Stake your claim on plots of land on a world map, visit a mock Justin Bieber shrine, take in the sight of a crumbling Buddha statue; and this are just three of the many sights at Art Stage Singapore 2013.

Contemporary artists of the region and beyond have gathered at this annual art fair, back at the Marina Bay Sands exhibition halls for its third edition.

As with previous years, this art fair continues to show a predominantly Asian-centred selection of art. To showcase the “best of the best of this region”, over 70 per cent of art exhibited are works by Asian artists.

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(L-R): Berlin Buddha (2007) by Zhang Huan. Do It Yourself: How to make a new world map (2009) by Tintin Wulia is part of the Indonesian Pavilion.

In particular, the spotlight is drawn to the rise of Indonesian art this year, with more than 50 art pieces exhibited at the Indonesian Pavilion.

Another major section is the Project Stage: works by emerging artists of the Asia Pacific are represented by over 30 art galleries in the region. The National Arts Council-led Singapore Platform initiative also returns this year with two commissioned projects, featuring the works of six Singapore artists.

Given its huge scale, Art Stage Singapore presents an invaluable exposure for artists to international art collectors and visitors each year.

While it is a large fair with so much to see, it’s always important to support local talent, be it the up-and-coming Singapore artists or the established names who return every year.

So don’t forget to show your support for the Singapore art scene. We’ve featured a selection of nine Singapore artists in our gallery below. Be sure to check out the works by these artists and more at the Art Stage Singapore.

Art Stage Singapore 2013 runs from now to January 27 at the Marina Bay Sands Convention and Exhibition Centre; opening hours: from 12pm to 7pm on Friday, 11am to 7pm on Saturday and 11am to 6pm on Sunday.

Tickets are available at $33 each for single day entry; MasterCard cardholders will get a 20 per cent discount on day passes to Art Stage Singapore.

Go to www.artstagesingapore.com for more information.