Modern Singapore’s multiple immigrant
resource presaged its unique diversity in the Singapore
Arts scene. Although no one in the early days had foreseen
its future vibrancy. Majority of Singaporean has established
their consciousness that life is incomplete without
an artistic dimension.
The idea of Multi-Cultural, Multi-Racial
Singapore has beginning to capture the public’s imagination
although works produced were often ‘rojak-like’ mixtures
of Malaly, Chinese, Indian and western forms. Nevertheless,
national independence provided the impetus for the appearance
of a uniquely Singapore brand of culture.
In 1980s, economic affluence has arrived
in modern, independent Singapore – concurrent with a
massive thirst for the arts. This was borne of a combination
of factors: Economic growth had given Singapore a well-educated
young population, highly mobile yet isolated. Aggressively
competitive; with increasing disposable income and more
leisure time to let off pent-up emotions and hidden
frustrations. Certainly ideal conditions for rapid growth
in the arts.
The pulse of the Singapore Arts Scene
is certainly beating with great energy; there are potential,
and the arts market has become very active. But a marketplace
does not an arts centre make; not before it enhances
the missing elements. That can only come from long period
of aesthetic education and creative accumulations.
will be carefully developing the Singaporean Art section
shortly. For further information on current artists
or future offerings, please
An asterik (*) connotes pieces that are available for
purchase. Please contact us for further details.