Singapore Art Museum expands with new dockside space


The Singapore Art Museum (SAM) has announced plans to open a series of new art spaces, starting with the launch of a new attraction at Tanjong Pagar Distripark quay by early 2022.

Presenting the expansion, Singapore Art Museum Director Eugene Tan said, “SAM has been welcoming art lovers and art curious to our buildings for over 25 years.

“Going beyond our four walls will allow SAM to evolve as an outward-looking art space, open to new ideas, healthy debates and collaborative exchanges between communities.

“Our ambition is to disseminate art in several spaces, including a new anchor space at Tanjong Pagar Distripark which will open in 2022.”

With Tanjong Pagar Distripark already an established artistic hub with the Artspace @ Helutrans exhibition venue and the Gajah gallery, which promotes contemporary Southeast Asian art, SAM will take over an industrial warehouse space in the region, which will house innovative and experimental spaces. artistic experiences, as well as new spaces for community interactions.

Scheduled to open in early 2022, SAM at Tanjong Pagar Distripark will be spread over two floors and include event space and an F&B outlet. The first level will have over 2,000 square meters of floor space with two galleries for large-scale installations and exhibitions, while the new space will feature technology-focused exhibits and contemporary art installations.

With its main buildings in Bras Basah undergoing renovation, SAM will be showcasing works of art in other spaces throughout this year, including an exhibition at the National Gallery in Singapore and the SAM Mini Mobile Museum in public libraries in Jurong, Tampines and Woodlands.

Commenting on its expansion, SAM Director of Curatorial, Collections and Programs June Yap said, “We hope to make our spaces, collection and museum programs open and accessible to all so that art can be enjoyed. by all audiences and integrated into everyday life.

“Our initiatives will also encourage new forms of engagement and experimentation within and beyond the artistic community.”

Image: Concept for the interior of SAM at Tanjong Pagar Distripark. Credit: SAM.

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