Singapore, 1 December 2016 – The National Arts Council (NAC) is pleased to announce the expansion of Arts House Limited’s (AHL) role as an arts intermediary and in the professional management of multi-disciplinary arts venues. AHL will manage the Victoria Theatre and Victoria Concert Hall (VTVCH), and the Drama Centre (DC) come August 2017. This is in addition to AHL’s current management portfolio of The Arts House (TAH), Goodman Arts Centre (GAC), and Aliwal Arts Centre (AAC), as well as management of the Singapore International Festival of Arts, also known as SIFA. The Stamford Arts Centre (SAC), soon to be refreshed as an arts centre with a focus on traditional arts, will also be included in AHL’s portfolio when its revamp is completed.
2 The expansion of AHL’s remit highlights the importance of strong intermediaries and the value they bring to Singapore’s arts landscape. Through their work in managing arts centres and venues, intermediaries support the production of quality art and contribute to growing audiences. Over the last few years, AHL has developed capability and gained experience in managing, and building distinct identities for TAH, GAC and AAC, while also organising SIFA and encouraging artistic collaborations between Singapore and international artists.
3 Besides managing arts centres, AHL will also expand the breadth of its capabilities from August 2017 to include key performing arts venues – DC and VTVCH, which are currently managed by The Esplanade Company Limited (TECL). With AHL managing two historical venues in the Civic District – TAH and VTVCH, they will be an important stakeholder to help create an even more vibrant Civic District, working in tandem with the Council in its role as the place-maker for the area.
4 The Council recognises TECL’s significant contributions during the strategic partnership with NAC to develop the industry’s capabilities for the management of DC and VTVCH. During TECL’s management of these venues, it developed manpower capabilities in the areas of technical theatre, production and venue management; as well as oversaw the setting up of VTVCH operations after its re-opening in mid-2014. Having set a firm foundation for the operations of both DC and VTVCH, TECL will hand over the baton, including the 35-strong team at DC and VTVCH which it has nurtured, to AHL. As the national performing arts centre, TECL will continue to develop industry capabilities through its technical theatre training programmes, and deepen its work in engaging audiences of all ages and needs as well as support artistic creations and productions.
5 AHL’s new Chief Executive Officer Sarah Martin joins the organisation on 1 December 2016 to lead AHL in its next phase of development. AHL will work closely together with TECL and all stakeholders to ensure a smooth transition in the venue management of DC and VTVCH.