tendency to create ‘recognisable’ patterns. This will be conducted by two musicians: Christopher Clarke, a multi-instrumentalist currently pursuing a Masters of Music at NUS; and Ng Zheng Jie, a Singapore-based musician specialising in percussive instruments. Music Workshop Details At A Glance: 14 December, Thursday 5pm – 7pm SPRMRKT, 2 McCallum Street Free, but limited to the first 15 participants

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    From December 2017 to March 2018, Singapore Art Museum presents a series of sensory play and art-making workshops for toddlers. In these workshops specially designed for younger children between the ages of 18 months and 4 years, they will explore colours and other elements of art through tactile, sensory craft. Sensory play and process art (in which the end product of the art and craft activity is not the main focus) is a great way to give the little ones room to be themselves and learn about the world around them. These workshops present engaging and fun activities that assist brain and motor development, as their senses are actively engaged to explore and create. Conducted and facilitated by Jelly Bean Attic, the Singapore Art Museum Toddler Art Workshops feature a different theme each session, and toddlers will get to take home their creations as a keepsake. Dates | Saturdays 2, 9 & 16 December 2017 6 & 13 January 2018 3 & 10 February 2018 3 & 10 March 2018 Time | 10.30am – 11.30am Admission | $35 per parent-child pair ($30 for each session with sign-ups for 6 or more classes) Tickets | www.bit.ly/SAMTots *Each session will commence with [...]

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    Element Art Space is pleased to present Arkiv Vilmansa’s third solo exhibition in Singapore. Known for his whimsical characters, this exhibition is a departure from his previous oeuvre since his last solo show with the gallery in 2015. For nearly seven years, Vilmansa’s creative process has always involved fantasy, imagination and personal dreams that were realised through various fictional characters in strong and bold bright colours. This search led him to discover a new series of landscapes in the form of topographic maps of the area he explores. Images of topographic maps are shaped by an array of lines to form fields. In Come to Light, Vilmansa uses light to emphasize the reflection of life-based on his beliefs, while others use light to highlight reality. His playful use of textures, colours and shapes with light source are evident in this new series of works, in which he also explores the interaction of colours with shadows and light. The change from dark to light in each transition between them gives meaning and beauty of its own in its journey to the light. Through this process, Vilmansa is too being re-mapped in his relationship with his Creator —thenever ending journey to reach [...]

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    Wishes Night at Dorothy Circus Gallery – London It’s time for wishes at Dorothy Circus Gallery! Alongside the masterpieces from selected international female artists Afarin Sajedi (Iran,) Fuco Ueda (Japan), Marion Peck (USA), Miss Van (France), who lead us in a journey through the pop surrealism women icons together with the masters Ray Caesar, Joe Sorren and more, we are proud to present the special feature artwork: “METEORA” by Italian artist Paolo Pedroni The artwork is a metaphor for desire and hope. Somewhere someone wished upon a star. Transcending the Daruma meditative state, the comet is shedding its pieces alluding to a celestial power in motion to turn this wish into reality. The cherry blossom, the symbol of the fragility of time, accompanies the ethereal comet during its journey. It shifts softly guided only by the harmonious flute and the gentle lantern light toward the gleaming galaxy, the center of an inextinguishable desire where everything is possible and imaginable. During the Wishes Night we will gift the first 30 guests with our new released catalogue “Pages From Mind Travellers Diaries” featuring both exhibitions held in DCG London and DCG Rome. Catalogues will be given on a first come first served [...]

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    Sofia Underground is an independent platform for flexible and experimental showcasing of performance art and other contemporary art forms.   For Sofia Underground 2018 announced is an open call for works that raise and/or reflect the concept of WHAT NOW/ NOW WHAT – performance art pieces, that are documented and proposed in the form of video documentation. The selected works will be shown in a special exhibition of performance art documentation as part of the main program of Sofia Underground 2018, realized at the end of April in Sofia, Bulgaria. Deadline for submitting proposals: 02/20/2018 Further information: http://sofiaunderground.com/en/

