SINGAPORE : With more spaces available for artists and arts groups, the number of visual and performing arts groups has grown over the past five years.
The number of artists and arts groups who have benefited from subsidised studios has also nearly doubled from around 90 in 2007 to more than 170 in 2013.
This is in tandem with the growth in the number of registered visual and performing arts companies from about 410 to 740 during the same period.
Acting Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, Lawrence Wong, shared these figures in response to a written parliamentary question by Member of Parliament Janice Koh on arts housing.
Mr Wong said the total available space for artists and arts groups is 39,000 square metres.
Under the Arts Housing Scheme (AHS), the total floor area available to artists and arts groups is about 24,000 square metres.
There is an additional 15,000 square metres of space for subsidised arts housing in the Goodman Arts Centre.
The Goodman Arts Centre is a pilot project under a new framework for subsidised arts housing introduced by the National Arts Council.