Singaporean On Global Art Power List

N.O. arts center makes more room for Academic Studio

The ranking is based on a combination of factors including influence over international art production, financial clout and activity in the previous 12 months. Dr Tan was recognised for his efforts in setting the stage for Singapore’s rise as a South-east Asian arts hub, with the development of art enclave Gillman Barracks and the National Art Gallery. Formerly programme director of special projects at the Economic Development Board, Dr Tan wooed 14 pedigree galleries from 10 countries to open at Gillman Barracks off Alexandra Road last year. Since his appointment to the National Art Gallery in May, he has also been working to raise the museum’s profile as having the world’s largest public collection of modern South-east Asian and Singapore art.
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They love seeing what each other are doing and they learn from it, Wedberg said. In the new Forum, the arts and academics spaces will be intertwined because that is what we have found works best for our students. The establishment of an academic curriculum at a school known for its achievements in arts education was undertaken with great care and research, according to Wedberg. We looked at 35 schools, at the MIT Media Lab, at what other successful schools are doing but we did not pattern our program on any of them, Wedberg said. Instead, we borrowed ideas and then worked them into the pedagogy we established with our arts program to devise something of our own. It relies on elements like team teaching, a blended curriculum, hands on learning and hiring teachers who practice in their fields.
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