1. Check out two new exhibitions

An up-close shot of Khairullah Rahim’s “Rendezvous”, 2020. It’s part of the Time Passes group exhibition curated by Samantha Yap. Photo: Singapore Art Musuem

Two exciting group exhibitions are opening at the Civic District. Titled An Exercise of Meaning in a Glitch Season by National Gallery Singapore, and Time Passes by Singapore Art Museum, these exhibitions form part of the new Proposals for Novel Ways of Being initiative – one of Singapore’s largest arts initiatives that sees the involvement of more than 170 artists and cultural workers, and partnerships with seven institutions and five independent art spaces and collectives. 

Both group exhibitions mark several firsts – many of the young and emerging artists in both shows are showcasing works at the Gallery for the first time, as are the independent curators behind them (Syaheedah Iskandar curated An Exercise of Meaning in a Glitch, while Samantha Yap curated Time Passes).

The opportunity to showcase works at major institutions like the National Gallery Singapore speaks of the spirit behind the Proposals for Novel Ways of Being initiative which basically aims to support the local art community and provide artists with high-profile platforms to showcase their works, especially in these difficult times.

Look forward to beautiful works by familiar names we’ve profiled before, such as Clara Lim, Khairullah Rahim, Ashley Yeo, ila, Priyageetha Dia, Divaagar, Stephanie Jane Burt, and more. 

Both group exhibitions open Sep 4 at National Gallery Singapore

2. Head down to Siri House

If you’re a fan of “trash” pop culture, multi-media artist Mojoko‘s ongoing exhibition, The Secret Room, is a must-see. Beloved for his trippy reinventions of historical and contemporary pop imagery, The Secret Room is staged inside Siri House and sees more than 20 artworks using a mix of materials and apparatuses such as lanterns, ceramics, and glass. The effect when juxtaposing, say, an old school lantern with the artist’s signature mashups of B horror films and pulp comics is unmistakably Mojoko and in our minds, collectibles. Check these beauties out for yourself at Siri House.

On now till end Sep at 8D Dempsey Rd

3. Watch a new Japanese film

Nipponophiles may have lamented the absence of the popular Japanese Film Festival this year due to Covid-19, but here’s a new one to tide you over. Making its Singapore debut at the independent cinema Oldham Theatre (run by the non-profit organisation Asian Film Archive), To The Ends of the Earth is a spirited and light-hearted story following a Japanese TV presenter in the process of producing a travelogue on Uzbekistan.

Starring the real-life Japanese pop star Atusko Maeda (formerly of the super girl group AKB48), this humourous meld of the two cultures is a gorgeous look at the wonders of Uzbekistan culture – possibly the next best thing to travelling. Get your tickets here.

Sep 5- Sep 26, various times, at 1 Canning Rise

4. Catch this LGBTQ+ film festival before it closes

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. Additionally, there’s a special Q&A session this Saturday night with Song Lang director Leon Le and actor Lien Binh Phat.

On now till Sep 13 at various times

5. Get the September issue of Female

Ok, it’s a self-plug here but hear us out: in the Sep issue (it stars the ass-kicking Maisie Williams on the cover – the pint-sized dynamo from Game of Thrones who’s now in cinemas as the mutant Wolfsbane in The New Mutants), we’ve tapped on a range of creatives occupying different niches of the fashion industry, asking them how should the industry move forward in light of all the upheavals in recent months.

The fashion industry has long been in need of a major rebooting: everything from disproportionate racial representation to the unsustainable pace of production that’s taken its toll on retailers and designers alike. Here’s a once-in-a-lifetime chance to press pause and genuinely reflect. Check out the issue to hear thoughts from a fresh fashion design graduate, a student who wants to democratise fashion for more audiences, a fashion educator, and more.

Main Image Khairullah Rahim’s “Rendezvous”, 2020. Courtesy of Singapore Art Musuem