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Presenting “A World of Art” – 3,000 unique artworks from 65 exhibitors

SINGAPORE, WEDNESDAY JANUARY 6TH: Singapore’s newest and most interesting art fair, Singapore Contemporary, opens with an exclusive VIP program and Vernissage on Thursday January 21st, followed by three days open to the public on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, January 22nd, 23rd and 24th.

The inaugural edition of the show, with the theme “A World of Art,” presents more than 3,000 works of art from 65 exhibitors and installation art by 14 artists. Exhibiting galleries are from Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, Hong Kong, Taiwan, China, South Korea, Japan, Australia, the United Kingdom, France, Italy and Russia.
Held across a stunnin!g 6,000-square-meter space at the Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre, Singapore Contemporary unveils a number of works that have been specially created for the Show. Well- known Australian artist Emma Hack has created a portrait commission of Singapore-born Adelaide City Lady Mayoress Genevieve Theseira-Haese, “Our Lady Phoenix.” Proceeds raised from the sale of the work will be donated to the Eurasian Association of Singapore. British ink-pen artist Jeff Murray presents “Singapore Sling” – works fusing Singapore’s natural beauty with the city’s state-of-the-art architecture. Renowned Korean sculptor Jang Seunghyo (known as Sho Jang) has created an amazing six-part installation for the show – comprising hand-made tiles, bearing sculptures of “Art Blossom” chess pieces and looked down upon by two huge “art” chandeliers.

Emma Hack will also conduct a live body-painting exhibition for the opening of the Show on Thursday 21st, taking eight hours to transform her muse with head-to-toe paint.

Show Director Douwe Cramer said that visitors to Singapore Contemporary have a lot to look forward to: “This is an exceptionally interesting show – most of the artworks have never been seen in Singapore before, and many are by artists who are just starting to break through on the international stage, winning prestigious prizes and achieving success at auction. We think Singaporeans and overseas visitors here for Singapore Art Week are going to love it! And all visitors are invited to join an extensive program of complimentary tours, live painting demonstrations and a fabulous children’s program.”

Added Michael Lee, Acting Chairman of the show’s Advisory Board: “The members of the Advisory Board are excited to be involved in Singapore Contemporary. The Organiser is making a real effort to reach out to the different sectors of the local visual arts community and we are very pleased to be asked to provide our insights. I believe Singapore Contemporary is a very welcome addition to Singapore Art Week and will contribute to further grow Singapore’s standing as a regional arts hub.”

Tickets for Singapore Contemporary are now on sale at www.singaporecontemporary.com or www.sistic.com. Tickets purchased before the show are S$30 for a single day, S$20 for a single day concession or S$54 for a three-day pass, and the ticket holder can bring a friend for free. Tickets purchased at the show door are the same price, but admit one person only.

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ART TOURS: Invited guests and ticket holders are welcome to participate in a series of show tours, which explore the artworks of various participating nations and different genres of art, plus the opportunity to meet with artists and learn what inspires their work. On a first-come- first-served basis, visitors can select from these tour topics:
Meet the Artist
Learn what motivates and inspires six talented artists at the show

Hidden China
Discovering collectible Chinese contemporary paintings

Art of Southeast Asia
An introduction to works from Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines

Japan and Korea Revealed
Inside the mysteries of Japanese and Korean contemporary art

Contemporary Sculpture
A wonderful selection of works in bronze, ceramic, glass, stone and more

LIVE PAINTING DEMONSTRATIONS: Four artists with very different styles of work will present live painting demonstrations, Artist Talks and take questions on Friday January 22nd.

Simon Wee (Singapore)
2pm – See acclaimed local artist Simon Wee demonstrate his technique of painting on canvas and linen, and present an Artist Talk & Q&A.
3.30pm – Simon Wee will again demonstrate his technique of painting on canvas and linen, and present an Artist Talk & Q&A.

Jeff Murray (United Kingdom)
3pm – Learn about the works and techniques of British ink-pen artist Jeff Murray, who will give a live demonstration, and Artist Talk & Q&A.
5pm – Jeff Murray continues his live ink-pen demonstration, and presents another Artist Talk & Q&A.

