Exploring a diverse range of topics inspired by the Singapore art scene and beyond, the program offers a chance to delve deeper into Southeast Asian contemporary culture in context to the global art landscape.


Cosmin Costinaș (b. 1982, Romania) is the Co-Artistic Director of the 24th Biennale of Sydney (2024) and the curator of the Romanian Pavilion for the 59th Venice Biennale (2022). He was the Executive Director and Curator of Para Site, Hong Kong’s leading contemporary art centre and one of the oldest and most active independent art institutions in Asia. During his 11 year tenure (2011-2022) he oversaw the institution’s major expansion and relocation, having curated numerous exhibitions including ‘Garden of Six Seasons’ and ‘A beast, a god, and a line.’ He was recently Artistic Director of Kathmandu Triennale 2022, the fourth edition of Nepal’s premier international platform for contemporary arts. 


Costinaș is a Curatorial Adviser at the Aichi Triennale (2022). He was Guest Curator at the Dhaka Art Summit and Dakar Biennale (2018), Co-curator of the 10th Shanghai Biennale (2014), Curator of BAK, Utrecht (2008-2011), Co-curator of the 1st Ural Industrial Biennial, Ekaterinburg (2010) and Editor of documenta 12 Magazines, Kassel (2005–2007). He has edited and contributed his writing to numerous books, magazines, and exhibition catalogues. Costinaș has taught and lectured at different universities, art academies, and institutions across the world.

Thursday 12 January

Art Outreach | Launch of SEA: Contemporary Art in Southeast Asia

Time : 11:30 am

The panel discussion will address Southeast Asian contemporary art practices as part of the global contemporary art landscape, and how this publication contributes to dialogues in the region and around the world.


Alessio Antoniolli  – Director, Gasworks & Triangle Network

Ute Meta Bauer – Founding Director, Nanyang Technological University Centre’s for

Contemporary Art Singapore and Professor, NTU School of Art, Design, and Media;

Aaron Cezar  – Director, Delfina Foundation

Moderated by:

Karin G. Oen – Senior Lecturer and Head of Art History, Nanyang Technological

University, School of Humanities


Thursday 12 January

Film | On Finding A Home For Southeast Asian Visual Art And Film

Time : 2:30 pm
Speakers of On Finding A Home For Southeast Asian Visual Art And Film

This program will discuss with media theorists, media art and film curators and artists from Southeast Asian region the status of their artistic practices. This is about updating the current situation of the eco-system of video art and film production, distribution and its relationship to the institution and private collection. How did it work for artistic practices? What’s the relationship with the ‘art market’? What kind of art institutional policies are there towards collecting these type of works?


Dr David Teh – Associate Professor, National University of Singapore

Pauline J. Yao – Lead Curator, Visual Art, M+

June Yap – Director of Curatorial & Collections, Singapore Art Museum

Robert Zhao Renhui – Artist

Moderated by:

Gridthiya Gaweewong – Artistic Director, Jim Thompson Art Center

Thursday 12 January

Perspectives | Novel Ways Of Supporting Artists And Art Scenes To Grow

Time : 4:00 pm
Speakers of Novel Ways Of Supporting Artists And Art Scenes To Grow


Rajeeb Samdani – Collector, Co-Founder and Trustee, Samdani Art Foundation, Founder, Dhaka Art Summit

Uli Sigg – Leading Collector of Chinese Contemporary Art, Member of M+Museum Board Hong Kong, International Council of Museum of Modern Art, New York and International Advisory Board of TATE, London

Patrick Sun – Collector and Founder, SUNPRIDE Foundation

Moderated by:

Elaine Ng – Editor and Publisher, ArtAsiaPacific (Elaine Ng’s presence is kindly made possible by Singapore Art Week 2023)

Thursday 12 January

UBS x Fondation Beyeler | Conversation: Hans Ulrich Obrist with Hiroshi Sugimoto: Life of the artist, Life of the architect

Time : 6:00 pm

UBS and The Fondation Beyeler will host a conversation between UBS Art Collection artist Hiroshi Sugimoto and Hans Ulrich Obrist.

We have reached maximum capacity and are unable to accommodate any more RSVPs. However, walk-ins for all ARTSG ticket holders are still encouraged, subject to availability on the day. We wish you a pleasant journey at ARTSG. 

Hans Ulrich Obrist – Artistic Director of the Serpentine in London, and Senior Advisor at LUMA Arles

Hiroshi Sugimoto – Artist

Friday 13 January

Reframe | Building Cultural Infrastructure In The Blockchain Age

Time : 2:00 pm
Speakers of Building Cultural Infrastructure In The Blockchain Age

The Web 3.0 ecosystem has accelerated explorations and developments of art practices engaged with emerging technologies and mediums. In introducing and re-emphasising new modes and pathways of art-making and art-sharing, the blockchain ecosystem has also prompted further experimentations on how our cultural infrastructures could be challenged and updated in a truly digital age. This session brings together three key opinion leaders who are building across different areas of this emerging cultural landscape to shed some insights into what this new world could be.


Elroy Cheo – Co-founder, ARC

Steven Sacks – Founder/Director, bitforms

DarrenSRS – Collector; Core member, Team 6529

Moderated by:

Clara Che Wei Peh – Founder, NFT Asia, Curator (Digital)

Friday 13 January

Reframe | Hybrid Experiences In The Real World – Disrupting Art And Technology

Time : 4:00 pm
Speakers of Hybrid Experiences In The Real World – Disrupting Art And Technology

How has the experience of viewership and collecting, and the notion of domain connoisseurship/expertise/knowledge, changed since the emergence of digital and NFT art as a genre?

What kinds of hybrid environments — physical art fairs, biennales, metaverses, virtual museums — are being built, and how are they being optimized to offer users those experiences in a compelling way?


Kevin Abosch – Artist
Honor Harger – Vice President of ArtScience Museum and Vice President of Attractions at Marina Bay Sands
George Wong – Head of Singapore & Malaysia, The Sandbox

Moderated by:

Darryl Wee – Director Asia, Velar Technologies, Co-host of Floor is Rising NFT podcast

Saturday 14 January

Perspectives | Biennales As Drivers Of Local And Regional Collaboration

Time : 2:00 pm
Speakers of Biennales As Drivers Of Local And Regional Collaboration


Diana Campbell – Founding Artistic Director, Samdani Art Foundation

Barbara Moore – Chief Executive Officer, 24th Biennale of Sydney

Dr Apinan Poshyananda – Chief Executive and Artistic Director, Bangkok Art Biennale

Shubigi Rao – Curator, Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2022

Moderated by:

Magdalena Magiera – Curator, Research Associate NTU CCA Singapore


Saturday 14 January

Perspectives | How Will Museums Adapt To Changing Global Dynamics?

Time : 4:00 pm
Speakers of How Will Museums Adapt To Changing Global Dynamics?


Michael Brand – Director, Art Gallery of New South Wales

Mami Kataoka – Director, Mori Art Museum

Aaron Seeto – Director, Museum MACAN

Moderated by:

Cosmin Costinas – Curator, ART SG Perspectives, Co-Artistic Director, 24th Biennale of Sydney

Sunday 15 January

Perspectives | Reimagining Our Region After The Pandemic

Time : 3:00 pm
Speakers of Reimagining Our Region After The Pandemic


Hitman Gurung and Sheelasha Rajbhandari – Artists, Co-Curators, Kathmandu Triennale 2020, Curators, Nepal Pavillion, 59th Venice Biennale

Billy Tang – Executive Director, Para Site

Moderated by:

Shabbir Hussain Mustafa – Senior Curator, Singapore Art Museum and National Gallery Singapore



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