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.



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.

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.

Robert Zhao Renhui: “Nature is not what we can dominate, but what comes through when we cannot control it.”

We speak to the artist representing Singapore at the 60th Venice Biennale about the recent trajectory in his practice.

SEAspotlight Talks

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.

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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