Awiki (Indonesia)
4.30pm — See a demonstration of Awiki’s unique hand painting, and join his Artist Talk and Q&A.

Madeleine Ekeblad (Australia)
2.30pm – Watch a demonstration by this talented Australian artist who works with enamel, acrylics and old music manuscripts, accompanied by an

Artist Talk and Q&A. Madeleine will explain how she incorporates musical themes into all her vivid paintings.
4pm – Madeleine Ekeblad continues her live painting demonstration, and presents another Artist Talk & Q&A.

CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS: Children are welcome at Singapore Contemporary – we hope their experience at the Show will be the beginning of a life-long love of art! All programs are complimentary, and on a first-come, first-served basis. Thanks to Little Artists Art Studio for managing and conducting these programs with their qualified team of art teachers.

Macey and Sons Kids Art Tours
Conducted by Little Artists Art Studio, these fun and educational tours are open to children 5yrs to 11yrs of age. Please meet at the Macey and Sons Kids Art Tours counter right inside the main entrance at 10 minutes before the hour. Tours are limited to 15 children.
Tour Times – Friday January 22 – 4/5pm; Saturday January 23 – 12/1/2/3/4pm; Sunday January 24 – 12/1/2/3/4pm

Macey and Sons Kids Art Studio
Operated by Little Artists Art Studio, this is a fun place for children from 3yrs to 11yrs of age to engage in supervised painting, drawing and other art projects. Experienced art teachers will coach children in the creation of a unique artwork to either display at the Show or take home. There is also a great display of artworks by talented students from the Little Artists Art Studio – drop by and take a look!
Children’s Programs kindly sponsored by Macey and Sons Auctioneers & Valuers Limited.

Singapore Contemporary Dates:
January 21 – 24, 2016
Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre
Opening Hours:
VIP Program:
Private View (by invitation only) Thursday January 21, 3.30pm – 5.30pm
Vernissage (by invitation only)
Thursday January 21, 5.30pm – 9pm
General Admission
Friday January 22, 12 noon – 9pm Saturday January 23, 11am – 7pm Sunday January 24, 11am – 6pm
Ticket Sales:
www.singaporecontemporary.com www.sistic.com
Parking, MRT, Taxis:
There is abundant parking at the Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre. The venue is easily accessible by MRT (Esplanade Station or Promenade Station via the Circle Line), and there are several conveniently located taxi ranks.
Complimentary Buses:
Complimentary buses are provided from outside Art Stage Singapore at the Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Centre. Buses run every 10 to 15 minutes during these times:
Thursday January 21 – 4pm to 8pm Friday January 22 – 3pm to 7pm Saturday January 23 – 12 noon to 6pm Sunday January 24 – 12 noon to 6pm
Latest Information:
For the latest updates on Singapore Contemporary and programming information, please visit www.singaporecontemporary.com, find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/singapore.contemporary.art.show or follow us on Twitter at sg_contemporary.
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About Singapore Contemporary
The Founders and Directors of Singapore Contemporary are three art enthusiasts with more than 25 years’ experience in the region. Viewed as pioneers in the art space, they consider the interest of artists, galleries and buyers are best served by providing vibrant fairs and online content which stimulate discovery, exploration and conversations about art. The popular Asia Contemporary Art Show, in its 8th edition in Spring 2016, is Hong Kong’s only art fair that takes place twice a year. And when the art fairs close, collectors and art lovers can continue to browse 24/7 and buy on Asia Contemporary Art Buyer (www.asiacontemporaryart.com).
Singapore Contemporary Advisory Board
The Show Directors are guided by an Advisory Board comprising six influential leaders in Singapore’s art ecology: T.K Quek, Kwok Kian Chow, Michael Lee, Chiara Rosenblum, Arnaud Champenois and Jason Wee. “We are delighted to have the valuable input of such influential and qualified arts specialists on our Advisory Board, which we expect will make a very strong contribution in guiding the direction of Singapore Contemporary in 2016, and as we grow and develop in the years ahead,” said Show Director Douwe Cramer. “The Board will provide insights into the character of art and artists we should be curating, collector and buyer engagement, the genres preferred by Singaporean and Southeast Asian collectors to produce a really engaging show, and special projects and installation art.”