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Art What!: Art fair ART SG announces new dates for 2021

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In light of the current uncertainty brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, and out of consideration for the health and safety of all involved, it was announced today that the inaugural edition of ART SG will now take place from 5th -7th November 2021 at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre. In order to encourage positive momentum for Singapore and the regional art scene in the lead up to the Fair, ART SG will continue to work with partners on a number of physical and digital activations.

Whilst the inaugural exhibitor list has not been finalized, committed galleries and other stakeholders have been positive in their response to the announcement. “We fully support this decision which provides leadership and clarity at a time when our art community worldwide needs it most. It is a decisive step that will ensure Singapore has the quality of fair it deserves. I feel lucky to have traveled throughout Southeast Asia and believe it to be one of the most exciting and dynamic markets in the world – full of so much potential. We look forward to participating in ART SG in 2021 and remain committed to the region,” said Rachel Lehmann, Co-Founder, Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York, Hong Kong, Seoul.

“Yavuz Gallery supports the decision to postpone the inaugural edition of ART SG. The health and safety of artists, gallerists, collectors and arts workers should be the primary consideration. Global art events such as ART SG need to provide adequate time to galleries and artists to reorganise and prepare for the best exhibition and art program. We look forward to the rescheduled event in 2021,” comments Can Yavuz, Founder and Managing Director, Yavuz Gallery, Singapore, Sydney.

“We are in full support of the decision taken by the organisers to postpone the inaugural edition of ART SG until 2021. In the current uncertain context, it is a responsible and timely decision that shows great consideration to their exhibitors. White Cube has been active in Southeast Asia for many years, with a full time representative in Singapore reflecting our ongoing commitment to this important region and rapidly expanding collector base. We very much look forward to participating in ART SG in 2021 and to working with Magnus and the team to ensure the strongest possible launch event,” said Daniela Gareh, Senior Director and Partner, White Cube, London, Hong Kong.

“As a gallery founded in this region, Richard Koh Fine Art respects the decision to prioritise the health and safety of galleries, artists and visitors. Postponing the inaugural edition to November 2021 is not only a strategic move that will contribute to the long term success of the fair, but will also give the art world a much better focus on Southeast Asia, one of the most dynamic regions in the world,” states Richard Koh, Founder, Richard Koh Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Bangkok.

“We absolutely support ART SG’s decision to postpone its inaugural edition until November 2021 in light of the current situation with COVID-19. The new dates allow ample time to prepare and we look forward to working with the organisers to ensure an incredible event,” said Ursula Sullivan, Co-Founder, Sullivan+Strumpf, Singapore, Sydney.

“We believe that ART SG will further enhance Gagosian’s presence in the important Southeast Asian market. We understand and appreciate the prudent decision taken by Magnus and his team to delay the inaugural edition of the fair and believe that it is in the best interest of all stakeholders during this uncertain time. We look forward to participating in ART SG 2021,” comments Nick Simunovic, Managing Director, Gagosian, Asia.

“With the COVID-19 situation evolving both globally and in Singapore, we understand and respect ART SG’s decision to reschedule its inaugural fair. During this difficult period, the health and safety of Singaporeans, industry partners, and visitors remain our utmost priority. We look forward to continuing our partnership with ART SG, and welcome visitors to Singapore to experience the fair as well as our vibrant art offerings when the situation improves,” said Serene Tan, Director, Arts and Cultural Precincts, Singapore Tourism Board. Founding & Lead Partner UBS, who in January announced a long-term commitment to ART SG, were also supportive.

August Hatecke, Co-Head of Wealth Management APAC and Country Head of UBS Singapore said “Contemporary Art is a key passion point for many of our clients and we are proud to be the Founding and Lead Partner of ART SG, a fair in which we see exceptional potential. Southeast Asia is home to many of the fastest growing economies in the world and Singapore is ever increasing in importance as a global center of Wealth Management. We understand the strategic move of delaying the launch edition of ART SG until the time is right in 2021, and look forward to continuing our partnership with the fair and playing an active role in the run up to next year’s live event.”

ART SG runs from 5th to 7th November 2021 at Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre. For more information, visit their website here



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