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.
This video was filmed by Debbie Ding as part of Making Space, an exhibition in 2015 about The Substation, its archives, and its role in contemporary art in Singapore. It features 25 figures from art, design and film sharing their thoughts and memories of The Substation.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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.
Mr Terence Chong PhD
Deputy Director, ISEAS Yusof Ishak Institute
HEAD OF PROGRAMMES
Leow Si Min
VENUE HIRE COORDINATOR
Isyraf bin Sabtu