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Workshop: The Making of Singapore Pavilion at Venice Biennale with Sophia Loke, Assistant Director, Sector Development, National Arts Council and June Yap, independent curator, and Curator, Singapore Pavilion at the 54th Venice Biennale 2011 (Singapore)

14 May 2016, Sat 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Seminar Room, Block 43 Malan Road

This workshop will give an insight to Singapore’s participation in the Venice Biennale, and to the process involved in selecting and commissioning the project. The speakers will highlight purpose and opportunity, as well as the challenges inherent in such an undertaking. SEA STATE, the most recent commission for Singapore Pavilion in 2015, took place at the new location, Sale d’Armi situated at the Arsenale. Leased for the next nine editions, it will put Singapore’s artists in closer proximity to the other national presentations.

As part of Art Day Out! at Gillman Barracks. For more information about Art Day Out!, visit

Sophia Loke (Singapore) is an arts administrator at the National Arts Council. She has been involved in the project management of the Singapore Pavilion at the Venice Biennale since 2009 and has also been involved with sector development for the visual arts, in particular reviews of grants, capability development, and Singapore’s return to the Venice Biennale in 2015. She has experience working in Theatre and Corporate Communications, and was responsible for the publicity of the Singapore Arts Festival (2008). Loke graduated with a BA (Hon) in History from the National University of Singapore (NUS) and has an interest in musicology, particularly the practice of sacred music.

June Yap (Singapore) is an independent curator, previously Deputy Director and Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore, LASALLE, and Curator at the Singapore Art Museum. Selected curatorial projects include Dear Painter at Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Singapore (2015); No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia as part of the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative (2014); The Cloud of Unknowing at the Singapore Pavilion at 54th Venice Biennale with artist Ho Tzu Nyen (2011); the video programme You and I, We’ve Never Been So Far Apart: Works from Asia for VideoZone5 at the Center for Contemporary Art in Tel Aviv (2010); The Future of Exhibition: It Feels Like I’ve Been Here Before at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, Singapore (2011); Das Paradies ist Anderswo / Paradise is Elsewhere at Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (ifa), Germany (2009); and Bound for Glory with artist Wong Hoy Cheong at the National University of Singapore Museum (2008).

Image credit: Charles Lim Yi Yong: SEA STATE, detail of installation, Singapore Pavilion, 56th Venice Biennale 2015. Courtesy of the artist.