In August 2018, the Singapore Arts Club will present an exciting line-up of monthly artist talks alongside a cumulative broadsheet, as part of a programme called Audience with an Artist. The Singapore Arts Club will take over a new space at Block 47, Gillman Barracks. The goal of this programme is to introduce the visual arts to fresh audiences in an engaging, personal way, while representing the diverse practices of artists in Singapore.
Each month, the Singapore Arts Club will invite two contemporary artists from different generations and who have rather different practices to dialogue with a new audience that extends beyond the art industry. The language and content of this talks programme will be made accessible by noteworthy moderators from other industries, ranging from technology and design, finance and business, F&B and hospitality, to lifestyle and fashion. He or she will pose questions to the artists about their practice, inspiration, and their ways of seeing, thinking and being.
The programme will officially launch on Thursday, 16 August 2018, 7–9PM with artists Cheo Chai Hiang and Wei Xin Chong in conversation with a moderator from the world of finance, an investment strategist for GIC, Sean Koh. A second talk will be held during Art After Dark on Friday, 21 September 2018, 7–9PM with artists Ruben Pang and Jason Lim in conversation with a moderator from the world of branding and lifestyle, founder of creative agency Ppurpose, Tracy Phillips. Other artists include Ila Baharom, Stephanie Jane Burt, Chng Seok Tin, Ho Tzu Nyen, Ruben Pang, Milenko Prvacki, Bruce Quek, Shubigi Rao, Guo-Liang Tan, Jason Wee, and Andrée Weschler; while other guest moderators include Christopher Chan (General Counsel, Redmart), Tracy Phillips (Founder, Ppurpose) collector Lourdes Samson, and more.
The talks programme will be supplemented by a cumulative broadsheet that continues off from former editions of the annual Singapore Arts Club magazine. Every month, the two invited artists will write and respond creatively to each other’s practice. The broadsheet will be published month by month in sheets that can be taken away by audience members in order to develop an active, readerly community. These pages can be collected and accumulated to form the 3rd edition of the Singapore Arts Club magazine, titled eponymously Audience with an Artist.
Audience with an Artist will also extend its reach beyond Singapore to travel around the region as an outreach wing of the Singapore Arts Club. This novel format will take the traditional artist seminar into the dimensions of a cocktail and networking event, or a social club that is framed by — but by no means exclusive to — the visual arts. As a result, the Singapore Arts Club will become a hive for new ideas, an incubator for new audiences, and a bridge extending the reach of the visual arts industry in Singapore and beyond. More information on the complete programme will be published in August 2018.
Visit https://www.singaporeartsclub.com/audience-with-an-artist for updates and more information.
Date: 25 October 2018
Time: 7 - 9 PM
Venue: Singapore Arts Club, 47 Malan Road #01-25, S109444
Speakers & Artists Biographies
Andrée Weschler (b. France) has been living and practicing her art in Asia for the past 20 years. She studied visual arts in Singapore, Australia, and France. During her studies at Les Beaux-Arts de Paris, she worked in the atelier of Annette Messager. Since 2000, she has been invited to participate in international art events in Asia and Europe. Inspired by life, she communicates her experiences through art. As an artist-performer, she uses the body and its image through the art of performance and video. The body of the artist carries her ideas; it becomes her tool and her voice. Weschler‘s artistic endeavours focus on using the physical body to explore the boundaries of acceptable social constructs, where she challenges the audience to interpret the different gestures and movements of her performance art.
Jason Wee (b. 1979, Singapore) is an artist and a writer. His practice lies between contemporary art, architecture, poetry, and photography. His art contends with sources of singular authority in favour of polyphony and difference. He investigates their secrets and futures, their idealisms and their conundrums. He founded and runs Grey Projects, an artists’ space, library, and residency programme. His works have been staged at venues in Singapore, France, Thailand, and Taiwan. He is a poetry editor of Softblow, as well as the co-editor of “We Contain Multitudes: Twelve Years of Softblow”, the editor of “SQ21: Singapore Queers in the 21st Century” and the author of the poetry volume “The Monsters Between Us”. His recent poetry have been published in Cha, Fence, Lambda Literary, among other publications and journals. He studied at The New School, Whitney Museum Independent Study Program, and Harvard University.