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NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore (NTU CCA Singapore)
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, Singapore. The Centre is unique in its threefold constellation of exhibitions, international residencies, research and academic education, engaging in knowledge production and dissemination. The NTU CCA Singapore positions itself as a space for critical discourse and encourages new ways of thinking about Spaces of the Curatorial in Southeast Asia and beyond. The Centre’s dynamic public programmes serve to engage with various audiences through lectures, workshops, open studios, film screenings, Exhibition (de)Tours, and Stagings. As a research centre, it aims to provide visiting researchers and curators a comprehensive study on the contemporary art ecosystem in Singapore and the region.

Since the Centre’s inauguration in October 2013, the NTU CCA Singapore has featured leading artists presenting their work for the first time in Southeast Asia, making it one of the few spaces in Singapore to present contemporary art from around the globe. The Centre’s residencies programme is dedicated to facilitate the production of knowledge and research, engaging and connecting artists, curators and researchers from Singapore, Southeast Asia, and beyond, across various disciplines. The Centre’s seven studios support the artistic process in the most direct way – by giving the time and locale to be fully engaged, and the access to an interesting and immersive context to further the space for developing ideas. The Centre’s Artist Resource Platform contains visual material and audio recordings of talks from over 90 Singapore based artists, NTU CCA Singapore’s Artists-in-Residence, and independent art spaces in Singapore. This archive provides local and visiting curators, scholars, and writers, as well as an interested public, a point of entry to contemporary artistic practice.

NTU CCA Singapore Research Centre and Office: +65 6460 0300
Block 6 Lock Road, #01-09/10, Gillman Barracks, Singapore 108934

NTU CCA Singapore Exhibitions: +65 6339 6503
Block 43 Malan Road, Gillman Barracks, Singapore 109443

NTU CCA Singapore Residencies
Blocks 37 and 38 Malan Road, Gillman Barracks, Singapore 109452 and 109441

NTU CCA Singapore Exhibitions

Siah Armajani: Spaces for the Public. Spaces for Democracy. 
20 July – 3 November 2019
The Exhibition Hall, Block 43 Malan Road

Considered a leading figure in public art, Iranian-born artist Siah Armajani merges architecture and conceptual art in his sculptures, drawings, and public installations. Informed by democratic ideologies and inspired by American vernacular architecture, his works include gathering spaces for communality, emphasizing the “nobility of usefulness.” His highly acclaimed public art and architectural projects have included bridges, gardens, and outdoor structures, that have been commissioned and presented worldwide. A retrospective featuring his artistic career spanning over more than five decades was recently on view at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, and inaugurates in March at The MET Breuer, New York.

Taking centre stage in the exhibition, the large-scale installation Sacco & Vanzetti Reading Room #3 (1988) will unfold along its several comprising elements, such as two rooms, tables, chairs, and racks with books, magazines, and pencils noticeably arranged like spikes. The Reading Room is designed as a functional and inviting space for the visitors of the exhibition to use. The books populating the space are by or about the poets, philosophers, and political activists Armajani has dedicated different works to, many from his Tomb series. Initiated by Armajani in 1972, the Tomb series include drawings and models, of which seven are also on view in the exhibition.

The list of authors includes: Theodor Adorno, Hannah Arendt, Walter Benjamin, John Berryman, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, John Dewey, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Luigi Galleani, Emma Goldman, Hafez, Martin Heidegger, Thomas Jefferson, Frank O’Hara, Sylvia Plath, Edgar Allan Poe, Arthur Rimbaud, Richard Rorty, Sacco and Vanzetti, Ahmad Shamlou, Henry David Thoreau, Alfred North Whitehead, Walt Whitman, and Nima Yooshij.


The Centre has selected books by and about the philosophers, poets, and political activists that Armajani has dedicated works to. During the exhibition, these will be part of the installation Sacco and Vanzetti Reading Room #3. Interested individuals or groups may use the installation for reading groups or other events that respond to the displayed books.

Gillman Barracks "Art & History" Tours
These free docent-led tours by Friends of the Museum will uncover Gillman Barracks’ rich history and introduce its galleries and include a visit to NTU CCA Singapore. Tours run from Fridays to Sundays at varied timings. Please register at www.gillmanbarracks.com/tours.

Education Programmes
For enquiries on programmes and school tour bookings, please email NTUCCAeducation@ntu.edu.sg.

NTU CCA Singapore Exhibitions 
NTU CCA Singapore Exhibitions is focused on contemporary artistic production that provides a critical platform for reflection and discussion. The exhibition programme embraces artistic production in all its diverse media with a commitment to current debates in visual culture. NTU CCA Singapore presents up to four exhibitions a year ranging in format from group to solo shows giving voice to a diversity of international artists. Each exhibition is accompanied by an extensive public programme of tours, talks and workshops that foster reflections on the exhibition from various perspectives and disciplines. 

To learn about our past, current and upcoming exhibitions, click here.

NTU CCA Singapore Residencies

NTU CCA Singapore Residencies hosts artists, curators, critics and scholars. At its core is a research driven studio programme dedicated to facilitating the production and creation of work, knowledge and research by established and emerging artists from Singapore and abroad. The programme is augmented with public events Residencies: Insights / Studio Sessions / OPEN series, ranging from open studio sessions, lectures, live performances, to special projects in The Lab, NTU CCA Singapore’s space for curatorial experimentation.

The Residencies programme is an integral part of the NTU CCA Singapore’s mission as a research centre. Dedicated to hosting artists and facilitating a short- and long-term visiting programme for curators and scholars, the Residencies programme aims to work as a catalyst for critical practices and build discourses that are especially resonant in the region. Studio space and residencies slots are also specifically reserved for Singapore and Southeast Asian artists to further commit to development of a regional network and research that is contextually specific. 

