Singapore Art Week is an annual celebration of visual arts which takes place in the month of January. The nine-day celebration offers artists, collectives, organisations and other art intermediaries a visible platform for showcasing a range of quality visual arts projects, discussions, and exhibitions to a local and international audience.

SAW 2021 Highlights
Exhibition
Gillman Barracks, 1 Lock Road, #01-01
22 – 30 January 2021
Featuring 50 personal artwork collections by 50 local artists, the group exhibition Artist as Collector explores the relationships between the artists and their artistic fellows within the contexts of contemporary art in Singapore.
Bras Basah Complex, 231 Bain Street
22 – 30 January 2021
Bras Basah Complex uniquely houses a collective of galleries under one roof. For their annual show, ten art galleries will come together and present the diversity of contemporary to traditional interpretations of Chinese ink and bring to the fore a younger generation of modern artists alongside pioneers of Nanyang art in Singapore.
Public Art
Bus stops along route 175
21 January – 3 February 2021
Curated by Amelia Abdullahsani and Merryn Trevethan, Bus.Stop.Art. is an innovative public art exhibition constituting art installations and interventions by Singapore-based artists at bus stops along the east-west route of bus 175. This exciting island-wide project takes art out of museums and galleries into the public realm where Singaporeans live, work, and commute.
Online
2 – 28 January 2021
随艺聊 Celebrating SG Artists is a 7-episode video series that archives the contributions and journeys of seven second-generation artists in Singapore.
Lifestyle Event
Funan, 107 North Bridge Road
22 January – 21 February 2021
As the first mall-wide art activation in Singapore, Creative Unions is a major month-long, art-meets-retail programme at Funan.
Exhibition
Aliwal Arts Centre, 28 Aliwal St (1/F, Multi-Purpose Studio A and B and Hothouse, #02-04)
28 – 30 January 2021
Deep Field Cinema looks into the present and future conditions of image-making and image-discovering. It investigates where media and technology can take us, particularly in the current global situation of remote working, living and surviving, as well as digitally connecting with each other across geo-political and social-political spectrums.
Various Locations
23 – 31 January 2021
For the House; Against the House takes the form of a debate where artworks, not words, make arguments. Drawing from the private collections of Jo and the DUO Collection, curators John Tung and Syed Muhd Hafiz set propositions for artists to respond through their practices. The new works are pitted against the storied collections.
NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore, 43 Malan Road
22 – 31 January 2021
Sound walks. Machines listen. We are living through unusual times. Collaborative and experimental by nature, Free Jazz III. Sound. Walks. builds upon its past iterations—activating and challenging our common understandings of exhibition-making and the use of space.
Exhibition
Online
22 – 30 January 2021
If Forests Talk seeks to paint the tropical rainforests in a different light through a series of new artworks reflecting upon the artists’ existing artworks, wherein the rainforest featured prominently. Taking the form of videos and audio pieces, the rainforest re-emerges as the site for tradition, knowledge, temporary communities and and choreography.
Online
22 – 31 January 2021
Turning travel and border restrictions on its head, the 4th IMPART Collectors’ Show brings to online audiences what is impossible to bring in person, drawing together rare footage of remarkable installations that are site-specifically embedded in private collector’s homes.
Gillman Barracks, 22 Lock Road, #01-33
19 – 31 January 2021
Inner Like The OutAR is an art installation that uses augmented reality to bring you closer to the magic of nature. Immerse in psychotropic digital environments created by Reza Hasni and Siah Tiong Hong amongst set design by Tina Fung (Space Objekt) and sound design by Intriguant. The experience is curated by Tulika Ahuja (MAMA MAGNET).
Various Locations
22 – 31 January 2021
In 2021, Light to Night lights up the Civic District again, this time as a hybrid festival with immersive online and on-site activities for all.
72-13, Mohamed Sultan Road
21 – 30 January 2021
This exhibition brings together six young Singaporean artists, Aki Hassan, Daniel Chong, Kevin Fee, Genevieve Leong, Leow Wei Li and Ryan Benjamin Lee, whose practices explore the materialities of everyday objects. Curated by Berny Tan, the exhibition spans sculpture, installation, video, animation, and painting, showcasing diverse art practices that possess a fascination with the familiar, and its potential for transformation.
Exhibition
Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre, 1 Straits Boulevard, #11-01
22 January – 28 March 2021
Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre presents Moo Moo PARK, Asia’s first Drive-Through Exhibition, in partnership with The MeshMinds Foundation. Blending art and technology, we celebrate the Year of the Ox with a special focus on the Sustainable Development Goals.
Exhibition
Gillman Barracks, 9 Lock Road, #02-21
21 January – 7 February 2021
Networked Bodies is an exhibition that seeks to investigate communication and intimacy through the internet. When our bodies are stuck, and our minds yearn for the other, how can we reach beyond the screen and create new sensory experiences? This exhibition will feature digital works, media installations, and works that use social media as a platform.
Exhibition
DECK, 120A Prinsep Street
21 January – 18 February 2021
An exploration of the entanglements between reality, representation, and discourse, facilitated by the moving image, ON/OFF/SCREEN situates the screen, the ubiquitous and contemporary mode of communication and transmission, as both a site of inquiry and departure.
