Short Courses

New! How to Create a Successful Arts Event

The course takes one on a process of understanding, conceptualising and organising an event in the arts. In this course, you will be introduced to the types of events and the organisational structures behind them.

Through classroom activities, learning journeys, and specially tailored content on designing events, skills and knowledge in event planning will be imparted. You will be guided to learn about the different aspects of developing your audience, working with grants, people and spaces. To enable this, a case study of an arts event and its analysis will be carried out to deepen your understanding of the workflow, budgeting, logistics, and technical considerations in creating a successful arts event.

As communicating one’s ideas forms a key aspect of organising events, conceptualisation and effective communication with venues and event partners will form as key components of the course. Taking on the task of project management, you will work in teams and produce a series of event proposals that will exhibit your understanding of events planning. Through this course, you can then understand the process of, the considerations behind showcasing your ability in effectively creating an arts event of your own.

About the trainer
Adrian Tan is an artist whose practice converges with his research and academic body of work. He co-runs 'The Artists Company' where collaborations in projects, exhibitions, and art programming have been at its core. Being in the fields of art history and artistic practice for the past 15 years, Adrian has published and edited writings on contemporary art, conceptualised and produced art resources for the Singapore Art Museum, Singapore Tyler Print Institute and facilitated tours at National Gallery Singapore.

He recently concluded doctoral studies focused on the role of contemporary artists in society and their importance in creating events, performances and archives of art to and with the public. He continues to produce writings for conferences and journals with a clear focus on the sociocultural value of work done by artists, exploring the everyday forms of art taking place in public spaces.

Note: Course trainers are, on occasion, subject to change with short notice.


No. of classes Days Dates Time
8 Every Thu 7 Sep – 26 Oct 2023 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Application Information

Course materials

Laptop and writing materials. Tickets to events costing about $20, to be purchased by participants

Who should attend

Anyone interested in organising an arts event

Eligible schemes / subsidies:
Claimable under SkillsFuture Credit


Note: Course fee not inclusive of application fee and GST.