Hello! I’ve worked on Affordable Art Fair Singapore for 7 years, and it never ceases to excite me when we open the doors on the first day. It’s so satisfying seeing guests react and fall in love with art, chatting with gallerists and relaxing in the café. This year is no exception, it is the 8th Fall Edition and we’ve got so much going on. Here are my Top 10 highlights including my favourite artworks, not-to-miss events, and interactive activities, which are sure to entertain art-lovers of all ages.
1) Noh Van, 'City in the city-The abyss'
Having lived in Singapore for my whole life, I am really drawn to cityscapes, and this etching by Noh Van is no exception. I love the texture of the water compared to the detail of the skyscrapers, it makes me think of all the hubbub and fun activities that must be going on. Visit Gallery I. on stand 3D-09 to see the print for yourself.
2) The pARTy of the year
The pARTy of the year is sure to be our Arty-Licious Evening in association with Harper’s BAZAAR, taking place on Friday 17 November, 6 – 10pm. You’ll be able to enjoy the fair with a glass of something bubbly in-hand, plus we’ve organised workshops, tours and entertainment. Definitely not-to-be-missed.
3) Claire Poire, 'Etrusque 2'
This bronze sculpture by Claire Poire makes me smile! The horse has such a comical expression on its face and it’s standing so proudly, I think in real life it would be a real character. I can’t wait to see it on the Arteria Stand 2B-07 at the fair.
4) Young Talent Programme finalists exhibition
I’m a huge supporter of emerging artistic talent, so the Young Talent Programme, in collaboration with ION Art, is a must-see. The competition has been running throughout the year and following an intense selection process, eight finalists will be exhibiting at the fair. You’ll be blown away by their work!
5) Choy Moo Kheong, 'Song of the Bamboo Forest'
Stop by the Eagle Eye stand 2B-02 to absorb the colours in this piece by Choy Moo Kheong. The acrylic painting called ‘Song of the Bamboo Forest’ and I think it’s just mesmerising.
6) A multi-media installation
I can’t wait to see our Special Project installation in place – made up of a multi-media experience which will not only include video and sound performances, but also a large-scale street art mural and a metal life-sized sculpture! With participating artists such as Chloë Manasseh showcasing their work as a part of this piece, its going to be seriously exciting.
7) Calling all Picasso-juniors
If you are bringing an art-lover aged between 4 – 12 yrs, make sure they join the ‘Explorers At Work’ creative workshop. For only $15 (including art materials), creative kids can enjoy an educational tour that will inspire a tactile 3D art-making session, lasting 75 minutes. Make sure you register at the Children’s Art Studio as there are only 7 places per session, on a first-come-first-served basis.
8) Take a moment to relax
Don’t forget to visit our café where you can take some time to relax and reflect on all of the artwork you have seen and enjoy coffee by SARNIES, a relaxing glass of wine from Pop Up Wine and delicious artisinal food by SIDECAR.
9) Put your heart into shopping for art
The John Fawcett Foundation has worked together with a series of artists on a project to highlight the challenges of sight impairment and blindness, linked to their work with communities in Indonesia. The CATARART project asked artists to temporarily give up their eyesight by using Virtual Reality headsets to experience a "virtual cataract", the artists then created limited-edition artworks – which will be on display at the fair. I plan to visit their stand, not only to see the artwork, but also to taking part in one of their workshops, experience a “virtual cataract” and creating my own piece.
10) The finishing touch
Finally, if you fell in love with some art at the fair, don’t forget to visit our framing partner – The Frame Society – who can give you expert advice on how to display your new piece!
Artfully yours, Alan
Visitors outside the Affordable Art Fair Singapore 2016
Images from first to last:
Noh Van, 'City in the city-The abyss', 2017, Etching and pigment on korean paper, 29.5 x 39.5cm, $900, Gallery I.
Art-lovers enjoying the Arty-Licious Evening at Affordable Art Fair Singapore 2016.
Claire Poire, 'Etrusque 2', 2013, Bronze Sculpture, 23 x 10 x 18cm, $1,000, Arteria.
Young Talent Exhibition artist Jamela Law, 'Tuberculum', 2017, Nylon, Polyester and Glass, 104 x 45 x 72cm, $9200
Choy Moo Kheong, 'Song of the Bamboo Forest', 2017, Acrylic on canvas, 140 x 112cm, $12,800, Eagle Eye.
A sneak preview of the muilti-media Special Project installation.
In the Children’s Art Studio art-lovers in the making can enjoy the ‘Explorers At Work’ creative workshops.
The delicious café, the perfect place to sit and reflect.
Visit the John Fawcett Foundation stand to see their CATARART project and ask about their very worthy cause.
Visitors taking home their safely wrapped artwork.