Online
22 – 30 January 2021
Mentored by co-curators Alessio Antoniolli, Gasworks, London and Wells Fray-Smith, Whitechapel Gallery, London, as well as social media experts, five Singaporean contemporary artists are invited to conceptualise and create 3-minute videos exploring the resonance and impact of the online platform. These specially commissioned digital artworks will be presented on Asian Art Institutum’s Youtube channel.
Gillman Barracks, 9 Lock Road, #03-21
28 – 31 January 2021
Otherworlds: non/digital realities explores issues of translating works from reality to virtual reality (VR) and vice versa. In collaboration with Altermodernists, eight artists from Singapore and Hong Kong explore the duality of reality, fictitious experiences and fabricated reality using diverse mediums, from drawing, performances and site-specific installations to photography and moving images.
Exhibition
Gillman Barracks, Blk 47, #01-23
22 – 30 January 2021
Pivot Point is an exhibition bringing together works from eight young artists, Aneesha Shetty, Fazleen Karlan, Foo Hui Wen, Lim Yu Zhi, Liu Li Ling, Wong Jia Yi, Rosie Le Huynh Hong Quyen and Tan Wei. Situating their work within Singapore, they discuss its landscape as a posited site of interconnection filled with multiple intersecting geographies, cultures, societies and histories.
Cuturi Gallery, 65 Aliwal Street
23 – 30 January 2021
This exhibition centers itself around domesticity, craft and the feminine, working beyond the artifice of the art-versus-craft hierarchy. Four artists, Amirah Raudhah, Dipali Gupta, Fatima Bano, and Masuri Mazlan will present works looking at the domestic realm as a means of elevated expression.
Art Fair & Galleries
Tanjong Pagar Distripark, Artspace @ Helutrans, 39 Keppel Road
22 – 31 January 2021
S.E.A. Focus is a showcase of contemporary art from Southeast Asia. It aims to bring together a curated selection of some of the finest artists and galleries from across the region to foster a deeper appreciation of contemporary art and artists in Southeast Asia.
Exhibition
Gillman Barracks, Blk 9, #03-22
22 – 30 January 2021
Our Softest Hour presents Shifting Between – a group exhibition that plays on the seams of the digital and physical as the works weave together an online and offline experience. Through these two realms, participating artists invite audiences to explore the shifts in how they engage with and experience intimacy and vulnerability.
Gillman Barracks, Blk 7, #01-13
20 January – 13 February 2021
One of the largest surveys of ceramics art in local art history since the 90s, this exhibition focuses on contemporary ceramics made by Singapore-based artists. While the practice of ceramics commonly falls under the radar in art institutions and fairs, the exhibition expands one’s understanding of the clay medium beyond the realm of pottery.
Marina One, 7 Straits View
20 January – 21 February 2021
The sixth edition of the multidisciplinary series, State of Motion 2021: [Alternate / Opt] Realities explores our visually engineered futures as conjured up by the science fiction genre and the magical efficacy of its images.
Telok Kurau Studios, 91 Lor J Telok Kurau
23 – 30 January 2021
Telok Kurau Studios is the first venue under the Arts Housing Scheme in Singapore. From veterans in the arts scene to emerging artists, Telok Kurau Showcase – The Phase  brings together over 20 artists working across mediums ranging from painting to ceramics, photography, video and art installations.
Exhibition
Gillman Barracks, 6 Lock Road, #02-09
22 – 28 January 2021
What happens in the hours after a city falls asleep, after an apocalypse? Artists working in five timezones around the world explore the cosmic and mundane in the wake of breakdowns and slippages from “normalcy”, centred on a night-time gallery experience at Gillman Barracks.
Online
22 – 30 January 2021
The Incredible Magical Moving Sticker Exhibition curates a collection of digital stickers from professional artists, inspiring and educating the public to create, and showcasing these creations in high-profile, high-reach outdoor and on-air screenings. 30 professional and emerging digital artists will design a collection of digital stickers to subvert the everyday, making the world around us crazy and fun.
Gillman Barracks, 47 Malan Road, #01-22
22 – 30 January 2021
The orchid; the wasp is a visual arts exhibition that follows the proposition of becoming, which is understood as the possibility for diversity, multiplicity and change. It is about forming alliances between artistic identities, seeing them as subjective beings with the potential to interchange or become something else through a unique symbiosis.
Tanjong Pagar Distripark, 39 Keppel Road, #02-02A
22 – 30 January 2021
Following its successful debut at SAW 2020, YH Conservation returns with another workshop series. In this series, more topics on art conservation will be shared including case studies of past projects. There will be hands-on sessions introducing conservation techniques and open studios providing rare access for art collectors and enthusiasts alike to see conservators at work.
Exhibition
Gillman Barracks, outdoor locations
22 – 30 January 2021
​​​​​​​Five artists and collectives - Tell Your Children, Machineast, SuperCyberTown, ClogTwo and UFHO – each create a fictional endangered critter that lives across five different habitats in the district of Gillman Barracks.