ART SG, a new significant art fair for Singapore and Southeast Asia to have its first edition in November 2019
Published on 7/13/2018 by Christian Jecker
AngusMontgomery Arts, Tim Etchells and MCH Group announce plans for the fair: The inaugural edition of ART SG will take place from 1 - 3 November 2019 (Preview 31 October) at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. The organisers plan to create for Singapore and Southeast Asia region an annual art event, by engaging with established collectors as well as new buyers, and cultural enthusiasts. ART SG plans to showcase around 80 established and experimental contemporary art galleries from Singapore, Southeast Asia and the world, and the fair will provide the highest standards of design and build, as well as a quality visitor experience.
The organisers will draw on their experience of establishing new fairs in Hong Kong, with ART HK and Art Central, as well as Sydney Contemporary, Photo Shanghai and MCH’s development of its Regional Art Fair portfolio, including Art Düsseldorf and India Art Fair.
From the opening of the National Gallery Singapore, to the development of Gillman Barracks as a destination arts precinct for art buyers, to its three art schools and well-regarded Biennale, Singapore has developed an exciting and dynamic art scene. ART SG will create an annual moment to attract collectors from across the region, and complement the existing Singapore Art Week held in January each year. ART SG is supported and welcomed by the Singapore Tourism Board (STB), the National Arts Council (NAC), and the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB).
Ms Serene Tan, Director, Arts and Cultural Precincts, Singapore Tourism Board said, “We are pleased that three leading art fair organisers are coming together to launch a brand new fair in Singapore. We believe that the new fair will present fresh opportunities for Singapore gallerists and artists to be showcased alongside their international counterparts and to an international audience. The addition of a new fair also reinforces Singapore’s standing as the gateway to the visual arts scene in Southeast Asia, and accentuates our appeal as a cultural and lifestyle destination for art lovers.”
Commenting on the launch Sandy Angus, AngusMontgomery Arts and Tim Etchells said: “We are excited at the prospect of working with the team at MCH again to develop ART SG. Their undisputed background and knowledge of the arts combined with our ability to launch new fairs, will be a potent combination in realising our ambitions to build a successful fair for the Southeast Asia region and Singapore. With the new National Gallery, in addition to the Singapore Art Museum and NTU Centre for Contemporary Arts, the Singapore art scene is firmly established and deserves an art fair of significance. It is the right time for Singapore, as a flagship art city and key art centre of Southeast Asia. It is less than a 2-hour flight from every major city in the ASEAN zone which represents a collective market of 620 million people, significantly larger than that of North America, the Eurozone or the Middle East.”
The relationship between AngusMontgomery Arts, Tim Etchells, and MCH to launch ART SG, rekindles their association forged through Art HK, founded by Etchells and Angus, which MCH then acquired.
Frank Lasry, Managing Director of MCH Design and Regional Art Fairs, comments: “Singapore is an important and very dynamic art location and requires a fair serving the Southeast Asian region at an international standard. ART SG will become the third fair within our Regional Art Fair portfolio through our partnership with Tim Etchells and AngusMontgomery Arts. The fair will be operated by an autonomous local team based in Singapore to become the leading regional art fair in Southeast Asia”.
Further details about the fairs ownership and director will be launched towards the end of 2018 with the development of the new website.
Notes to editors:
Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
1 November – 3 November 2019 (Preview 31 October)
ART SG is going to be an annual world class regional art fair. Its inaugural edition will take place from 1– 3 November 2019 (Preview 31 October) at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. The fair is in the process of being planned.
Tim Etchells is renowned for creating market leading trade and consumer shows around the world. Having been the driving force behind the launch of ART HK, his art fair portfolio includes Art Central (Hong Kong) and Sydney Contemporary.
AngusMontgomery Arts is an independent exhibition and events company at the forefront of trade and consumer shows in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. They run over fifty events in over fifteen countries, and their events span the fields of art, photography and design, food, drink and hospitality. Their art fairs include Art Central (Hong Kong), India Art Fair (New Delhi) and Photo Shanghai. www.montex.co.uk
MCH Group - headquartered in Basel, Switzerland - is a globally leading live marketing company with a comprehensive services network spanning the entire exhibition and event market. It organizes around 40 exhibitions in Switzerland and abroad, among them Baselworld and Art Basel. In 2016, MCH started to build a portfolio of leading regional art fairs. It has a majority shareholding in India Art Fair and a minority shareholding in ART DÜSSELDORF. Furthermore, in 2017, MCH acquired a majority shareholding in Masterpiece London and strengthened its position in the buoyant global collector market. www.mch-group.com
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