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Art Photography Centre Ltd (APC) is a registered charity (entity no. 201215478E) and a recipient of the National Arts Council's Major Grant from April 2019 to March 2022. APC operates as the arts organisation DECK and is the festival organiser of Singapore International Photography Festival (SIPF).

DECK was established in 2014 with the mission of supporting and nurturing the community of photographers and artists in Singapore and Southeast Asia. This modular site acts as a connector between community and photography, and offers a platform for people to celebrate photography in the heart of Singapore. Driven by the belief that photography is for all, it welcomes professionals and amateurs to come together, mingle and be inspired. (

Singapore International Photography Festival (SIPF) is a biennial gathering of minds from around the world with the common pursuit to advance the art and appreciation of photography. It aims to be a much-needed arena for critical thought and academic discourse on photography in Southeast Asia. SIPF will also function as a key platform to discover, nurture, and propel Southeast Asian photographers onto the international stage. Through its satellite programmes, the festival hopes to engage the public and cultivate a larger audience. At the core of SIPF is a firm belief that photography can be enjoyed by all. The upcoming 7th edition of SIPF will take place from 5 November 2020 to 31 January 2021. (

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With the vision of a dedicated gallery for contemporary photography, APC proposed the idea of an arts photography space within urban city in 2013, Driven by the passion for arts, and the belief of photography for everyone, the team of 4 members relentlessly sourced and pitched to different agencies before arriving at an empty plot of land at Prinsep Street. With strategic fundraising and generous public donations, APC built a space made of repurposed shipping containers with a clear mindset that this temporal space speaks for this generation, and serves as a conduit for the community and the artists.

DECK spells out the purpose and action of APC.DECK is a physical manifestation of how photography transcends time and space (Discovery), sparks conversation (Engagement), brings people together (Community) and conveys information (Knowledge). These make up the acronym D.E.C.K..

Housed within 20 modified shipping containers, DECK pushes the boundary of photography with curated year-round exhibitions, cultivates the understanding of medium through its research-based projects, and supports the community with its photobook library, school education programmes, artist residency programmes, and analogue darkroom House of Photography (HOP).

DECK's photobook library consists of 3,823 donated publications and artist handmade books, of which 1,600 books were generously donated by Steidl Publishing in 2016.
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Dawn Yeong

Art Photography Centre Ltd

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