Singapore Art Museum launches new art destination at Tanjong Pagar Distripark to coincide with SAW 2022

Singapore Art Museum launches new art destination at Tanjong Pagar Distripark to coincide with SAW 2022

The new SAM at Tanjong Pagar Distripark ‘sets the stage for a new arts enclave’. (Video: Singapore Art Musuem)

The revitalisation of Tanjong Pagar Distripark as an arts cluster has received a big boost with the opening of the new 3,000-square-metre home of Singapore Art Museum (SAM).

The space, which spans two floors, opens with multiple art presentations by Southeast Asian artists and a café-bookshop by Epigram Bookshop and Balestier Market Collective.

The first burst of creative action, tied in with Singapore Art Week, features work by renowned experimental band The Observatory and SAM’s pilot programme, Residencies. The space also hosts exhibitions by international artists such as Korakrit Arunanondchai and Gan Siong King. The exhibitions and art experiences are complemented by free and ticketed on-site activities.

REFUSE by The Observatory, A Machine Boosting Energy into the Universe by Korakrit Arunanondchai, and My Video Making Practice by Gan Siong King are among some of the first exhibits at SAM’s new home as part of Singapore Art Week 2022.

Like other museums and galleries in Singapore, SAM is taking bold steps to remain relevant and engage new audiences, as Director Dr Eugene Tan explains. “The opening of the new space in Tanjong Pagar Distripark marks a key milestone for us as SAM brings the experience of art to unexpected and everyday spaces.”

Another driver behind SAM at Tanjong Pagar Distripark is the need for a space capable of housing large-scale installations and exhibits; something the museum’s current premises (a 19th century Catholic school and the former Saint Joseph’s Institution on Bras Basah Road) were never designed to do.

“This expansive space allows us to showcase large-scale works and installations – from experimental, multidisciplinary art, to multi-sensorial family-friendly exhibitions,” says Dr Tan. “The space is purposefully designed to spark collaborations between our partners,

artists and audiences, and will be a key site for talks, workshops and programmes.”

SAM is the organising body for the Singapore Biennale and the new space will certainly play a key role in making the next one, which runs from 18 Oct until 19 Mar 2023, bigger and better than ever.

The National Arts Council was instrumental in Singapore Art Museum’s shift to an exciting new space for contemporary art at Tanjong Pagar Distripark. The opening coincides with Singapore Art Week. (Video: SAM)

The National Arts Council was instrumental in SAM’s arrival at TP Distripark and it is actively looking into more collaboration with tenants of the warehouse buildings on Keppel Road and other locations, suggesting that NAC envisages more arts clusters around Singapore.

Attending S.E.A. Focus as part of Singapore Art Week, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Edwin Tong told the audience that “NAC intends to launch a series of engagements and partner the arts community to co-create innovative new concepts and programmes in areas such as the Tanjong Pagar Distripark.”

Find out more about SAM at Tanjong Pagar Distripark here.

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