Centred on Traditional Arts

Published on 26 April 2017

Credit: National Arts Council

Stamford Arts Centre undergoes S$7 million redevelopment to boost the traditional arts.

Credit: Multiply Architects
Credit: Multiply Architects

A swanky new multi-purpose hall for performances and rehearsals, artist-in-residency space, new lifts and connecting walkways to improve accessibility – these are just some of the features we can look forward to when the Stamford Arts Centre (SAC) at Waterloo Street reopens in mid-2018. Redeveloped at an estimated cost of S$7 million, the centre will be transformed into a vibrant space with a strong focus on the traditional arts.

Apart from housing a diverse mix of traditional arts groups and arts professionals (as part of the National Arts Council’s Arts Housing Scheme), the SAC will also support artistic collaborations and innovative cross-cultural content creation through hosting artists-in-residence and presenting a line-up of programmes managed by the Arts House Limited (AHL), which will also manage the premises.

“Beyond this space, we hope to reach out to the local Waterloo community because there are rich cultural offerings by the stakeholders in this precinct. They can also be part of the art-making process,” says Parliamentary Secretary for Culture, Community and Youth, Mr Baey Yam Keng, who officiated the launch ceremony on 25 April. “AHL will be reaching out to them to work with the artists here to co-create new works that are relevant to Singaporeans.”

NAC is looking at between eight to 10 arts tenants, and will hold an open call for interested arts groups later this year. Keep updated here.

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