1.  Visit this exhibition

Singapore artist Ashley Yeo is well known for her delicate paper sculptures which are often characterised by intricate lattices designed by the artist and slowly cut by hand. We last spoke to her two years ago when she became the first Singapore artist to be shortlisted for the Loewe Craft Prize.

This was what she had to say back then about her painstaking creation process: “Ever since my school days, I’ve been very interested in the whole notion of slowness. I was looking into the aftermath… from the post-industrial era to where we are now, the post-Internet age as I see it. I feel that it’s all very overwhelming these days, always about instant gratification… so for me, the paper cutting is sort of a reflection towards that.”

Now Yeo is back with a new solo exhibition at Mizuma Gallery, titled Gentle Daylight, in which she continues to explore this fragile medium – only this time, she experiments with colours to bring out the “energy latent in structures to create forms without force.” Drop by for a poignant lesson in craft, patience, and pure beauty.

August 22 -Sept 13. Mizuma Gallery, 22 Lock Rd, #01-34 Gillman Barracks

2. Support this film festival

Indie cinema The Projector has long been a supporter of the LGBTQ+ community and Pink Screen, their annual festival dedicated to the cause, is back. There are a total of five films in the line-up, ranging from the exquisite Vietnamese picture Song Lang (it’s been described as a mix of Wong Kar Wai’s In the Mood for Love and Richard Linklater’s Before Sunrise) to the French drama Two Of Us (Deux), which explores the secret, decades-long relationship between two older women.

More unusual is the fact that it’s a hybrid film festival, with certain films screening at The Projector and others on their new online streaming service, The Projector Plus. Snap up those tickets quickly – we’ve been told that certain films have already sold out this weekend’s slots.

August 15-Sept 15

3. Tune in to Baybeats

Long-running indie music mecca Baybeats returns for a 19th edition this weekend but like everything else, they’re adjusting to the Covid-19 situation by taking it online (though a live version is slated to take place later this Nov). Acts to look out for include singer-songwriter-producer Yao, punk rockers Iman’s League, actress and singer Annette Lee, soul crooner Charlie Lim, and post-psych band Bakers In Space. A perk of going online is the intimacy: fans can catch their favourite acts after their set for an Instagram Live chat on Baybeats‘ Instagram page. Check out the full line-up and schedule here.

August 21-August 23; various times

4. Clock more local art

Jump For Joy, Chong Fah Cheong

Streets of Hope, an initiative by the National Arts Council to “lift spirits” in this difficult period through the medium of art, has added more than 200 new artworks and artists to the original line-up of 100 artists. In total, more than 350 artists of different generations, mediums, and backgrounds are represented in this initiative. You can find these wide-ranging artworks displayed on banners throughout the Civic District, Orchard Road, Nicoll Highway and Mohamed Sultan Road – so if you’re in the area, do remember to keep an eye out. If not, you can always check out all the artworks online on one handy spot, here.


5. Check out Singapore’s first virtual fashion festival

As the question of how the fashion industry worldwide should re-think its long-entrenched M.O. remains unanswered, a new Singapore digital fashion festival called The Front Row is one of many trying to propose new solutions. Its name is in reference to giving anyone who’s interested a FROW seat to all the shows – instead of the traditional small sphere of VIPs, editors, buyers and so on.

Over the next 10 days, more than two dozen Singapore labels (names include Max Tan, who is celebrating his label’s 10th anniversary, State Property, GinLee Studio and more) as well as others from around the region (look out for Minju Kim, the winner of Netflix‘s Next In Fashion competition) will be accessible straight from your desktop. You can instantly purchase pieces seen on the shows or pose questions to the designersn. Other than established names, do look out for works by fresh design graduates: the festival has collaborated with the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts to showcase the works by their recent graduates. For the full line-up, head here.

August 20-August 29 at various times

Main Photo A Soft Spring, 2020, Ashley Yeo. Courtesy of Ashley Yeo & Mizuma Gallery