Singapore Summer School


1-9 June 2012

Guest Speakers

Tisa HoBenson PuahAlvin TanAlfian Sa'atJP Nathan

Cherian GeorgeNoor Effendy IbrahimHeng Siok TianKok Heng Luen

Paul RaeKhairuddin HoriJanice KohMichael HorAudrey Wong

Tisa Ho, Executive Director of the Hong Kong Arts Festival.

Benson Puah, Chief Executive Officer of Singapore's National Arts Council (NAC) and also holds the position of Chief Executive Officer of The Esplanade Co Ltd. which manages Esplanade Theatres on the Bay.

Alvin Tan, Founder and Artistic Director of The Necessary Stage


Alfian Sa'at, writer, poet and playwright

JP Nathan, Director of Programming, The Esplanade Theatres on the Bay

Cherian George, Author and Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Policy Studies at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

Noor Effendy Ibrahim, Artistic Director of The Substation

Kok Heng Leun, Artistic Director of the Drama Box

Paul Rae, Assistant Professor of English Language and Literature at the National University of Singapore

Khairuddin Hori, Senior Curator at the Singapore Art Museum

Janice Koh, Nominated Member of Parliament

Michael Hor, Professor of Law, National University of Singapore

Audrey Wong, Former Nominated Member of Parliament

Heng Siok Tian, Poet


Our Hosts

T. Sasitharan and Goh Su LinT. Sasitharan, is the co-founder and director of ITI which he conceived and established with the late Kuo Pao Kun in 2001.  Sasi's article Consuming Political Appetites can be found in the Lying Abroad: A Critical Study of Cultural Diplomacy UB Arts Management Occasional Paper Series #2.

Goh Su Lin, is the General Manager of ITI.  She has held numerous positions in Singapore including General Manager of The Necessary Stage and Consultant, Law & Business Affairs at MTV Asia.



The Summer School will provide students with an overview of Singaporean society, its history, culture and arts.  We will meet with arts managers, policy makers, artists, and educators, participate in a public forum and attend performances at the Singapore Arts Festival as well as attend Exhibitions at various Museums and Galleries.

This seminar course will focus upon current issues in the arena of international arts management and will take the form of a study abroad summer school program. It will draw from a broad spectrum of the field such as international models of arts funding, public policy making, and legal aspects of the performing, visual and media arts.  The aim of the course is to enhance students’ experience in the international sector of arts management.

We shall explore, through the lens of Singapore, whether it is possible to maintain distinct art-forms and cultural identity whilst also being responsive to technological and other forms of change.


The Venue


Emily HillThe UB Arts Management Program is hosted by Emily Hill and ITI.  The group will stay at the Hangout @ Emily Hill.  Emily Hill is more than a location.  It aims to be "a creative cooperative ... the first, tangible instance of the drive to promote creative industries bearing distinctly Singaporean fruit. It represents a ground-up initiative of creative people, in both commercial and artistic practice, to establish a new kind of enterprise. One in which the dedication and discipline usually associated with cultivating artistic innovation is nurtured together and in tandem with the priority to grow commercial potential and markets."

The Activities
  • Summer School Introduction (Goh Su Lin)
  • Framing Cultural Identity in Singapore-Doxa and Dilemma (T. Sasitharan, ITI)
  • Global Cultural Capital (Paul Rae)
  • The Freedom Deficit and East-West Engagement (Michael Hor)
  • Poetry in Singapore (Heng Siok Tian)
  • Introduction and Tour of The Substation (Noor Effendy Ibrahim, Artistic Director)
  • Visual Arts Practice (Khairuddin Hori, Curator Singapore Art Museum)
  • Media and Censorship (Cherian George)
  • Managing an International Performing Arts Centre: Tour of Esplanade and presentation by senior staff on programming and outreach (JP Nathan, Director of Programming, The Esplanade Theatres on the Bay)
  • Temple Tour: Sri Mariamman Temple, A site of South Indian pre-modern Singapore (T. Sasitharan)
  • Tekka Market and Little India (T. Sasitharan)
  • Renaissance City/ Managing a Clobal City for the Arts (Benson Puah, CEO of National Arts Council and The Esplanade Theatres on the Bay)
  • Theatre Practice in Singapore (Panel discussion: Kok Heng Leun (Drama Box), Alvin Tan (The Necessary Stage) Paul Rae (NUS Theatre Studies))
  • Presentation by Janice Koh and Audrey Wong, Nominated Members of Parliament in Singapore
  • Arts Management Panel Discussion (Moderator Ruth Bereson)
  • Introduction and Tour of Gillman Arts Center (Sabrina Chin)
  • Managing the Arts in Singapore and Hong Kong (Tisa Ho, CEO Hong Kong Arts Festival)
  • Student Presentations: "Cultural Identity in Buffalo and Singapore"

Singapore Arts Festival 2012

We will see the following performances during the Singapore Arts Festival 2012


Additionally students will be attending a "Night of Cantonese Opera" by the Singapore Chinese Orchestra.

Previous Summer Schools


Singapore Summer School   21 - 29 May 2011

Theme: The Arts and Cultural Identity in a 'Border-less' World

Singapore Summer School May 21- May 29



Venice Biennale 21 - 28 June 2009

Theme: Heritage Hacking: The Case Of the Biennale  

Click here for the Nurope Website and the UB Arts Management Summer School in Venice May 12-May 18


Finland and Sweden May 12 -- May 19, 2008

Theme: Beyond Bergman and Nobel: Scandinavian cultural policy

and performing arts.

We held our annual summer school in Åbo/Turku Finland,

and Stockholm Sweden in conjunction with NUROPE. 

Summer School in Finland and Sweden May 12 -- May 19, 2008

Students and Members of NUROPE in Front of Drottningholm in Sweden


Gattières, France July 3 - July 8, 2007

Theme: Aspects of French Local, Regional

and National Cultural Policy and Visual Arts

Summer School in Gattières July 3 -- July 8, 2007

College of Arts and Sciences UB School of Law UB School of Management