S.E.A. Focus, the meeting point for contemporary art in Southeast Asia, presents S.E.A. Focus 2021, their third edition right here in Singapore. S.E.A. Focus has a diverse range of engaging programmes that facilities cultural exchanges that celebrate, promote and provoke dialogue about Southeast Asian art amongst collectors, artists, galleries and the public. 

This is an initiative led by STPI – Creative Workshop and Gallery, supported by the National Arts Council, it’s also the anchor event of the Singapore Art Week. This third edition has both physical and online showcase with two offerings, S.E.A. Focus Digital and S.E.A. Focus Curated. A new integrated experience for local and international audiences to encounter and deepen their appreciation of Southeast Asian art. 

Project director of S.E.A. Focus and executive director of STPI Emi Eu says: “In such a critical time, I am truly grateful that we have been able to organise the third edition of S.E.A. Focus in this meaningful hybrid format. The knowledge that audiences, artists and other stakeholders on a global level are able to experience and appreciate the digital and in-person offerings brings me great joy and encouragement. This dynamic showcase would not have been possible without the collaborative spirit of the participating galleries and artists, as well as the dedication and commitment of my team; I owe a great debt of gratitude to them. We will continue to work hard on realising the project in its entirety.”

For those in Singapore, you can visit S.E.A. Focus 2021 for an in-person contemporary art experiences including hyper-horizon, the physical exhibition of the S.E.A. Focus Curated. It’s held at Tanjong Pagar Distripark, there is curated selection of artworks as a seamless exhibition experience unlike the typical art fair presentation with segregated booths.

During the media preview, we had a short tour of some of the curated contemporary artworks on display, the stories behind the artists’ works, meanings and thoughts behind it. Although I wasn’t able to throughly view, absorb and learnt more about each artists’ artworks, there were some that caught my attention, trigged and provoked my thoughts on various issues and matters. 

Last year 2020 had been a very difficult time for the whole world as we were battling (and we are still continuing the battle against it this year 2021) the global pandemic. Not only were our livelihoods affected, our mental and emotional well-being were also affected. Even though not many of us are artistically talented in painting, sculpting etc, we can connect with the arts through our eyes, heart, mind and soul, whether it is in its contemporary art or traditional form. 

If you are in living and based in Singapore, I would encourage you to visit S.E.A. Focus 2021 at Tanjong Pagar Distripark and immerse yourself into the world of contemporary art by talented artists from Southeast Asia. 

Allow the contemporary artworks masterpieces to engage you in person when you are viewing them, through thoughts and conversation on arts, history, heritage, culture and society issues.

Let art takes over, immerse yourself and engage with the contemporary arts scene at S.E.A. Focus 2021. 

For more information and details on S.E.A Focus 2021, please visit their website and social media pages below:

Dates: 22nd January 2021 to 31st January 2021

Opening hours: 1pm to 8pm

Website: https://seafocus.sg/ 

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/SEAFocusSG/ 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/seafocus/ 

YouTube: S.E.A. Focus

Artsy: https://www.artsy.net/sea-focus 

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