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What does The Substation do?

The Substation is a Singaporean charity organization that focuses on promoting and supporting contemporary arts through various programs and initiatives. Founded in 1990 by Kuo Pao Kun, it has since become an integral part of Singapore's cultural landscape. Its venues include a black box theatre, gallery, dance studio, Random Room, and multi-function classrooms. The Substation is known for its innovative arts programming that engages the public in meaningful discussions about society through art. They also provide financial transparency by sharing their audited financial statements and annual reports online.




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  • Donations are tax-deductible
  • Registered Charity
  • Established since 1995
  • Published yearly Annual Reports

Society Impact

  • Promoting contemporary arts and culture through its venues (black box theatre, gallery, dance studio, Random Room, multi-function classrooms) for public engagement and discourse.
  • Providing a platform for local artists to showcase their work and collaborate with other acclaimed artists, writers, and intellectuals from Singapore and beyond.
  • Encouraging critical thinking and societal conversations through its annual artistic themes that explore various social issues and questions.
  • Fostering cultural exchange and development by working closely with local arts organizations and individuals to expand the possibilities of contemporary art in Singapore.
  • Offering educational programs, workshops, and initiatives for people of all ages to learn about and engage with contemporary arts practices.
  • Supporting the growth and sustainability of the arts sector by providing resources, networking opportunities

Donation Income

Program Expense Ratio

This is the percentage of the charity's total expenses that are spent on its core programs. A higher percentage suggests that more money is going directly to the cause, rather than being spent on administrative or fundraising expenses.