The Art Apart Fair is back with its 7th Edition, giving art collectors a glimpse of the freshest Singaporean artists. It is set in a hotel — the rooms a mirror for each visitor’s personal living space, inspiring them to imagine that the artworks on the walls could exist within the context of their own homes, rather than simply viewing the work in an abstract, contextless white void, as in the typical white cube gallery.
Come the 22nd to 24th January, the 14th floor of PARKROYAL at Pickering will be transformed into an art collector’s dream – an almost surreal vision of myriad different styles and forms of art adorning every inch of space available. The main theme of the Presidential Suite this year will be “Mosaic,” hearkening back to the colourful, eclectic tesserae used in old churches and mosques.
Fair Director Rosalind Lim and curator Daniela Beltrani will curate this space. Daniela’s selection of 12 Singapore-based artists will exhibit paintings, sculpture, and installation art, while Rosalind’s selection of designers-turned-artists incorporate design into fine art – fashion designer Hayden Ng and artisan shoemaker Mash Mashizan Masjum will both be exhibiting.
Rosalind Lim, Fair Director of Art Apart Fair, is a passionate and tireless promoter of art and emerging artists. Art Apart Fair allows Rosalind to present a distinctive art event, one guided by both a lifelong love of the arts and extensive experiences in Marketing, Branding, Event Management and Public Relations. In her varied experience, she has sold the artwork of many emerging and established artists, assisted in curation, handled media relations, and directed the design of art catalogues.
Daniela Beltrani is a professional independent curator and performance artist based in Singapore. She holds a Master of Arts in Contemporary Asian Art Histories from LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore. Since 2010, Daniela has curated many solo and group exhibitions and art events. She has also contributed articles for art publications and catalogues with a focus on contemporary art in Southeast Asia and performance art.
This collaboration between Rosalind and Daniela would not be complete without the contribution of fashion designer-turned-artist Benny Ong — a renowned fashion designer, mostly remembered for dressing the late Princess Diana, and the first Singaporean to have established his brand in the cutthroat fashion capital of London. Recently, he has transitioned into the fine arts, working with textiles as his medium. He will exhibit never-before-seen works in the Presidential Suite. Authors Bryan Koh and Sim Teow Li will also be presenting their books at the Fair, adding to the multifarious mix of different forms of local art present.
Fair Director Rosalind Lim said, “While we have previously focused on other countries, this time we are bringing Art Apart Fair back to its roots to support local artists and the Singaporean art scene, the primary impetus behind my establishing this Fair in the first place. Visitors will be able to view artwork by more than 30 Singaporean artists.”
And support she does – in addition to these mostly established artists, she has also selected 15 final-year artists from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA), whom she is mentoring along with Benny Ong. For these artists, who have barely taken a single step out of art school, this Fair is an incredible opportunity for them to gain a foothold in the art world. Both Rosalind and Benny will continue to mentor these artists beyond the duration of the Fair, to nurture their creative spirit and guide them through the many aspects of the commercial art world.
The Adopt-an-Artist initiative, which started with the inception of this Fair, also allows Patrons of the Arts to “adopt” an artist by donating to the fair to support the budding Singaporean artists’ ventures into residencies, art exchange programmes, and further art for exhibition.
Some of the emerging, mid-career and established artists featured are: Yayoi Kusama, Benny Ong, Sossa Björndottir, Bruno Tanquerel, Tan Bee Tin, Agatha Hutton, Alison Wilson, Andy Yang, Chris Yap, Essam Rahman,Nandita Mukand, Nicola Anthony, Sarbani, Stellah Lim, Rofi, Valerie Ng, Hayden Ng, Lee Hui Wen, Shinichi Wakasa, Yukyo Yamamoto, Suzume Uchida, Hiroshi Kobayashi, Koh Shimizu, Ang Kian Hoe, Amanda Lee Jia Xin, Chermaine Lee Wan Shen, Yang Xiao Yun, Casey Tan Jie Wei, Winnie Yup Xin Wei, Fyon Cheong, Geraldine Lim, and Lee Vincent.
Lead photo credit: “Untitled by Sossa Bjornsdottir.” All photos provided by Art Apart Fair.