Jeffrey Say is an an art historian and lecturer at LASALLE College of the Arts, where he helped develop its art history programmes. He undertook the first extensive study of the history of sculpture in pre- and post-war Singapore, and is co-editor of Histories, Practices, Interventions: A Reader in Singapore Contemporary Art (2016).

1988 Arts Festival Fringe

Groundbreaking: The Origins of Contemporary Art in Singapore

1988 has been held as the watershed year in which Singapore’s contemporary art took root with the establishment of The Artists Village. Jeffrey Say debunks this view, asserting that the contemporary art movement began earlier. “[T]he emergence of the Singapore artist collective The Artists Village. arguably marks the beginning of contemporary art in Singapore.” This…