Where Indie Art Thrives

If you live in Singapore and are a subscriber, check out “Where Indie Arts Thrive” on page C9 of today’s Straits Times. (Unfortunately, the newspaper doesn’t offer non-subscribers digital versions of their stories.) The one-page feature highlights a number of art “breeding spaces” around town, including personal favorites The Pigeonhole and Night & Day. An excerpt:

Creating a space to discuss artistic endeavors is integral to indie art, says Noor Effendy Inrahim, artistic director of The Substation, Singapore’s first independent arts centre founded in 1990.

“I have come to learn that indie art is actually highly dependent on community and support from like-minded people. Indie art is not merely about being independent,” he says.

Ms. Chan of The Pigeonhole, who also sings in her band Penpusher, agrees: “Part of a robust process of creation and creativity requires the belief and trust that the art will have an audience. Without a supportive venue or community, whether physical or on the Web, the audience cannot come to the art.”

The piece also features a quote by yours truly (above), mentions our bimonthly artsy meetups, and namechecks this blog. (For the first time in print! Huzzah!)

(Additional credits: Photo layout via Pugly Pixel.)