Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs and Culture, Community and Youth Sam Tan Visits Telok Kurau Studios and Meets with Affected Tenants

 

Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs and Culture, Community and Youth Sam Tan surveys the damage with staff from the National Arts Council

 

Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs and Culture, Community and Youth Sam Tan speaks with artist Tan Wyn-Lyn

 

Singapore, 17 January 2013 - Following the incident at Telok Kurau Studios, Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs and Culture, Community and Youth, Sam Tan paid a visit to the Studios late this evening to meet with the affected tenants.

 

2     “We want to assure the affected artists that we will do our best to assist them and allow them to continue their work in a conducive and safe environment.” said Mr Tan, after touring the facilities and speaking with the affected artists. “We are also thankful that nobody was hurt in the fire, and are currently focussing on helping the affected artists return to their studio spaces as soon as possible”.

 

3      The National Arts Council (NAC) has taken steps to help those affected by the fire, and has made alternate arrangements for the affected studios. Power was restored to the building in the evening of the day of incident.

 

4      The fire took place at Telok Kurau Studios in the early morning of 15 January 2013, affecting three artist studios and disrupting the power supply at the facility. The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) arrived in time to put out the fire, and official investigations are currently ongoing.