Presenting photobooks and prints by 8 Singaporean artists

Presented by THEBOOKSHOW
Chapel Gallery, Objectifs

29 Mar to 9 Apr
Tue to Sat, 12pm to 7pm / Sun, 12pm to 4pm

Opening Reception: Wed, 29 March, 7.30pm 

Artist Talks (Register here)
Sat, 8 Apr, 2.30pm – 4pm: Liu Ying, Sara Ho, Lyn Low, George Wong
Sun, 9 Apr. 2.30pm – 4pm: Jovian Lim, Marvin Tang, Sam Kang Li, Shyue Woon

First Draft Prize
Sat, 8 Apr, 5pm

In conjunction with the First Draft exhibition, a First Draft Prize will be awarded to one nominee decided by the nominators and the sponsor for the prize, Mopress. The awarded nominee will be given a printing sponsorship of up to $5,000 to reproduce the photobook showcased in the exhibition.

First Draft, presented by THEBOOKSHOW, is a curated exhibition featuring photobooks and photographic prints by eight nominated Singaporean photographers / artists:  Sara Ho, Liu Ying, Marvin Tang, Sam Kang Li, Shyue Woon, Jovian Lim, George Wong and Lyn Low.

These artists were chosen by 8 nominators whom THEBOOKSHOW believes represent the core of Singapore’s Art and Photography scene. The nominators are: Ang Song Nian, Emmeline Yong, Gwen Lee, John Clang, Kevin WY Lee, Pann Lim, Robert Zhao Renhui and THEBOOKSHOW.

Look out for the HK/SG Photobook Exchange, a partner programme of FIRST DRAFT



THEBOOKSHOW is a Singapore-based initiative that began in 2014. It aims to act as a platform for aspiring artists to showcase self-published photo-based books conceived out of passion. THEBOOKSHOW believes very much in challenging the medium — moving away from the conventional form that the book takes. In time, they hope to build a substantial database advocating that the book form is an art in and of itself.

Since 2014, THEBOOKSHOW has had 4 exhibitions that presented collections of new photo books. They have also participated in the Milan Image Art Fair 2014 and the Singapore Art Book Fair 2016. In their latest collaboration with German publisher, Gerhard Steidl, they established the first Steidl Book Award Asia. During this award, 8 books from Asia was selected to be published by Steidl.