Singapore takes its next step in promoting its brand equity culturally when the Goodman Arts Centre located at mountbatten will be joined by the brand new Aliwal Arts Centre. The National Arts Council is currently inviting arts groups and artists to apply for spaces at the new arts centre which will be subsidised. Compared to the Goodman Arts Centre, the Aliwal Arts Centre will have 31 tenanted art spaces, open courtyards, as well as commercial areas for f&B businesses. The location pushes the affluent cultural heritage of the Kampong Glam Conservation District which aims to unite the arts community and the general public. Affordibility on art spaces is stressed very much in the setting up of the arts centre, under the “shared office scheme” which offers a subsidised rate for renting or hiring studio facilities to be used for performances by freelance artists who do not have regular activities.
With this new arts centre being set up, artists do not have to rely on/share space with book cafes such as The Pigeonhole located at Duxton Road, and they might even find better prices for art spaces! Although I have personally been to these small and cozy book cafes and love the great atmosphere and charm it provides and I wonder if artists would actually prefer to have their art performances displayed at the arts centre.