|Established||August 15, 2008|
|Location||8 Queen Street, Singapore 188535|
|Type||Contemporary art, museum|
|Director||Dr Susie Lingham|
|Public transit access||Bras Basah MRT Station
|Website||Singapore Art Museum|
SAM at 8Q is the annexe of Singapore Art Museum - Singapore's contemporary art museum. Located at the heart of the city, it derives its name from the museum's location at No. 8 Queen Street near Bras Basah Road. SAM at 8Q is also approximately 88 steps away from Singapore Art Museum.
The 4-storey building was formerly the primary school wing of the Catholic High School. When the School relocated to their current location in 1987, the 3,500 sq m space gave home to the Kim Yan Cantonese Methodist Church. In September 2007, the Church ended its tenancy and the building was repossessed by the Singapore Land Authority. With new interest on contemporary art by the young, the National Heritage Board (NHB) took up tenancy of the building from the Land Authority. The Board also spent $5.8 million on renovations, and converted the classrooms in the 4-storey building into six galleries to showcase contemporary installation works, video and photography installation, performance art and sound art. A lift was also installed, and the galleries, staircases and parts of corridors have also been air-conditioned and humidity-controlled. There are also spaces to house two restaurants on the ground floor which are currently occupied by Food for Thought and Standing Sushi Bar.
SAM at 8Q was officially opened on August 15, 2008 with an inaugural 8-man art exhibition titled 8Q-Rate: School; a name pun from the word 'curate'. 8Q-Rate featured the works by young contemporary artists such as Jahan Loh, Donna Ong, Grace Tan, Chong Li Chuan, Jason Wee, Tan Kai Syng, Phunk and sculptor Ahmad Abu Bakar.
Today, SAM at 8Q is home to changing contemporary art exhibitions, including a popular annual children's contemporary art exhibition.
Location and facilities
Situated in the centre of Singapore’s major shopping district and Waterloo Street Arts Belt, SAM and SAM at 8Q are located alongside Singapore’s major performing arts and visual arts institutions: such as the Nanyang Academy of Fine Art, LaSalle College of the Arts, the Stamford Arts Centre, the Selegie Arts Centre, Singapore Calligraphy Centre, YMS Arts Centre, Dance Ensemble Singapore, Sculpture Square and Action Theatre as well as the School of the Arts: an institution that offers an integrated arts and academic curriculum for youths aged 13 to 18 years of age.
SAM at 8Q is accessible by major public transportation systems such as the public buses, the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) lines and cab services. The nearest MRT station would be Brash Basah MRT station, on the Circle Line.
Minister rings the school bell to mark the official opening of the new museum. Gracing the occasion with the Minister are (from left:) Former Catholic High school principal; Mr Michael Koh, CEO of the National Heritage Board; Ms Jane Ittogi, Chairperson, Singapore Art Museum and Mr Kwok Kian Chow, Director of the Singapore Art Museum
Glass hall of 8Q sam, on the left of the open space, formerly the Catholic school quadrangle
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- Martin, Mayo. "Call it 8Q". Singapore: Today. p. 38.
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- Speech By Radm (Ns) Lui Tuck Yew, Senior Minister Of State For Education And Information, Communications And The Arts, at the official launch of 8Q sam, 15 August 2008, 7.00 pm at 8Q sam
- 8Q SAM - formerly Catholic High Primary School, in Yesterday...today...tomorrow blog