The Substation is Singapore's first independent contemporary arts centre.

Founded in 1990 by the late Kuo Pao Kun, The Substation is known for its pioneering and experimental arts programming. Over the years, The Substation has worked with some of Singapore’s most critically acclaimed artists, writers and intellectuals including Alvin Tan, Goh Boon Teck, Amanda Heng, Lee Wen and Kok Heng Leun. 

Every year, The Substation presents an overarching artistic theme that informs the exhibitions, programmes and initiatives for the year. Each of these programmes explores in greater detail the questions posed by the artistic theme and the societal issues surrounding these questions. Through these annual artistic themes, The Substation expands, leads and supports cultural conversations in Singapore, engaging the general public and exposing them to the full possibilities of contemporary art in shaping public discourse.

The Substation is a recipient of the National Arts Council’s Major Grant for the period April 2017 to March 2020.


Mr Chew Kheng Chuan (Chairperson)
Consultant in Philanthropy

Mr Paul Khoo
Finance, art writer

Ms Annabelle Yip
Partner, WongPartnership LLP

Dr Susie Lingham

Mr Edmund Wee
Managing and Creative Director, Epigram

Ms Yuni Hadi
Director of Objectifs Centre for Photography & Filmmaking

Mr Tan Tarn How

Mr Neil Murphy
Associate Professor, NTU

Mr Jean-Louis Morisot
Director and COO, Proa Partners Pte. Ltd.




Alan Oei

Samantha Segar

Selene Yap

PROGRAMME MANAGER (Education & Outreach)
Ailin Chin

Faisal Rahmat

Munirah Bustamam

Alicia Goh

Isyraf bin Sabtu


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+65 6337 7535

For school visits and educational programmes, please email

45 Armenian Street
Singapore 179936

Office Hours
Monday - Friday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM



Ecstasy in arts, like in other activities, can only be gotten by persistent and often painful searching and trying. And therefore long-term, resource support (manpower and money power) are indispensable.

- Kuo Pao Kun
Open Space, September 1990

The Substation is an independent, non-profit institution that relies on multiple funding sources for its operations. Through a combination of private and government grants, venue rental income, private foundations and donations from supporters like you, The Substation has been a home for arts in Singapore for 27 years. 

Your support of the organisation will help The Substation continue to explore the possibilities of contemporary art in shaping public discourse, allow artists to experiment and collaborate with other cultural producers, and offer new ways for keen audiences to engage with contemporary art and ideas most relevent to the region.

Donations of $50 and above to The Substation are eligible for a 250% tax exemption. In addition, eligible donations are currently doubled by the Cultural Matching Fund, so your contribution will go twice as far.

Checks should be made out to The Substation Ltd. and mailed to:
The Substation
45 Armenian Street
Singapore 179936  

Online donations can be made at

Thank you for your support of The Substation!

We would like to thank the following for their generous support:

Arts Fund
Cornerstone Wines
Crystal Teak Enterprise Pte Ltd
Lee Foundation
Pernod Ricard Singapore Pte Ltd
Tiong Seng Group