April 18, 2017


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Singapore’s Power Duo
Between Art and Business, Art business conferences, Singapore, Greece

The newly-established initiative with the bold name Art World Forum is anchored in Singapore and was founded in response to the lack in art & business conferences in Asia. Its goal is to extend various industries and to promote an exchange of various content by welcoming leading art and business experts to promote their expertise.

Combining experiences from the fine art and corporate worlds, co-founders Anni Oates and Veronica Neo bring a unique mix to their venture and kicked of a fine and intimate panel at Liang Yi Museum during Art Basel Hong Kong after their initial conference in Singapore end of last year…


In the art world currently I find most exciting that…

A: Professionals in the art industry are keen on experimenting and testing new ground. The art world has always been a rather opaque environment with a fairly tight circle or individuals. It is refreshing and truly interesting to see people open up and invite the opportunity of having a chat.
V: Asia is experiencing a renaissance in cultural and intellectual rejuvenation; blockchain may help overcome issues of transparency.

Number of unanswered mails in your account today…
A: I am currently at 2 unanswered emails in my account simply because of the arts month Hong Kong frenzy which has just started. Too much to do, too much to see, too many discussions to be had, and too little time to schedule them all in.
V: 2,125 unimportant mails.

My perfect working outfit…
A: High-waisted trousers, a funky top, paired with flats (loving my vans!), a clutch and fun earrings.
V: sweater, tights, sneakers or boots.

My favourite new brand discovery…
A: Typically, I am a fan of vintage. I make sure to go out of my way to visit and outsource vintage stores during my travels. Having said that, I am also a true supporter of emerging designers of cities I live in. Personal favourites to date include jewellery by Envet and the denim collection by Sofia Metsoviti.
V: Yiqing Yin.

My everyday online art read is…
A: Going down the conventional route of picking a single platform, I would say Artnet is a staple of my art news feed. It is full of striking headlines and a great place to browse and leap from feature to feature. However, with information at your fingertips, and regardless of your favourite channels, the art read finds you.
V: The Artling, Financial Times.

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My necessary extravagance is…

A: To always find ways in my day to smile and break from routine whether it be to have a discussion with an admirable professional in my field, reach a personal goal, or wear a fruity pair of earrings.
V: hotel rooms with a view; Singapore Airline flights.

Most ridiculous thing I’ve ever bought…
A: Not ridiculous perse, but a necessity, a second copy of Tracey Emin’s ‘Strangeland’ because I forgot to pack it when moving to Asia.
V: a tennis ball server for my dog…

My ultimate secret after long working hours…
A: Turn the laptop off, hide the phone and grab a glass of wine.
V: a good massage.

My favourite collaboration of the art- and fashion world…
A: I think such a collaboration is synonymous of Mary Katrantzou. Full of decorative patterns, colourful motifs, and the perfect dynamic of ‘old finds new’ on a garment.
V: Cultural Capital, a platform showcasing collectible avant-garde works by the next generation of artists and designers.

My favourite hashtag…
A: #nextartthing – that is why we love the arts, is it not? Always looking for what comes next.
V: #haveartwilltravel

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On my office table I always have…
A: A coffee, the day’s to-do list, multiple highlighters and my laptop which is the key tool to any working day.
V: Lagavulin 16.

The most arty city is…
A: Athens. The world knows all the established centres, it is time we explore the hidden gems where the art is paving the way for change, starting with Documenta ’14 this summer.
V: Berlin.

Who are the best dressed in the art world…
A: The artists. They are walking personalities and living representations of their creations.
V: Most dress well.

Art world gent I would love to have lunch with…
A: Olafur Elliasson, a true gent indeed.
V: Elon Musk.

Artist(s) we should have on our watch list is/are…
A: Ruben Pang and Ivana Basic. Both truly remarkable people, devoted to their crafts and definitely full of potential all should keep note of.
V: in Africa.

 

Instagram: @anni_oates and @veronica.neo

Photos: by Veronica Neo and Anni Oates