Housing a home for the arts

Straits Times 12 Apr 2014

A recent series of performances at The Arts House to celebrate its 10th anniversary turned the historic building’s facade into a palette of colour and light.

But as various shows and exhibitions unfolded in the inner sanctums of the former Parliament House, they also trained the spotlight on the nature of urban arts spaces: like the cities they inhabit, they rarely stay still.

As of April 1, The Arts House, which opened in 2004 after a $15 million refurbishment, has come under new management.

The chameleonic arts centre at Empress Place has long struggled to find an identity and connect with audiences and the arts community. This is quite unlike its two neighbouring arts centres – the Esplanade, with its blockbuster performances, and the Substation with its platform for raw, edgy works.

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