Ministers for the Department of Communications and the Arts

Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield

Minister for Communications

Minister for the Arts

Manager of Government Business in the Senate

Australia–Singapore Arts Group members announced

12 October 2016

Australia and Singapore will strengthen cultural cooperation with the support of a new Australia­–Singapore Arts Group.

The Australia–Singapore Arts Group was established in May 2016 to build on the commitment both countries made following the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in the Field of Arts and Culture in 2015.

The group includes representatives from Australia and Singapore with strong arts sector experience, government and business skills and is jointly chaired by Dr Mathew Trinca, Director, National Museum of Australia and Mrs Rosa Daniel, Deputy Secretary (Culture) at the Singapore Ministry for Culture, Community  and Youth. The Australian and Singaporean High Commissioners will participate as ex officio members.

New Australian members announced today are Mr Douglas Gautier AM, Chief Executive Officer and Artistic Director of the Adelaide Festival Centre and Chair of the Association of Asia Pacific Performing Arts Centres; Professor Susan Street AO, Executive Director of the Queensland University of Technology  Precincts; and Ms Claire Spencer, Chief Executive Officer of the Arts Centre Melbourne.

The Singaporean members are Ms Angelita Teo, Director of the National Museum of Singapore; Ms Kathy Lai, Chief Executive Officer of the Singapore National Arts Council; and Ms Chong Siak Ching, Chief Executive Officer of the National Gallery of Singapore.

The group will meet regularly to provide advice and recommendations which will drive an ongoing program of cultural activities in both countries to enhance our cultural relations, develop professional skills and cultivate audiences.

Media contact: Luisa Anderson | 0417 309 812 |

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