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About Us

A pioneer in championing Singapore and Southeast Asian artists through artist development and arts education programmes, The Substation is Singapore's first independent contemporary arts company founded in 1990 by the late Kuo Pao Kun.

The Substation has been acknowledged as a major contributor to the Singapore contemporary arts scene, having developed and supported critically acclaimed artists, critics and art professionals including Alvin Tan, Goh Boon Teck, Amanda Heng, Kok Heng Leun and the late Lee Wen.

Adopting a multiple locations strategy and meaningful partnerships allow The Substation to build on our tradition of collaboration and community, as well as grow our audience by offering an experience of discovery. Expanding our collaborations into Southeast Asia, The Substation will continue to champion original works by artists, specialists and curators who engage with and contribute to the complex conversations around art, and to build an environment of curiosity and inclusiveness.

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Our Programmes

Each 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.

Programmes include: Residencies, Workshops, Lectures, Exhibitions, Performances, Educational initiatives, Research, and Archiving Projects
  • Arts & Heritage
  • Children & Youth
  • Community
  • Education

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