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Mapletree and NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore Collaborate to Bring the Arts Closer to Communities
10 Oct 2017

Yinka Shonibare MBE, Wind Sculpture I, 2013, steel armature with hand painted fiberglass resin cast, one of the new art installations which nestles in Mapletree Business City II. Curated by NTU CCA Singapore. Courtesy Mapletree Investments.

Singapore – Mapletree Investments Pte Ltd (“Mapletree”) and Nanyang Technological University (“NTU”) are pleased to launch the “Mapletree-NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore (“NTU CCA Singapore”) Public Art Education Programme”. The programme, a collaboration between Mapletree and NTU, is the first of its kind in Singapore where NTU CCA Singapore will assist Mapletree to feature a series of new public art installations, as well as develop and establish art education programmes at Mapletree Business City to bring the arts closer to the communities.

The “Mapletree-NTU CCA Singapore Public Art Education Programme” aims to enrich the communities’ urban experience through engaging public art works by leading artists. It includes guided tours, artist talks, workshops and conferences, as well as the development of online learning resources.

Mr Edmund Cheng, Chairman of Mapletree said, “This unique collaboration underlines our commitment to art which is one of our corporate social responsibility key pillars. It also signals the importance of corporate partnerships in contributing significantly to cultural vibrancy and sustainability in the urban environment. Complementing the commissioned art pieces, the Public Art Education Programme reinforces our holistic efforts to showcase artistic talent and excellence.”

Commissioned by Mapletree, the new art installations which nestle in Mapletree Business City II (“MBC II”) are the works of internationally renowned artists namely Dan Graham (United States), Zulkifle Mahmod (Singapore), Tomás Saraceno (Argentina/Germany), and Yinka Shonibare (Nigeria/United Kingdom). The public artworks will be permanently showcased at MBC II from the fourth quarter of 2017.

MBC II boasts the tallest high-rise business park development with extensive lifestyle facilities within the Alexandra Precinct and is in close proximity to Singapore’s contemporary art cluster, Gillman Barracks, which is also home to NTU CCA Singapore. This collaboration enhances the community space and amenities at MBC which was designed for tenants and visitors to relax and interact. It also enhances the property’s appeal and quality of business engagement in this community.

Themed “Culture City. Culture Scape.”, the project is curated by Ute Meta Bauer, Founding Director, NTU CCA Singapore, and Professor, NTU School of Art, Design and Media; and Khim Ong, Deputy Director, Curatorial Programmes, NTU CCA Singapore. The Centre plays a key role in identifying artists, as well as developing an academic and public outreach programme to broaden and deepen engagement and appreciation.

This collaboration also enables a newly established professorship on public art at the NTU School of Art, Design and Media which underscores the commitment to provide education for new generations of creative practitioners in understanding and engaging the built environment in innovative and thoughtful ways. This dovetails with NTU CCA Singapore’s postgraduate degrees in “Spaces of the Curatorial” and in the new M.A. in “Museum Studies and Curatorial Practices” co-taught with NTU’s School of Art, Design and Media, providing specialised training in these fields in Singapore.

The Mapletree-NTU CCA Singapore Public Art Education Programme expands the field of experiencing contemporary art. Professor Bauer said, “To experience art in our daily environments, the places we live and work, is as important as to see art in galleries or museums. To feature artworks in public space means to collaborate with artists, public and private commissioners, and diverse audiences in a more immediate and direct way in order to create different experiences of both: the arts and the urban every day, if done well, it is rewarding for everybody involved.”

Dan Graham, Elliptical Pavillion, 2017, glass and mirror pavilion at Mapletree Business City II. Curated by NTU CCA Singapore. Courtesy NTU CCA Singapore.



Eileen LEE                                                      Sylvia TSAI
Mapletree Investments Pte Ltd                        NTU CCA Singapore
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Mapletree is a leading real estate development, investment and capital management company headquartered in Singapore. Its strategic focus is to invest in markets and real estate sectors with good growth potential. By combining its key strengths, the Group has established a track record of award-winning projects, and delivers consistent and high returns across real estate asset classes.

Mapletree currently manages four Singapore-listed real estate investment trusts (REITs) and six private equity real estate funds, which hold a diverse portfolio of assets in Asia Pacific, the United Kingdom (UK) and the United States (US).

As at 31 March 2017, Mapletree owns and manages S$39.5 billion of office, retail, logistics, industrial, residential, corporate housing / serviced apartment, and student housing properties.

The Group’s assets are located across 12 economies globally, namely Singapore, Australia, China, Germany, Hong Kong SAR, India, Japan, Malaysia, South Korea, the UK, the US and Vietnam. To support its global operations, Mapletree has established an extensive network of offices in these countries.

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Located in Gillman Barracks, the NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore (NTU CCA Singapore) is a national research centre of Nanyang Technological University and is supported by a grant from the Economic Development Board. The Centre is unique in its threefold constellation of research and academic programmes, international exhibitions, and residencies, positioning itself as a space for critical discourse and diverse forms of knowledge production. The Centre focuses on Spaces of the Curatorial in Singapore, Southeast Asia, and beyond, as well as engages in multi-layered research topics.

Since its inauguration in October 2013, the NTU CCA Singapore has developed into an influential institution encompassing research-based artistic practices of international scope, curatorial education, and public programmes to delve into the complexities of the contemporary art field.

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