As Bridget Tracy Tan, Nafa's new gallery director and erstwhile curator for the Singapore Art Museum (SAM), quips: 'We'll be laying the groundwork for LaSalle-SIA when they come here in 2006.' Nafa's
three art gallery spaces will consist of one gallery - 50 sq m long and 7.8 m high - which can be split into two rooms, and a 'boutique' gallery.
And the vision for the galleries which have a fully computerised lighting track system and inbuilt multimedia facilities? 'That it'll be a good platform for the Singapore art community, and it's going to be accessible and colourful,' says Ms Tan
expects to put up two major curated exhibitions a year, besides the regular student shows. 'The gallery space will also be rented out,' she
points out. 'The challenge is to strike a balance between the needs of the students, the school and also good commercial clients.'
But first and foremost, the gallery is to cater to the needs of the academy.The difference between an institutional art gallery like Nafa's
, and the Singapore Art Museum
is that it also has a ready community of students to dialogue with. 'Spatially, we're not much different, but being an arts education centre, the gallery will naturally engage with students as well as faculty.And we'll also have to be relevant to the current climate, besides building on Nafa's
well-established commitment to developing local art,' Ms Tan notes.
new gallery is highly visible - the gallery is on street level, with a long wall of glass for the side facing Bencoolen Street - Nafa's
programming will have resonate to the man-on-the-street as well, beyond the physical sense. 'The nature of the art exhibitions will have to have better 'soundbites' for instance,' says Ms Tan