Between June 2021 and March 2022, NAC embarked on engagement efforts for the vision and design of 45 Armenian Street with multiple stakeholders.
To better facilitate these conversations, NAC invited a range of domain experts from various sectors to form a Resource Panel who led the engagements to offer recommendations on the vision, design and operating model for the upgraded site at 45 Armenian Street.
The eight members of the Resource Panel are individuals with vast experience both in the arts and managing organisations, Ms Mae Anderson, Ms Janice Koh and Dr Jennifer Lee; independent arts practitioners, Mr Edward Choy, Mr Shaiful Risan and Mr David Siow; as well as precinct and education stakeholders, Mr Kennie Ting and Dr Venka Purushothaman. They were appointed for their experience and diversity of perspectives, as well as their network to engage the wider community. NAC is deeply grateful to the panel members for stepping forward with their time and expertise.
The Resource Panel held 10 focus group discussions (FGDs) to engage a wide range of participants from the arts community, precinct partners and stakeholders. More than 100 participants from diverse backgrounds including arts practitioners, arts companies, arts undergraduates, arts and culture institutions, educators, patrons and representatives from the public and private sectors have since shared their views and aspirations. Key ideas and suggestions which saw the most traction across all sessions are captured and summarised here - 45AS Engagement (Phase 1) - Summary.
The Resource Panel convened over two sessions to distil the insights and aspirations from the FGDs to shape the ethos, programming, infrastructure and operating model for 45 Armenian Street. These discussions culminated in a set of recommendations that will inform the next phase of development on 45 Armenian Street. Find out more about the recommendations here – 45AS Engagement (Phase 2) – Summary.
To guide the design and execution for 45 Armenian Street over the next two years, NAC has formed an Advisory Panel comprising domain experts from various sectors to build upon the Resource Panel’s recommendations. They are Ms Paulin Tay Straughan, Dean of Students at the Singapore Management University; Mr Teh Joo Heng, Principal of Teh Joo Heng Architects; Mr Eugene Lim, Founder & CEO of The Assembly Place; Mr Kuok Meng Ru, Group CEO & Founder of Caldecott Music Group; Mr Naeem Kapadia, a lawyer and theatre reviewer; as well as former Resource Panel members, Ms Mae Anderson, Chair of Art Outreach; Dr Venka Purushothaman, Deputy President & Provost of LASALLE College of the Arts; and Mr David Siow, Director of Steady State Records. They have been collectively appointed for their legal, entrepreneurial, spatial planning and real estate expertise, as well as connections to the arts. NAC looks forward to the next milestone as the Advisory Panel deep-dives into the details of the development, and is grateful for the members’ commitment to be part of the journey.
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Updated as of 13 March 2023