19 October 2019

Art, Urban Change, and the Public Sphere


In partnership with Mapletree Investments Pte Ltd., Culture City. Culture Scape. is a public art education programme launched in 2017. A first of its kind in Singapore, the programme features a series of newly commissioned public art works by Dan Graham, Zulkifle Mahmod, Tomás Saraceno and Yinka Shonibare CBE (RA), nestled at Mapletree Business City II, and aims to bring the arts closer to the communities.

Conceived as a research presentation at NTU CCA Singapore’s The Lab, Art, Urban Change, and the Public Sphere engages with the making of the Public Art Trail at Mapletree Business City II in the context of Privately-Owned Public Spaces (POPS) together with other artistic and urban developments in Singapore. The works of the Public Art Trail by international renowned artists Dan Graham, Zulkifle Mahmod, Tomás Saraceno and Yinka Shonibare CBE (RA) are animated through augmented reality in a unique spatial setting. The presentation reflects on emerging discourses such as Future Asian Spaces or Art in the Public Sphere and situates the interconnectedness of cultural politics, urban developments and economic conditions in today’s Singapore. A same-titled Public Art Education Summit in October will reflect on the socio-poltical changes and challenges of Art in the Public Sphere with a focus on community engagement, social (corporate) responsibility, and new artistic approaches in an ever-expanding urban setting.

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Image Caption: Zulkifle Mahmod, Sonic Pathway, 2017, copper pipes, 512 solenoids, microcontrollers, speakers, Mapletree Business City II. Courtesy NTU CCA Singapore.

Art, Urban Change, and the Public Sphere, Public Art Education Summit


Art, Urban Change, and the Public Sphere

NTU CCA Singapore is pleased to present Art, Urban Change, and the Public Sphere, which engages with art in privately owned public spaces through a Public Art Education Summit and research presentation. Taking as its point of departure the neighbouring Culture City. Culture Scape. Public Art Trail at Mapletree Business City—developed with curatorial consultation by NTU CCA Singapore—the Summit and presentation explore broader cultural and artistic developments on a civic scale situated in urban landscapes. How do political and economic changes in the public realm evoke a regional discourse on art in cities?

Public Art Education Summit

17 – 19 October 2019

NTU CCA Singapore

Guest-of-Honour: Prof Wang Dawei, Executive Dean, College of Fine Arts, Shanghai University

With contributions by: Ute Meta Bauer (Germany/Singapore), Richard Bell (Australia), Lewis Biggs (UK), Lilian Chee (Singapore), Amanda Crabtree (UK/France), Daniel Mudie Cunningham (Australia), Eileen Goh (Singapore), Sophie Goltz (Germany/Singapore), Catherine David (France), Limin Hee (Singapore), Kok Heng Leun (Singapore), Richard Lim (Singapore), Hongjohn Lin (Taiwan/Singapore), Massamba Mbaye (Senegal), Alecia Neo (Singapore), Alan Oei (Singapore), Nikos Papastergiadis (Australia), Milenko Prvački (Ex-Yugoslavia/Singapore), Jasmeen Patheja (India), Katherine Ann Leilani Tuider (US), Ashley Thompson (UK), et al.

With capability-development workshops by Amanda Crabtree (UK/France), Daniel Mudie Cunningham (Australia), Hongjohn Lin (Taiwan/Singapore) and Katherine Ann Leilani Tuider (US).

The Public Art Education Summit is the first of its kind in Singapore and part of a larger engagement of NTU CCA Singapore in professional education of public art. It focuses on cultural place-making and building communities through artistic practices. It aims to stimulate a debate between art professionals, policy makers, urban developers and other local stakeholders, on how and for whom art creates public spaces in our built environment. Any artistic or curatorial initiative in  “public space” must address the question of how to construct “a public” and with it, how to encounter identity. Any difference—be it regional and local, ethnic and religious, economic and social—generates its own cohabitation of urban space and public culture to communicate with. The challenge for art in the public sphere lies in its openness to existing and yet, imagined communities of civic urbanism. Ranging from corporate cultural engagement in privately owned public spaces to urban regeneration, the invited speakers draw connections to the beginnings of community engagement in public art with its fluid methods. Furthermore, they suggest a critical look at different artistic and curatorial practices which reflect on “artists as citizens.” Or, how any space called public, first and foremost, is created by the different people inhabiting that space.

Held in association with College of Fine Arts, Shanghai University, and Institute for Public Art, London. Supported by Mapletree Investments and, additionally, by Public Art Trust, an initiative of National Arts Council Singapore.

Admission to the summit and the workshops is free.

Please register at for the summit. Limited seats are available.

Please register at / / / for workshops. Workshops are limited to 12 participants each.

For detailed information, please see

Image caption: Discursive Picnic at Archifest 2017, Mapletree Business City II. Courtesy NTU CCA Singapore.


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