The paucity of art appreciation in Singapore has been lingering on the lips of socio-political dialogue like a stale crumb. It is commonly perceived that the pursuit of efficiency, wealth and order inadvertently jostles all things creative and organic to the back seat. But perhaps we’re being too severe. In the spirit of National Day and celebrating homegrown talent, we’ve set our sights on a few upcoming art markets:
The Local People x Singapore Art Museum x PUB
There’s another reason to head down to Marina Barrage on National Day, and not just for a picnic or kite-flying. The area will be hosting an art market organised by “nomadic space activators” The Local People, Singapore Art Museum and Public Utilities Board. Operating on the ethos of providing a shared space for like-minded artists, The Local People hopes to rule out thoughtless purchasing and instead seek to enable relationships between the buyer and craftsman. Browse the handmade leather craft of Crafune, or get your hands dirty with Breakfast Included’s fabric dying workshop.
The Local People will end the month off with their annual shindig at Singapore Art Museum on 25 August. Jampacked with movie screenings, music performances, over 100 booths – you just have to figure out a plan of attack to conquer the night.
Keepers Playground of Infinite Happiness
In collaboration with National Design Centre and DesignSingapore Council, Keepers Playground is back this year with a second art market iteration entitled “Keepers Playground of Infinite Happiness”. Over 100 merchants will be showcasing their wares from 27 July to 5 August, including leather goods label LING WU bags, and fine jeweller State Property.
Photo credit: lingwu.sg
Made in SG: Creator’s Market
Also returning for their second instalment, shared workspace company WeWork and Shopify have teamed up to curate a series of local creators for this year’s Made in SG: Creator’s Market. Merchants include contemporary jeweller By Invite Only, organic chandler Hush Candles, and modern African designer Olive Ankara.
Photo credit: Facebook @hushcandle
Art is long and life is short; fruitful is time spent seeking, supporting and generating art rather than bemoaning its dearth. So what do you say – mark your calendars?