30 Years of Friendship
Between Singapore & China:

Diplomacy Through Art


Meaningful online interactions and exchanges across two countries


Making friends by working together to explore future friendship


New digital art made in 30 days by young artists captured on film


Art Exchange

ARTX30 brings together 12 artists to respond to the theme of future friendship by collaboratively creating new digital artworks that are presented in an experimental documentary. This project celebrates 30 years of bilateral relations between Singapore and China through art exchange between the two countries. Co-organised by G20 Youth Entrepreneurs’ Alliance China, U30s Academy China, and Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts Singapore, and supported by National Arts Council Singapore and China Green Foundation, this art exchange project emphasises meaningful online interaction and creative exploration amongst young artists of the two countries.

What does friendship look like in the year 2050? Participating artists of ARTX30 ponder over the definition, purpose and value of this special type of relationship in 30 years’ time, (…) read more


Friendship 2050

Key Personnel


Six pairs of young artists—each pair comprising an artist from each country (Singapore and China)—were invited to participate in this project. Under the guidance of curator Michael Lee and filmmaker Tan Siok Siok, the 12 artists (…) read more


Digital Art Collaboration

The exponential rise of digital art reflects both the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the future of contemporary art, by harnessing technology to overcome limitations of geographies, sensibilities and real-world needs. ARTX30 artists were given a ‘30-Day Challenge’ to respond to the friendship theme and work together on a new digital artwork in pairs, each comprising a Singapore-based artist and a China-based artist.

Their one-month artistic collaboration was marked by three milestones: The artists first met over Zoom to speed-date and select their collaborators with whom they put together an artistic proposal. At the mid-point of their production period, each pair presented their work-in-progress to a panel of mentors who gave valuable feedback. Their partnership came to a close with the presentation of their artistic outcomes to one another, friends and guests at the end of the month. Meanwhile, additional Zoom sessions between the creative team and specific artists or artist-pairs were conducted to intervene into the creative process where it was due.


Prompts & Discussions

Artists were given prompts to reflect on aspects of friendship through small creative exercises on a daily basis during the month-long production period. Panel discussions were also organised to further deliberate on key issues around this project.

Day 19 Prompt

Make a sketch of your ARTX30 partner as you imagine they’d look like in the year 2050.

Day 10 Prompt

Photograph a non-human friend.

Day 30 Prompt

Start a friendship movement in the year 2050. Come up with a slogan or hashtag # for your movement. Make a protest sign or theme song.

Day 1 Prompt

Create a proverb about friendship in the future. Illustrate the story of the proverb with a drawing.

Day 15 Prompt

Invite a stranger or a friend of a friend to contribute to your ARTX30 collaboration. Capture their contribution and share to social media.



An experimental documentary is the platform that showcases the six new digital artworks created by ARTX30 artists. Responses to daily prompts and excerpts of online meetings mark the timeline of the 30-day creation period. Professionally shot interviews feature the artists reflecting on the collaborative creation process.


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