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OUR STORY


#BUILDECK           
Claim a permanent building for photography arts.



DECK is an arts centre for photography founded in 2014 on the collective effort of a group of passionate artists, designers, public members, and like-minded people. DECK’s first container-building at 120A Prinsep Street was made possible because of the goodwill shown towards it by those who shared our vision for an independent art space.

Today, DECK enters a new phase of growth to build a brick and mortar arts building for photography in Singapore. Our goal is to champion photography arts; DECK embodies possibilities. It represents the diversity in an ecosystem that is shaping the arts in Singapore and Southeast Asia.

👀 Learn more about our journey and our plans for the future︎︎︎

The Team︎︎︎



Gwen Lee
Co-Founder and Director
Jay Lau
Co-Founder and Director
Isaiah ChengProgrammes Manager
Lim Su Fang
Business Development and Fundraising Manager
Dawn Yeong
Arts Manager

Board


Kelvin Mun, ChairmanManaging Director at AVS Technologies Pte Ltd

Gwen Lee, Member and Executive Director
Co-Founder and Director at DECK Photography Art Centre Ltd

Jay Lau, Member and Executive Director
Co-Founder and Director at DECK Photography Art Centre Ltd

Ho Hui May, Member Dean, Office of Academic Affairs at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts

Ho Tzu Yin, Member
Director at LAUD Architects Pte Ltd

John Clang, Member
Artist and Film-maker

Ryan Thomas Jacob, Member
Head of Legal at Meta for Central and South Asia

Lyn Sia Rosmarin, MemberPartner and Country Manager at Prizm Digital Singapore

Ho Kah Meng, Member
Chief Financial Officer of GL Limited from 2014 to 2021

Architects


LAUD Architects Pte Ltd
Ho Tzu Yin
Sheryl Tham Jiahui
Yeo Lye Niah

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In April 2021, DECK’s temporary container art centre reached the end of its lifespan and was demolished to charter a new horizon for photography and media arts. Rebuilding from the ground up as a brick-and-mortar building, the expanded space will house more showcases, incubate experimental ideas, nurture new talents and provide more opportunities for mid-career and ground-breaking artists.

👀 Want a sneak peek of our new building? ︎︎︎

DONATE

#BUILDECK with us          


DECK is crowdfunding for Singapore’s first purpose-built arts centre for photography.
The total cost of the new 3-storey building is SGD $10 million.

We are reminded daily that DECK was built on the collective support of many people, and we hope you continue to share our vision for diversity in the arts. In this new phase of growth, we believe you can help Singapore claim a permanent space for the arts community by contributing to DECK Building Fund.

DECK Photography Art Centre Ltd. (UEN 201215478E) is a registered Charity and Institution of a Public Character (IPC) as of 20 Jan 2022. Every dollar donated will be matched by the Cultural Matching Fund from from Ministry of Culture, Community & Youth (MCCY). Contributions of $50 and above are also eligible for 250% tax deduction for Singapore tax payers.

Click here to donate.




The Charity Collection

#BUILDECK through art          

At the heart of The Charity Collection are 30 artists from 12 countries who resonate #BUILDECK’s vision. Each work is a story, a belief, and a milestone of an artist.

Journey on this dream with us. Buy an artwork and actualise a photography home for many generations to come.

👀 View the artworks︎︎︎

DEVELOPMENTS



THANK YOU!          
Total funds raised (as of March 2024):

$1,089,420


This includes all donations and the amount matched by MCCY’s Cultural Matching Fund.

TIMELINE          

2021: Demolishment of DECK’s temporary container structure to make way for new developments.

2022: Fundraising for the new building commences after restrictions are lifted.

2023: Our patron Dr Cheryl Loh was awarded Distinguished Patron of the Arts by the National Arts Council for her donation to DECK.

2024: We have raised over SGD$1 million!

2025: Ground-breaking by Q2 to lay the foundation of the new building.

2026: DECK’s new permanent building at 120A Prinsep Street aims for completion by Q3. 



Step Into  2026︎︎︎

DECK’s new building

The new three-storey building will be three times bigger than the preceding container art centre. The new DECK will house three galleries, a blackbox theatre, a photobook library, a bookstore, and an F&B establishment. It will be anchored permanently at 120A Prinsep Street within an eclectic neighbourhood surrounded by art schools, co-working spaces, residential quarters, strata malls and places of worship.


Architect

LAUD Architects Pte Ltd


Gross Floor Area

1,127.67 sqm (12,138 sqf)



Gallery 1

DECK brings worlds of photography to Singapore through international showcases by renowned artists who have defined the contemporay medium from around the globe.


Gallery 2

At the vanguard of photography development, DECK leads Singapore and Southeast Asia’s arts scene with exhibitions by mid-career and established photographers.


Gallery 3

To support generations of emerging artists, DECK provides a platform for young art talents to explore and push the boundaries of the photographic medium in their new creations. 


Blackbox Theatre

A flexible space to hold seminars, public talks, and screenings. The Blackbox will also spearhead the innovative development of media arts by new talents in Singapore and Southeast Asia.




Photobook Library

DECK has an existing library collection of 7,823 photobooks and self-publications by artists from all over the world. It also comprises Southeast Asia’s most comprehensive repository of 1,600 Steidl-published art books.


Cafe & Bookshop

A sanctuary to nourish and fuel visitors between appointments, classes and gallery visits. The cafe and bookshop is a merriment of design and the lived experience.

DECK is currently on the lookout for F&B providers to journey with us.
For more information contact us [here].


Green Belt

A conduit between Prinsep Street and Bencoolen; connecting our neighbouring art schools Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts and LASALLE College of the Arts to foster creative exchange.


Bike Park

Envisioning a car-lite street in the future, DECK’s Bike Park along Prinsep Street accommodates 15 bicycle stands and two parking lots.