The application for residency at NTU CCA Singapore is via nomination, please email NTUCCAresidencies@ntu.edu.sg for more information.

To learn about our Artists/Curators-in-Residence, click here.

NTU CCA Singapore Research & Education

The Research & Education programme aims to connect academic research with other forms of knowledge production. NTU CCA Singapore hosts visiting scholars of various disciplines whose research areas address Singapore in relation to its position within a wider geography. NTU CCA Singapore’s current research clusters engage with questions of Global Asia, postcolonial spaces, migration and labour, diaspora, old and new trade routes.

To learn about our Research & Education programme, click here.

Academic Programme

Under NTU’s School of Art, Design and Media (ADM’s) Master of Art (Research) and Doctor of Philosophy programmes, NTU CCA Singapore offers a stream in Spaces of the Curatorial. The research-oriented MA & PhD programmes will provide students with the opportunity to pursue independent research in the new ADM research areas of Museum Studies and Curatorial Practice and Art in Public Space & Critical Spatial Practice.

Call for application:
For more information: www.adm.ntu.edu.sg/programmes

Public Resource Centre

The Artist Resource Platform contains visual material and audio recordings of talks from over 90 local artists, NTU CCA Singapore’s Artists-in-Residence and independent art spaces. This archive provides local and visiting curators, scholars and writers, as well as an interested public, a point of entry to contemporary artistic practice.

For more information about NTU CCA Singapore’s Artist Resource Platform, please visit www.ntu.ccasingapore.org/research/public-resource-centre.

Publication Programme

The NTU CCA Singapore Publications programme serves as another space of the curatorial. A recipient and producer of knowledge, the publishing activity contributes to the holistic approach of the NTU CCA Singapore by expanding the connections across the Centre’s exhibitions, residencies, public programming and academic education. Through their mobility and lasting nature, publications will introduce and disseminate the Centre's research beyond its physical parameters.

For more information about NTU CCA Singapore’s Publication programme, please visit www.ntu.ccasingapore.org/publications.




Professor Ute Meta Bauer Founding Director

Exhibitions & Residencies

Khim Ong Deputy Director, Exhibitions, Residencies & Public Programmes
Magdalena Magiera Curator, Outreach & Education
Anna Lovecchio Curator, Residencies
Ana Sophie Salazar Assistant Curator, Exhibitions

Seet Yun Teng
 Curatorial Assistant, Residencies
Illya Katrinnada Bte Zubaidi Curatorial Assistant, Outreach & Education
Isrudy Shaik
 Senior Executive, Production
Frankie Fang WeiZhe Assistant Manager, Production

Issa Sng Young Professional Trainee, Exhibitions
Tan Jin Ting Young Professional Trainee, Research
Lee Hon Choo Young Professional Trainee, Residencies

Research & Education

Sophie Goltz Deputy Director, Research & Academic Programmes
Soh Kay Min Executive, Conference, Workshop & Archive
Dr Pallavi Narayan Manager, Publications and Public Resource Platform
Clifford Loh Project Manager

Operations & Strategic Development

Peter Lin Deputy Director, Operations & Strategic Development
Jasmaine Cheong Assistant Director, Operations & HR
Joyce Lee Manager, Finance
Joyce Tan Manager, Communications
Perla Espiel Special Projects Assistant
Iris Tan Senior Executive, Administration & Finance
Louis Tan Executive, Operations
Zhou Yi Jing Young Professional Trainee, Communications
Nur Sabreena bte Haron Young Professional Trainee, Communications

NTU CCA Singapore Governing Council

Professor Joseph Chinyong Liow, Dean, College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, Nanyang Technological University (NTU)
Paul Tan, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, National Arts Council (NAC)

Linda de Mello, Director, Sector Development, NAC
Professor Kwok Kian Woon, Associate Provost (Student Life), NTU
CIndy Koh, Director, Consumer, Economic Development Board
Mike Samson, Managing Director/Regional Head ASEAN, Leveraged and Structured Solutions, Standard Chartered Bank
Professor Dorrit Vibeke Sorensen, Chair, School of Art, Design and Media, NTU
Michael Tay, Group Managing Director, The Hour Glass Limited
Dr June Yap, Director, Curatorial, Programmes and Publications, Singapore Art Museum

NTU CCA Singapore International Advisory Board

Professor Nikos Papastergiadis, Director, Research Unit in Public Cultures, and Professor, School of Culture and Communication, The University of Melbourne, Australia

Doryun Chong, Deputy Director and Chief Curator, M+, Hong Kong
Catherine David, Deputy Director in charge of Research and Globalisation, MNAM/CCI, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
The late Mr Okwui Enwezor, Curator and Writer, Munich, Germany
Professor Patrick Flores, Professor of Art Studies, Department of Arts Studies, University of the Philippines and Curator Jorge B. Vargas Museum, Manila, Philippines
Ranjit Hoskote, Cultural Theorist and Independent Curator, Mumbai, India
Professor Ashley Thompson, Hiram W. Woodward Chair, Southeast Asian Art and Chair, South East Asian Studies, SOAS, University of London, United Kingdom
Philip Tinari, Director, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA), Beijing, China


NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore (NTU CCA Singapore)
Exhibitions: Block 43 Malan Road, Gillman Barracks, Singapore 109443. Research Centre and Office: Block 6 Lock Road, #01-09/10, Gillman Barracks, Singapore 108934

Exhibition Hours
Tue - Sun: 12.00 - 7.00pm
Fri: 12.00 - 9.00pm
Mon: Closed
Open on Public Holidays
Free Admission

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