The Culture Academy was established in 2015 by the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth to groom the next generation of cultural leaders in the public sector.
Guided by its vision to be a centre of excellence for the development of culture professionals and administrators, the Culture Academy’s work spans three areas: Education and Capability Development, Research and Scholarship and Thought Leadership.
The Culture Academy also provides professional development workshops, public lectures and publishes research articles through its journal, Cultural Connections to nurture thought leaders in Singapore’s cultural scene.
One of the Academy's popular offerings is its annual thought leadership conference which provides a common space for cultural leaders to gather and exchange ideas and best practices and to incubate new ideas. It also offers networking opportunities and platforms for collaborative ideas-sharing.
Distinguished Speaker Series
This series showcases the movers and shakers and thought leaders in the arts and heritage as well as business and marketing world who have brought their organisations to world class standards. This includes top Civil Servants (current and retired), Ambassadors, Museum Directors, CEOs of peak companies or cultural agencies of international acclaim who have done innovative or ground-breaking work in their respective fields.
Some past speakers include Mr Jack Lang, the former French Minister for Culture and Communications, Mr Wim Pijbes, former Director of the Rijksmuseum, Mr Frans Van Der Avert, CEO of Amsterdam Marketing, Prof Tommy Koh, Ambassador-at-Large, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore and Dr Liu Thai Ker, Chairman of Centre for Liveable Cities (Singapore). Most recently we had Dr Neil MacGregor, former director of the British Museum, who delivered a lecture in conjunction with the official launch of the Academy and Mr Bernard Blistène, Director of Centre Pompidou's National Museum of Modern Art.
In Conversation With
"In Conversation With" series offers a safe and open platform for arts and culture professionals and administrators to come together to present any aspect of their work including research, conservation, curatorial, pedagogy and programmes together with another professional from another field within or outside the sector. This allows for more robust discussions and cross-pollination of ideas and sharing of best practices on issues that matter to the arts and culture professional and administrator.
Workshops and Masterclasses
In our efforts to grow the capabilities of the culture sector professionals and administrators, and to enable a strong leadership in the sector, our workshop focus on building practical skills for arts and culture workers and are developed in collaboration with institutions like the Smithsonian Institution, Museums Victoria, University of Melbourne and other local and overseas accredited institutes of higher learning.
Held annually in the last quarter of the year, CA's international conference brings together thought leaders from Singapore, the region and beyond on one platform to discuss issues or topics that are of concern to the arts and heritage fraternity and to share best practices and ideas that can encourage mutual ideas sharing and networking and learning opportunities.
CA's inaugural thought leadership international conference 2016 on 'Digital in Cultural Spaces' saw 23 speakers from Singapore, Australia, Netherlands, Hong Kong and USA, discussing about the future of the digital in cultural spaces. Five panels consisting eminent local and international speakers discussed on how cultural institutions have used technology in their work and how they innovate, democratise and cultivate existing and new inclusive communities of users and producers.
CA's second international thought leadership conference on 'Reviving and Revitalising Cities and Spaces through Arts and Culture' was held on 7th December 2017 and attracted some 260 participants. The conference was well received by our stakeholders and saw many speakers from Singapore, Australia, Malaysia and Indonesia discussing the role and impact of the arts and culture in revitalising cities and spaces.
CA's third international thought leadership conference focused on "Accessibility for Diverse Communities: The Role of Cultural Institutions" invited 33 speakers from Singapore, Australia, China, France, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, United Kingdom, South Korea. The two-day conference of a total of five panels consisting of eminent local and international speakers discussed on how the role of cultural institutions in providing multiple access points for their audiences, and how cultural institutions can bridge the gaps and difference in a diverse society through their work and bring people and communities closer together.
The Culture Academy Singapore publishes Cultural Connections, an annual journal for arts and heritage administrators, professionals and enthusiasts. It is one of the CUlture Academy's key initiatives in developing thought leadership within Singapore's cultural sectors.
Conceived as a platform for the documentation of important case studies as well as new research that can be shared within local, regional and international platforms, the journal will be a living legacy of how the local arts and heritage scene has developed in Singapore since its independence and beyond.
Please write to Culture_Academy@mccy.gov.sg to enquire about receiving a hard copy of Culture Academy's publications.
5th Asian Museums National Museums Association (ANMA) Conference Publication
The Culture Academy Singapore (CA) and the Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM) jointly organised the 5th Asian National Museums Association (ANMA) Meeting and Conference from 25 - 27 November 2015. ANMA, a regional platform, was established in 2007 and initiated jointly by the National Museum of China, Tokyo National Museum and the National Museum of Korea. This conference and meeting focused on theme of "Balancing Political History, Ethnography, and Art: The role of a National Museum".
