State versus the arts in Singapore

The National Arts Council claims to support the island nation's emergence as a 'distinctive global city for the arts', but conditional and often withdrawn funding to artists betrays an enduring nanny state

Singapore, August 5, 2017 12:40 PM (UTC+8)
Singapore's iconic Merlion statue (R) is projected with a light-art installation by Danny Rose Collection of France titled "The Body of the Sea" during media preview for the iLight Marina Bay festival in Singapore on March 1, 2017. Photo: AFP/Roslan Rahman
Singapore's iconic Merlion statue (R) is projected with a light-art installation by Danny Rose Collection of France titled "The Body of the Sea" during media preview for the iLight Marina Bay festival in Singapore on March 1, 2017. Photo: AFP/Roslan Rahman
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