Artist Talk: Jason Martin, with Greg Hilty and Mark Gisbourne

Saturday, 23 March
3.00pm - 4.00pm

Join artist Jason Martin as he discusses his artistic process and body of work developed at STPI. Reviewing the artist’s collaboration with STPI that has culminated in the exhibition Jason Martin: Meta physical, Martin has redirected his enduring spirit of experimentation – particularly in response to the materiality of painting, and the painted image’s nature of arrival and emergence – to the medium of pulp and paper.


In conversation with the artist are Greg Hilty (Curatorial Director, Lisson Gallery) and Mark Gisbourne (art historian, critic, curator, and writer).


“The experimental nature of the workshop afforded me the freedom to explore materials in exciting new ways. The exhibition will hopefully reveal surprises in how materials can be transformative.


The works as a whole endeavour to hold some mysteries questioning the nature of their materials and how they have come into being. If my overall studio practice can be understood as developing a pictorial language, my collaboration with STPI takes me on an R&D tour of the grammar inherent to that language.” — Jason Martin, interviewed by Prestige Singapore


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Panel Talk: SG Arts Today

Saturday, 23 February 2019
3.00pm - 4.00pm

Genevieve Chua, Artist
Stephanie Fong, Director, FOST Gallery
Paul Tan, Deputy CEO, National Arts Council

Moderated by: Kathleen Ditzig, Independent Curator and Writer

This segment aims to thoughtfully examine the factors shaping the trajectories of art in Singapore today. Reflecting on past and current challenges and opportunities for our country’s artistic growth and reach, it further considers how these experiences can help to sharpen our approach to and vision of moulding distinct cultural and national identities.


The panel discussed our visual arts scene’s growth and international involvement, the shaping of our value system, critical art writing and journalism, as well as the ecosystem’s future sustainability. Our invited panel speakers are artist, Genevieve Chua; gallerist, Stephanie Fong, FOST Gallery; cultural policy-maker, Paul Tan, National Arts Council. The talk was moderated by independent researcher and curator, Kathleen Ditzig.


Read the transcript of the panel talk here.


Collectors’ Insights: Lito Camacho, Kim Camacho, and Kenneth Tan

Saturday, 26 January 2019
STPI Gallery

Held once a year during Singapore Art Week in January, this session is a platform for prominent collectors to share the philosophy behind building their outstanding private collections.



About the speakers:

Husband-and-wife Lito and Kim Camacho have accumulated one of the most important private collections in the Asia-Pacific region; notably including major works by teamLab, Yayoi Kusama, and Gutai works. Both their Kusama and Gutai collections have been shown at the Ayala Museum, Philippines. Their collection also includes seminal works of the American Abstract Expressionist, Alfonso Ossorio, as well as fine selections of Filipino and Southeast Asian artworks.


Kenneth Tan is a fund manager based in Singapore, who began actively collecting art since 2002. The private collection diversely represents more than 80 artists from Southeast Asia, Japan, Korea, Europe, and the Americas; consisting of over 250 works by Natee Utarit, Suzann Victor, Edmund de Waal, Robert Mapplethorpe, Takesada Matsutani, Jose ‘Jojo’ Legaspi, Jonas Wood, and Wong Hoy Cheong. Ken’s most recent addition are two historical works by American artist Jennifer Bartlett.



Art Week Brunch: Art and Economics – Projecting the Future Value of Art

Friday, 25 January 2019
STPI Gallery



Alfredo & Isabel Aquilizan, Artists
Magnus Renfrew, Founder, ARTHQ; Co-Founder, Taipei Dangdai
Jasdeep Sandhu, Director, Gajah Gallery
Jasmine Yan, Regional Business Development Director, Phillips Hong Kong

Moderated by:
Ning Chong, Co-Founder, The Culture Story


This session hopes to distill notions of ownership, marketing, and collecting strategies both today and in the future. The areas of discussion include thoughts and challenges on the current primary market; views on marketing tactics on the secondary market; collecting with respect of connoisseurship vs. focusing on art as investment through market observation; the rise of Asia as an engine of growth of the art market; and discussing on the social and cultural value of art, beyond its monetary value.



In Talks With: T.K. Sabapathy

Saturday, 19 January 2019
STPI Gallery

Thoughts on Composition: on seeing pictures by Cheong Soo Pieng

A lecture by T. K. Sabapathy



The lecture focuses on an aspect that is largely muted in recent discussions on art, and the topic for an exhibition of Cheong Soo Pieng’s pictures at STPI gallery, namely: composition in art. It springs from closely examining a picture titled A Corner of Art Studio, dated 1947, the earliest in the show. It deals with the making of a picture (an easel picture) in the painter’s studio and features a model. These (i.e. the studio, easel picture, model) are the creative “building blocks” that Cheong Soo Pieng employs and develops in his practice throughout his life. The lecture deals with each of them along twin trajectories: historically in relation to the modern in art in Singapore and particularly in relation to the practice of this artist. It is illustrated.


