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.