he Art Gallery Association Singapore (AGAS) returns with its annual art outreach initiative which calls upon the involvement of its members and affiliates for the SG Gallery Weekend. As a sequel to the inaugural launch back in 2020, the event takes on an experiential approach that transcends beyond the gallery walls while pushing for greater recognition in art appreciation and collection.
This edition of the SG Gallery Weekend features 3 venue clusters that facilitates the ease of visitation for participants who intend to gallery-hop within vicinities. Namely the Gillman Cluster, City Cluster, and Periphery Cluster, the locations within will be presenting a curated set of exhibitions with a textured array of art and artists by participating member galleries. Such an organisation will thus allow for various entry points catering to the novice as well as experienced culture vultures.
The Gillman cluster
Highlights at Gillman Barracks include a two-person presentation of the enigmatic Singaporean artist Zai Kuning with Malaysian Azizan Paiman at Ota Fine Arts. Over at Mizuma Gallery, one may find the solo exhibition Here We Are on Earth by celebrated Filipino artist Geraldine Javier. Yavuz Gallery presents a long-awaited solo exhibition featuring new media pieces by emerging Singaporean artist Khairullah Rahim "that inspects the politics of appearance and demeanour, specifically in considering the intertwining relationships between objects, bodies, community and safety as a point of divergence." At Sundaram Tagore and FOST galleries, group shows consist of Singaporean, Asian, and international artists, including Vietnamese Phi Phi Oanh, Singaporean Ong Si Hui, Filipino Bernado Pacquing, Iranian Golnaz Fathi, American Miya Ando, and Mexican Ricardo Mazal. Meanwhile, Yeo Workshop's showcase of Tales of the Metamorphosis of the Unnamed is a solo exhibition of young Singaporean artist Geraldine Lim, which includes animated NFTs and video works inspired by her personal, fabled, and peculiar world.
The City cluster
Alliance Française de Singapour leads the pack with an exhibition of innovative and iconic design objects of French origin. You may learn of the Kelly bag by Hermès, the Lacoste polo shirt, the bikini made popular by Brigitte Bardot, and the Cadolle bra and perfumes created by Guerlain. artcommune gallery lays bare prints and sculptures by the late Singaporean artist and Cultural Medallion recipient Chng Seok Tin. Ode to Art, sited conveniently on the ground floor of Raffles City shopping mall, will greet visitors with a range of works from established local artists such as Lim Tze Peng to internationally acclaimed artists like the Colombian Botero. Find Singaporean Marla Bendini with her profoundly reflective solo exhibition entitled From These Ruins, We Rise and Fall at Cuturi Gallery in Kampong Glam. Art Porters will also be having a special pop-up location in the city, so do catch Indonesian Mulyana at Wisma Atria's OCBC Bank on the 26th of November. Last but not least, Gallery 1819 will be showing a solo exhibition by Zhang Chunlei on the Art of Calligraphy.
The Periphery Cluster
Be sure not to miss this rare opportunity to visit the studio of acclaimed Singaporean sculptor Han Sai Por at Goodman Art Centre hosted by STPI. Gajah Gallery at Tanjong Pagar Distripark presents the solo exhibition and book launch of Indonesian artist Yunizar reflecting his two-decade artistic journey. Idle through the afternoon with a visit to Art Porter’s permanent space for a coffee with Singaporean Jamie Tan at Spottiswoode Park on the 27th of November. To wrap up your adventure, discover the ceramic-centred works of Malaysian artist Umibaizurah at Art Seasons Gallery within the offbeat Cideco Industrial Complex on Genting Lane.
SG Gallery Weekend forms part of AGAS’ continued commitment and mission as the collective and representative agent of professional practices at the marketplace and ecology of visual arts in Singapore. Its members now include non-gallery professionals such as the Affordable Art Fair Singapore, Art Herald Magazine, ArtSG, and consultants Chan + Hori Contemporary.