Celebrating 10 Years of Contemporary Asian Art in Singapore

2010 Events & Programmes

  • Events
  • ARTSingapore 2010 Gala Dinner & Charity Auction
  • UOB Painting Of The Year Exhibition
  • Sony New Media Space
  • Preview @ ION
  • ART Conversations 2010
  • Art Happenings

An International Forum for Artists' Career Development.

8 – 11 October
Suntec Singapore Convention Centre

ARTISTS: Brenda Reimers, Caroline Mars, Deepak Bhardwaj, Eva Armisen, Frederic Berger-Cardi, KR Santhana Krishanan, S. Mark Rathinaraj, Tjasa Iris, Soon Lai Wei

In order to rally the art industry and support young galleries during the current financial climate, the 9th edition of ARTSingapore is creating a special exhibition area "NEW FINDS" to showcase emerging artists or artists who are still in the process of establishing their career. We believe it is also catering to demands from art lovers to provide an opportunity for everyone to discover new artists and celebrate ART!

Gala Dinner & Charity Auction

This year marks the 10th year of ARTSingapore – The Contemporary Asian Art Fair. To mark this milestone, ARTSingapore with Presenting Sponsor, The Singapore FreePort, will be holding a Gala Dinner & Charity Auction supported by Christie's Fine Art Auctions in aid of the Children's Cancer Foundation.

This exclusive event will be a good opportunity for a sneak preview of ARTSingapore 2010, before it even opens its doors to its Collector's Preview.

Besides the Gala evening, donors will also receive the following entitlements:

  • Admission to VIP Collectors' Preview on 7 Oct, 3 – 6pm
  • Invitation to ARTSingapore 2010 VIP Opening Cocktail Reception on 7 Oct, 6 – 9pm
  • Admission to ARTSingapore 2010 from 8 – 11 Oct, 11am – 8pm
  • Access to ARTSingapore 2010 VIP Lounge from 7 – 11 Oct
  • Free admissions to Asian Civilisations Museum, National Museum of Singapore, Singapore Art Museum, Peranakan Museum and NUS Museum from 1 to 20 Oct 2010
  • Privileged Shopping & Luncheon at ION Orchard on 8 Oct, 10am – 12 noon
  • Private guided tour at The National Art Gallery on 8 Oct, 4 – 5pm
  • Private guided tour at Singapore Art Museum on 9 Oct, 10.30am – 12 noon
  • Private guided tour at National Museum of Singapore on 10 Oct, 11am – 12 noon
  • Priority seating for ART Conversations on 9 & 10 Oct
  • Discounts at F&B partners
  • One free catalogue per VIP card available at ARTSingapore VIP Concierge Desk
For reservation and/or further information:
please contact Tang Yeok Ying at +65 62354113 or yy@artsingapore.net.

United Overseas Bank Ltd (UOB) has been supporting the Arts in Singapore since 1973. UOB believes that an awareness and appreciation of the Arts can inject vibrancy and contribute to the uplifting of a society.

Chief among its efforts is the UOB Painting Of The Year (POY) Competition, which has become a significant event in the arts calendar in Singapore. The UOB POY Competition was launched in 1982 and aims to nurture the arts scene and recognise the best of local creative talents.

The UOB POY Exhibition aims to cultivate greater public interest in, and appreciation of, the works of artists in Singapore. UOB has been a firm supporter of ARTSingapore–The Contemporary Asian Art Fair. As part of the Fair’s 10 Year celebrations, UOB is proud to present the winning works from the past 10 years of the UOB POY Competition.
Sony New Media Space


Multimedia presentation featuring artist Tan Kai Syng's online alter-ego Kaidie as a runner in her quixotic quest to find the meaning of life. The installation will include a film as well as 'live' sessions which will allow visitors to interact with Kaidie in Nondon via web-chat.

Kaidie is a trans-dimensional runner who looks for The/A Meaning of Life 3.0, by running for 1000 days across Life 1.0 (the primary world – including the city that I live in, Nondon, UK), Life 2.0 (the realm of imagination, as well as realities made possible by Web 2.0), Life 3.0 (the hybrid, mixed and augmented realities made possible by Web 3.0) as well as Life 4.0 ('Web 4.0′ and other future technologically-enabled realities, as well as other cycles of our lives to come, in the form of transmigration).