About the Speaker:

T. K. Sabapathy, born in 1938, is Singapore’s foremost art historian, curator and critic. For four decades, he has devoted his life to the research, documentation and support of contemporary visual arts in Singapore and Malaysia.He has been a lecturer of art history at the National University of Singapore, Nanyang Technological Institution and National Institute of Education. He set up and headed Singapore’s pioneer art research facilities, the Contemporary Asian Art Centre and subsequently, Asia Contemporary. He has also written countless articles, books, catalogues and artist monographs, making an invaluable contribution to the study of art in Southeast Asia, and is well respected for his scholarship and beloved for his tireless advocacy of art and artists of Singapore and Malaysia.


In Talks With: Leilani Lynch, The Bass Museum of Art

Saturday, 17 November 2018
STPI Gallery

In conjunction with Aaron Curry: Fragments from a Collective Unity, Leilani Lynch, Assistant Curator of The Bass Museum of Art, provided valuable insights into the artist’s practice, artistic influences, and collaboration with the STPI Creative Workshop.


Lynch is the curator of Aaron Curry’s current exhibition at The Bass Museum of Art in Miami Beach, Florida, titled Tune Yer Head (2018); in addition to co-organizing exhibitions with Ugo Rondinone, Pascale Marthine Tayou, Laure Prouvost, and Paola Pivi. She has recently participated in panels for ArtTable and ICOM, as well as served on juries for Art Center, South Florida and Apexart, New York. Before her stint at The Bass, she served as Exhibitions Manager at Locust Projects, Miami’s longest-running alternative arts space, producing site-specific experimental exhibitions with international artists.



Coffee and Conversations with Melati Suryodarmo

Saturday, 13 October 2018
STPI Gallery



Indonesian performance artist Melati Suryodarmo returns to her exploration of human inhabitations and our relationship with abandoned spaces. She utilised materials collected from her hometown in Surakarta, Indonesia – the same city where she founded Studio Plesungan, an experimental space focused on performance art. Join Melati in this in-depth discussion as she talks about her practice and processes during her residency at STPI.


Best known for her powerful and emotionally charged stage presence, Melati is fascinated by the resilience of the human body; how it is able to adapt and push its own boundaries for newer ways of being human. She has presented her works in various international festivals and exhibitions, including Singapore Biennale, Singapore (2016); Asia Pacific Triennale, QAGOMA, Brisbane, Australia (2015); Luminato Festival of the Arts, Toronto, Canada (2012); and Manifesta7, Bolzano, Italy (2008).


Coffee and Conversations with Pinaree Sanpitak

Saturday, 8 September 2018
STPI Gallery



Thai conceptual artist Pinaree Sanpitak discussed her past practices, existing works, and her exploration of material at STPI. Revisiting one of her earliest sculptural materials—mulberry fibre, the artist used her iconic breast motif as a symbol of motherhood; examining the female form as a vessel of perception and a metaphor of the self.


Over the past twenty years, the artist’s work has been featured in numerous museums and major biennales across Asia, Europe and the United States. Her works are in the public collections of Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane; Fukuoka Asian Art Museum; and Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), among many others.


Coffee & Conversations with Manuel Ocampo

Saturday, 28 July 2018
STPI Gallery

Filipino artist Manuel Ocampo (b. 1965, Philippines) unpacked the symbolism and dark humour of his works and shares his thought processes behind his use of societal taboos and religious iconography.


The multiple award-winning painter is known for his frequent and strategic stylistic drifts in response to new contexts and subject matter. His shows are often constructed around contradictory tendencies, elaborating discrepancies between what a painting appears to be and how it behaves in relation to the structures that legitimate its appearance. He always embraces sudden shifts of style and emphasis. He paints, but doubt is created as to whether any particular medium is the solution. 


The artist has been a vital presence on the international art scene for over two decades now; his works were presented in two of the most important European art events, Documenta IX (1992) and the Venice Biennale (1993). In the early 1990s, he participated in the iconic exhibition “Helter Skelter: L.A. Art in the 1990s” at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (1992).


Find out more about the artist here:


Coffee & Conversations with Pae White

Saturday, 24 March 2018
STPI Gallery

Join acclaimed Los Angeles-based artist Pae White in this exclusive session as she provides insights into her expansive practice that embraces sculpture, installation and painting as well as architecture, furniture and graphics.


Pae White’s diverse practice is marked by her uses of unconventional materials such as glass, marble, fabric, marzipan, marshmallows, and vinyl. Merging art, design, craft and architecture, White responds to materials and the site to create captivating works that challenge our perception and expectation of mediums and techniques. By collaborating with different artisans and industrial fabricators, the artist realises her ideas through playful explorations, reflecting a desire to create work beyond her personal skillset.


