Audrey Wong

Academics

Audrey Wong

Head, School of Creative Industries
audrey.wong@lasalle.edu.sg
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  • MA Arts Administration & Cultural Policy, Goldsmiths College, University of London
  • MA English, National University of Singapore, Singapore

Prior to joining LASALLE, Audrey Wong was the artistic co-director of The Substation, an independent art space, from 2000 till early 2010. With co-director Lee Weng Choy, she launched The Substation’s Associate Artists programme in 2003 to support local artists in sustaining their practice. She also curated and organised festivals, exhibitions, conferences and artists’ exchanges.

From 1996 to 1999, she worked at The Substation in various capacities, including starting the Moving Images film programme in 1997 – Singapore’s first year-round film programme with a focus on local and regional filmmakers. As an arts manager, Audrey was comfortable working in both visual and performing arts (reflecting The Substation’s interdisciplinary approach), and was particularly interested in nurturing emerging artists, developing platforms for contemporary performance and cross-disciplinary collaboration by independent artists, and audience development for contemporary arts.

In 2009, Audrey was nominated by the arts community for a Nominated Member of Parliament (NMP) post, and was appointed an NMP in Singapore’s parliament in July 2009. During her term (till May 2011), she championed the cause of freelance artists in the arts and media sectors in Singapore, as they sought to improve their working conditions.

Audrey’s professional affiliations include:

  • Board Member, Singapore Art Museum (2010 – present)
  • Council Member, National Arts Council (2011 – present)
  • Singapore International Grant Assessment Panel, Singapore International Foundation (2010 – present)
  • Theatre Panel, Singapore Arts Festival Advisory Committee, National Arts Council (2003 – 2006)
  • Advisory Committee, Huayi Chinese Festival of Arts, the Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay (2003)

Audrey’s other professional activities include co-convening an ongoing mentorship, networking and training summit for young art curators, artists and visual art managers in Southeast Asia called the HAO Summit, the brainchild of artist-curator Khairuddin Hori, which started in 2008.

In 2003, she co-founded Magdalena (Singapore) with theatre practitioner/writer Verena Tay, a society of women theatre practitioners affiliated with the global network of the The Magdalena Project. They organised Singapore’s first women’s contemporary theatre festival in 2006.

As an educator, Audrey was an adjunct lecturer in the MA Arts and Cultural Management Programme at LASALLE from 2006 – 2009. She was also an adjunct lecturer in the Theatre Studies programme at the National University of Singapore from 2001 – 2003, teaching the management of performing arts.

Professional Practice/Research Output

Conference

  • 2011: Arts Advocacy and the State in Singapore: A Changing Drama, paper presented at the 37th Social Theory, Politics and the Arts Conference – Cultural Policy and Arts Management in the 21st Century: Changes and Continuities, University of Kentucky, USA, 13 – 15 October
  • 2010: Panelist at 6th Diversity Matters Forum, organised by the Australian Multicultural Foundation in partnership with the Commonwealth Foundation (UK), LASALLE College of the Arts, the Australian High Commission in Singapore, the Australia Council for the Arts, Arts Victoria (Australia), the Monash University Institute for the Study of Global Movements (Australia), Kape Communications (Australia) and The Statesman (India), 23 – 25 September
  • 2009: The Karang Guni Man Imagines Utopia, a Shift performed paper with Alvin Tan, Noor Effendy Ibrahim and Elizabeth de Roza, Performance Studies international #15 Conference, Zagreb, Croatia, 24 – 28 June

Publication

  • 2011: Contributor & Member of Editorial Team, Serving Artists Serves the Public: Programming Arts Festivals in Asia and Europe, Asia-Europe Foundation, European Festivals Association, LASALLE College of the Arts
  • 2010: The Karang Guni Man Imagines Utopia, catalogue essay for Berita Harian II: Utusan Melayu
  • 2010: Content Thoughts, co-curator’s essay, Navigating a Point – SMU-ASEAN Artist Residency Exhibition Catalogue
  • 2007: Between Visibility & Invisibility: Khairuddin Hori, catalogue essay for Trading Craft, an exhibition by Khairuddin Hori at the Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore
  • 2007: Making a Future, catalogue essay for The Future of Imagination 4, an international performance art festival
  • 2004: Bread and Circuses – Recent Trends in Singapore Arts, published by Yellow Sea Publications, Korea
  • 2000: Companies and Audiences: Developments in Recent Singapore Theatre, essay in Interlogue: Studies in Singapore Literature – Volume 3: Drama, ed. Kirpal Singh, Ethos Books
Research Interests
  • Study of Freelancers in the Arts and Creative Sectors in Singapore
  • Impact of Cultural and Arts Policy Initiatives on the Management of Traditional Arts Organisations