The Substation is a non-profit organisation. It relies on financial and in-kind support from the general public, commercial organisations and foundations. They receive approximately 15% of their annual operating budget from the government. Funds received cover the costs of operating, developing programmes and producing events.
They welcome your support, feedback and participation and hope that in turn, The Substation provides you with fulfilling and extraordinary creative experiences.
Founded in 1990 by the late Kuo Pao Kun, The Substation is Singapore’s first independent contemporary arts centre. We are centrally located in the city’s civic district. Our venues include a black box theatre, a gallery, a dance studio,Random Room and two multi-function classrooms. We present and co-present a wide range of artists and programmes, from traditionally trained dancers to local rock bands; established visual artists to young poets; publications to international short film festivals; experimental theatre to seminal conferences on Singapore arts and culture.
Over the years, The Substation has worked with some of Singapore’s most critically acclaimed artists, writers and intellectuals; currently we are working closely with our Associate Artists. Just as importantly, younger and emerging artists are constantly approaching us to use our venues, and to get our support. We are always open to new proposals and ideas, and would like to hear from you.
The Substation’s mission is to support research and innovation in the arts by:
- nurturing and challenging Singapore artists
- providing an open space for artistic experimentation
- promoting interaction between diverse artists and audiences
- facilitating critical dialogue in the arts
- fostering regional and international arts networks