The state of the arts and cultural policy in Singapore has always been an exceptional area of personal investment. Growing up in a nation that stands in between cultures, geographies and identities, art has always been the language for reconciliation. The immense respect and subscription we have toward the western canon is deeply embedded within the nation’s past and growth from a British colony to an independent first-world nation. While there is no mistake in the choice to follow what is simply chronological, there is a large dimension of this following that purely exists and it is this lapse that I do wish to discuss. This is where the role of the arts and cultural scene of a nation come into play, as the arts is at its core a mode of self expression and quest for self-identity.
Definition of VERNACULAR
a : using a language or dialect native to a region or country rather than a literary, cultured, or foreign language
b : of, relating to, or being a nonstandard language or dialect of a place, region, or country
c : of, relating to, or being the normal spoken form of a language
The study of the vernacular goes beyond the technical and transcends into areas where it inhabits the role of the signifier, serving as symptomatic of the various trends that exist, will emerge and of all the undercurrents that are foundational.
- National Arts Council
- Art Stage Singapore
- Arts Festival Review Committee Report
- Renaissance City Plan Committee
The aforementioned institutions are my primary sources of data collection. Annually, the institutions release official reports that may be directly accessed via their websites. These reports consolidate the past year’s initiatives, events, achievements, and includes a list of awards, grants and scholarships given out in the year. The reports also include a full budgeting statement for all annual expenses. Data collection was the primary mode of this study and is used to call to attention some of the trends that often go unnoticed. After a collating, processing, analysis and, finally, presentation, the results are as follows.