ART SG X UBS Discussion Series | Collecting with a Purpose

From left: Nadia Samdani, Patrick Sun, Aaron Cezar

ART SG X UBS Discussion Series
Collecting with a purpose

For the fourth conversation in the ART SG X UBS Discussion Series, leading collectors Patrick Sun (Founder, SUNPRIDE Foundation) and Nadia Samdani (Co-Founder and President, Samdani Art Foundation and Founder, Dhaka Art Summit) spoke about intentional collecting, advocacy and education through building a publicly visible art foundation. 

The conversation was moderated by Aaron Cezar, Founding Director of Delfina Foundation, who spearheaded the creation of ‘Collecting as Practice’, the first ever integrated residency programme for collectors and artists.

This discussion was part of the official Singapore Art Week Dialogues 2022, presented in collaboration with the National Arts Council and Art and Market

7–8 PM SGT
Streamed live on this page. 


Co-Founder and President, Samdani Art Foundation and Founder, Dhaka Art Summit

Nadia Samdani is the Co-Founder and President of the Samdani Art Foundation and Director of Dhaka Art Summit (DAS). In 2011, with her husband Rajeeb Samdani, she established the Samdani Art Foundation to support the work of Bangladesh and South Asia’s contemporary artists and architects and increase their exposure. She is a member of Tate’s South Asia Acquisitions Committee, Tate’s International Council, Art Dubai’s Advisory Council and Alserkal Avenue’s Programming Committee, and is one of the founding members of The Harvard University Lakshmi Mittal South Asia Institute’s Arts Advisory Council. In 2017, with her husband Rajeeb, she was the first South Asian arts patron to receive the Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award.



Patrick Sun is a prolific patron and collector of modern and contemporary Asian art, and founder of the SUNPRIDE FOUNDATION, which aims to foster a stronger, healthier, and more equitable world for the LGBT+ community in Asia through the display of art. In 2017, the Sunpride Foundation co-hosted the first ever large scale museum survey of LGBT+ themes in Asian art-making, ‘Spectrosynthesis — Asian LGBTQ Issues and Art Now’, with Taipei’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA). In 2019, the foundation staged a second exhibition in the series, titled ‘Spectrosynthesis II — Exposure of Tolerance: LGBTQ in Southeast Asia’ at the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC).



Founding Director, Delfina Foundation

Aaron Cezar is the Founding Director of the Delfina Foundation, where he develops and oversees its interrelated programme of residencies, exhibitions and public platforms. Over the last seven years, he has positioned the Delfina Foundation as a meeting point and incubator of creative talent, forming partnerships with leading institutions internationally. Aaron sits on numerous boards, committees and advisory groups of organisations such as Art Jameel, the Asymmetry Art Foundation, Kunsthalle Praha among many others. He has curated external exhibitions, performances and programmes at Hayward Gallery Project Space, SongEun Artspace, ArtBo, and Art Dubai, to name a few. As part of the official public programme of the 58th Venice Art Biennale, he conceived the opening week and final weekend performances with Ralph Rugoff.


The series will create thought-provoking panel discussions featuring industry experts, to undertake and re-frame socio-cultural analyses of Singapore and Southeast Asia as leading art and cultural cities. Launching during Singapore Art Week, ART SG aims to present larger panels to welcome collectors and general public in Singapore, complemented by smaller by-invitation sessions in other regional cities. Sign up to the ART SG Newsletter to be notified of upcoming events.


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