Exhibition for Migrant Workers (18-28 Mar) rated “Advisory” with “Some Mature Content”

Civil rights activist and social worker Jolovan Wham took to Facebook on Sunday (21 March) to point out that he was invited as the guest of honour for The Substation’s SeptFest2021: The Migrant Workers Community Museum exhibition. He said, “I didn’t have a PA or civil servant to prepare my speech, so I just rambled … Read more

Cultural researcher and educator calls for The Substation “to be part of Singapore’s collective memory”

Cultural researcher and educator Wong Chee Ming on Saturday (6 Mar) lamented the closure of The Substation, saying that “the value of the place was way beyond dollars and cents as a sum of all its events and subtenancies”. Wong, better known as Z’ming Cik online, spoke of feeling “heartbroken” about “what we have lost” when … Read more

The Substation, S’pore’s first independent contemporary arts centre, closes down permanently in July 2021

After a long and storied 30 years, The Substation will be shutting its doors permanently in July 2021. The arts centre—founded in 1990 by prominent figure in theatre, the late Kuo Pao Kun—announced its closure in a media statement on Tuesday, noting that the “difficult” decision was made by board members after lengthy discussions with … Read more

Executive Sub-Editor of Lianhe Zaobao laments the loss of The Substation as giving up “part of our collective souls”

Executive Sub- Editor of Lianhe Zaobao, Choo Lip Sin (Choo) shared his views in relation to reports on the upgrading of The Substation’s premises at 45 Armenian Street. Choo also further shared some of the sentiments expressed by the ex-Artistic Director of The Substation, Fendi, on the matter. For those unaware, The Substation, which is … Read more

Disabled artist and migrant worker poets to showcase their works in ‘alieNATION project’ this December

In the spirit of facilitating diversity in the arts community, The Substation is shining a spotlight this December on disabled artists, and poets from the migrant workers community. In collaboration with social enterprise Access Path Productions – which works with deaf and disabled communities – The Substation will present ‘alieNATION project’ on 12 and 13 … Read more