Keppel donates $12 million to Centre for Art Education

SINGAPORE - Keppel Corporation has donated $12 million to the National Art Gallery's Centre for Art Education, the group announced today.

The centre will be named the Keppel Centre for Art Education. This partnership is the largest corporate patronage for the Gallery to date, and is part of Keppel Corporation's 45th anniversary celebrations.

The Keppel Centre for Art Education will be the first dedicated art education facility of its kind in Singapore and the region.

It will engage 250,000 children, youth and families every year when it opens its doors in 2015, Keppel said in a statement. The centre will provide "an immersive and creative learning environment for the young and resources for educators and researchers."

Artworks will be presented in different age-appropriate spaces conducive for active play and discovery, as well as quiet and reflective learning.

Dr Lee Boon Yang, Chairman of Keppel Corporation, said: "We hope the Centre will encourage the young to take an active interest in the arts and stimulate their imagination and creativity from an early age."

Keppel Corporation's 45th Anniversary is themed 'Shaping the Future'.

Mr Hsieh Fu Hua, Chairman of the National Art Gallery said: "Keppel Corporation's exceptional generosity will enable families and students visiting the Centre to experience art in a unique environment, designed to stimulate the aesthetic and creative mind, and enhance learning.

The Keppel Centre for Art Education is located on the ground level of the National Art Gallery's City Hall wing and occupies a total floor area of 910 square metres.

It will comprise four distinct art environments - a Children's Museum, an interactive Art Playscape, a Project Gallery and a Tactile Art Corridor with artists' commissions.

The Centre will also offer programmes including a regular series of Art Education forums, presentations and exhibitions, as well as active-learning programmes conducted by artists, curators and museum educators.