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Murals at shipping terminals depict key role of maritime sector in securing Singapore’s supplies during pandemic

The role of the maritime sector in ensuring the flow of essential supplies into Singapore during the Covid-19 pandemic has been memorialised in mural art displays at shipping terminals here. The 4m by 2m murals at the Jurong…

Singapore’s parks invaded by art installations to check out now through June 6

Take a walk on the wild side and find yourself some art now and for the next two months. Fourteen installations by local artists such as Sam Lo, Dawn Ng, and Robert Zhao are on display at eight…

Zoning restrictions relaxed for performing arts venues from April 24

NAC has announced that zoning restrictions will be eased for performing venues from Apr 24, as Singapore relaxes its safe mgmt measures. This follows an earlier announcement that up to 250 people will be allowed for live performances…

Furore over The Substation is opportunity for better understanding of arts funding

The announced closure of The Substation and NAC’s response reignites a longstanding debate about the role of government funding in sustaining Singapore’s arts scene. One issue highlighted is the question of just how financially sustainable The Substation was.…

Budget debate: MPs question fate of arts spaces like The Substation

The topic of arts spaces reared its head in Parliament on Mon, on the back of news that independent arts centre The Substation will soon close for good. During the debate on MCCY’s spending plans, Ms Sylvia Lim…

45 Armenian Street to remain multi-disciplinary arts space

We thank Mr Hua Tye Swee for his letter, “Find a way to keep alive The Substation’s and Kuo Pao Kun’s vision and legacy” (Mar 4). NAC assures all that 45 Armenian St will remain an inclusive, multi-disciplinary…

Fare thee well: The Substation’s legacy will endure

The announcement by the board of directors of arts venue The Substation on Tues to close the company permanently has caused much unhappiness in the arts community. Why did the board take such a drastic decision? In July,…

The Substation says NAC statement is ‘incomplete’, clarifies claims regarding finances

The Substation on Fri said it sought autonomy over the space at 45 Armenian St so that it could “continue to operate it as a multi-disciplinary arts centre and arts incubator”. This is in response to the statement…

Find a way to keep alive The Substation’s and Kuo Pao Kun’s vision and legacy

The Substation’s announcement of its closure in July, together with the closure of the NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore at Gillman Barracks this month, indicate how dire Singapore’s cultural landscape is. Are we sacrificing these two arts…

With ‘profound sadness’, The Substation announces decision to close permanently

More than three decades after it cemented itself as a fixture in Singapore’s indie arts scene, the curtains will soon fall on independent arts centre The Substation, which announced its permanent closure on Tues. It will vacate its…

NAC ‘disappointed’ with The Substation’s decision to close, says company was ‘increasingly financially unsustainable’

NAC said on Tues that it was “disappointed” with The Substation board’s decision to close permanently, and that the company was “increasingly financially unsustainable”. NAC said that the centre has been aware of the decision to renovate 45…

Retail, construction, arts and F&B firms welcome wage support, but need more help

Employers in the food, retail, arts, and construction sectors welcomed the Government’s plans to extend wage support for them until June, but many feel it is not enough. Safe mgmt measures and a labour crunch caused by border…

The Substation story — how a disused power station became an arts powerhouse that launched a generation of artists

Along Armenian St lies a nondescript grey and white colonial building, which used to be a power station between the late-1920s and 1970s. It is easy to miss the building at first glance, as it blends into the…

NAC says it has regularly engaged The Substation on move; upgrading to preserve building’s structural integrity

The Substation has been funded by NAC since 1990. It has been a tenant at 45 Armenian St under the NAC Arts Housing Scheme on a yearly renewable lease. The scheme was introduced in 1985 to provide affordable…

After more than 30 years, The Substation will vacate Armenian Street premises in end-July

The Substation, Singapore’s first independent arts centre that has been a part of the country’s indie arts scene, will be vacating its premises along Armenian St in July as NAC takes back the space for renovation works. For…

Tanjong Pagar Distripark to house arts cluster

Plans are afoot to develop a multidisciplinary arts cluster in Tanjong Pagar Distripark, as NAC looks into collaborations with tenants of the Keppel Road warehouse building. The news was announced yesterday by MCCY Minister Edwin Tong at the…

The show goes on for Singapore Art Week despite tourist restrictions, with a focus on introducing art to the community

Singapore Art Week (SAW) gets under way this week, even though the country has yet to relax quarantine requirements for most overseas visitors. Now in its ninth year, the annual festival was initially conceived as a way to…

Let’s be open to creativity and the arts

We should be more broad-minded and accepting of creativity and the arts (Pasting stickers on lamp post an act of vandalism, Jan 12). Since 2000, Singapore has declared its ambition to become a global city of the arts…

McNally sculpture moved after redevelopment

We thank Ms Diana Lim for her letter (Sculpture by arts pioneer deserves better display, Dec 24, 2020). The sculpture by the late Brother Joseph McNally was donated by Siemens to SSO in 2008, and it was originally…

Museums and performing arts turned to Zoom to survive. But spectators find the experience frustrating

When travel screeched to a halt early this year, companies trading internationally quickly adjusted to holding meetings or discussions via Zoom and similar tech tools. We’ve become used to conducting many everyday interactions over a computer screen –…

Sculpture by arts pioneer deserves better display

I recently came across this lovely sculpture by Brother Joseph McNally. Sadly, I cannot help but wonder if Victoria Concert Hall has done his sculpture any justice. Is this the only location to display his work? Is this…

Phase 3: Some art groups, venues prepare for larger audiences given raised capacity of up to 250 people

Less than a week after the authorities announced that live arts and cultural performances can hold more audience members during Phase Three of Singapore’s reopening, some arts companies and venues are already selling more tickets to their shows…

Covid-19: Buskers take to the streets again at *Scape and Clarke Quay Central in NAC pilot

In a move welcomed by both buskers and members of the public, NAC has launched a pilot that will allow the authorities to assess if street performers can resume their acts live in a safe manner amid the…

Pop art murals in the heartland

A pop art-style mural, inspired by American artist Keith Haring, at the void deck of Blk 8 Holland Ave. It is part of a heartland pop art gallery which also features artwork in the style of Andy Warhol…

Up Your Alley: Hidden gems around Singapore’s Chinatown

Depending on which generation you come from, hanging out in Singapore’s Chinatown could bring to mind two very different experiences. It could mean braving a perpetual swarm of bargain hunters and foodies and weaving past the area’s permanent…

Theatre groups relieved to be back, but worried at cost of staging live shows for audiences of only 100

Ms Melissa Lim, GM of The Necessary Stage, welcomed the resumption of live indoor performances on Nov 1 as a “big relief” for the arts industry. However, Ms Lim, along with other theatre industry figures that TODAY spoke…

Arts venues among places that can host live performances from Nov 1

Live performances can be held at performing arts venues and the premises of orchestras, choirs, dance groups, and other arts and culture organisations come Sun. Art galleries and some museums, as well as community centres and hotel ballrooms…

View of artwork should not be obstructed

Mural painting in Singapore is blossoming. These works of art can not only beautify the city but also become tourist attractions. We need to present them well and make them accessible to the public. Among the pieces featured…

Performers return to stage, recount experience of performing to bare auditorium

Compared to online shows, watching a live show feels like “eating fresh food that the chef has just prepared”. This was the analogy given by one of the performers who got to take the stage on Sept 11…

Don’t give up on Gillman Barracks

There is a need to go back to the original core intent of Gillman Barracks when it was first set up. The cluster was conceptualised as an art hub akin to Beijing’s famous 798 Art District, with intl…

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