Singapore Art Week at The Substation

December 23, 2019

How does Southeast Asian contemporary art engage the city and audiences? How do artists co-opt public space (physical or symbolic) to speak to the status quo and empower the public on contemporary issues or shared concerns? 


Stealing Public Space features a blockbuster line-up of local and regional artists, comprising 25 artists and 32 historical and newly-commissioned works by established and emerging artists, to question how public space can be "stolen" from systems of power and authority. 


Join curator Iola Lenzi for a rare, participative exhibition tour, where she delves into the historical and social contexts that galvanised the compelling works. Dive into the exhibition's interactive elements, and gain insights on how the artists have designed works that draw viewers physically and intellectually into debates on public life.


Learn the methods artists and curators employ in their practices to bring forth ideas and activate the public on the 14 January.  When Dinh Q. Le (Vietnam), Justin Loke of Vertical Submarine (Singapore), and Yadanar Win (Myanmar) join curator Iola Lenzi in a discussion on their creative strategies in communicating ideas to audiences, and how they navigate state and institution in order to see these works realised.


For more details on the show and Opening activities, please see exhibition and event series below or visit the micro-site:


Exhibition Opening Hours:

11 January–23 February 2020

Tue – Sun, 12pm – 8pm daily
Closed on Mondays and Chinese New Year (24 – 27 Jan 2020)
Free admission


Opening events:

14 January 2020

Artist panel with curator
5pm – 6pm / The Substation Theatre
Free via registration here

Performance by Bui Cong Khanh
6.15pm – 6.30pm


Opening reception
6.30pm – 8pm


Related programmes:


Curator-led tour
18 January, Sat / 11am – 11.30am / The Substation Gallery
Free via registration here (Limited to 25 pax)


Public art talk
22 February, Sat / 11am – 12.30pm / The Substation Theatre



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