S.E.A. Focus

Southeast Asia's
Contemporary Art Platform

S.E.A. Focus is a leading showcase and art market hub dedicated to Southeast Asian contemporary art. It aims to bring together a fine curation of established and emerging artistic talents to foster a deeper appreciation of contemporary art and artists in the region.

SAM S.E.A. Focus Art Fund

Established in 2023, the SAM S.E.A. Focus Art Fund recognises iconic works of contemporary Southeast Asian art by facilitating their entry into the Singapore Art Museum (SAM)'s collection.

With the sponsored fund, outstanding work(s) presented at S.E.A. Focus will be chosen by a selection panel to be acquired for the collection.

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Stories

Leong Puiyee: “Being a part of Southeast Asia, it is only natural to highlight the stories from the region.”

Leong Puiyee, senior manager at Objectifs, speaks about short film as an artistic medium for highlighting stories from the region.

Angela Tan and John Tung on the Intersection of Art and Disability

Angela Tan, Executive Director at ART:DIS, and John Tung, curator of S.E.A. Focus 2024, talk about working with neurodivergent artists, the exhibition 'A Piece of Home', and what inclusivity entails.

Yee I-Lann: “Maybe a socially-engaged art practice entails not turning away, making space for others and 'letting go'…”

From her years of working with communities of weavers to make mats woven from bamboo, Sabahan artist Yee I-Lann shares why it is more than just a craft product.

SEAspotlight Talks

Collaboration and Community: Yee I-Lann, Beverly Yong and June Yap

In this engaging talk, hear how Malaysian artist Yee I-Lann, Beverly Yong from RogueArt and June Yap from Singapore Art Museum explore the themes of collaboration and community through projects like the Borneo Heart exhibition and the monograph "the sun will rise in the east".

Tradition Today: Contemporary Craft and Storytelling

In this conversation with established Southeast Asian artists Dinh Q. Lê and Heri Dono, moderated by journalist Lisa Movius, explore what it takes to make the traditional contemporary, and the importance of storytelling through art.

To Market, To Market, To Buy an Artwork: Investing in Southeast Asia

This discussion with Deborah Iskandar, Gwen Bautista, Michelle Yaw and Helmi Yusof explores the current and future value of Southeast Asian art, new market trends, and the roles of stakeholders in driving the regional art market forward.

Featured Galleries

Featured Artists

Malaysia

Joshua Kane Gomes

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Malaysia

Yee I-Lann

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Indonesia

Alexander Sebastianus Hartanto

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Malaysia

Wong Perng Fey

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