NTU Centre For Contemporary Arts

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Tuesday - Sunday: 12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Friday: 12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Closed on Monday
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NTU Centre For Contemporary Arts, Singapore Overview

The NTU Centre for Contemporary Arts, abbreviated as NTU CCA Singapore, is a research centre lying in the campus of the Nanyang Technological University, which is one of the most reputed universities in the world. The centre is multi-purpose with facilities regarding research and academic education, residencies, and exhibitions. The CCA has a fantastic interactive set of programmes open to the public which include lectures, workshops, exhibition tours, and film screenings. These bring the public closer to the art and create a sense of belonging to the visitors of the centre.

Being a research centre, it provides researchers with a detailed and inclusive study about the contemporary art sphere in Singapore and the neighbouring region. It gives residencies programmes that primarily try to cultivate the culture of knowledge and research, and connect artists, researchers and curators from far and wide. It helps in forming a network of people, all passionate about their work and having common interests in art and culture. NTU CCA is one of the few places in Singapore that displays contemporary art from around the world. Many famous international artists have had their work presented here. The centre comprises of seven studios, and they all have complete support from the centre in terms of time, resources, and access to a platform to showcase their art.

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The main purpose of the exhibitions at NTU CCA is to provide stimulating discussions and conversations amongst its viewers. The theme is essentially contemporary art and art of various forms is presented. They organise up to four exhibitions a year, ranging from group to solo, and each is followed by tours, workshops and talks, to reflect upon the art. Some of the famous past exhibitions include 'The Oceanic', Ghosts and Spectres and 'The Making of an Institution'. 

As a part of its Residency Programme, NTU CCA hosts artists, critics, curators and scholars from all over the world, to encourage the production of knowledge and research. It acts as a platform for cultural and artistic discussion in Southeast Asia. The programme includes insights, studio sessions, OPEN series, which include lectures, live performances, and open studio sessions. All these forums create a common place for like-minded people to come together and converse about art. The current residencies at NTU CCA include Zai Tang(Singapore), Luca Lum(Singapore), and Phyoe Kyi(Myanmar).

NTU CCA has a research and education programme that bridges the gap between art and education and encourages research in the various domains, which address Singapore and the neighbouring region. As a part of its academic programme, CCA offers a stream in Spaces of the Curatorial, aiming to bring together research on Spaces of the Curatorial along with the history and infrastructural specifics of the region. The students research art, as well as infrastructure and exhibition history in the region. A programme in Museum Studies and Curatorial Practices is soon launching as a Master of Arts degree, to prepare students for professional positions in the world of museums and deal with its diversities.

NTU CCA organises three different tours, namely, School Tours, GB Art and History Tours, and Educational programmes.

Exhibition School Tours: These guided tours are aimed at providing conversations and discussions about art, and to help the visitors develop observation skills and analytical thinking. The tours are led by the curators of the centre who give insight to the artists and the artwork and make it an educational and fun experience.
GB Art and History Tours: The Gillman Barracks Art and History Tours are a type of guided tours that provide insights to contemporary arts within the cluster of art galleries that is within Barracks. Information about the rich culture, history and heritage are given, and it is s true delight for lovers of art.

A free shuttle bus runs between NTU and NTU CCA on Wednesdays and Fridays, at 6:20 PM. The return bus from NTU CCA to NTU leaves NTU CCA at 9:30 PM.

To get to NTU, the MRT East-West line drops off at the Boon Lay MRT station. From there, take the SBS no. 179 or 199 at the Boon Lay bus interchange situated just next to the MRT station.

Or, get on at the Pioneer MRT station and get off the overhead bridge to take the free NTU-Pioneer MRT shuttle bus at the bus-stop outside Block 649A, Jurong West Street 63. This shuttle bus operates daily from 7:30 AM to 10:30 PM.

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