Arts institutions pressed for space

The Intercultural Theatre Institute and The Necessary Stage have to move, while The Substation may lose much of its space, raising questions about structural, funding and policy issues in Singapore's arts scene

A movement class at the Intercultural Theatre Institute, which will vacate its 10,000 sq ft venue by the end of the year.
A movement class at the Intercultural Theatre Institute, which will vacate its 10,000 sq ft venue by the end of the year. PHOTO: INTERCULTURAL THEATRE INSTITUTE
The Substation co-artistic directors Raka Maitra (left) and Woon Tien Wei (right), with board chairman K.C. Chew (centre), are worried about possible venue loss after the National Arts Council takes back the building for renovations in July next year. PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO FILE
(From left) Arts practitioner Loo Zihan, musician Bani Haykal, director Kok Heng Leun and playwright Haresh Sharma at The Necessary Stage's black box. The veteran theatre company will have to vacate its premises at the Marine Parade Community Club in August next year. PHOTO: ALVIN TAN
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Two arts institutions in Singapore are losing their long-time homes, while a third faces the possibility of losing much of its space. This raises important questions about structural, funding and policy issues in Singapore's arts scene.

The Intercultural Theatre Institute (ITI), a 20-year-old academy specialising in training actors in contemporary and classical Asian theatre techniques, will vacate its 10,000 sq ft venue by the end of the year. Emily Hill, a conservation bungalow owned by the Singapore Land Authority, has been the school's home since 2007.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 21, 2020, with the headline Arts institutions pressed for space. Subscribe