My City: Low Sze Wee
The perfect day in Singapore for the director of the curatorial and collections department at National Gallery Singapore.
What makes Singapore’s culture and arts scene so unique?
The diversity and vibrancy of the arts scene inspires me. Whilst planning for exhibitions at the Gallery, we work with different artists, curators and museum professionals. Everyone has their own perspectives and experiences.
Where do you like to go to enjoy art here?
I enjoy seeing art in different contexts, there is just so much to see and experience in Singapore. The Centre for Contemporary Art (43 Malan Rd., S(109443), MRT: Labrador Park) at Gillman Barracks is known for its innovative exhibition programmes.
Where’s your favorite hangout in Singapore?
I love visiting the Botanic Gardens (1 Cluny Rd., S(259569), MRT: Botanic Gardens). I often go there for walks in the mornings, and also bring my foreign friends to enjoy the lush greenery. It’s a much-loved icon for many Singaporeans.
What’s your favorite local dish and where do you get your fix?
I like many different types of hawker food. The chee cheong fun and laksa stalls at Tanglin Halt Food Center (1A Commonwealth Dr., S(141001). MRT: Commonwealth) are especially good!
My Perfect Day
7:30am - Take a stroll.
It’s the perfect time to go for a walk at the Botanic Gardens. The weather is still cool and it’s great to see so many fellow Singaporeans enjoying themselves outdoors.
11am - Tuck into brunch.
I like taking long leisurely brunches at Wild Honey (333A Orchard Rd., Mandarin Gallery, S(238897), MRT: Somerset) or Riders Cafe (51 Fairways Dr., S(286965), MRT: Botanic Gardens). I spend my time reading the papers and catching up with friends over good food and drinks.
3pm - Visit art galleries.
These days, there are so many art exhibitions happening in Singapore. So, I try to see as many as possible because exhibitions are so ephemeral. Once it’s over, you might never encounter the same set of artworks again!
8pm - Catch a play.