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Singapore: Inside Out Brings Singapore’s Art Scene To Sydney

August 31, 2017 Destination ASEAN No Comments Email Email

Singapore: Inside Out, a creative showcase featuring works by some of Singapore’s leading contemporary creative talents, will debut in Sydney in November.  An eclectic collective of Singapore’s contemporary art scene, Singapore: Inside Out aims to showcase to Sydneysiders another aspect of Singapore not usually seen or experienced by many visitors.

STB Oceania’s Executive Director of Oceania Mr John Conceicao, said “Singapore: Inside Out first started in 2015 as part of Singapore’s 50th anniversary celebrations, and managed to reach over 67,000 people in Beijing, London and New York, before returning to Singapore.  The feedback we received from audiences was excellent, many remarking how they never knew how strong Singapore’s art scene was.  This encouraged us to develop the 2017 series, which was launched in Tokyo just last week, and will arrive in Sydney in November.”

Themed “Movement”, the Sydney showcase aims to reflect not only on the creative process which is made up of different movements, but also Singapore’s multi-cultural society, which has inspired diverse practices and is constantly challenging one’s perception of what is generally assumed to be ‘typically’ Singaporean.

Mr Randy Chan, the Principal Architect for one of Singapore’s leading architectural studios – Zarch Collaboratives, will helm the project, while Vertical Submarine, an independent Singaporean art collective, will take on the role as art director.  A Singapore President’s Design Award winner, Mr Chan has most recently been selected as the architect for the Singapore Pavilion at the Astana EXPO-2017.

Taking place from 3 to 5 November 2017, Singapore: Inside Out Sydney will be held at various locations along Kensington Street including the Old Clare Hotel, within the Chippendale Creative Precinct.  

Featuring not only artworks but also collaborations by twenty Singaporean and Australian creative talents, visitors can experience various disciplines such as both visual and performing arts, photography, design and music. One such collaborative artwork, Video Car: VJ Co-op, encourages audiences to take on the role of a video jockey using equipment installed within a functional car, with the windscreen as the display for moving images and the boot being transformed into a VJ console. The video works presented are the result of a collaboration between Singaporean artist Urich Lau, who has presented works internationally including at the recent Pyeongchang Biennale (2017), and Australian performance artist Stelarc, who recently presented his works at the Human+: The Future of Our Species exhibition at the ArtScience Museum.

Another example is the site-specific installation, At The Angle of Repose by Grace Tan, a Singapore President’s Design Award recipient in 2012.  The artwork is an assembly of more than two million clothes tag pins to form visually-stunning plant-like proliferations and highlights the element of instability and things in constant flux. Malcolm Lee, head chef and owner of Candlenut, the world’s first and only Michelin-starred Peranakan restaurant, will also be presenting a sampling of Singapore’s culinary delights to Sydney consumers.

Besides art, the showcase will also feature a stellar line-up of partner events that will offer visitors additional insights into Singapore’s growing pool of creative talents.  Some of these include live music presented by The Music Society, Singapore (SGMUSO), a design collaboration between Singapore scarf label Binary Style and Australian shoemaker Extraordinary Ordinary Day, and a star-studded dessert collaboration by a powerhouse trio comprising Sydney’s dessert prodigy Reynold Poernomo, pastry chef Adredna Tan from the world’s first and only Michelin-starred Peranakan restaurant Candlenut, and Asia’s Best Pastry Chef 2016 Cheryl Koh from Tarte.

For more information, please refer to the reference materials: 

  • Annex A: Biography of Creative Director Randy Chan
  • Annex B: Creative talents participating in Singapore: Inside Out Sydney
  • Annex C: Artwork descriptions for Singapore: Inside Out Sydney
  • Annex D: Information on partner events for Singapore: Inside Out Sydney

Site-specific art is artwork created to exist in a certain place and takes the location into account while planning and creating the artwork

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