Taking art out of the White Cube…
Bus.Stop.Art. is an innovative public art exhibition bringing art to where Singaporeans live, work, and commute. Taking art out of the museums and white cube galleries to where it can be enjoyed by anyone at any time of the day or night, bringing a much-needed sense of joy and wonder to the everyday commute.
For two weeks in January 2021, this exciting island-wide project sees 10 Singapore-based artists respond to the theme #ArtMovesUs, taking over advertising panels at bus shelters along the 175 bus route from Geylang Bahru to Gillman Barracks.
From the heartlands to the city centre…
The installations spill over into the surrounding community with commuters invited to join in the fun with downloadable AR content and activities.
Bus.Stop.Art. asks Singaporeans to consider how both our collective and personal experiences have been shaped by the pandemic and if the pandemic has changed how we feel about urban spaces and public art.
taking us on a journey through our imaginations and memories…
The artists show how art in public spaces can help us navigate our feelings, heightened during the pandemic, by taking us on a journey through our imaginations and memories. Challenging perceptions of what public art can be, demonstrating that art can make us think as well as bring us joy and enrich our local environments in positive ways every day.
The artists have drawn inspiration from the idea of bus stops as transitory spaces where we spend time waiting, often finding ourselves lost in distraction, looking at our phones. Bus.Stop.Art. wants to engage commuters in a more purposeful distraction and invites commuters to interact with the artworks while they wait.
Waiting for a bus has never looked so good!
Bus.Stop.Art. is partnering with Facebook Open Arts to create a virtual tour video that will allow all those that cannot travel to Singapore for SAW this year to get on board! This will be launched at a special Live Stream event on Wednesday 27 January 2021 at 6pm (SGT).
Bus.Stop.Art. is part of Singapore Art Week 2021 and is supported by the National Arts Council (NAC), It is one of many island-wide projects with the theme #ArtTakesOver. Bus.Stop.Art. brings a much-needed sense of joy and wonder to the everyday commute.
About the Curators
Amelia Abdullahsani Co-curator
Amelia Abdullahsani eats, sleeps, breathes, and collects art. As an art dealer, she has spent more than two decades working in the international art market. She was the Founding Curator and Director of Lu Magnus, a contemporary art gallery in the Lower East Side, New York (2010-2013). She has curated critically acclaimed exhibitions that were reviewed in The New York Times, Artforum, Art in America, Vogue, and The Village Voice, to name a few. After living in New York City for almost two decades, Amelia now lives in her native Singapore. She lectures in the Arts Management programme at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts and is a frequent contributor to art magazines and periodicals, writing about the international art market and the burgeoning Southeast Asian art scene. Amelia holds a BA in Art History from Columbia University in the City of New York and an MA in Museum Studies and Curatorial Practices from the School of Art, Design and Media at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
Merryn Trevethan Co-curator
Currently based in Singapore, Merryn Trevethan is intent on capturing and embodying personal experiences in globalised cities through her vibrant speculative cityscapes. She graduated with an MFA from Monash University, Australia (2005). Since relocating to Singapore in 2014, she has been commissioned for Facebook’s Artist in Residency Program both in 2020 and in 2016/17 creating works for their APAC HQ in Singapore, and created public artworks and spatial interventions for Singapore Arts Club. Merryn works across a range of mediums from murals and spatial interventions, to painting, drawing, sculpture, artists books and animations. In all mediums, Trevethan’s works play on the uncertainty of perception, drawing attention to the act of looking itself and reminding us of the joy of seeing things in real life.
Key residencies include the Golden Foundation Residency Program in New York (2018); NPE Print Residency, Singapore (2018) and Red Gate International Artist Residency in Beijing, China (2009). Trevethan exhibits in Australia and Singapore. In 2016, she had her first solo exhibition in Singapore at the Australian High Commission. International group exhibitions include Made In Paint 2019 at Sam and Adele Golden Gallery, New York, USA; Apertures at Yeo Workshop, Singapore (2017) and This Wild Song at Town Hall Gallery, Melbourne, Australia (2018). She has participated in public art festivals in Melbourne and in Singapore where in 2014 she was awarded first prize for DRIVE – Public Art Festival Open Call.
Curatorial projects include Rules of Engagement (2019) The Substation, Singapore and This Wild Song x Singapore (2018) celebrating International Women’s Day at the Australian High Commission, Singapore. Trevethan is a Certified GOLDEN Artist Educator. In Melbourne, she is a tutor at The Art Room and in Singapore, she has worked with local organization Art Outreach to deliver a range of educational programs for children.