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Young Talent Programme by Affordable Art Fair and ION Art returns for its 7th Edition This November

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Continuing its quest to cultivate talented young artists from Singapore and around the region, the seventh edition of the Young Talent Programme Winners’ Solo Exhibitions 2018/19 presents new and distinctive bodies of work by three winners of the 2018 Programme at the ION Art Gallery from 30th August to 15th September 2019.

The Young Talent Programme (YTP) is a joint initiative by Affordable Art Fair Singapore and ION Art, with support from Jen by Shangri-La. Headlining this year’s Winners’ Solo Exhibitions are Arya Wirawan (Indonesia), who presents Asia (A Tale To Tell); Lim Jia Qi (Singapore), showing Concrete Encounters; and Liu Ling (China) with Screen, Time. Their works draw inspiration from themes of cultural values and life, creatively articulated using woodwork, charcoal paint and concrete.

In Asia (A Tale to Tell), Arya Wirawan references folklore from Asia, where there are recurring versions of similar stories with the same moral messages and narratives. Lim Jia Qi’s Concrete Encounters is a body of artworks that encourages the rethinking of unimaginative spaces in our urban environment, most commonly associated with the ‘Singapore lifestyle’. For Screen, Time, Liu Ling reflects on how people relate with technology now and in the past. The three artists will lead tours and workshops every Wednesday and Saturday during the exhibition period at the ION Art gallery.

Says Ms. Yeo Mui Hong, CEO of Orchard Turn Developments: “Through seven memorable years of the Young Talent Programme, we have continued to support promising young Asian artists in their professional development and growth and it is heartening to see how they have each grown and found success in the career path they choose. This year is a special one for us as ION Orchard celebrates a decade of wonders in bringing together the best of fashion, luxury, art and entertainment to our shoppers and visitors.”

Says Ms. Camilla Hewitson, Regional Managing Director Asia, Affordable Art Fair said: “We are delighted to continue our partnership with ION Art and remain committed to investing in the Young Talent Programme, which is now in its seventh year. As we mark the 10th edition of Affordable Art Fair Singapore this year, we reaffirm our pledge to foster, support, and promote Asia’s next generation of talented artists and to help them connect with the art industry, collectors, and the public.”

Since last year, the winners of the YTP were also given the opportunity to embark on a series of travelling exhibitions at Jen by Shangri-La properties across Southeast Asia, including Penang and Manila, with the final stop being Jen Tanglin Singapore, following the solo exhibitions at ION Art gallery. The fair has showcased 53 artists since the start of YTP. Of these, ION Art has presented the solo exhibitions of 23 artists, some of whom have gone on to be commissioned and exhibited at the Singapore Art Museum.

Meanwhile, as for the Affordable Art Fair itself, this year marks the milestone 10th anniversary of the fair in Singapore, which aims to further spread the concept of helping people to discover the joy of collecting art. Growing from 2010 with 9,500 visitors and S$1.75 million in art sales in 2010 to 12,000 visitors and S$3.7 million in sales in 2018, there is no doubt a growing appetite for contemporary art in Singapore. Since its launch in Singapore, other editions have been launched around the world as well, with Hong Kong (2013) and Melbourne (2019).

Says Mr Alan Koh, Affordable Art Fair Singapore Director: “It’s a special milestone for us as we mark the first decade of Affordable Art Fair Singapore. Over the years, we have dedicated ourselves to actively develop a new group of local art collectors from the ground up and to create a sustainable and healthy art eco-system in Singapore for art businesses. Seeing 30% of our art buyers purchase their first piece of art at the fair reaffirms our mission to make art accessible. We will continue with our mission to help people discover the joy of collecting art for more years to come.”

This year’s edition is set to be held this November, in the biggest edition yet. Over 80 exhibitors and artworks by more than 600 local and international artists will be featured, with all works priced below S$15,000, and 75% of the pieces being tagged below S$7,500. This year’s fair boasts new galleries such as Chryse Gallery of Fine Art (Singapore), Giant Year Gallery (Hong Kong); and Jinsan Gallery (Korea). Well-loved, long-time supporters of the fair such as Asian Art Platform (Singapore); Art Blue Studio (Singapore); RHG (UK); and La Lanta Fine Art (Thailand) will be returning.

Visitors can also expect to see exciting and fresh works from new artists, which form 35% of this year’s show, such as Singaporean artist Ng Chai Soong (Y Art Project; Singapore); Vietnamese artist Nguyen Nghia Cuong (Chryse Gallery of Fine Art;  Singapore); and Taiwanese artist Ti Lei (Shenns Softart; Singapore). They willshow  alongside established and returning artists such as the legendary Toko Shinoda, who is currently 106 years old.

Other highlights, as recommended by Fair Director Alan Koh, include Special Projects with Official Hotel Partner Dorsett Hospitality International featuring a vibrant locally-inspired installation by the Hong Kong-based artist collective Stickyline; and the #SPOTLIGHT curated wall displaying works by selected new artists. The Children’s Creative Space hosted by Art Wonderland will return to inspire creativity in younger fair visitors with free art workshops. Dorsett Singapore will also be running programmes in the lead-up to and during the fair period.

The Young Talent Programme 2019 Solo Exhibitions will be featured at ION Art gallery from 30th August to 15th September 2019. Admission is free.

The Autumn Edition of the Affordable Art Fair is open to the public from 22nd to 24th November 2019 at the F1 Pit Building. More information and tickets to the Affordable Art Fair available here

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