But where on (Google) earth is that? Whether she succeeds or not, she must die on the last day of
the Nondon Olympics.

A Rough Guide To (The Meaning Of A Life 3.0) is a Do-It-With-Others game-performance-digital
storytelling exercise.

There are images, video, text and maps in multiple platforms such as performance, film and installation, as well as a travel blog http://www.3rdlifekaidie.com.

A 60-minute film of Kaidie’s quest will be shown on a loop at ARTSingapore 2010 with a 20-minute version special screening Saturday and Sunday at 3, 3:30, 4, 4:30 p.m.

Come meet Kaidie in Nondon to find out about her quest for life via web-chat from Nondon at these times:

Thursday, October 7, 2000h (1300 in Nondon) at the Opening Cocktail Reception (only for invited guests)
Saturday, October 9, 1600 (0900 in Nondon)
Sunday, October 10, 1830 (1130 in Nondon)

Sponsored by SONY Singapore, the SONY New Media SPACE will feature a combination of advanced projectors, speakers and TV monitors producing vibrant images to bring to life the colourful images of Kaidie. Limited editions of the artist's photography will also be on sale at the fair.


Born in Singapore, Tan Kai Syng is an artist, curator and art educator. She is an insatiable tourist-consumer-hoarder who scavenges the surrounding clutter of signs/noise; as a compulsive editor she chews up and re-maps the found fragments into densely-layered works that question our 'realities' of the here and now.

Her work has been shown in more than 40 cities, including the Guangzhou Triennale, Biennale of Sydney, ASK Gallery in Tokyo and the ICA in London. She currently has a permanent video installation, The Amazing Neverending Underwater Adventures at the Bras Basah MRT station on the Circle Line in Singapore. Commissioned by the Land Transport Authority, this is the only station with a video artwork.

Kai Syng has won many awards and grants throughout her career: at age 18, she was named "The Most Promising Young Artist" at the UOB Painting of the Year; and in 1998, the San Francisco International Film Festival Golden Gates Award New Visions Video Merit Award.

Kai Syng was educated at the prestigious Slade School of Fine Art, School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Musashino Art University in Tokyo, all on full scholarships. She is now an MPhil/PhD student in Fine Art Media at the Slade School on scholarships from University College London.

ARTSingapore 2010 Preview at ION Art Gallery
Ion Orchard Level 4, Orchard Road, Singapore

22 September to 4 October 10 am – 10 pm daily

Celebrating 10 years of ARTSingapore- The Contemporary Asian Art Fair
By special arrangement ARTSingapore 2010 and venue partner ION Orchard are bringing highlights of the contemporary Asian art fair to the city’s best retail mall. The exhibition includes an international selection of works from Japan, Korea, Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam, Canada and Singapore amongst others.

Preview Opening Reception: 22 September, 7pm (for invited guests.)
Guest-of-Honour: Prof Tommy Koh, Chairman National Heritage Board,
Founding Chairman of the National Arts Council Patron,
Very Special Arts

Preview features:

Artworks by Botero, Yasushi Yamada, Bernar Venet, David Gerstein, Yasmin Sison, Ang Ah Tee, Max Kong, Su XiaoBai and new Indonesian artist Saftari.

Special exhibit of recent works by Korean artist Lee Jaehyo. In addition, five works by Very Special Arts (Singapore) artists will be exhibited, with all sale proceeds to VSA.

Recent works by Lee Jaehyo

Public Education Program
‘Understanding Contemporary Asian Art’

FREE Art workshop - Talk and ION art gallery tour, including art appreciation by group work. Light refreshments will be served.

Program Synopsis: Understand the diversity of Asian art now, its background and aesthetics, recent developments and stars on the playing field, with examples gleaned from the Philippines, Indonesia, Singapore, India and China. Gallery tour and group discussions enable participants to examine information and practice art appreciation skills.

Date: Wednesday 29 September
Time: 7pm – 9.30pm
Venue: ION art Gallery Level 4 ION Orchard
Register by email to: yy@artsingapore.net before 25 September.

