21 Years: A Story in Multiple Parts

25 September – 15 October

Leading international contemporary art space STPI – Creative Workshop & Gallery, Singapore is proud to announce its 21st Anniversary celebrations, headlined by a special exhibition titled 21 Years: A Story in Multiple Parts. Opening from 25 September to 15 October 2023, the show reflects a rich history rooted in over two decades of artistic collaboration and accomplishments with more than 100 artists from around the world, and looks to a continuing future of innovation and collaboration for its artists and community. With artistic collaborations at the heart of STPI, these works on show are a representation of the expertise, innovation, and experimental dialogues that take place in the Creative Workshop. This process empowers visiting artists of international calibre to push the boundaries of their practice, finding elevated forms of expression through print and papermaking techniques that challenge convention.

21 Years: A Story in Multiple Parts will be a multi-faceted exhibition featuring a selection of over 30 artworks from more than 20 artists, spanning across the early 2000s to the 2020s, including the likes of Do Ho Suh (South Korea), Rirkrit Tiravanija (Thailand/USA), Pinaree Sanpitak (Thailand), the late Ashley Bickerton (USA) and Pacita Abad (Philippines), pioneer Singapore artists such as Chua Ek Kay and Han Sai Por, and many more.

Ashley Bickerton, Graffiti Mountain No. 4, 2006, Lithography, flocking and relief print on cast paper, 99.5 x 129.5 x 12.5 cm. © Ashley Bickerton / STPI. Photo courtesy of the artist and STPI – Creative Workshop & Gallery, Singapore.

To highlight this important and poignant coming-of-age moment, the milestone exhibition will showcase the stories, and creative relationships forged within the Creative Workshop and Gallery through historical photographs, a timeline of development, and artworks produced in residency. It reinforces STPI’s deep ethos of artistic experimentation and unlimited possibilities in the realms of print and papermaking, which have empowered many renowned artists in producing fresh works that find expression beyond the boundaries of their original practice.

Pinaree Sanpitak, Breast Vessel II – 1, 2018, Collagraph on paper, 83 x 117.5 x 4.5 cm. © Pinaree Sanpitak / STPI. Photo courtesy of the artist and STPI – Creative Workshop & Gallery, Singapore.


In commemoration of its 21st Anniversary, STPI will also publish a seminal book titled PRINT / PAPER UNLIMITED — a rich collection of essays, interviews, and anecdotes from past visiting artists, renowned curators, passionate collectors, and other significant figures in the international art scene. Their voices and contribution highlight the depth and scale of STPI’s indelible mark on the contemporary art landscape in Singapore, regionally in Southeast Asia, and around the world. Click to purchase or learn more.

“We are immensely proud to celebrate 21 years of artistic excellence and collaboration at STPI with this momentous exhibition. Our commitment to empowering artistic innovation and giving artists a platform through international presentations has been the cornerstone of our success, and 21 Years: A Story in Multiple Parts reflects our gratitude to the artists and community who have enriched our journey over the years.”

Emi Eu, Executive Director, STPI


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