What ART SG reveals about Singapore’s booming art scene

Drawing a record number of attendees in its second year, ART SG highlights Singapore’s rising status as a key art hub in the Asia Pacific region.
Work by Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran (Sullivan+Strumpf) at ART SG 2024. Photo: Supplied. A woman at the ART SG art fair taking a photo in front of a mid-sized ceramic sculpture. The Sculpture is colourful and looks like two adjoined elephants standing on their hind legs.

Artists, gallerists, curators and collectors convened in Singapore last week (19-21 January) for ART SG, the newest addition to the international art fair circuit. Over the course of one weekend, a record-breaking 43,500 visitors descended upon the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre to take part in Singapore’s new flagship art fair. 

The second edition of ART SG featured presentations by 114 galleries from 33 countries and territories, situated within a wider program of large-scale installations, industry talks and film screenings. This year’s fair also coincided with Singapore Art Week, which is now in its 12th year. 

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Jasmine Penman is an arts professional and freelance writer from Naarm/Melbourne. Since acquiring her Masters of Art History & Curatorship from the University of Melbourne, she has worked across both the commercial and public art sectors in the city, specialising in contemporary art.