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    Sundaram Tagore Singapore and curator Gary Ross Pastrana present Street Mining: Contemporary Art From the Philippines, an exhibition of cutting-edge work by eight artists from the Philippines who use painting, sculpture, installation, photography and video to create personal narratives influenced by the colorful, chaotic streets of Manila and beyond.   On view will be work by artists Poklong Anading, Louie Cordero, Vic Balanon, Nona Garcia, Kawayan De Guia, MM Yu and the collective known as Broke, a collaboration of Jeremy Guiab and Gary Ross Pastrana. Kawayan De Guia, Nature of Currency (diptych), mixed media, 54 x 84 inches/137.16 x 213.36 cm. Image courtesy of the artist and Sundaram Tagore Gallery. Exhibition title: STREET MINING: CONTEMPORARY ART FROM THE PHILIPPINES Exhibition dates: January 20 to March 2, 2018 Opening reception with the curator: Friday, January 19, 7 – 9pm Venue: Sundaram Tagore Singapore Contact us: +65 6694 3378 / singapore@sundaramtagore.com  

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    Calling all aspiring illustrators and art enthusiasts! The National Library Board (NLB) invites you to create a visual impact in our library spaces, and inspire a creative culture within the community! The National Library Board is looking for 3 groups of youths who are passionate about the arts and visual storytelling, to lead the Shelf Initiated Project (SIP) at Woodlands Regional Library, Jurong Regional Library and Central Public Library. Learn first-hand from experienced artists, on the illustration techniques and conceptualisation skills required to develop an original and distinctive visual narrative for a library shelf, inspired by a piece of literary work. For participants aged 18 to 35 years. Aspiring illustrators and hobbyists are welcomed. Period: End January 2018 – 3 March 2018 (4-6 weekend sessions) How to Apply: Write in to arts@nlb.gov.sg by 5 January 2018 with the following details 1) Name, Age, NRIC 2) Mobile Number 3) Why you want to be a part of the project (a maximum of 150 words) 4) Your preferred mentor (1st and 2nd choice) 5) An attachment or link to your portfolio or sample of illustrated works *Note* – Successful applicants will be split into 3 groups, with each group assigned an artist-mentor. [...]

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      ArtsEquator is proud to announce the unveiling of a photography competition, entitled “Capture a moment of Art in the Making”, in commemoration of its 1st anniversary. The competition is initiated to celebrate the people who create art and the unsung labour that goes into every little detail of making art, be it an exhibition, the writing process, team discussions, or the process of choreographing a dance or a physical theatre piece.   ArtsEquator is on the lookout for snapshots of artists at work, or even caught in a moment of contemplation, reflection or anxiety, as they make a piece of work; regardless of any genre or medium. But don’t be a stalker — get their permission first. ArtsEquator is also interested in receiving captions on what the moment captures — the more creative and interesting, the better. The competition will be running from 15th November 2017 to 9th February. It will also be graced by a profile of juries that will be looking at both the quality of the image, its relevance to the theme and the way the captions are able to add depth towards understanding the process of art-making. There will be prizes for the winner competitions, [...]

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    As part of Singapore Art Week 2018 and supported by National Arts Council, artist-organizers Daniel Chong and Zulkhairi Zulkiflee are proud to present RAID. Featuring 8 young up and coming artist working across mediums, RAID is a group exhibition housed in the historic Tiong Bahru Air Raid Shelter. Exhibiting artist include Daniel Chong, Zulkhairi Zulkiflee, Ivan Ng, Tay Ining, Vanessa Lim, Jacqueline Sim, Pooja Kanade and Nhawfal Juma’at.   Rarely opened to the public, the Tiong Bahru Air Raid shelter is a unique space that has been left virtually untouched since its construction which dates back as early as 1939, even used to shelter residents during the Japanese bombings of WWII. RAID will leverage on this through the site’s historical and architectural narrative, allowing the artist respond to the space through their works. With assistance from the Tanjong Pagar Town Council, RAID will be the first of its kind, and the first time the Tiong Bahru Air Raid Shelter has been this open to the public. For more details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1763524580355322/1793587857348994 Location: Tiong Bahru Air Raid Shelter, 78 Guan Chuan St, Singapore 160078. Dates: 13 Jan – 3 Feb, 12PM – 6PM. Closed on Mondays.

