National Arts Council Has A New Chairman!

 

After nine years of distinguished service, Mr Liu Thai Ker will be stepping down as Chairman of the National Arts Council (NAC) on 30 June 2005.  He will be succeeded by current Deputy Chairman, Mr Edmund Cheng Wai Wing, Deputy Chairman of the Wing Tai Holdings Limited and Managing Director of Wing Tai Land, who officially takes over the Chairmanship of NAC for a term of three years from 1 July 2005 to 30 June 2008.  

 

 

After nine years of distinguished service, Mr Liu Thai Ker will be stepping down as Chairman of the National Arts Council (NAC) on 30 June 2005. He will be succeeded by current Deputy Chairman, Mr Edmund Cheng Wai Wing, Deputy Chairman of the Wing Tai Holdings Limited and Managing Director of Wing Tai Land, who officially takes over the Chairmanship of NAC for a term of three years from 1 July 2005 to 30 June 2008.

 

Mr Liu’s vision of Singapore as a distinctive global city for the arts has transformed the role of the Council and driven the development of the arts in Singapore. The arts scene has grown in vibrancy and maturity. Total arts activities grew by more than three times and ticketed attendances exceeded one million in 2004. The number of arts groups and companies has increased to about 580 in 2004. Many artists have gained recognition and won awards at international arts events. There is greater interest and participation in the arts amongst from Singaporeans.

 

Under his strategic leadership, the Council successfully implemented the recommendations of the 2000 Renaissance City Report. New initiatives included funding schemes for semi-professional and professional arts companies, and emerging talents, expanded outreach and arts education programmes, enhanced international cultural relations, increased international collaborations and co-productions involving Singapore and overseas talent, development of major events such as Singapore Writers’ Festival, Singapore Art Show and Singapore Biennale, and the Singapore Arts Festival established as a leading one in Asia.

 

As Chairman of the 2002 Censorship Review Committee, Mr Liu was responsible for easing up Singapore’s censorship guidelines with the aim of giving Singaporeans greater choice and space, yet preserving the core values of society.

 

His other appointments and advisory roles with the Singapore Tyler Print Institute, The Esplanade and the National Heritage Board have also advanced the development of the arts.

 

The new chairman, Mr Edmund Cheng is extensively involved in public service and the arts in Singapore. He has been serving as the Chairman of DesignSingapore Council since August 2003. He is also the Chairman of The Esplanade and The Old Parliament House Limited. Mr Cheng has been involved as a board member in a number of public and private companies as well as schools and statutory boards in Singapore. He will bring extensive experience from both the private and public sectors to lead NAC into the new phase of development of the creative arts industry.

 

The Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts thanks Mr Liu Thai Ker for his tremendous contributions towards Singapore’s vision of a global arts city and his efforts in taking the NAC through an exciting phase of arts development in Singapore. The Ministry welcomes Mr Edmund Cheng as he takes on the baton to lead the NAC into the next phase of development.

 

MINISTRY OF INFORMATION, COMMUNICATIONS AND THE ARTS 13 JUNE 2005

 

Contact persons:

Ms Eileen Chua 

Manager Corporate Communications National Arts Council

Tel: 68379575 Email: Eileen_chua@nac.gov.sg

 

Ms Tham Siok Fun

Manager, Corporate Communications Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts 

Tel: 68379841 Email: tham_siok_fun@mica.gov.sg