The gallery first opened in October 2009 under the mentorship of Chua Soobin—one of the most prominent gallerists in South East Asia and was the first to introduce avant garde Chinese art to the region.
The gallery first opened in October 2009 under the mentorship of Chua Soobin—one of the most prominent gallerists in South East Asia and was the first to introduce avant garde Chinese art to the region. Initially named S.Bin Art Plus, the gallery changed its name to Element Art Space in 2011. Drawing in from Soobin’s more than 20 years of experience in the art industry, the gallery’s aim remains consistent: to promote great and innovative artists from South East Asia and provide exchange and dialogue with artists, galleries and collectors from throughout the world. The gallery also offers residencies to a highly selected number of emerging artists from the region. The gallery’s inaugural exhibition, "Harmony", featured the works of 33 painters and sculptors from throughout the world, many of which have never been displayed to the Singaporean public before--marble sculpture by Fernando Botero and gold-plated sculpture by Marc Quinn just to name a few. Following this grand entrance to the Singapore art scene, the gallery continues to be the advocate for compelling and challenging contemporary work by today’s most exciting emerging and mid-career artists. [ About The Director ] Aniela Rahardja, was born in Jakarta (Indonesia), trained as a chemical engineer at Case Western Reserve University and also graduated with a degree in Art History before coming to the UK in 2006 where she completed her Masters at the School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London) from 2006-07. Together with getting her degrees, Aniela has worked in institutions such as the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Singapore Art Museum, the Alkazi Collection and Christie’s in London. Aniela has also curated a number of public exhibitions. In 2005 she organized an exhibition of works by recent graduates of the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts at the Singapore Art Museum. When possible, she continues to curate exhibitions at the gallery today.