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    Y2ARTS Gallery first exhibition for year 2018, is pleased to present an interesting collection of artworks by Ocean Wang. This is her second solo exhibition in Singapore. Ocean Wang believes that a painting can be both “impressionistic and fantastical”. Her works are often detailed, vividly coloured, and surreal; yet demands a sense of realism. Ocean’s artworks are her exploration of perception and incongruity, and through which she engages us in a dialogue with visuals of Impressionism and Surrealism. In her upcoming solo exhibition at Y2ARTS Gallery, Ocean presents new paintings, which are intimate, revealing and personal. Many of these new works explore the passage of time as seen through the reflections of flowing water; depicting personal memories and perspectives of the artist. Ever since the creation of artworks in her first solo exhibition in 2015, Ocean has continued to confound viewers with her paintings, almost, as a rebellion against what is traditional and real. Her works which seemingly appears to be an impressionistic paintings of waterfalls, flowing rivers or simple water movements; are fuelled by surrealistic imagery and imagination. For Ocean, her collection of works is what she devises as new “reality”, playing with perspective and forced juxtapositions that reflects personal [...]

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    On a recent trip to Japan, Artitute was privileged in being invited to an exclusive private tour of the newly inaugurated Yayoi Kusama Museum in Tokyo. This museum is so exclusive that they only allow 280 visitors per day in 4 slots of 70 people, which makes the experience even more intimate. Tickets are released 5 times a year and have already sold out until the end of the inaugural exhibition’ season in 2018! So, we would like to invite you to sit back and enjoy this Artitute exclusive and hope that one day you have the pleasure of visiting it in person. Entrance to the Yayoi Kusama Museum   For all of our Artitute aficionados, Yayoi Kusama requires no introduction with her work already having been exhibited in Biennales, Triennales and breaking attendance records at major museums all around the world. The artist Yayoi Kusama However, for those of who may not be familiar with her name or may not have spotted her works before (pun intended) a short introduction may be in order. Yayoi Kusama was born in 1929 in Matsumoto, Japan where she studied the traditional Japanese style of painting, Nihonga. The strong desire to pursue her [...]

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    Lotus on Water collaborates with UOB and The Emporium Group to present ‘The Colours of Prosperity and Elegance’ Feng Shui Exhibition by Emeritus Master Yun Long Zi

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    In conjunction with Singapore Art Week 2018, The Private Museum (TPM) and Richard Koh Fine Art (RKFA) are pleased to co-present the exhibition, Optimism is Ridiculous: The Altarpieces by leading contemporary Thai visual artist, Natee Utarit. The exhibition features a selection of 7 artworks from the artist’s Optimism is Ridiculous: The Altarpieces series, which began in 2012 and has been featured in various galleries in Asia. Consisting of a total of 12 works, these works are composed of multiple panels forming a diptych, triptych, or polyptych, following the tradition of classical religious paintings with elaborate frames and settings. After its debut at Ayala Museum in February 2017 and its second stop at National Gallery of Indonesia in October 2017, the travelling exhibition finds a third new home in the intimate space of The Private Museum. Optimism is Ridiculous: The Altarpieces – Natee Utarit Date: Wednesday, 24 January – Sunday, 11 March 2017 Opening Hours: 10am – 7pm (Monday – Friday) | 11am – 5pm (Saturday & Sunday) *Public Holidays and other timings by appointment only. Venue: The Private Museum, 51 Waterloo Street #02-06 Singapore 187969

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    The 6th SIPF Open Call is back to celebrate a decade of photography.   The 6th SIPF Open Call is back to celebrate a decade of photography. The Open Call welcomes all emerging photographers, independent curators and book creators to submit within three categories – Photo Works, Curatorial Projects and the new Photobooks category, from now till 31 March 2018 (Singapore Time 23:59hr, UTC/GMT +8 hours). Shortlisted works will be showcased at the 6th SIPF in Singapore. 6th SIPF OPEN CALL from DECK Singapore on Vimeo. Photographers, curators, and publishers are invited to submit their work at www.register.sipf.sg by 31 March 2018 (Singapore Time 23:59hr, UTC/GMT +8 hours). Administration fees apply for every portfolio, curatorial project, and/or book submission entered. Register online at http://register.sipf.sg/.  

