Singapore guide: Art and design events in March 2018
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3 March: Oh! Emerald Hill
Everyone's familiar with Emerald Hill's drinking dens, while its history as a former nutmeg plantation is lesser known. You can now explore the history of Emerald Hill and how it has evolved through tours, art and performances held in homes and private spaces. Works from designer-turned-visual artist Anthony Chin and Singapore-based artist Ang Song Nian will also be featured among many others. Artists such as Jimmy Ong, Kent Chan and Gilles Massot are billed for their block party as well.
Artist and SMU-graduate Hendry Poh emulates the school's architecture and spaces in an exhibition to show that learning and education in this century will never be finished. Look out for a diorama of SMU'S famous horseshoe-shaped seminar rooms.
5 March – Italian Ambassador’s Residence Open House
The Embassy of Italy in Singapore has collaborated with SNA Design in conjunction with Italian Design Day to visit the home of Italian ambassador Raffaele Langella. Check out the crème de la crème of Italian interior design, with brands such as Poltrona Frau, Foscarini and Artemide making appearances.
P5 Studio, a newly-launched creative collective, will showcase two floors of popular designer furniture labels. Brands such as Stellar Works and Montana are being featured on the first level, while the second level features P5 Studio's bespoke cabinets and more designer furniture labels in the setting of an architect's studio.
7 March – Saigon Artbook #7: An Exhibition (I, Me and Mine)
SPRMRKT presents a special exhibition of I, Me and Mine, the seventh edition of Saigon Artbook. Meet Giang Nguyen, the designer of Saigon Artbook together with Inpages co-founder Long Dang, as they chat about the indie publishing industry in Saigon.
The International Furniture Fair Singapore 2018, held together with the 35th ASEAN Furniture Show and NOOK Asia 2018, will feature the CARTE BLANCHE showcase that is curated by Chantal Hamaide, founder of French/English language design magazine, Intramuros. Following the event's theme, New Traditions, look out for 18 brands from around the world such as Singapore's Grafunkt and France's Coédition.
Heading innovation strategy and forecasting at UNS Studio, Ren Horng Yee, will talk about how retail is being disrupted and how its spaces have transformed, playing an important role in how people live, work and play Joining him in two other lectures include One to One's managing director Benjamin Koren and Herzog & De Meuron's head digital technologies Steffen Riegas.
10 March – Design District Dialogue x Holland Village
10 terrace houses in Chip Bee Gardens will play host to different activities such as pottery and music workshops. Keep a lookout for the close-street block party that launches the 10-day activation, where you can expect to find acoustic performances by Glen Wee, Adia Tay and Weish, and a pop-up store by Heads of State Millinery. The best thing? You can unleash your rage in the Fragment Room.
Shophouse & Co presents a new and improved programme, The City Ramble Design Trails. This time, it's made up of The City Ramble Stories, The City Ramble Heritage and The City Ramble Process. Participants will visit six different stops in the city including The Quadrant at Cecil and The Warehouse Hotel. You can also join workshops and installations with letterpress company Typesettingsg and industrial designer Ng Siang Joo.
It's time to erase the idea of Yishun being the most news-reported area in Singapore, and experience 2D and 3D works in a pop-up space and workshops by its creative-in-residence. With its theme of 'Future Living', it questions existing boundaries in local neighbourhoods and supports a youth-led community.
Is the print industry struggling to keep up with online pressures? Presented by Sing Lit Station and curated by local poet Daryl Lim Wei Jie, this exhibition takes a look at the beginning years of Singapore literature. Check out 16 iconic literary titles from the past, with reinvented covers by Singapore graphic design studio Sarah and Schooling.
Calling all designers and aspiring ones: Don't beat yourselves up if something doesn't go right. Three renowned design studios - Chemistry, UltraSuperNew and Design Bridge - will be giving their personal take on the design process and how failing is vital in this industry. Studio tours will also be conducted before the talk.
Conducted over five days, this festival centres around all things urban design and placemaking, a growing global movement. Visitors can take part in activities and displays such as temporary installations, workshops and an international summit, with an impressive lineup featuring Amsterdam-based urban planner Joop de Boer and One Works co-founder Giulio De Carli.
16 March – Bras Basah.Bugis Arts Sprawl x SDW 2018
From workshops to art installations and an art market, this arty affair allows the public to expose themselves to all kinds of art and design for everyone to enjoy, with makeup workshops hosted by Cosmoprof Academy and a fashion show by students from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts.
At Urban Ventures Street Party's next edition, catch performances by Disco Hue, Wallflower and Forests, as well as an acro performance by Acro Polates. Try out beauty services by Vaniday and shop at an artisans market, with a lineup of crafts by Arudio, Bacteria Secret and Hush Candle.
Delve into the Danish film scene with a look at Scandinavian furniture. Catch the final film during the festival, Olafur Eliasson: Space is Process, one that follows the famous Danish-Icelandic artist for four years. Questioning what makes a space productive and challenging, sit back and enjoy a fitting end to all things design.
19 March - Origami — A New Fold (Paper in my Attic)
At M Social Communities, an event by M Social to bring local artists together to share their craft with travellers, swing by one of the exhibitions by origami artist Rae Lim. Learning different paper designs and folding techniques since young, she'll be presenting her installation, 'Boundaries', about a paper's unlimited possibilities and forming tessellations. She will also be teaching participants about origami art on March 24.