Singapore Art Week 2019
Join Ron Ramsey, Executive Director of the Art Gallery Society of NSW, to delve into the lively visual arts scene of Singapore Art Week.
In its seventh iteration, the 2019 Singapore Art Week will exhibit over 100 galleries of Singaporean, regional and international artists, both established and emerging, from the traditional to the contemporary. Also visit a selection of private galleries and explore the Singapore Art Museum and the National Gallery of Singapore. Experience the diversity of Singaporean culture in the Asian Civilisations Museum and the Peranakan Museum, dedicated to the history of the Straits Chinese. Wander through Gardens by the Bay, the sprawling 101-hectare waterside garden precinct which has earned Singapore the title ‘City in a Garden’.
Note: The Singapore Art Week will announce its program of events in late 2018. Therefore, while we undertake to operate the tour as published, there may be some changes to the itinerary so as to make the most of the Art Week events.
This tour is part of the World Art Tours program organised by the Art Gallery Society of NSW in partnership with Renaissance Tours.
Depart Australia or New Zealand in the morning on suggested Singapore Airlines flights. Renaissance Tours or your travel agent can assist you with your flights and other travel arrangements.
Arrive in Singapore in the early afternoon, and make your way to the hotel and check in.
At 18:00, attend a welcome briefing with Ron and fellow travellers, before a special welcome dinner at a local restaurant.
In the morning, immerse yourself in the creative vitality of Singapore Art Week with a visit to Art Stage Singapore, the flagship venue of Singapore Art Week, which brings together contemporary artists from across Southeast Asia.
After lunch, visit the National Gallery of Singapore, which boasts the world’s largest collection of Southeast Asian art. Then discover the riches of the Asian Civilisations Museum, an extraordinary pan-Asian museum which interweaves the varied cultures of the continent. Highlights of the collection include Chola bronzes and Gandharan statues from India, Khmer and Javanese temple sculptures, and a horde of ceramic, gold and silver recovered from a Tang Dynasty shipwreck.
Return to the hotel in the late afternoon, with free time for dinner, including the opportunity to savour the culinary delights of Singapore’s famous ‘street food’.
In the morning, visit the Peranakan Museum, which is dedicated to the unique Peranakan (a.k.a. Straits Chinese) culture which has played such a central role in the evolution of Singapore. The museum presents a detailed view of Peranakan artwork and traditions, including colourful exhibits relating to the 12-day Peranakan wedding ceremony.
After lunch, continue to the Singapore Art Museum. The Singapore Art Museum opened in 1996 as one of the first prominent museums dedicated to Southeast Asian art, and its extensive collection has been instrumental in establishing Southeast Asian art as a distinct and celebrated artistic tradition.
Then explore the spectacular Gardens by the Bay, featuring two huge, cooled conservatories: a Flower Dome bursting with specimens from the across the world, and a Cloud Forest replicating the mountain forests of Southeast Asia and South America. Outside, an elevated walkway runs through a grove of ‘supertrees’, 25- to 50-metre tall vertical gardens growing ferns, vines and bromeliads.
Return to the hotel in the late afternoon, followed by an evening at leisure.
This morning, visit the ArtScience Museum, which combines the two traditions of art and science to present an integrated cultural experience. Exhibitions are ever-changing, and in the past have included Asian street art, high tech electronic ‘art of light’, and massive outdoor sculpture art.
After some free time for lunch, deepen your exploration of Singapore’s vibrant contemporary arts scene with visits to a selection of private galleries and studios of local Singaporean artists not normally open to the public.
In the evening, celebrate the conclusion of the tour with a special farewell dinner with Ron and fellow travellers.
Tour arrangements conclude after breakfast.
Make your way to the airport for suggested Singapore Airlines flights to Australia or New Zealand. Renaissance Tours or your travel agent can assist you with your flights and other travel arrangements, including any extra nights’ accommodation, either before or after the tour.
*Single travellers may request to share.
Please advise at time of booking.
Final payment due
21 November 2018
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Please contact Renaissance Tours or your travel agent for current airfares and flight reservations.
Australian and New Zealand passport holders do not require a visa to visit Singapore.
Tour price includes
- Accommodation in a centrally-located deluxe 5-star hotel with breakfast daily (B)
- Meals as per itinerary (L = Lunch, D = Dinner), including local beer, juices and soft drinks
- Lectures and talks with your tour leader, Ron Ramsey
- Comprehensive sightseeing including local guides and entrance fees as per itinerary
- Transportation throughout on comfortable air-conditioned coaches
- Gratuities for local guides and drivers
- Hotel porterage (one piece per person)
Tour price does not include
- International airfares (please contact Renaissance Tours or your travel agent for assistance)
- Airport/hotel transfers on arrival and departure
- Airport porterage
- Items of a personal nature including telephone, laundry, taxis, minibar, room service etc.
- Travel insurance (a condition of travel; please contact Renaissance Tours or your travel agent for assistance)
Singapore – Four Seasons Hotel Singapore *****
The Four Seasons Singapore overlooks the tree-lined Orchard Boulevard, and enjoys panoramic views over the city. It boasts a rooftop pool, cocktail bar and Cantonese restaurant serving delicious specialities such as dim sums and mesquite-wood fired Peking Duck. The rooms are bright and airy, and are decorated in a natural colour palate inspired by the Singapore Botanic Gardens, and many feature a wall composed of Peranakan tiles, paying tribute to the Straits Chinese culture that forms an essential part of Singaporean identity.
NB. A hotel of a similar standard may be substituted.