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    Entropy Flourishes, Cloth, Paper, Plaster, Epoxy Resin, Paint and Wire, 47 x 67 x 12 cm, 2017.   Nandita Mukand talks with us about her second solo exhibition “Forest Weft, City Warp”, which is currently showing at One East Asia as part of Singapore Art Week. Mukand discusses her meditations on nature as a city-dweller, how flora inspires her work, and how she visually expresses the continual changes that occur in life, death and decay.   Artitute: The title of your latest solo is “Forest Weft, City Warp”. It sounds like for you, your experience with nature is interwoven with your time living in an urban environment. Tell us more about how the natural environment informs your life in the city, and inspires your current work. Nandita Mukand: Observing nature has become one of my ways of trying to process my urban experience. When I walk alone in the mountains and forests I often have access to another dimension.  It feels like I can step out of my everyday life and see it from the outside with a lot more perspective. There are many many themes in Nature that have found their way into my everyday life and also my art [...]

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    In conjunction with Singapore Art Week 2018, iPreciation proudly presents Along the Great Path 行於大道, a solo exhibition by acclaimed Chinese calligrapher and ink artist, Wang Dongling 王冬齡. Regarded as one of China’s greatest living calligrapher, Wang is best known for his public performances involving large format “Wild Cursive” script (狂草), a Chinese calligraphic style characterized by its erratic and dynamic strokes. His works are often deeply rooted in the ancient philosophies of Buddhism and Taoism, as well as the Chinese classics. Along the Great Path will be Wang’s first ever solo exhibition in Singapore, and will feature over 20 abstract ink and calligraphic paintings. Among these works, a selected range will be presented through a unique medium and format. The exhibition will provide viewers with a rare opportunity to view and appreciate Wang’s captivating and powerful calligraphic works up-close. Born in 1945 in Rudong, Jiangsu Province, China (中國江蘇省如東), Wang graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art from the Nanjing Normal University (南京師範大學) under the guidance of prominent literatus and calligrapher Shen Zishan 沈之善 (1899-1969). Wang also became a disciple of Lin Sanzhi 林散之 (1898-1989), known as the sage of cursive script, during this period. He received his Master’s [...]

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  • 01/09/18--01:56: Folkloristics
  • Group exhibition by Albert Yonathan Setyawan (ID), Amano Yoshitaka (JP), Entang Wiharso (ID), Gilang Fradika (ID), Heri Dono (ID), Iwan Effendi (ID), Okamoto Ellie (JP), Shen Zhenglin (CN), and Zen Teh (SG). Parts of our traditions are deeply rooted in the beliefs of religions, mythologies, legends, animisms, and folklores. Folklore is a body of culture shared by a particular group of people that is mainly passed through word of mouth. It reflects on the magical and mysterious, and its transmission is a vital part of its being. From this perspective, Mizuma Gallery is delighted to present Folkloristics, a group exhibition featuring works by Albert Yonathan Setyawan, Amano Yoshitaka, , Entang Wiharso, Gilang Fradika, Heri Dono, Iwan Effendi, Okamoto Ellie, Shen Zhenglin, and Zen Teh. As the name suggests, this exhibition is a discussion based on the study of folklores in the present age. Folkloristics focuses on contemporary artists, whose works make references to and/or are influenced by folklores, addressing issues that stem from the desire to question areas that cannot be figured out by science or reason. Yet, they encompass common traditions to a culture, subculture, or group, and discuss values that were once respected. This also leads us to [...]

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    Join Cinerama artist, Sarah Choo, in this workshop where you will learn to how to translate your ideas to screen! Along with hands-on learning of staging and recording, Sarah will also share cinematography tips and post-production techniques that were used in her artworks. This workshop is suitable for participants aged 18 and above, and require a minimum number of participants to commence. Date: Saturday, 27 January 2018 Time: 2pm – 5pm Venue: SAM at 8Q Tickets available at SAM at 8Q and APACTIX: http://www.apactix.com/events/detail/cinerama-art-and-the-moving-image-in-southeast-asia-staging-silence-by-sarah-choo

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