5 Best Singapore Art Galleries and Attractions For Tourists
A city the size of Singapore, with a population of just over 5 million people, gives you plenty of opportunities for Singapore art galleries and exhibitions. Singapore is quite hot all over, other than periods of heavy monsoon rain in the centre and late summer months, in the mean time. The ideal time to go is in May, to coincide with Singapore Art Week which has more than 100 activities over a fortnight period. The range of art events, ranging from art shows to exhibitions, workshops and presentations, is truly amazing. Even more so if you are able to visit during the low periods between the main events.
If you are visiting during the Arts Festival, the most important Singapore Art Gallery and exhibition will be the On Parade special exhibition. It runs throughout May, displaying work by local and international artists. For those who have an interest in more traditional forms of art, there are the Straits Asian Art and Craft Festival that run during August to September. The festival brings together artists from Asia, along with local craftsmen and women, who create traditional arts and crafts of silk, terracotta and pottery.
Another great exhibition that you would definitely want to check out is the Singapore Art Museum. Established initially as a farming village set against a picturesque mountain background, this museum showcases rural life in Singapore. The museum showcases various exhibits, including the Early Years of Singapore, Culture in Singapore and Early Man in Singapore. The Singapore Art Museum also houses the China Door Art Centre, which features installations from across the globe.
If you are looking for a contemporary art space in Singapore, then the Marina Bay Sands is the best place to be. Singapore’s first coast-line art gallery, the Marina Bay Sands features both local and foreign artists. There are many events that take place at the Sands, such as the Singapore Chinese New Year and the Singapore Festival. In addition to these major exhibitions and festivals, there are a number of more intimate exhibitions and cultural programs organized by the Sands. Many local and foreign artists have travelled to the Sands to participate in these programs, bringing not only their distinctive style to the art space, but also their message of love and multiculturalism to the people who are closely acquainted with it.
The National Arts Council of Singapore is another great place to go if you are looking for a comprehensive national arts council exhibition. This organization produces an exhibition every year that showcases the best of Singaporean artists. This year, for their centennial anniversary, the council is hosting the Singapore Biennale. The Singapore Biennale is an innovative and experimental exhibition that showcases the work of local and international artists, as well as new and emerging talents from overseas.
Art is one of the most important aspects of a society. The creation of art has played a significant role in shaping the society around us. We cannot dismiss the importance of art, especially in our modern world where technological advancements have threatened to erode the values of human interaction and communication. A good way to contribute to the protection of our culture and environment is to look into the work of local and international contemporary artists, who are fighting to save our beautiful culture and natural habitat. By supporting their exhibitions and projects you can help to protect Singapore’s priceless natural heritage.