Arts and culture contribute significantly to society and are an integral part of our lives. While there have been arguments that there is a lack of art appreciation in a pragmatic country such as Singapore, we beg to differ.
Look through the calendar of events in Singapore and you will find plenty of art events showcasing the talents of both local and foreign artists. These events range from large-scale art projects and festivals to small but equally engaging art galleries and exhibitions.
Here are 6 Free Artsy Fartsy Exhibitions In Singapore To Attend In 2017.
#1 CHOKING HAZARD TOYS EXHIBITION
Immerse yourself into the world of toys where you get to view the artwork of over 30 artists and toymakers from all over the world. Inspired by the waste of mass production and consumerism, artwork is actually made from toys that have been dismantled and remodified by the various artists.
While you are there, try your hand at dismantling and second-hand toys too.
When: now to 18 March 2017
#2 INTO THE WILD AT ARTSSCIENCE MUSEUM
Into The Wild aims to bring forth the key message that there is a need to understand and protect the natural environment. Explore the event space which has been converted into a virtual rainforest of over 1000 square meters at the ArtScience Museum through your smartphone.
For every virtual tree planted, a real one will be planted in Rimbang Baling, Indonesia to protect the habitat of the endangered Sumatran tigers. You will even receive photos of the growing tree and its coordinates are given so you can search for it on Google maps.
When: now to 31 December 2017
#3 LOCK ROUTE
An art exhibition at Gilman Barracks, this free art exhibition is a collaboration with curator Khairuddin Hori.
Visitors will see former military barracks, arresting installations, murals and sculptures by various local artists that were inspired by the 24km march that all graduating army recruits have to go through.
When: now to 30 June 2017
#4 ON SHARKS AND HUMANITY
Newly opened Parkview Museum is currently housing an art exhibition that features human interaction with sharks, highlighting the devastating impact caused by the shark finning industry and environmental issues such as shark preservation.
Educate yourself and be more informed on the roles we can play to keep a balance of the planet’s ecosystem.
When: now to 26 June 2017
#5 SINGAPORE INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF ARTS
Lasting for an entire month, the Singapore International Festival of Arts showcase a multitude of arts such as dance, theatre and music performances. Choose to see public street acts or enjoy private film screenings among the list of activities to do there.
More details will be published on their website in April.
When: 28 June to 09 Sep 2017
#6 SINGAPORE NIGHT FESTIVAL
Many will not miss the annual Singapore Night Festival, for it is one of the biggest art festivals in Singapore. The festival is like a carnival with street performances, light installations, a food bazaar, film screenings, and more.
Apart from the free demonstrations, entrance into The Singapore Arts Museum, Peranakan Museum and the National Museum of Singapore are also free of charge.
When: Aug 2017