The News Issue 33

Published on 5 January 2016

TEXT BY PAMELA HO

A Big Crowd Puller

The National Gallery’s opening boasts visitor numbers beyond expectation. 

The highly anticipated opening of the National Gallery Singapore drew a whopping 170,000 people during its two-week opening celebrations — exceeding its initial expectations by 40 per cent. A definite crowd-puller was the Share the Hope art carnival, where over 20 free events attracted over 86,000 visitors to the Padang and into the Gallery. “The response and participation of the public is extremely encouraging as we strive to deliver a truly unique experience for all our visitors, to make this the people’s museum,” says Chong Siak Ching, CEO of the National Gallery Singapore.

For more information on exhibitions, programmes and ticketing, visit www.nationalgallery.sg.

Joining a Creative Network

Singapore’s design industry given boost with UNESCO designation.

Singapore is one of the first two ASEAN cities to be named a UNESCO Creative City of Design. Together with Bandung (Indonesia), Budapest (Hungary), Detroit (USA), Kaunas (Lithuania) and Puebla (Mexico), Singapore joins 16 existing members in the UNESCO Creative Cities Network, created in 2004 to foster international cooperation among cities that have identified creativity as a strategic factor for viable development. The designation will widen Singapore’s global design network and create more opportunities for collaborations with other member cities, giving our design industry’s capability development a shot in the arm.

For more information on the UCCN, visit http://en.unesco.org/creative-cities/.

One Direction

The Substation announces a new artistic thrust.

The Substation, Singapore’s first independent contemporary arts centre, will see some exciting changes in the coming months. “As we’ve clearly been joined by many other venues for the arts —with artists finding their own homes amidst a plethora of independent spaces — an urgent question is what sort of role The Substation plays in the arts today,” says artistic director Alan Oei.

Among the changes, The Substation will move to a yearly thematic programme and streamline its core capabilities, transitioning from a venue rental and programming site to a research and developmental space for artists. It will also expand its mission to include multi-disciplinary voices (like writers and historians) and create non-project oriented residency and developmental programmes. A series of focus groups with the arts community will be held before finalising these initiatives.

To find out more about the work of The Substation, visit www.substation.org.

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