The Straits Times
Published on Jul 01, 2014

Perfect partners: Independent groups put on projects that plug gap between museum shows and art fairs


Are two heads always better than one? It would seem so, in the case of independent visual arts institutions.

Collaborations between such entities allow these smaller, non-state-run initiatives to pool resources, expertise and influences to create the space for them to better pursue their common goals.

These independent players may take the form of artist-run spaces or exhibition and research centres linked to tertiary institutions, but they all occupy a space between the dominant state-run or state-funded museums and the large swathe of commercial galleries.

While state institutions may be limited in their educational role by having to serve a wide audience, commercial galleries are in the business for profit.