A glimpse into Our SG Arts Plan (2023-2027): Singapore’s vision for the arts sector in the next five years

A glimpse into Our SG Arts Plan (2023-2027): Singapore’s vision for the arts sector in the next five years

It Begins with TAP is an audio walking tour that gives participants a glimpse of what the future of the arts in Singapore can look like. 

In 2018, the National Arts Council (NAC) put together a master that moulded a collective vision for the aspirations and growth of the local arts sector for the next five years – also known as Our SG Arts Plan (2018-2022). This first cycle of the Arts Plan was focused on inspiring and connecting communities, and positioning Singapore art globally.

Revisit key highlights and experiences from the Singapore Arts Plan (2018-2022) with NAC.

In their first step towards building the second iteration of Our SG Arts Plan (2023-2027), NAC has connected with close to 1,000 external stakeholders across the public, private, and people sector, with engagements still ongoing. The feedback and insights were then synthesised and integrated into Our SG Arts Plan 2.0 with three main pillars: A Distinctive City, A Creative Economy, and A Connected Society.

Earlier this month, NAC presented an interactive two-hour showcase along the Waterloo Arts Belt titled It Begins with TAP – An interactive audio walking tour. The showcase served to exhibit the ways in which the feedback and perspectives of stakeholders from previous engagement phases have been enacted in projects across the visual, literary, and performing arts.

The interactive audio walking tour was open to more than 300 consumers, patrons, and partners from the arts community – including Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Edwin Tong and Minister of State for Culture, Community and Youth Low Yen Ling. At the end of this year, It Begins with TAP will be made available to the public through a self-guided experience on NAC’s website. 

The local arts community share their five-year dreams for the arts sector in Singapore through Intervals, a short film screened at It Begins with TAP.

The tour featured soundbites from Singapore artists and creatives on stories about re-purposed heritage buildings, and artworks that illustrate each of the following three pillars:

Pillar 1: A Distinctive City

With interactive Augmented Reality (AR) murals, participants could envision how Singapore could be ‘A Distinctive City’, where the arts can be integrated into public spaces physically and digitally. 

The mural, created by Rscls in collaboration with Bonus TMC and Mue Bon, was brought to life with a MeshMinds’ AR filter. 

Pillar 2: A Creative Economy

Through a theatrical game show skit The Big Mood, audiences learned that Singapore’s arts economy could be developed into a sustainable hub through shared intellectual property (IP), the internationalisation of local artists, and collaborations between technology and the arts (AR and VR elements by Meta, for example).

The performance was carried out by Strawberries Inc. and the project video featured three homegrown artists: author Kirstin Chen, fashion designer Max Tan, and music composer Benjamin Lim Yi.  

The Big Mood, a theatrical game show skit by young theatre collective, Strawberries Inc, gave audiences a glimpse into how a creative art economy can be developed in Singapore.
The Big Mood, a theatrical game show skit by young theatre collective, Strawberries Inc, gave audiences a glimpse into how a creative art economy can be developed in Singapore.

Pillar 3: A Connected Society

 Dancers from Diverse Abilities Dance Collective (DADC) performed Confluence, a dance adapted by choreographers Eva Tey and Subastian Tan, and originally developed by Kavitha Krishnan from MAYA Dance Theatre.
Dancers from Diverse Abilities Dance Collective (DADC) performed Confluence, a dance adapted by choreographers Eva Tey and Subastian Tan, and originally developed by Kavitha Krishnan from MAYA Dance Theatre.

The dance performance Confluence showed audiences how the arts in Singapore can be harnessed to create a connected society. When individuals of different abilities come together to participate in creative conversation, the arts can serve as a communal shared experience and can be an anchor for diverse communities in Singapore.

Minister of State for Culture, Community and Youth Low Yen Ling votes for the pillar that resonated with her at the end of the It Begins with TAP audio walking tour.
Minister of State for Culture, Community and Youth Low Yen Ling votes for the pillar that resonated with her at the end of the It Begins with TAP audio walking tour.

At the end of the tour, participants could share and pen their thoughts on the three pillars of Our SG Arts Plan (2023-2027), and vote for the pillar that resonated the most with them.

By tapping on the collective ideas and energies of the participants and, in time to come, the general public, NAC hopes to refine and improve the next arts plan by 2023.

Find out more about Our SG Arts Plan (2023-2027) here.

(Photos: National Arts Council)

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