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Dawn Yeong

Lim Su Fang



120A Prinsep Street
Singapore 187937


First container art centre in Singapore

From the beginning, the team envisioned DECK to fill a space in the arts where growth can happen organically with the community at the centre of its efforts. It would also support artists through all stages of their careers.

To find a site for our building, our small team roamed the grounds, pitched to several agencies and looked for support in unlikely places. When we finally arrived at a small disused plot of land on Prinsep Street, we activated it and constructed a building designed by local architect firm LAUD Architects using 20 refurbished shipping containers. The containers that made the project possible were generously donated by Pacific International Lines. 

As the first arts organisation to establish our own building since the 1980s, DECK was a landmark project. Most of our donors from 2014 had never donated to the arts before DECK showed us people do believe that passion can actualise untested, off-the-path ideas.

The container art centre also went on to win several prestigious design accolades, including the President*s Design Award in 2015. 


Raising funds and awareness for DECK 2.0
DECK’s first container-building has reached its end of its lifespan and was demolished in 2021 to chart a new horizon for photography and media arts.

Despite complications brought by COVID-19, the team behind DECK pressed on with its operations throughout the pandemic and even garnered record-breaking visitorship for our key programmes during this challenging phase. This goes to shows that arts not only reflects human tenacity in the face of adversity, it is also an indication of a society’s resilience and adaptability to changes.

As we navigate through the new normal in the post-pandemic world, the importance of physical presence has never been more obvious. It made us even more certain that a brick-and-mortar space is necessary to provide consistent support for artists, incubate ideas, create sustainable programmes and build relationships.


Establishing Singapore as a nexus for photography
In this new space, DECK carries its mission to provide a platform for all facets of contemporary arts and photography to the broadest possible audience. Home to the Singapore International Photography Festival (SIPF) — Southeast Asia’s most established biennial photography festival since 2008, DECK continues to be an avenue where artists can connect with the larger community through ground-breaking ideas and diverse perspectives.

From showcasing works of local and international artists and retrospective highlights of photography masters, to promoting visual literacy in photography, DECK endeavours to create meaningful partnerships with institutions, schools and artists to provide photography education workshops and programmes.

In the future, the expanded space will house more showcases, incubate experimental ideas, nurture new talents and provide more opportunities for mid-career and ground-breaking artists. As DECK moves into its next phase, we hope you share our belief that an alternative is always possible and the community can appreciate the arts through a plurality of approaches.


Since 2014, we have been on a journey.

Discovery through photography
Engagement in new ideas
Connection with global voices
Knowledge creation for the community 

4th Singapore International Photography Festival

TYPES: After Becher

A Tree With Too Many Branches

A Dreamer’s Muse


Artist-in-Residence (A.i.R.) with Liana Yang

With Someone Like You

The Two of Them

TRACE 01: To Measure the Depth of the Ocean

Undescribed #1

Club Berlin: Electronic Music and Photography


Mountain and Expanse (Kwek Leng Joo Prize of Excellence in Photography)

5th Singapore International Photography Festival

Daido Moriyama: Prints & Books from 1960s—1980s

TRACE 02: The Photograph as Atlas

Undescribed #2

A.i.R. with Abednego Trianto

The History of Boys: the MES56 and Beyond


Incidents in a Sensible World (Kwek Leng Joo Prize of Excellence in Photography)


From Darkness to Light (Habis Gelap Terbitlah Terang)


3DPRK by Matjaž Tančič

TARGETS by Herlinde Koelbl

Theatre of Reality by Chou Ching-Hui

Undescribed #3

ABOVE, BELOW (Kwek Leng Joo Prize of Excellence in Photography)

Professional Development

Artist-In-Residence (A.i.R.)

STEIDL Book Review

STEIDL Asia Book Award Asia

SIPF Book Award

Asia Meet

DECK Associate Creative Programme

participation in:

Temple Arles Books, at Les Rencontres d’Arles, UNFOLD (2019)

Shanghai Art Book Fair (2019)

Unseen Photo Fair, Amsterdam (2019)

NOMAD Photobook Showcase at Busan International Photo Festival, THE REFERENCE in Seoul, and Taiwan (2021)

Jimei x Arles International Photo Festival (2021)

Hong Kong International Photography Festival (2021) 

NOMAD: SIPF Travelling Photobook Showcase at the Hong Kong Photobook Festival (2023)

Daegu Photo Biennale (2023)

Jimei x Arles International Photo Festival (2023)


Of Frames and Passing Time — The Gift of a Year

6th Singapore International Photography Festival

Between Love and Death: Diary of Nobuyoshi Araki

A.i.R. with Tristan Cai



A State of Affairs (Or The Way Things Are)

Undescribed #4

The Aesthetics Of Disappearance

the tree is the leaf is the land (Kwek Leng Joo Prize of Excellence in Photography)

A.i.R. with Hu Qiren

Dunman Higher

PRINT ROOM: In Every Change of Season

Reading Photographs: A Showcase For Seenthesis Publication

It’s Strange I Feel Like I’ve Seen This One Before

GAP: A Distinct to Reality

PRINT ROOM: Speak Softly. Speak Low.

Undescribed #5


A Self I Once Knew (Kwek Leng Joo Prize of Excellence in Photography)

7th Singapore International Photography Festival

Inside Out Singapore

Afterlife by Vasantha Yogananthan

Loose Relations by Sherman Ong

SGscenery2020 by George Wong

ThisConnect: Threading Worlds by Hunny & Lummy

Undescribed #6

A Studio of One’s Own

Time Present Time Past 台上•台下

Undescribed #7


8th Singapore International Photography Festival

Pictures in the Mind 

Undescribed #8 

A.i.R. with MM Yu and Poklong Anading 

Currents Above Ground 

Year-in-Review 2023: Online Portfolio Review 

The Unstable Image by Clara Peh

Make Room by Steph Lee and Benjamin Tan 

In Times To Come

Undescribed #9

queer life / drawing by Singmoolsung

Archives of One’s Own by Sean Cham


TRACE 01: To Measure the Depth of the Ocean

TRACE 02: The Photograph as Atlas

DECK Journal of Photography

Asia 8 with Steidl Publishing

Seenthesis: Visual Literacy through Singapore Photography

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