Contemporary Asian Art as Investment – Its History. Its Future.
Saturday, 9 October, 2.30 – 3.30pm

Artist Talk by Yang Shaobin (In Mandarin)
Saturday, 9 October, 4.30 – 5.30pm

Asian Contemporary Art Over the Last Decade
Sunday, 10 October, 2.30 – 3.30pm

What is New Media? Is it Art?
Sunday, 10 October, 4.30 – 5.30pm 

2010 Art Happenings

There are several art happenings that you can't miss during your visit to ARTSingapore. Plan your schedule now and be inspired by the following art happenings!

National Museum of Singapore

The National Museum of Singapore (NMS) is the oldest museum in Singapore. It reopened in December 2006 after a three-year redevelopment, it offers cutting-edge and varied ways of presenting culture and heritage, bringing the museum experience to a whole new level.

View towards Mount Palmer, 1870s © National Museum of Singapore

The Singapore History Gallery of the NMS is open daily from 10 am – 6 pm.
The Singapore Living Galleries are open from 10 am – 8 pm.

93 Stamford Road
Singapore 178897
Enquiries (+65) 6332 3659 / (+65) 6332 5642


Singapore Art Museum

The Singapore Art Museum is home to the world's largest and most important public collection of Southeast Asian modern and contemporary art. Given that the objectives of the Museum are to collect and conserve artworks representative of Asia and this region; curate, organise and produce exhibitions, publications and public education programmes to promote awareness, appreciation and discussion on visual arts, the SAM offers much for your viewing pleasure.



SAM is open daily from 10 am – 7 pm and till 9 pm on Fridays.

71 Bras Basah Road,
Singapore 189555.
Enquiries (+65) 6332 3222



Located along the historic Singapore River, the Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM) traces the diverse cultural roots of modern Singaporeans. The museum features collections from Southeast Asia, South Asia, China and the Islamic world. In addition, there is the Singapore River Gallery, which tells the story of immigrants who lived and worked by the Singapore River, the source of Singapore's diversity since early times. Come discover the rich heritage of our multi-cultural society at the Asian Civilisations Museum!

Shaw Foundation Foyer, Asian Civilisations Museum
The exhibition aims to show the public what goes on behind the scenes of a museum exhibition, as we learn about the expertise of a Conservator. The conservators and artefacts will be telling you their interesting stories! So join us as we explore the unique nature of this occupation.

ACM is open on
Mondays from 1 pm – 7 pm.
Tuesdays to Sundays from 9 am – 7 pm, and Fridays from 9am – 9 pm.

1 Empress Place,
Singapore 179555.
Enquiries (+65 6332 2982)

The Peranakan Museum explores the culture of Peranakan communities in the former Straits Settlements of Singapore, Malacca and Penang and their links with other communities in Southeast Asia. It is a boutique museum with the finest and most comprehensive collection of Peranakan artefacts in the world. Three floors of permanent galleries illustrate important rituals, practices and the material culture of the Peranakans, as well as how this unique fusion culture is viewed today.




The Peranakan Museum is open from
Monday from 1pm to 7pm.
Tuesday to Sunday, from 9:30am to 7:00pm, with extended hours to 9:00pm on Fridays.

39 Armenian Street
Singapore 179941
Enquiries (+65) 6332 7591


The NUS Museum is a comprehensive establishment for teaching and research. It focuses on Asian regional art and culture and seeks to create an enriching experience through its collections, exhibition practices and partnerships. The Museum has 7,000 artefacts and artworks from three collections. The Lee Kong Chian Collection enables a comprehensive study of Chinese culture; the Ng Eng Teng Collection was a donation from the late Singapore sculptor and Cultural Medallion recipient; and the South and Southeast Asian Collection holds a range of works from ancient to contemporary times.


NUS Museum
is open from
Tuesdays to Saturdays from 10 am – 7.30 pm and
Sundays from 10 am – 6 pm. Closed on Mondays and Public Holidays.

University Cultural Centre,
50 Kent Ridge Crescent,
National University of Singapore,
Singapore 119279.

Enquiries: (+65) 6516 4617