Art SG cancels inaugural fair—again

Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre in Singapore, the venue for Art SG

The first edition of the Singapore fair Art SG, due to run from 30 October until 1 November, has been postponed for the second time and will now take place from 5 to 7 November 2021. In a statement released this morning, Art SG's organisers say the decision was made: "In light of the current uncertainty brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, and out of consideration for the health and safety of all involved". It adds the fair, which is led by director Shuyin Yang and co-founder Magnus Renfrew, will "continue to work with partners on a number of physical and digital activations", though no further details are given as yet.

Despite having never actually happened, Art SG has had an eventful life since plans for the contemporary art fair at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre were announced in July 2018. It was initially a joint venture between MCH Group, Sandy Angus of Angus Montgomery Arts and the events organiser Tim Etchells, but in November 2018, MCH pulled out as the Art Basel owner retreated from its regional art fair programme. Then, last year, the first edition was postponed from last October to this autumn, due to “requests from galleries and key participants…to have more time to prepare," the organisers said.

Although a full exhibitor list has not been announced, the statement quotes several galleries that have signed up, backing the decision to postpone. Rachel Lehmann, the co-founder of LRead More – Source