Haridas Contemporary is a gallery founded by Christiaan Haridas that aims to support and grow alongside Singapore’s burgeoning contemporary art scene. The gallery endeavors to create a home for emerging and mid-career Singapore and Singapore-based artists, while maintaining a satellite program with regional artists.
With 15 years of experience in the Southeast Asian art market, Christiaan hopes to advocate for promising art practices that are sensitively crafted and offer interesting entry-points into the stories and concerns of contemporary life.
The gallery is committed to supporting artists throughout their artistic careers by seeding opportunities for exhibition, dialogue, and professional counsel. Haridas Contemporary will rally for exciting local practices to be recognised across regional and international platforms.
Over the past 15 years, Christiaan Haridas (b. 1984) has worked for leading Singapore-based galleries, including the Singapore Tyler Print Institute (STPI), Gajah Gallery, and Richard Koh Fine Art (RKFA). He is a passionate stakeholder in the Singapore contemporary art scene.
Most recently, he was the Gallery Director of RKFA (2019 – 2023), overseeing its programming, business development, and general administration. He organised over 40 exhibitions with leading local and regional artists during his tenure. His experience with private art organisations has cultivated a keen expertise in the burgeoning local art market and contemporary art practices, which he brings to Haridas Contemporary.
Christiaan also maintains a vested interest in Asian visual cultures, histories, and market trends of the region. He holds a BA (1st Class Hons) in Arts Management and MA in Asian Art Histories from Goldsmiths College (LASALLE College of the Arts).
Melissa Tan (b. 1989) is a visual artist based in Singapore and received her BA (Fine Arts) from LASALLE College of the Arts in 2011. To date, Melissa has participated in six solo and numerous group exhibitions including a recent presentation at Art SG 2023.
She was the youngest artist in the 2016 edition of the Singapore Biennale: An Atlas of Mirrors and participated in several overseas exhibitions and residencies including the Chatou, IIle des impressionists in France, Strarta Art Fair, Saatchi Gallery in London, and in the National Arts Council/ Dena Foundation artist residency program in France. Her work is included in the public collections of Singapore Art Museum (SAM), Marina Bay Sands (Singapore), Government of Singapore Investment Corporation (GIC) (New York), Meta (Singapore), and CapitaLand (Singapore).
Melissa’s creative interests have always been guided by a fascination with nature and different ways of mapping and contextualising. Her recent projects explore the poetics of moving space objects and the resonance of classical myths and stories.
Melissa serves as an advisor to Haridas Contemporary and maintains her full-time practice. She endeavours to provide counsel to young artists coming onto the art scene through her experience.