A series of visual art installations and programmes across key precincts in Singapore have been launched under a partnership between the Singapore Tourism Board and the National Arts Council.
Dubbed Art Around The City, the public art activations in four precincts – Gillman Barracks, Orchard Road, Little India and Chinatown – draw on the history, culture, and landscape of each precinct; while spotlighting Singapore-based artists and curators.
Running from January to April this year, Art Around The City brings the identities of the four precincts to life. Each site-specific installation sits at the intersection of art, culture and heritage, to resonate and connect with each precinct’s community.
At Gillman Barracks, The Forest Institute presents a large-scale architectural installation by artist Robert Zhao Ren Hui and architect-artist Randy Chan. A culmination of four years of research, it elaborates on how nature co-exists alongside urban life. Visitors will be able to sign up for special programmes that include morning nature walks with the artist.
Hyphen BB curates and showcases The Non Season in a takeover of Design Orchard in Orchard Road that features a diverse range of artists presenting mixed media artworks inspired by the ecological and commercial histories of the Orchard Road precinct.
The public can join various programmes by artists and retail collaborators featuring tours, exclusive merchandise, workshops, and performances.
In Little India and Chinatown, the public artworks will respond to the precincts’ unique culture and deep-rooted traditions. Singapore-based creative agency Texture Media invites the public to experience The Rangoli Movement, an installation incorporating the sounds and colours of Little India with master artist Vijaya Mohan.
At Kreta Ayer Square in Chinatown, The Gathering features Singapore artist Wong Lip Chin and curator John Tung recreating a teahouse set within a traditional Chinese garden that will serve as a gathering point for the public to take in tea and incense experiences.