ShhHHh…. The Affordable Art Fair is coming soon.. but first The Young Talent Programme

You can buy happiness‘ – a statement that has been by far proven by qualitative researchers in the field of Science and buyers & collectors in Art. A separate posting will be made about Affordable Art Fair Singapore, F1 Pit.

If you are a young artist and would like to showcase your work to the public, The Young Talent Programme might be for you.

Commenced in 2012, this progamme is a joint initiative by The Affordable Art Fair Singapore and ION Orchard (a huge retail mall located in the heartland of Singapore).

Young artists who are residing or a citizen in South East Asia and <36 years old before the submission deadline in November 2017 are eligible for this contest. Eight selected candidates will present their artworks at The Affordable Art Fair, and two to four artists will be further selected for a 10-month immersive incubative programme with curator, Ms Seah Tzi-Yan, to each prepare and stage a solo exhibition at ION Art Gallery.

Artist Leow Wei Li, Tay Ining and Le Thuy, alongside representatives from The Affordable Art Fair and ION Art
Picture: Mr Alan Koh (Fair Director; left), Ms Seah Tzi-Yan (Theo Arts Professionals Director; third from right), representatives of fair and three past winners of the Young Talent Programme.

‘We would like our young artists to achieve a sustainable career in arts, and to learn to prepare their solo exhibition in a grand space such as ION Art Gallery,’ said Seah.

The fair has showcased 37 artists from the programme, and of these, ION Art has presented the solo exhibitions of 16 artists in its gallery space at ION Orchard effectively launching their careers. Most winners, such as Alecia Neo and Lavender Chang, who have exhibited their artworks in Singapore’s top museums such as the National Gallery and Singapore Art Museum, and won subsequent awards such as the Young Artist Award (National Arts Council) and President’s Design Award.

According to the partners of the programme, participating artist may originate from a non-art discipline. If you think you have some unique talents, perhaps it is time to prove it.

Previous winners of the programme will be available at the ION Art Gallery.

*Artworks are also availabe for purchase at the solo exhibition.

Event: The Young Talent Programme
Venue: ION Art Gallery
Dates: 1 – 24 September 2017
Open 10am to 10pm daily

Saturday 2, 9, 16 & 23 Sep, 2.30pm – 3pm
Wednesday 6, 13 & 20 Sep, 9pm – 9.30pm


  • Artist Le Thuy
    Artist Le Thuy (2)
    Title: Painting on Silk
    Friday, 1 Sep, 3.30pm – 4.30pm
    Biography: Le Thuy (Vietnam) has developed her personal narrative using her paintings as philosophical life witnesses, painting on silk, inspired by traditional Vietnamese folk narratives. The animal images in her works are personifications for the struggles faced.
  • Artist Leow Wei Li
    Artist Leow Wei Li (2)
    Title: Tracing Sounds
    Saturday, 16 Sep, 3.30pm – 4.30pm
    Listening with hands and recording sounds on paper
    To bring: phone with sound recorder and earpiece
    Biography: Leow Wei Li (Singapore) also uses her art as an expression of her daily being by recording occurrences using sound and painting. Her installation of paintings as visual frames is combined with audio recordings of the hubbub and silence heard from her studio over a Joo Chiat street. In recreating her daily experience Leow allows visitors to examine the texture of daily life in a new light.
  • Artist Tay Ining
    Artist Tay Ining (2).JPG
    Title: Form from Foil
    Saturday, 23 Sep, 3.30 – 4.30 pm
    Using metal foil to create shapes and forms.
    Biography: Tay Ining (Singapore) works with a metal iron, testing and trying it to discover the visual and tactile products of its deterioration. She presents stunning compositions derived from these studied operations of rot.

Artists Leow Wei Li and Tay Ining in conversation
With Zulkhairi Zulkiflee
Saturday, 9 Sep, 3pm – 3.45pm

To register for any of the artist tours, workshops and talks, please email with the following details: name and date of preferred tour, workshop or talk, your name and mobile number.
For more details, please visit:

Source: Media preview organised by Affordable Art Fair and ION Art Gallery.

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