ARTSingapore 2004
Bringing Singapore’s Youth to Contemporary Asian Art

ARTSingapore returns with the 4th contemporary Asian art fair from 8 – 12 April, at Suntec Singapore, level 3 Concourse.

This year, ARTSingapore is giving back to the community by partnering with Art Outreach, a local non-profit organisation dedicated to spreading art appreciation in local schools. Children from the Art Outreach programme will visit ARTSingapore to view the art on display and hear from participating exhibitors. The aim is to introduce first-hand, the rich and exciting world of local and regional art to Singapore’s youth.

As THE main visual arts event in Singapore, ARTSingapore 2004 is back with a vengeance with a record of 40 art galleries from 14 countries taking part in this world-class visual arts event. This is the best place to see the latest works by highly acclaimed artists and avant-garde pieces by new talents. It is also where leading art galleries launch new cutting edge pieces by young artists that will set the trend for the next few years. Eventually, these could be the artworks that will arrive within the auction circuits.

The opportunity to mingle with art dealers, art collectors, art lovers and artists also makes this a great platform to network and foster business relationships. ARTSingapore is both a trade fair and the place for art collectors to discover and acquire new artworks under one roof.

With paintings and sculptures from so many countries, and prices ranging from a few hundred dollars to tens of thousands, there is always something for everyone.

"Our aim is to make this an art fair where, if you walk in blind-folded and point to any piece of art, it would be a good piece," says Marjorie Chu, Fair Director of ARTSingapore 2004 and art dealer of more than 30 years.

At ARTSingapore 2004, art collectors can bring home a piece of Affandi's works, Chua Ek Kay’s latest ink painting, the most talked about Yue Min Jun’s sculpture, a classic Toko Shinoda print or invest in the priciest piece by Srihadi. Be the first to own the next big thing in contemporary Asian ART!

Organised by the Art Galleries Association, Singapore, this art fair will bring together familiar gallery names like TAKSU, Art Forum, Valentine Willie Fine Art, The Drawing Room, Gajah Gallery, HaKaren Art Gallery, Art Space Aoki, Soobin Art Gallery, Jasmine Fine Arts, Simyo Gallery, Art-2 Gallery, Galeri 678 and Art Seasons - to showcase their latest collections.

Newcomers to ARTSingapore include Yibo Gallery, Moxie Union, Utterly Art, Singapore Tyler Print Institute, Sawah Art, Ngan Pho Gallery, Lin & Keng Gallery, Langgeng Gallery, Nadi Gallery, Galerie Via Eight and Asian Art Options, which promise exciting new talents that will make your visit worthwhile.

Activities and Programmes @ ARTSingapore 2004.

To get a glimpse of what is to come, visit the preview of ARTSingapore 2004 at the lobby of Singapore Tourism Board, starting 2 April. The exhibits will be on display throughout until 12 April. Singapore Tourism Board, Lee Foundation and The National Arts Council support ARTSingapore.

Opening Reception
8th April, 2004 Suntec Singapoe, Level 3, Concourse
6 – 8 pm By Invitation Only.

ART Outreach
On 8th April, about one thousand school children from the Art Outreach programmes will be visiting the art fair led by their schoolteachers. It is vital to Singapore’s cultural development to educate the next generation of art enthusiasts. Art Outreach presents the context and vocabulary for a variety of styles of art and encourages kids to explore their own reactions to the artwork using art terminology – ARTSingapore is a perfect live extension of that – showcasing the best Asian art from throughout the region. At 2 pmm on 10 April, Art Outreach Singapore will give a talk on its art appreciation initiative and on how members of the community can get involved in promoting arts awareness in local schools. For more information please visit:

Art Talks
In addition to the art fair, a series of Art Talks from 9 – 11 April will take place in Room 301, Suntec Singapore, level 3 adjacent to the main event area. At 4 pm on 10 April, Dr. Oei Hong Djien, entrepreneur, curator and art collector, will be the keynote speaker. The title of his talk is "How to acquire works of art that will appreciate in value". We believe this would be of great interest to both art collectors and art lovers alike.

Child Minding Services
In the past years, many a times, their children distracted the parents so much that they could not take enjoy the art fair as much. In order to cater to this group of parents who are also art collectors, ARTSingapore has invited The Experiential Learning Centre to provide childcare services during the art fair. Children from age 3 to 10 will participate in art and crafts activities. The first hour is complimentary but subsequent hours will be charged at $10 per hour. The child minding service could be found at booth 59.

About Art Galleries Association, Singapore (AGAS)

Art Galleries Association, Singapore, is a non-profit organisation that aims to promote a professional art gallery trade with ethical practice and create awareness of the role and responsibilities of reputable art dealers.

AGAS was formed in 1996 to foster cooperation among Singapore’s contemporary art galleries and to create a unified voice of advocacy for contemporary art in Singapore.

The members of the association have been in business for at least 3 years and have demonstrated professionalism, a consistent advocacy and exhibition schedule promoting contemporary art in Singapore.