Art In Transit Walking Tours

News Releases 28 Nov 2008 Art In Transit (AIT) North East Line (NEL)

 

Art education for our community

1     Public art celebrates the identities, experiences and achievements of cultures that make up a society. Especially relevant to a multi-racial and cosmopolitan city like Singapore, the Land Transport Authority's Art in Transit programme captures this essence through the integrated art in the North East Line (NEL) and upcoming Circle Line stations. Art in Transit is site-specific art integrated into the stations' architectural finishes, reflecting the cultural and historical heritage of the surrounding communities.

2     Today, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) and Art Outreach are pleased to announce the launch of the Art in Transit (AIT) Walking Tours programme.

3     The AIT Walking Tours is an arts appreciation programme that serves the dual purpose of exposing commuters to the art installations at four of the the NEL's central stations: Dhoby Ghaut, Chinatown, Outram Park and Clarke Quay. During the tour, participants will get to learn the many stories and rich history about the art, the stations and the communities.

4     Mr Yam Ah Mee, Chief Executive of the LTA said: "LTA introduced the Art in Transit five years ago to bring the excitement, warmth and energy of art into the often-hectic transit environment for all Singaporeans and visitors to enjoy during their commute. Today, we are happy to partner Art Outreach in launching the Art in Transit Walking Tours programme. The Walking Tours give visitors a chance to enjoy the many facets of the artwork right in the heart of the transport network,  emphasising that our journeys can be more than getting from place to another. We invite you to discover and enjoy the diverse and beautiful collection of public artwork in our 16 NEL stations."

5     Mrs Mae Anderson, Chairman, Art Outreach Singapore, said: "The Art in Transit Walking Tours constitutes the latest phase of the collaborative relationship between LTA and Art Outreach. Art Outreach appreciates not only being able to meaningfully extend our relationship with LTA through this latest initiative, but we are also very grateful for the opportunity to celebrate and help showcase quintessentially Singaporean artworks. Singapore enjoys clear measures of success through various economic indicators, but it is through our art that we tell people who we are."

6     LTA has been a supporter of the Art Outreach programme since 2004. It has contributed to the inception and growth of the Art Outreach programme by donating original artworks from the Art in Transit programme along the North East Line (NEL) towards Art Outreach's annual fundraising dinners over three successive years from 2004 till 2006. As part of its curriculum, Art Outreach teaches two LTA Art-in-Transit portfolios based on the NEL artworks. These portfolios resonate strongly with students because the themes in the artworks relate to their heritage and surroundings.

North East Line Art in Transit

7     Spanning a 20-kilometre route from HarbourFront in the South to Punggol in the North East, NEL, operated by SBS Transit, services the island's heavily populated North Eastern corridor and runs through historic downtown districts like Chinatown.

8     For the first time, the LTA has taken a comprehensive approach to give commuters a pleasant and enriching transit experience both on the trains and around the train stations.

9     These efforts to enhance the daily journeys of millions of commuters are encapsulated in the NEL's AIT programme. This bold and imaginative programme brings the works of the nation's top artists into the MRT stations and the lives of all who use them. In the process, the stations are transformed into a showcase of Singapore art for the world.

10     All the artworks have been incorporated into the stations' interiors as building finishes to marry seamlessly into the stations' architecture to allow commuters to appreciate their rich colours, shapes and textures each time they travel. More information is available on www.lta.gov.sg.

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