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Art Stage Singapore and School of the Arts Singapore launch Guided Tours

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Art Stage Singapore, Asia's premier international contemporary art fair, is proud to announce a new and innovative educational partnership with School of the Arts Singapore (SOTA). 
SOTA, in collaboration with Art Stage, has designed a comprehensive tour programme for the 2013 edition of the fair, which will take place from 24 - 27 January at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. The tour programme leverages on SOTA’s specialist experience as a leading provider of pre-tertiary arts education, and will be offered free of charge to ticketholders attending the fair. This is the first time that Art Stage Singapore is offering tours through the fairground. Each tour will be conducted by a professional guide, and is focused on contemporary art from Southeast Asia. The tour will introduce visitors to the vibrant art scenes of Southeast Asian countries such as Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and of course, Singapore. The route will cover six artists and projects across numerous sections of the fair, from the emerging and undiscovered talents of Project Stage, to globally recognised artists exhibiting in the main Galleries section.

Your Love Is Like A Chunk of Gold (Chrysanthemum), 2010, Bread, monoammonium phosphate, Dimensions variable. Image courtesy of Ang Soo Koon and FOST Gallery
Your Love Is Like A Chunk of Gold (Chrysanthemum), 2010, Bread, monoammonium phosphate, Dimensions variable. Image courtesy of Ang Soo Koon and FOST Gallery. 

The artists featured in the tour will include:
  • Ang Sookoon
  • Anusorn Charoensuk
  • Geraldine Javier
  • Maitree Siriboon
  • Vermont Coronel JR.
  • Zulkifli Yusoff
For more information on the artwork to be included, please scroll to the bottom of this e-mail.

Designed for Students, by Students
The tour programme was designed by a group of Year 4 students from SOTA’s Visual Arts Faculty, under supervision from members of staff. Students interviewed the artists to produce the tour material, which has been adapted for the general public and secondary school students. All students going on the tour as part of a school group will receive an activity kit to complement and deepen their understanding of the materials. Art Stage Singapore is the only international art fair with a strong Southeast Asian focus, and will feature 131 leading regional and international galleries. The 2013 fair houses a large Galleries section, a Project Stage section for curated projects by emerging Asian artists, and the Singapore Platform showcasing works by some of Singapore’s most interesting and innovative artists. Art Stage will also introduce the highly anticipated Indonesian Pavilion. In addition, the fair will also host a series of educational programmes, such as talks and discussions with the industry’s most prolific thought leaders and professionals, throughout the four-day fair period, and is working with local stakeholders and organisations like Airx, the Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA), Gillman Barracks, LASALLE college of the Arts, Nanyang Academy of Fine Art (NAFA), The Substation,
and WY-TO Architects. 

Tickets for Art Stage Singapore are on sale now from Marina Bay Sands and SISTIC.
Tickets start at $33, concession tickets are $11 and group bookings $9.
For more information visit www.artstagesingapore.com

Art Stage Singapore is held at the Marina Bay Sands Exhibition and Convention Centre from 24 – 27 January 2013.

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For press enquiries, images and quotes please contact:

Art Stage Singapore
Regina Chan
Tel +65 6224 4975

School of the Arts Singapore (SOTA)
Vivien Tan Ling Ling
Tel +65 6342 5804
Notes to Editors

Joining a Tour
Visitors can sign up to the tour in one of three ways:

1. Log on to www.artstagesingapore.com and follow the links to the sign-up form from the 'Education & Events' section on the website.
2. Email Tamara Tan to find out about availability and book a slot / tamara@artstagesingapore.com  
3. Visitors can also request a place at the Information Counter at the fair (subject to availability)

Space is limited so early registration is recommended. All visitors must purchase a valid Art Stage Singapore ticket to be admitted into the fair, before joining the tour. 

About School of the Arts Singapore (SOTA)
The School of the Arts (SOTA) is Singapore’s first national pre-tertiary specialised arts school to offer a 6-year unique integrated arts and academic curriculum for youths aged 13-18 years old. 
Under the ambit of the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY), the School offers a dedicated development path for those who have interest and show early talent in the arts, providing a learning environment where both the artistic and academic potential can best be realised. 
With a vision to identify and groom future generations of artists and creative professionals, SOTA builds on Singapore’s unique strengths, including her multicultural Asian diversity and globally connected networks to synergise talents and resources. 
A school of the future, SOTA embraces a holistic educational philosophy that celebrates experimentation, expression and discovery.

The Tour

The tour will take visitors to works and projects by the following Southeast Asian artists:
SINGAPORE A2-02PS Fost Gallery
Singapore artist Ang Sookoon (b.1977) brings a series of existing works to Art Stage that will be installed in a domestic setting. Each work reflects aspects of domestic, intimate and communal space such as The Waves/Waifs (2009) series of drawings and tridimensional brooms made of hair and wood, Weighs Like Mine (2006) tridimensional chest of four drawers and Your Love is Like a Chunk of Gold (2010) series of
bread with crystalized growth. The domestic, familiar space of the installation evokes spiritual, emotional and imaginative realms.

THAILAND B4-05PS Numthong Gallery
Equally interactive is the photographic installation Charoensuk World Tour (2008) by Thai artist Anusorn Charoensuk (b.1982). Featuring alongside the photographic works are new painted backdrops of various cities re-creating a 1970s style photographic studio. The audience is invited to pose against a chosen backdrop and take their picture with their favorite cityscape.
PHILIPPINES D1-05 Silverlens Gallery
Philippine artist Geraldine Javier (b.1970) re-enacts her 2012 installation Red Fights Back by displaying photographic mementos of Red’s adventure along side a tridimensional installation which include a wall for a tree wrapped in tatting below which cutting boards are painted with different kinds of plants and flowers and positioned at various depths. Real leaves and clothes cover the whole space.

THAILAND E2-05PS Whitespace Gallery
Maitree Siriboon’s (b.1983) the Rice is Art installation created for Project Stage hints to communal involvement. By collecting rice bags donated to him by his friends from his hometown in the Issan province, Maitree recreates the rural Thailand in Art Stage. Photographic documentations of his creative process go alongside the interactive installation where the audience is invited to touch, smell and experience the rice.

PHILIPPINES E2-03PS The Drawing Room
Vermont Coronel Jr. (b.1985) from the Philippines continues to experiment with his favorite medium which is stencils juxtaposed in several layers. The overall installation at Project Stage displays a 6-metre polyptych work, which makes up an urban imagery teeming with detail and texture by using a spectrum of colors that boost the features of the work. Alongside the largest piece one of his video works will be displayed to enhance his visual narrative and practice.

MALAYSIA A1-04 T.H.E.O Art Professionals
Malaysian artist Zulkifli Yusoff (b.1962) presents Rukunegara (National Principles) installation as part of his ongoing discovery into the makings of Malaysia/Malaya. The works featured at Art Stage are various tridimensional painted forms displayed on the walls, floor and floating from the ceiling, each one responding to symbols of authority within Southeast Asian countries. The centre of the installation is a fiberglass organic form used as a dynamic painting surface.

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