Organised by Very Special Arts Singapore, British Council, Singapore International Foundation and National Arts Council and venue partner Mediacorp Enable Fund, Sync Singapore Programme is a training programme specially designed for artists and arts managers with disability wanting to make a difference in and through the arts.
In 2019, 18 to 21 July, the British Council partnered with Very Special Arts and Singapore International Foundation, and supported by the National Arts Council run SYNC Singapore Programme in Singapore at the Enabling Village. SYNC is the flagship leadership programme for disabled artists in the UK. For any nation wanting to develop diversity in arts and culture, the challenge is to develop a sector where disabled people are included and supported beyond individual flash moments so that they are not only put on show, but run the show.
Feedback from participants:
Malaysian participant Anuar Lim: “I am grateful to be part of the SYNC Singapore Programme. I was able to meet with nine other Singaporean disabled artists for the first time, including blind and autistic people and I learnt a lot from their life experiences. I am inspired by Singapore’s efforts to support disabled artists to develop their leadership and hope to embark on new collaborations with artists here. The programme motivated me to transform myself from an artist to an art producer, and eventually to lead art for all!”
Singaporean participant Md Ammar: “I have always focused on the creative development but never on how to get funding and building relationships through networking. This programme has allowed me to be more confident and more aware with what resources is available for me.”