Inaugural art fair ART SG to be held in 2023 at Marina Bay Sands

The art fair includes a curated film sector, as well as critical and thought-provoking talks.

Liam Willett

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Published: 6 October 2022, 4:42 PM

ART SG, an inaugural international art fair for Singapore and Southeast Asia, will bring together over 150 leading galleries from around the world to Singapore from Jan 12 to 15, 2023 at Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre.

The art fair, presented by founding and lead partner UBS and organised by the Art Assembly, offers a meeting point in Southeast Asia for international galleries and collectors.

ART SG, held in conjunction with Singapore Art Week, will be the first art fair of this scale and international significance in the region.

The galleries at the art fair will be segregated into the sectors GALLERIES, FOCUS, FUTURES and REFRAME.

Visitors will be able to see artworks from the region and worldwide at the main GALLERIES sector. Highlighted collections of the GALLERIES sector include works from David Zwirner, TKG+ and Xavier Hufkens. 


Artworks to be featured in the GALLERIES sector include Sawangwongse Yawnghwe, ‘Shan State Army –N’ of the TKG+ collection and Thomas Houseago, Gold Walking Man of the Xavier Hufkens, Brussels collection. PHOTO CREDIT: TKG+, XAVIER HUFKENS, BRUSSELS


Under the FOCUS sector, solo and duo artist programmes, and curated thematic presentations will be featured. There will also be an emphasis on Southeast Asian and Asian artists.


Artworks to be featured in the FOCUS sector include Daniel Boyd
Untitled (FAIALSD) under the Kukje Gallery and Devon DeJardin, Guardian Damon, of albertz benda. PHOTO CREDIT: DANIEL BOYD, DAVID KATZINGER


FUTURES is a sector dedicated to supporting young galleries under the age of six years, with specially created presentations for ART SG. 

Presentations have been created within the past 18 months and not previously exhibited in a gallery or institutional setting. Highlights include Capsule Shanghai, Tropical Futures Institute and LINSEED. 


Artworks to be featured in FUTURES include Leelee Chan 陳麗同
Circuit (New Moon) 迴路(新月) of Capsule Shanghai and Tom Howse, Pigeon Riddle in the Library of LINSEED. PHOTO CREDIT: SOUTH HO., LINSEED


REFRAME will feature galleries presenting art that is engaged with, made or presented using digital technology including digital painting, animation, immersive installations, augmented or virtual reality and non-fungible tokens (NFTs). 


REFRAME will include artworks such as Refik Anadol, Pacific Ocean A of bitforms gallery and Sputniko!, Nanohana Heels of the Kate Vass Galerie. PHOTO CREDIT: BITFORMS GALLERY, KATE VASS GALERIE


ART SG will also feature public art programmes of large-scale site-specific installations, a curated film sector, as well as critical and thought-provoking talks and education. 

The film sector will be curated by Thai Curator Gridthiya Gaweewong, the Artistic Director of the Jim Thompson Art Center in Bangkok who was recently appointed the Artistic Director of the Thailand Biennale 2023. This sector will be focused on showcasing new film-making practices, experimental film or film as an artistic medium from artists and practitioners from around Southeast Asia and the Asia-Pacific region. More details will be announced in due time. 

TALKS, a programme which will be curated by Cosmin Costinas, explores a diverse range of topics inspired by the Singapore art scene and beyond. This programme offers a chance to delve deeper into Southeast Asian contemporary culture in context to the global art landscape. 

Featured speakers will include names from Southeast Asia, South Asia and Australasia to foster greater exchanges across these culturally resonant regions and geographies.

Tickets for ART SG can be purchased from the ART SG website. For a limited time only, first release tickets for ART SG are offered at two for the price of one. A pair of tickets are priced at $30 on weekdays and $35 on weekends. A pair of concession tickets cost $25 on weekdays and $30 on weekends.

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