The artist’s ecent solo exhibitions and public commissions include Demondaine, Kaufmann Repetto Gallery, Milan (2017); Qwalala, Le Stanze del Vetro, Venice (2017); Command- Shift-4, Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle (2015); Special No. 127, neugerriemschneider, Berlin (2014); Genau or Never, greengrassi, London (2014); O R L L E G R O, MAK, Vienna (2013); Too much night, again, South London Gallery, London (2013) and S U M M E R X X, The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia (2012); among many others.

Find out more about the artist here: 


In Talks with: Theresa McCullough, Principal Curator of the Asian Civilisations Museum

Saturday, 21 April 2018
STPI Gallery

The Khmer civilisation was one of the greatest Southeast Asia had ever known. At the heart of it is the city of Angkor, which at its height, from the 11th through 13th century, was one of the largest anywhere in the world. The landscape was punctuated by great stepped, pyramidal temple-mountains built by successive kings to honour their gods.


Join Theresa McCullough, Principal Curator of the Asian Civilisations Museum, as she explores the artistic legacy of Khmer culture through its art and architecture and touches on recent ground-breaking discoveries that are continuing to reshape our understanding of this rich civilisation.


This talk is held in conjunction of the exhibition of Dinh Q. Lê: Monuments and Memorials.


Artist Talk: Dinh Q. Lê

Saturday, 17 March 2018
STPI Gallery

Artist Dinh Q. Lê provided valuable insights into his artistic process and the works that he developed at STPI for “Monuments and Memorials”, including the inception of the Splendor & Darkness series, which first began in 1998.

“It all started with my first visit to my hometown Ha-Tien on my first trip back to Vietnam more than twenty years ago. The town is situated right on the border between Vietnam and Cambodia. That visit brought back horrific memories of the invasion of my hometown by the Khmer Rouge when I was a child, and it led me to visit Cambodia subsequently over a period of ten years to learn its history and the Khmer Rouge. I was trying to make some sense of it all. Cambodia: Splendor & Darkness (1998) thus came about as one of a few series that deals with the recent and past history of Cambodia.”


Find out more about the artist here:


Coffee and Conversations with Aaron Curry

Saturday, 10 February 2018
STPI Gallery

“Curry’s paintings exist in the realm of the future as imagined in the 1980s—with impressions of spray paint, graffiti and neon signs. They hang suspended like jagged portals, and curiously give the impression that one is looking through the picture plane into the abyss contained within them.” – Artillery Mag

“It is a curious Oedipal drama that Mr. Curry stages. Wielding postmodernist insouciance as a club, he seems intent on overthrowing the fathers of Modernist sculpture and having their primordial muse for himself.” -New York Times

Critically acclaimed Los Angeles-based artist Aaron Curry shared his art practice and key works with us. Constantly incorporating qualities of one medium into the other, his works challenge the divisions that isolate one medium from another to reveal a richness in the middle ground. His signature totemic sculptures resemble sculptural collages of flat, organically cut shapes. They possess a distinctive 2-dimensional quality and reference a wide range of artistic styles; from the bright colours of Pop and the distorted planes of Cubism, to the biomorphism of Surrealism, they display a bold and intensely saturated visual language that is distinctively his own.


For more information on this artist and his practice, check out our website:


SG Art Week Panel: Art Institutions, World Leaders

Saturday, 27 January 2018
STPI Gallery

Join Chong Siak Ching (CEO, National Gallery Singapore), Reuben Keehan (Curator, Contemporary Asian Art at Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art) and Pauline J. Yao (Lead Curator, M+), in a panel moderated by Robin Peckham (Curator & Editor-in-Chief of LEAP).


The discussion will present the perspectives of diverse curators and museum leaders on how art institutions play leading roles in their communities and in the world at large. Touching on areas including collection management and audience engagement, together we ask how and why art can lead.


In Talks With: Alex Turnbull, Estate of Kim Lim & Joleen Loh, National Gallery Singapore

Saturday, 13 January 2018
STPI Gallery

“My concern is not so much with volume and mass, as with form, space, light, scale and a sense of rhythm; the last may seem an odd thing to mention in terms of sculptural qualities, but for me it is no less physical than the others – it is as real as pulse and breathing.” – Kim Lim.


Alex Turnbull (Estate of Kim Lim) and Joleen Loh (Assistant Curator, National Gallery Singapore) discussed the life and influences of Kim Lim, and how the artist both consented to and refused the parameters of Minimalism on her own terms. They will unpack her artistic development in the context of post-war Britain, and explore what it means to re-visit and re-evaluate Lim’s practice and legacy today.


This talk was held in conjunction of the exhibition Kim Lim: Sculpting Light (2018).