Singapore Grand Prix's ops director is new CEO of expanded Arts House Limited

Sarah Martin is the director of operations and security of race promoters Singapore GP Pte Ltd.
Sarah Martin is the director of operations and security of race promoters Singapore GP Pte Ltd. PHOTO: ST FILE

The Singapore Grand Prix's director of operations, Ms Sarah Martin, 41, is the new chief executive officer of the Arts House Limited from Dec 1.

The company manages The Arts House among other venues. From next August it will also take on the Victoria Theatre and Victoria Concert Hall, and the Drama Centre.

The news was released by the National Arts Council on Thursday. In September, The Straits Times reported that the former CEO of the Arts House Limited, Ms Lee Chor Lin, had quit after three years at the helm.

In the statement, the company's board thanked Ms Lee for bringing creativity and vibrancy into the venues managed by Arts House Limited and for guiding the Singapore International Festival of Arts (Sifa) over the last three years.

 

Arts House Limited was set up in 2014, merging two arts management companies: Arts Festival Limited, responsible for the annual headline arts event Sifa, and The Old Parliament House Limited, which managed spaces such as The Arts House on Old Parliament Lane.

The Arts House Limited portfolio includes Sifa and The Arts House, as well as managing arts hubs Aliwal Arts Centre and the Goodman Arts Centre. The latter is home to the National Arts Council as well as various arts groups.

From August next year, Arts House Limited will also manage Victoria Theatre and Victoria Concert Hall and the Drama Centre. These spaces are currently handled by The Esplanade Company Limited, which manages the Esplanade - Theatres On The Bay.

The arts council said Arts House Limited would also manage The Stamford Arts Centre on Waterloo Street, when its revamp is completed. The space is expected to be ready by the end of next year.

Ms Martin, 41, is no stranger to the arts scene. She was festival director and regional operations director of the Womad international music festival over a 10-year period in Singapore, Sri Lanka, Korea and New Zealand. She has been operations director of the Singapore Grand Prix since it started here in 2008.

She said in a press statement: "It will be an interesting challenge to be part of this new growth phase of Arts House Limited. As with everything, it takes time and the effort of many to build identity and character of venues and events and to grow audiences and supporters. I look forward to embarking on this new journey with the existing AHL team and to grow upon the foundation that has been set."