Time Out says
All-night raves, ‘mat rockers’ (Malay heavy-metal fans) and nude art. Freedom of expression, artistic experimentation and raw, unpolished theatre. It doesn’t sound like Singapore, does it?
But since 16 September 1990, when The Substation flung open its doors to an art-starved nation, a very special seed was sown. Finally, the island had an independent space for unrecognised, nascent artists to experiment, learn and exhibit.
Some 19 years later, despite perennial funding issues and countless battles with the Government over programming, The Substation has endured as a home for experimental performance and visual art, theatre and film. More than that, it has evolved into a credible contemporary arts institution with a board and management team that wants to see it recognised on an international stage. Continue reading.
The Substation through the ages