Held in January, the inaugural edition of Singapore Contemporary proved its mettle and star power during the event-filled Art Week, attracting VIP art collectors to its vernissage evening with a total of 16,000 visitors over the four-day fair. Art lovers such as Oliver Bancalana, who said: “I came, I saw, I acquired”, and Astrid de Luca, who enjoyed meeting artists personally, took their time to meander through the 6,000sq-m hall that housed 65 exhibitors from 15 countries. Among the artists who took the time to chat and interact with visitors were Gao Xiao Yun from Shanghai, Singapore’s own Simon Wee and Australian Emma Hack, who even body-painted live on site. Also displayed were 12 installation works from international and local artists, including Jasmine Tan, whose In Rust We Trust featured 48 salvaged car headlights hung from the ceiling. “I’m so pleased that visitors leaving the show all saw my work and many walked into the installation touching and photographing. A fitting end to a very good show experience!” she said.