Singapore Art Fair will make its debut at Suntec Singapore on November 2014. Happening from 27 to 30 November 2014, this contemporary art fair is the first in Asia that is dedicated to the rich artistic offerings of the ME.NA.SA regions (Middle East, North Africa, South & South-East Asia). The inaugural edition will feature 60 galleries from around the world, 20 solo show booths from artists who are presenting their work internationally for the first time, and thematic platforms coordinated by renowned experts such as Catherine David and Janine Maamari. Interactive and multimedia performances are also among the highlights of the art fair.
Ms Laure d’Hauteville, Fair Director and Founder of the Singapore Art Fair and Beirut Art Fair said: “The Arab World and Asia have a lot of ties in term of cultural and historical heritage. We created the South East Asia Pavilion at the Beirut Art Fair in 2013 to highlight this synergy and this is also why we are launching the Singapore Art Fair this year.”
Added Mr Jason Ng, Executive Director of MP Singapore: “We believe that there is room for a dedicated art fair like ours in Singapore as it is the ideal cultural gateway between Asia and the Middle East. With its rapidly developing art scene, Singapore is poised to become an important arts hub and it is the right time and right climate to enter the market now.”
The Singapore Art Fair aims to reinforce Singapore’s role as the newest cultural destination at the heart of Asia, and a meeting point for new collectors, galleries, art patrons, artists and cultural institutions to exchange ideas. Following the success of the Beirut Art Fair which was created four years ago to promote the art of the ME.NA.SA regions, the Singapore Art Fair will provide the opportunity for the organisers to bring their expertise and expand the scope of the Beirut Art Fair in Singapore and Asia.
“With this new showcase, we wish to provide a platform for collaborations and networking, and develop connections among the different cultures of the ME.NA.SA regions and promote their cultural and artistic exchanges,” added Ms d’Hauteville.
The Singapore Art Fair will highlight Middle Eastern artistic creations. A broad cultural programme, based on the exchanges between the ME.NA.SA countries, will complement the exhibitions during the event. These regions of contrasting cultures, which extends from Morocco to Indonesia, currently presents established and emerging artistic talents in the art market.
According to Ms d’Hauteville, the creative energy and the presence of increasingly relevant ME.NA.SA artists within the world scene can be noticed nowadays, not only through the results of auctions and sales, but also through their numerous exhibitions in museums, private foundations, and several international biennials for contemporary art.
For more information on Singapore Art Fair, please visit www.singapore-art-fair.com