Art Galleries Association Singapore (AGAS) launches AGAS Presents: Exclusive Studio Conversations, a collaborative series that unveils the intimate relationship between artists and their representing galleries, providing a personal glimpse into an otherwise hidden process of a gallery’s role in supporting the professional development of the artists they represent. A first for AGAS, the series will see AGAS galleries coming together to present a cohesive roster of artist studio visits.
Through the use of studio visits, the series is a platform to ignite meaningful dialogue not only about the creation of the art, but also to engage in deeper conversations about the art business itself amidst a more intimate setting. Artist Studio visits by collectors and patrons are often perceived as informal and social, without the presence of the gallerist. With this initiative, AGAS hopes to provide the invaluable opportunity for collectors to see the works in person, develop a closer engagement and connection with both the artist and the gallerist.
Khai Hori, President of the Art Galleries Association Singapore (AGAS) explains, “this event will bring forth opportunities for important conversations pertaining to art investing, collecting strategies, special commissions and corporate partnerships.”
While the majority of the studio visits will be conducted physically, virtual studio visits will be made available for artists based overseas. For physical visits, the artists studios are located in a variety of locations. A handful of artist studios are situated in more commonly known art locations such as Goodman Arts Centre, Aliwal Street and Robertson Quay, while others can be found at Tiong Bahru, Woodlands, Serangoon and Tanjong Katong.
AGAS Presents: Exclusive Studio Conversations is a ticketed event which runs from the 21st to 30th May 2021. The series will feature a total of 21 artists, 16 of whom are Singaporeans, and their representing galleries. The artists line up includes Ben Loong (Mizuma Gallery), Boo Sze Yang (artcommune gallery), Calvin Pang (Intersections), David Chan (Art Seasons), Genevieve Chua (STPI Gallery), Hélène Le Chatelier (Intersections), Jason Lim (Gajah Gallery), Joanne Pang (Yavuz Gallery), Leo Liu Xuan Qi (Art Seasons Gallery), Marc Nair (Intersections), Simon Wee (ArtBlue Studio), Speak Cryptic (Chan + Hori Contemporary), Sujak Rahman (T.H.E.O Arts Professionals), Tan Sock Fong (T.H.E.O. Arts Professionals), Tawan Wattuya (Hatch Art Project), Vanessa Liem (Cuturi Gallery), Wee Hong Ling & Ian De Souza (The Private Museum), Yanyun Chen (Art Porters Gallery), Zarina Muhammad (Yeo Workshop) and Zen Teh (Mizuma Gallery).
Festival passes are priced at $80 each. Each festival pass allows ticket buyers to attend up to a maximum of 3 artists studio visits. Visits can be either physical or virtual. Keeping to the Safe Management Measures (SMM) guidelines set by the Ministry of Health (MOH) for the Arts and Cultural sector, all studio visits will be at limited capacity and capacity numbers will defer at each studio. Hence, only a very limited number of passes will be on sale.
Due to the changing COVID-19 situation, AGAS Presents: Exclusive Studio Conversations is postponed until further notice. More information available here