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Post by ksl » Wed, 20 Aug 2008 3:30 pm

ArtyJames wrote:Digital12, it was the same for me when I was looking into it, everything said that Singapore was positioning itself as the arts hub of asia!! Having lived here now for nearly a year...not a chance..!!

Currymeister....I'm not talking about buying art really, just a general interest in it. There seems to be no 'scene' at all here...its just shocking thats all, especially coming from Europe....

Scoobydoo....importing art is one thing, but selling it a generating interest is the tricky part, you would think that would be easy and it would be relatively easy in most places, but it seems here in Singapore, you will have to change the entire viewpoint of a nation!

You can sell "shit" if you market it correctly, the art scene is new, and marketing and advertising is expensive, so I would say you need a plan of sponsorship and strategy to kick start the interests, if you haven't the funds for exposure.

Local artists do work with the government, you may wish to have a chat with the gallery owned by artists down in China Town, it's located about 10 meters on the right, when you come up from the MRT station, the very busy tourist street. It's a tough market to crack without backing and too new to be any good, some price's appear to be highly inflated.

There is also a manufacturer of frames, who is into fine arts, he says he has many contacts, but the industry is too new, and the local culture is not geared too art, how can it be in 40 years.

I'm afraid it's my opinion, that you are flogging a dead horse, without the proper sponsorship and government backing. Exhibitions & Advertising cost money, so all artists need to pull together, to find the sponsors.

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Post by QRM » Wed, 20 Aug 2008 5:49 pm

ArtyJames wrote:QRM...Surely you aren't suggesting that you have to be an artist to have an interest in the arts and culture??!
I believe you need to have an artistic/creative leaning order to appreciate it, doesn't mean you have to be a full on artist. Unless you are talking about people who just want to make a quick buck and doesn't care what they are buying or selling.

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Post by Winxkid » Sat, 13 Sep 2008 3:43 am

There's lotsa folks here in Singapore who appreciate arts, just that You don't get to meet them... :lol:

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Post by redmanti » Fri, 26 Sep 2008 8:56 am

The Singaporean govt is generally very supportive of many of these current schemes. You should get networking in industry events as opposed to relying much on what anyone says in these forums.

Most people including expats don't get the art scene.

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Post by cutiebabe » Mon, 29 Sep 2008 5:38 pm

ArtyJames wrote:QRM...Surely you aren't suggesting that you have to be an artist to have an interest in the arts and culture??!
Hi James,

I am an artist as well, used to run art gallery in Malaysia n Singapore. Fine art grad. Singapore's market is better than Malaysia, but Sg's fav is decorative art, anything that can match their interior design. Price range ofcoz.................the appreciation is diff from european. Depends on wat u r looking at, $ or art?

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Post by lostintranslation » Fri, 03 Oct 2008 11:37 am

Absolutely cutiebabe, you are spot on, appreciation of art is very different to that of europe, very different views.

Anyone one around on 16th October? A mate of mine, Jamie Paul from the UK is having his first solo exhibition based in Singapore at Monsoon Asia gallery in the Mount Emily Hill arts complex, should be a good night and the art is awesome!! From 7pm

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Post by jpatokal » Thu, 09 Oct 2008 12:13 am

digital12 wrote:I'm in the film/tv sector and am considering a move to Singapore. But from the sounds of it, it doesn't seem like there's much in the way of a 'creative community'.
Creative my ass. Did you know that you need to get the government to vet and approve the script of any theater production before it can be shown? :???:

At the end of the day, though, the main problem is that Singaporeans themselves just don't give a poop. Waltz down to the Durians and catch the Singapore Symphony Orchestra in action some day: they've built a world-class performance hall and hired the best musicians money can buy, but they're still playing to empty halls most days. (And most of the people who do attend got their tickets for free!)

I'm kinda looking forward to SIPF this weekend, but if it's anything like the Biennale last year, I'll have most of the museums to myself. Not that that's necessarily a bad thing from my own point of view 8-)
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