Finding space for art: A look at the studios of five artists

Artists (clockwise from top left) Dawn Ng, Jahan Loh, Ruben Pang, Kanchana Gupta and Tay Bak Chiang in their studios.
Artists (clockwise from top left) Dawn Ng, Jahan Loh, Ruben Pang, Kanchana Gupta and Tay Bak Chiang in their studios.ST PHOTOS: ALPHONSUS CHERN, JASMINE CHOONG, JOSEPH CHUA, KHALID BABA

The romantic cliche of the starving artist in a garrett is so 18th century.

In Singapore, you would more likely find artists slogging away in industrial areas. Cold economics means the cheaper spaces artists can afford are usually located in far-flung corners of the island. And artists often worry about being evicted once leases expire.

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