Arts agenda: Asian galleries open their doors for the 10th Month of Photography
Friday 24 June 2011
Singaporean galleries will be showcasing the work of Asia and the world's best photographers for the city wide Month of Photography Asia.
10th Month of Photography Asia
June 28-August 7
The Month of Photography Asia (MOP Asia) is comprised of group and solo exhibitions, spread across various venues, that in 2011 will explore the notion of "memory." Three highlighted exhibitions feature more than 250 photographs "by famous photographers who died in the Indochina and Vietnam wars." Photographs from the three exhibitions take a playful glimpse at history through pop culture, reporting on man-made divides and celebrating photography as an art and a creative industry. Photomonth East London (October-November), Mois De La Photo Paris (October-November), Contact in Toronto, Canada (May), and Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal (September-October) are just some of the other month-long photographic exhibitions held around the globe.
42nd Les Rencontres d'Arles: Uncertified
July 4-September 18
Held in a small, picturesque town in the South of France, Les Rencontres d'Arles is far from the quaint country exhibition one might expect to see in such a location. The photography festival traverses 60 exhibitions, professional exchanges, and seminars and has become an institution for professional and amateur photographers alike. In 2010 the event attracted 73,000 visitors. Unlike other major photography events such as PHotoEspaña, Contact and Paris Photo, Les Rencontres d'Arles juxtaposes the works of famous photographers with those by unknown amateurs.
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9th Art Osaka
Hotel Granvia Osaka
Art Osaka will see 53 galleries from Japan and Asia presenting the work of internationally established artists and emerging talents. In 2011 Art Osaka will be held in the Hotel Granvia Osaka for the first time. Following the trend of other Asian hotel-based art fairs like DoJiMa Art fair (Osaka), Art@Agnes (Tokyo) and Asia Top Gallery Hotel Art Fair (Seoul), Art Osaka will adorn hotel rooms with works by emerging contemporary Asian artists. The charitable event "The Power of Art to Tohoku" will run alongside the fair to raise funds for survivors of the Great East Japan Earthquake.
34th Galway Arts Festival
The Galway Arts Festival is a celebration of street art, music, theater, literature and visual arts. The event showcases an international lineup of artists alongside Ireland's best talents. This year works from artists such as Hughie O'Donoghue, Aideen Barry, Charles Lamb and Jay Murphy will be featured at the Galway Arts Festival, Ireland's largest annual international arts festival. In 2010 the event attracted 158,000 visitors.
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6th Art Fair Tokyo
Tokyo International Forum, Exhibition Hall & Lobby Gallery
Postponed from its usual April time frame due to the earthquakes and tsunamis that rocked Japan earlier in the year, Art Fair Tokyo returns to the city in July. The broad-ranging art fair encompasses contemporary and modern art as well as more traditional Japanese art forms such as nihonga (Japanese-style paintings) and ukiyoe (Japanese woodblock art). It is the largest event of its kind in the country. Art Fair Tokyo drew a record crowd of 50,000 visitors in 2010. The Fair's motto is "art is something to buy, not just something to look at."
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15th Sydney Design
July 30-August 14
Powerhouse Museum, Sydney
More than 50 venues across Sydney will highlight Australian design during the 15th edition of the two-week Sydney Design festival. The events all center around the theme of "Is old new again?" From architecture to fashion, the Sydney Design festival program includes exhibitions, seminars, installations, workshops, talks and tours. Similarly, Victoria's State of Design event is held from July 20-31 and investigates how design can create sustainable development opportunities and improve living conditions.
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