Group starts art-on-loan programme

A GROUP of artists is making it easy for home to be where the art is. 

For S$50 (RM110) a year, people can take paintings, sculptures or prints home to enjoy for a month. When a piece is returned another can be borrowed to occupy that empty wall or fill a space in the room. 

This art-on-loan programme, which aims to encourage people to appreciate and collect art, was launched over the weekend at the Singapore Art Museum, where a new Public Art Library was opened on Saturday. 

Much like a public book library, those who register as members can take their pick from a vast collection of works in various media, such as paintings, sculptures and installation art. 

The works are from 23 artists who belong to The Artist Village, a non-profit arts organisation of local artists. Last weekend, 64 art works were put on display. 

One of the first to take a painting home was Lawrence Chin. 

“It's like a crossover period for people who are not so committed to buying to see if they really have any interest. I don't have to own the work but I still get to enjoy it.” 

The art works, valued at between S$100 and S$1,600 (RM220 and RM3,520), will be showcased on the first and third weekends of every month.  

However, the works are not insured. Borrowers have to sign a contract with the artist, agreeing to compensate him if his art work is damaged. – The Straits Times/Asia News Network  

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