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

Phi Phi Oanh: “I view 'sơn ta', Vietnamese lacquer, as not merely a painting medium but a framework of intersecting relationships.”

We caught up with the Vietnamese-American artist, whose 'Pro Se' series of Vietnamese lacquer paintings was selected for acquisition through the SAM S.E.A. Focus Art Fund.

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.

Not Just a Show: Exhibition-Making in Southeast Asia

In this roundtable conversation, four Southeast Asian curators will discuss on intentionality and inclusivity considerations in exhibition-making, and lay their cards on the table on their best practices.

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Featured Artists

Singapore

Yeo Tze Yang

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Singapore

Wyn-Lyn Tan

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Malaysia

Joshua Kane Gomes

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Philippines

Goldie Poblador

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