Head, School of Creative Industriesaudrey.email@example.com
- 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.