New director for Singapore Art Museum appointed

SINGAPORE - The National Heritage Board is pleased to appoint Dr Susie Lingham as the Director of the Singapore Art Museum (SAM) with effect from early August 2013. Dr Lingham replaces Mr Tan Boon Hui who was appointed to a new role as Group Director, Programmes.

Dr Lingham was selected through an open recruitment process where both local and foreign candidates were interviewed.

Ms Jane Ittogi, Chair of the SAM Board said, "I am very pleased with the appointment of Susie Lingham. She has a strong academic background in the study of contemporary society and the visual arts and a keen understanding of the needs of this sector. These attributes are important as we continue on the track of establishing SAM as a leading museum of contemporary art."

Since 2009, under the leadership of Mr Tan, SAM has been widely recognised as a contemporary art museum that champions the artistic leadership of this region and of Singapore.

When the National Art Gallery, Singapore opens in 2015, SAM will continue to lead the way in presenting current art practices of both established and emerging young artists of this generation.

SAM is an institution under the visual arts cluster, together with the National Art Gallery and the Singapore Tyler Print Institute.

Dr Lingham, who will be the third director of SAM, has a Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil) in Literature, Religion and Philosophy from the University of Sussex, UK.

Dr Lingham is a writer-artist, art theorist and art educator. Her interdisciplinary work and philosophical inquiry synthesizes ideas relating to the nature of mind across different fields, from the arts and humanities to the sciences.

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