President Tony Tan Keng Yam visits the Goodman Arts Centre


President Tony Tan Keng Yam, visited the Goodman Arts Centre (GAC) today. As the National Arts Council’s Patron-in-Chief, this visit reiterates the President’s continued support for the arts in Singapore. Accompanying the President was Acting Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, Mr Lawrence Wong.


President Tony Tan said, “The arts create an avenue of expression, enrich our souls and add meaning to our lives. It has the ability to bring people from different backgrounds and cultures together – it bridges communities, fosters a greater sense of identity, against the backdrop of our multi-racial, multi-cultural society.”


He added: “I am heartened to see the diversity of artists and arts groups housed at the Goodman Arts Centre, and the kind of artistic vibrancy and creativity it has brought to the location. Artists too have shared that being at GAC has given them a chance to interact and explore more ways to bring the arts to Singaporeans.”


Apsaras Arts


Ding Yi Music Company


President Tan met with traditional Indian dance company, Apsaras Arts; Malay arts and culture organisation, Sriwana; the, Singapore Literature Society; multi-disciplinary artist, Brian Gothong Tan, and Chinese chamber music ensemble, Ding Yi Music Company. The groups shared about their life at GAC, and their views of the arts scene.


Local multi-disciplinary artist and 2012 Young Artist Award recipient, Brian Gothong Tan, also commented, “Being given this space at GAC has increased the sustainability of my practice as an artist. It has enabled me to concentrate on producing my work across disciplines. I’ve been privileged to collaborate with other arts groups also based here at GAC, including Cake and T.H.E.”


Brian Gothong Tan explains his artistic practice to President Tony Tan, Acting Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, Mr Lawrence Wong, as well as NAC’s Chairman, Mr Edmund Cheng (L-R)