Cultural Connections Volume 1
The inaugural issue contains essays from Dr Alan Chong, Prof Tan Tai Yong, Dr Eugene Tan and other cultural professionals working in Singapore, who have also contributed essays which address new developments in Singapore’s museum scene as well as technologies being pioneered in conservation sciences in Singapore.
Cultural Connections Volume 2
The second volume of Cultural Connections is dedicated to this theme of how arts, culture and heritage contribute to the creation of Liveable Cities. This issue contains essays from public sector leaders from the arts and culture sectors as well as eminent diplomats, academics and scholars.
Cultural Connections Volume 3
In commemoration of Singapore’s Chairmanship of ASEAN in 2018, this third volume of Cultural Connections is dedicated to everything ASEAN from the arts and cultural front. It celebrates the uniqueness, beauty and richness of Southeast Asia through the essays which have been presented in two parts. The first part showcases the long and close people to people and historical links Singapore has had with her Southeast Asian neighbours over the centuries through thought articles contributed by academics, diplomats and domain experts. The second part features the interrelatedness of the histories and heritage of Southeast Asia through showcasing artefacts from the Southeast Asian collection of Singapore’s National Collection.
The Digital in Cultural Spaces Conference Publication
"The Digital in Cultural Spaces" Conference Publication is a compilation of the papers presented at Culture Academy's 2016 conference. The papers discussed how the culture sector could embrace and leverage technology to enable our work to reach out to and engage various audiences.
Reviving and Revitalising Cities and Spaces through Arts and Culture Publication
The Culture Academy’s second international thought leadership conference on Reviving and Revitalising Cities and Spaces through Arts and Culture was held on 7th December 2017. The conference discussed the role of arts and culture in the revitalisation of cities, how arts and culture can breathe new life into familiar environments and create liveable places for citizens and communities.
Cultural Connections Volume 4
In commemoration of Singapore’s Bicentennial in 2019, this fourth volume of Cultural Connections focuses on the themes which are relevant to our cultural development over the past 200 years. The articles in this issue remind us of how fast and far we have progressed from our early colonial days to a modern liveable cosmopolitan nation which is rooted in its multicultural heritage. This issue thus explores the bicentennial through an exciting collection of essays, contributed by notable personalities and culture professionals.
Official Launch of Culture Academy Singapore
Speech by Ms Yeoh Chee Yan, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth, at the Official Opening of the Culture Academy on 6 October 2015, at the National Gallery of Singapore Auditorium
Welcome Address by Mrs Rosa Daniel, Deputy Secretary (Culture), Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth and Chief Executive Officer, National Heritage Board at the Launch of Culture Academy on 6 October 2015, at the National Gallery of Singapore Auditorium
Opening Address by Mr. Baey Yam Keng, Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth, at the Culture Academy's "The Digital In Cultural Spaces" on 7 December 2016, at the National Museum of Singapore
Welcome Address by Mrs Rosa Daniel, Deputy Secretary (Culture), Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth and Chief Executive Officer of the National Heritage Board at the Culture Academy's "The Digital in Cultural Spaces" on 7 December 2016, at the National Museum of Singapore
Opening Address by Ms Grace Fu, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, at the opening of Culture Academy Singapore's Second Annual Conference on "Reviving and Revitalising Cities and Spaces through Arts and Culture" on 7 December 2017 at the Gallery Theatre, National Museum of Singapore
Welcome Address by Mrs Rosa Daniel, Deputy Secretary (Culture), Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth at the opening of Culture Academy Singapore's Second Annual Conference on "Reviving and Revitalising Cities and Spaces through Arts and Culture" on 7 December 2017 at the Gallery Theatre, National Museum of Singapore
Speech by Ms Sim Ann, Senior Minister State for Culture, Community and Youth at the Opening of Culture Academy Singapore's Third Annual Conference on "Accessibility for Diverse Communities: The Role of Cultural Institutions" on 6 December 2018 at the Esplanade Recital Studio
Opening Remarks by Mrs Rosa Daniel, Deputy Secretary (Culture), Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth at the Opening of Culture Academy Singapore's Third Annual Conference on "Accessibility for Diverse Communities: The Role of Cultural Institutions" on 6 December 2018 at the Esplanade Recital Studio
If you would like to contact the Culture Academy or have any general inquiries about our programmes, please contact:
Culture Academy, Singapore
61 Stamford Road, #02-08
Stamford Court, Singapore 178892
DID: +65 6332 3542