TEXT BY PAMELA HO
The News: Issue 40
Published on 12 April 2016
Survey shows only 1 in 4 Singaporeans read a local literary work last year.
In the past 12 months, 44 per cent of Singaporeans read at least one literary book, with one in four reading works by Singaporean writers. As for why more aren’t consuming local literature, two in five cited lack of awareness of Singaporean writers. These are just some of the findings of the National Literary Reading and Writing Survey 2015, commissioned by the National Arts Council (NAC) to understand Singaporean consumer behaviour and trends in reading and creative writing.
“The NAC and industry players can draw on these insights to formulate strategies and recommendations that will further promote Singapore literature and encourage a deeper engagement in the literary arts,” says May Tan, acting director of NAC’s sector development in the literary arts.
To access the full report, visit www.nac.gov.sg.
New programmes for the less- privileged.
To reach out to the less- privileged in the community, the National Heritage Board launched HeritageCares on 13 March, an initiative that offers them a slew of heritage programmes at our museums, heritage institutions and heritage sites. With watch brand Patek Philippe’s support, the first wave of programmes will reach out to some 12,000 Community Chest beneficiaries over three years. Not only will HeritageCares give beneficiaries access to guided trails, hands-on workshops and interactive programmes at the museums, it also offers Singaporeans a chance to contribute to the community as heritage volunteers.
New spaces made available to street artists.
Three exclusive wall spaces at *SCAPE have been made available for aspiring and established street artists to express themselves. A collaboration between the National Arts Council (NAC) and *SCAPE, these commissioned walls will be open for application via scheduled open calls throughout the year. They are a welcomed addition to the existing spaces NAC has made available for street art: Aliwal Arts Centre, Goodman Arts Centre, and Rail Corridor Art Space (which is temporarily closed for upgrading works). To date, over 50 street artists have left their mark on these walls.
Artists interested in pursuing opportunities at *SCAPE can email [email protected] or call 6521-6565.