Jeffrey Say


Jeffrey Say

Programme Leader, MA Asian Art Histories
  • MA Art History, Open University, UK
  • BA (Hons) History (First Class Honours), University of Queensland, Australia

Jeffrey has been teaching at LASALLE College of the Arts since 1997, during which he helped to develop its art history programmes. In 2009, he designed the first Master’s programme that focuses on Asian modern and contemporary art histories. Before joining LASALLE, Jeffrey was a curator at the then National Museum where he was overseeing the collection of Buddhist and Indian artefacts. As a museum curator, Jeffrey curated exhibitions on Tibetan Buddhist Art, The Maritime Silk Routes and Alamkara: 5000 Years of India.

As an art historian, Jeffrey undertook the first extensive study of the history of sculpture in pre-and post-war Singapore, for which he has done pioneering research. In his professional capacity, Jeffrey has curated visual arts exhibitions and contributed essays to both local and overseas exhibition catalogues. He is a frequent public speaker on art history at museums, universities and galleries, and conducts short courses in art history which are extremely popular. Jeffrey is also a regular commentator on the local visual arts scene.

Professional Practice/Research Output

Publication (selected)

  • 2016: Jeffrey Say and Seng Yu Jin, eds. Histories, Practices, Interventions: A Reader in Singapore Contemporary Art. Singapore: Institute of Contemporary Art
  • 2007: Battleship Grey, Old Gold and Billiard Chalks: The Genius of the Changi Murals, in The Big Picture Show, Singapore: Singapore Art Museum
  • 2003: Fascination with the East: Singapore (1939-1940), in Karl Duldig, Sculptures/Drawings,, Vienna: Jewish Museum
  • 2001: The Universal Language of Brother Joseph McNally’s Sculptures, in East West North South,, USA: Cooney/McNally Gallery

Public Lecture (selected)

  • 2017: Story of Singapore Art from the 1950s to the 1970s, National Gallery Singapore, 30 July
  • 2017: State of the Arts in Singapore: Where is the Periphery?, The Courtauld Institute of Art London, 20 April
  • 2015: 10 Defining Moments of Singapore Art in the Last 50 Years, Ode to Art Gallery, 30 July
  • 2011: What’s So Modern About Impressionism?, National Museum of Singapore, 16 Nov, in conjunction with the Musee D’Orsay exhibition Dreams and Reality
  • 2005: If Walls Could Speak: Fresco Paintings in the Renaissance, Asian Civilisations Museum, 13 August, in conjunction with the exhibition Journey of Faith (collections from the Vatican Museums)