Private Opening Studio During the Pandemic in Singapore 新加坡疫情中的藝術工作室展覽

Updated: 5 days ago


photo credit to Megan Cheah


In the midst of the Pandemic, Singapore and Taiwan are some of the few countries that are fortunate enough to have re-opened some of their exhibition spaces. Yet, inevitability, many art practitioners and freelancers are still struggling to come back to their industries as many spaces faced permanent closure. As a visual arts practitioner, I also faced many trials and difficulties which induced me to convert my own working space into an open studio space.


在疫情當中,新加坡與台灣很慶幸的能讓大部分的空間恢復運作。但是一樣的,許多創作者與自由工作者還是在掙扎得慢慢回到已經面臨倒閉與生存下來的藝術產業。我以一位視覺創作者的角色,也是面臨許多掙扎與問題,但這也促使我打開我的工作室,而改制成展覽空間。



In Singapore, it is challenging for practitioners to showcase their creations due to both the closure of many spaces and censorship. Therefore, having a private open studio space might be a possible option to showcase some of my very private creations that are not allowed to be shown in public spaces. However, to abide by Singapore's safety measures alongside the ongoing pandemic, I can only invite up to 8 guests per day. This, in return, provided me an opportunity to have more intimate conversations with my collectors, friends, and audiences who wanted to take a peek into the working space of artists.


在新加坡,自由創作者因展覽空間減小與嚴格的審查制度而特別的難生存。因此,擁有一個私人的開放工作室會是一個能展出比較敏感作品的機會,尤其是不能在公共場域展出的作品。但的確,我們還是需要遵守新加坡疫情間的法律,也就是一天只能邀請8位拜訪人士。這也增進了我與想要一探究竟創作者實地工作室的收藏家,朋友,和觀眾。



On 14th March 2021 (Sunday), I invited the first group of 8 guests for my opening and subsequently sold all of my artworks following the next 2 days after confirmation and deposit. The result was factored partially because of the direct communication between the creator and its collectors/supporters. Social media became an important tool in publicizing the exhibition, as the exhibition was only shown to an exclusive group of people via the "close friend" function on Instagram and by encrypted email invitation.


在3月14日的禮拜天,我邀請了第一批的八位來賓來到我的私人工作室展間,這也讓我在展覽後的2天順利賣出所有作品。想了一想,部分原因可能來自藝術家與收藏家的直接關係。社群軟體像Instagram也成為一個重要傳播秘密私人展覽的一個主要平台,也就是“私人好友”的功能。另外的基本功能也是從加密的電子郵件來邀請收藏家。


The Private Invitation Studio Space will continue to run in Benedict Yu's Art Studio and will collaborate with other practitioners in the following months. Welcome to stay tuned!


私人邀請工作展間會持續在Benedict Yu的藝術工作室持續進行。之後也會持續的與更多不同領域的創作者合作。歡迎持續關注!


photo credited: Megan Cheah