SIF-BC Partnership to Bridge Communities and Share Ideas

Singapore, 18 May 2011 — The Singapore International Foundation (SIF) and the British Council (BC) embark on a milestone partnership today with the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to strengthen cross-cultural understanding between the people of Singapore and the United Kingdom (UK) through arts and cultural exchanges.

The two-year collaboration will enable the exchange of ideas and perspectives among artists, curators, academics and thought leaders through artistic residency and collaboration. SIF and BC will also facilitate cultural organisation partnerships between the two countries.

“The SIF-British Council collaboration is envisaged to enrich the tapestry of strong relations between Singapore and the UK. Given our common mission of building friendships with world communities, and the premium both our organisations place on partnerships and people-to-people exchanges, we are excited by the prospects of achieving so much more together,” says Jean Tan, Executive Director of SIF.

This is the first of such collaboration for the SIF, and similar partnerships with other major international cultural organisations are also in the works.

The partnership will kick off with an artist-in-residence (BC-SIF AiRx) exchange programme between multidisciplinary artists - Singaporean Michael Lee and British Bob Matthews.

Aside from research, public presentations, and interaction with the arts communities in the two countries, the duo will collaborate to create a cross-cultural showcase reflecting on their experiences in the context of community, landscape and urban memory. The exhibition will be showcased in both Singapore and London in 2011 and 2012.

“The British Council arts team works with the best of British creative talent to develop innovative, high-quality events and collaborations that link thousands of artists and cultural institutions around the world, drawing them into a closer relationship with the UK. The arts can offer new ways of connecting with and seeing each other by promoting mutual appreciation of the diversity of perspectives, customs and ways of life. We are very proud to be entering into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Singapore International Foundation. Our partnership will provide us with a framework to share expertise, networks and resources in the development and delivery of cutting-edge arts projects in Singapore. In doing so, we aim to create more opportunities for engagement and trust between the people of Singapore and the United Kingdom,” says Mark Howard, Director Singapore, British Council.



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