Art Stage cancellation: Singapore welcomes ideas that add to arts vibrancy, say NAC, EDB and STB

The Art Stage fair was cancelled nine days before its public opening on Jan 25 at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre.
The Art Stage fair was cancelled nine days before its public opening on Jan 25 at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre.PHOTO: ZB FILE

Three government agencies that backed an art fair, whose founder blamed competition for its sudden cancellation and at short notice, said yesterday that Singapore welcomes ideas and programmes which add vibrancy to the country's visual arts scene.

The National Arts Council (NAC), Economic Development Board (EDB) and Singapore Tourism Board (STB) made the point in a joint reply to Mr Lorenzo Rudolf of Art Stage Singapore, who had cited "unequal competition" from a Gillman Barracks fair.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 18, 2019, with the headline 'S'pore welcomes ideas that add to arts vibrancy, say 3 govt agencies'. Print Edition | Subscribe