Arts and Culture Research Symposium

The Arts and Culture Research Symposium began in 2017 to provide a platform for arts research in Singapore to be presented, create awareness of the diversity of arts research in Singapore, and to encourage arts research by providing an opportunity for arts practitioners and researchers to interact, discuss, and explore ideas.


The 2019 Arts and Culture Research Symposium was held on Friday 15 March 2019 at National Gallery Singapore. The session explored the theme "The Impact of the Arts on Spaces, People and Communities"


Symposium Programme



Chairman's Opening Address

Professor Chan Heng Chee

Chairman, NAC



Research Sharing 1

Project ARTISAN: Fostering Aspiration and Resilience through Intergenerational Storytelling & Art-Based Narratives

Dr Andy Ho

Assistant Professor, Psychology Programme, College of Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences, NTU




Presentation Slides




Research Sharing 2

Arts & Culture Nodes in the Heartlands of Singapore: Exploring Strategies, Spatial Opportunities & Impacts

Dr Zdravko Trivic

Assistant Professor, Architecture Department, School of Design and Environment, NUS


Writeup and Q&A

Presentation Slides


Further reading: 

Trivic, Z. (2019) “Bringing Arts Closer to Local Communities: Spatial Opportunities and Impacts on Community Bonding”, in L.C. Hoong, & L.C Malone-Lee (Eds.), Building Resilient Neighbourhoods in Singapore: The Convergence of Policies, Research and Practice, Springer. DOI:


Trivic, Z., Tan, B.K., Padawangi, R., Mascarenhas, N., and Duong, Q. (2017). “Activating Urban Spaces and Communities through Arts and Culture: Boosting Local Identity and Social Bonding in Singapore’s Housing Neoghbourhoods”, Paper presented at the UIA 2017 Seoul World Architects Congress - ‘Soul of City’, 3-10 September 2017, Seoul, South Korea. UIA 2017 SEOUL PROCEEDINGS, Seoul: UIA 2017 SEOUL, pp. 1-8, ISBN ISBN 979-11-961666-1-8. URL:



Research Sharing 3

Both Sides, Now: Space of Connection, with Living with Dying

Dr Charlene Rajendran

Assistant Professor, Visual and Performing Arts (Drama) Academic Group, NIE


Synopsis of Report

Writeup and Q&A

Presentation Slides


Further reading:



Reflections on Proceedings

Professor Kwok Kian Woon

Associate Provost (Student Life), President’s Office, NTU



CEO's Address

Mrs Rosa Daniel




Panel Discussion - The Impact of the Arts on Spaces, People and Communities



1. Dr Belinda Yuen

Professorial Fellow, Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities, Singapore University of Technology and Science (SUTD)


2. Dr Felicia Low

Director, Community Cultural Development


3. Dr Michael Thaddeus Tan

Assistant Professor, School of Art, Design and Media, Nanyang Technological University (NTU)


4. Ms Natalie Alexandra Tse

Executive Director, SAtheCollective



Sharing on NAC’s Research Priorities

Dr Sharon Chang, Chief Research Officer, NAC




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