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Our Signature Programmes

Distinguished Speaker Series - Held twice a year, lectures from this series encourages thought leadership. Invited speakers include movers and shakers of the arts and heritage world, such as top Civil servants and Ministers both current and retired, Museum Directors, CEOs of peak companies or cultural agencies of international acclaim who have accomplished great achievements in their respective fields.

Some individuals include Mr Jack Lang, the former French Minister for Culture and Communications, Mr Wim Pjbers, Director of the Rijksmuseum, Mr Frans Van Der Avert, CEO of Amsterdam Marketing, Prof Tommy Koh, Ambassador at Large, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore, Prof Lui Thai Ker, Chairman of Centre for Liveable Cities (Singapore).

In Conversation With - Held two to three times a year, In Conversation With is a dialogical platform that brings together two or more specialists to engage with a pressing issue in the cultural world. Each session ends with moderated Questions and Answers where members of the public can participate in the discussion.

Podium - Podium is a series of public lectures given by professionals and experts in their respective fields. These presentations are focused on sharing industry best practises using international case studies.

Curatorial Talks - Monthly presentations by Singapore’s institutional curators on their research and exhibitionary projects, this series is an opportunity for curators as well as members of the public to gather and discuss relevant and topical interests on an open platform.

Workshops and Masterclasses - These are held in collaboration with institutions like the Smithsonian Institute and other accredited institutes of higher learning.

Conferences - The Culture Academy, Singapore conducts an international conference on key cultural issues once a year. In 2015, 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. Its membership covers major national museums in Asia or their administrative agencies.

This conference and meeting focused on Balancing Political History, Ethnography, and Art: The role of a National Museum. The conference was open to the public on 26th November 2015 and included a series of presentations by directors of Singapore’s museums.

Curatorial Talk: Communities of Little India

09 Mar 2017 5:30pm to 6:30pm A Curatorial Talk on ‘Communities of Little India’ By Ms Malvika Agarwal, Assistant Curator, Indian Heritage Centre.

Curatorial Talk:…But What Happens to the Buffalo? Conundrums in Curating Contemporary Southeast Asian Art and the Singapore Biennale

Glass Hall, Singapore Art Museum 08 Feb 2017 5:30pm to 6:30pm A Curatorial Talk on ‘…But What Happens to the Buffalo? Conundrums in Curating Contemporary Southeast Asian Art and the Singapore Biennale' By Ms Joyce Toh, Co-Head (Curatorial), Singapore Art Museum.

Curatorial Talk: “I make up things all the time. I’m an artist, not a historian.” -some reflections on curating Artist and Empire

Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium, National Gallery Singapore 17 Jan 2017 5:30pm to 6:30pm

A Curatorial Talk on “I make up things all the time. I’m an artist, not a historian.” -some reflections on curating Artist and Empire by Mr Low Sze Wee, Director (Curatorial, Collections & Education), National Gallery Singapore

Curatorial Talk: Stamps – Facilitators, Works of Art, Pictorial Archives

The Green Room, Singapore Philatelic Museum 01 Dec 2016 5:30pm to 6:30pm A Curatorial Talk on 'Stamps – More than just postage' by Ms Lucille Yap,Senior Curator, Singapore Philatelic Museum.

Curatorial Talk: Citizen Of The World: Fashion And The Multiple Lives Of Madame Wellington Koo (1899 – 1992)

Ixora Room, The Peranakan Museum 08 Nov 2016 5:30pm to 6:30pm A Curatorial Talk on ‘Citizen Of The World: Fashion And The Multiple Lives Of Madame Wellington Koo (1899 – 1992)’ By Mr John Teo, General Manager, The Peranakan Museum and Deputy Director (Curatorial), Asian Civilisations Museum.