The show goes on for Singapore Art Week

Words by Carla Ingrasciotta
January 28, 2021

With the theme “Art Takes Over”, the ninth edition of SAW – running January 21-30, 2021 – is presented in a complementary blended format for the very first time, with over 100 programmes threading across both physical and digital platforms, allowing audiences from around the world to discover and experience Southeast Asian art.

This year’s edition showcases the largest number of commissioned works to date, with over 40 outstanding Singapore-based projects reflecting the diverse capabilities of Singaporean artists and curators. Going beyond the confines of the physical into the digital space, SAW brings the visual arts everywhere – from arts and cultural institutions such as National Gallery Singapore and arts spaces within Gillman Barracks; to unconventional public spaces and neighbourhoods including Bras Basah Complex, Tanjong Pagar Distripark, national parks, bus stops and more.

“‘Art Takes Over’ takes on a whole new meaning this year, as SAW 2021 not only crosses the walls of galleries into streets and homes, but also transcends time and space in the digital realm. This is also a reflection of the larger evolving arts scene, where audiences are increasingly able to enjoy art anywhere and everywhere, and are no longer confined to a physical location or the conventional white cube,” said Tay Tong, Director of Sector Development (Visual Arts) at NAC. “Navigating the uncertain waters of the pandemic has showcased the resilience of our artists, as they have quickly adapted to these extraordinary times, experimenting with new technologies such as augmented reality and virtual reality so that they may continue presenting art and creations in a fresh and innovative manner. Beyond the works itself, what is essential for SAW 2021 is to ensure opportunities for our artists through our commissions. Additionally, we have seeded the possibilities to build new capabilities and encouraged new modes of creation through the digitalisation of the arts as an alternative platform not only to reach audiences but as a canvas for artworks”.

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