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History of 72-13

In 2005, 72-13 became the home of T:>Works (formerly known as TheatreWorks). T:>Works moved into the former rice warehouse and immediately began two initiatives, the International Centre of Asian Arts (ICAA) and the Singapore Creative Arts Nucleus (SCAN).


In particular, the ICAA is about collaborations, research, networking, dialogues across cultures and disciplines. It is a site where individuals from around the world, through residencies and projects, develop the diverse perspectives of a global Asian urban metropolis, its continuities and disruptions with Asian tradition, the multiple contexts of everyday life and how these interact with the practices of Asian artists. Included in the mission of ICAA is the encouraging of collaborations, housing residencies from around the world and encouraging hybrid creative expressions from young Singaporeans. 


SCAN will take on the role of nurturing young and emerging artists. These artists will have 72-13 as an incubator and platform for their creativity and trans-disciplinary processes. SCAN will be an organic interface between the arts and the creative industries. International artists will be invited to be sources of inspiration and as role models to inspire Singapore creatives. These international artists will be leaders in their own fields and will dialogue with the local creatives to generate ideas as well as provide the necessary stimuli.

In 2018, T:>Works began The Curators Academy in the physical site of 72-13 which expanded into online digitalisation of the Academy in May and June 2020.

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