Art in Singapore has evolved over the past 10 years. In Our Own Frame offers an insight into development of the local art scene in which the gallery has humbly contributed to the recognition of Singapore and Malaysian artists in its own unique way and brand. As the gallery looks forward the future, its vision remains steadfast to its belief in developing an artist’s career via identifying understated, albeit promising practices, and providing it opportunities to flourish.
[Brief History of RKFA SG]
Over the years, RKFA (SG) has taken various forms in terms of gallery spaces. It first manifested its presence along Duxton Road in 2010 with a quaint gallery space. The gallery’s arrival to Singapore was in tandem with the burgeoning art scene which was closely followed by the inaugural edition of Art Stage Singapore in 2011 and subsequently, the launch of Gillman Barracks in 2012.
In 2013, RKFA (SG) moved into Helutrans Art Space at Tanjong Pagar Distripark. Many artists saw successful solos within this space including notable Singaporean artist; Melissa Tan and acclaimed international artist; Natee Utarit. The space also saw the launch of the group exhibition titled, Malaysia Art, A New Perspective featuring works by emerging talents of the country.
Between the years of 2015 – 2018, RKFA (SG) operated primarily from the premises of Fine Art Storage Services (FASS) located within the Singapore Freeport. The art business had temporarily deferred to showcasing and promoting its artists on a private viewing basis. Though without a traditional brick-and-mortar space, RKFA (SG) frequently mounted pop-up exhibitions and participated in the local art fairs.
In January 2019, RKFA (SG) moved into its current location of Gillman Barracks, launching its inaugural exhibition by Malaysian artist, Haffendi Anuar. True to its vision, RKFA (SG) has promoted an exciting roster of exhibitions by young and exciting Southeast Asian artists for over two years at its current space, with a notable feature on the Indochina region. Looking ahead to 2021, RKFA (SG) aims to continue its promotion of Southeast Asian contemporary art with a focus on Singapore and Malaysia.