SAD Bar Open Call

Do you question the rights to public space? Do you care about access, both social and spatial, to the city-state around us? Do these issues matter to you?
Join us for a series of SAD Bar happenings!



We are offering a peculiar underground space called the SAD Bar in The Substation for members of public to unleash a conversation on public space through an event. Whether it is a film screening, a literary reading, or a forum, all you need to do is send us a proposal. The only catch? The event must be in line with our programme theme of A Public Square.

We will be running two cycles of an open call—one in July, and the second one in September 2019. An honorarium of $1500 will be given to selected proposals to realise your critical and interrogative event.

Please note that only selected recipients will be notified.

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We are excited to announce these three selected applicants

from our first round of Open Call:

Rules of Engagement

Amelia Abdullahsani & Merryn Trevethan

Exhibition Dates:
21 November 2019,  6 – 9 pm
22 November 2019, 7 – 10 pm
23 November 2019, 2 – 6 pm
24 November 2019, 12 – 5 pm

Rules of Engagement is an exhibition-event that engages the implicit rules of the art world as related to public spaces. 20 artists are invited to respond to the theme of A Public Square. Artists and audience are both asked to comply to the Rules of Engagement.

Hello, How Do You Move?

Rachel Nip Oi Ting & Ammar

Performance Date:
7 December 2019, 5 pm
 and 7.30 pm

Register Here for your tickets
Registration is Free

Hello, How Do You Move? is a site-specific dance performance created by Ammar, a deaf choreographer, dancer and filmmaker and Rachel Nip, a hearing dancer, choreographer and theatre practitioner. As part of The Substation’s A Public Square, this project explores how people of varying abilities can communicate and express ourselves through movement and the senses.

The project engages the audience to experience the public space in and around Substation’s SAD Bar with improvised dance movement that responds to the design, history, uses and people associated with it.  The research and development of “Hello, How Do You Move?” has been supported by The Theatre Practice as part of the incubation initiative at Practice Tuckshop in 2019. 

The performance will be followed by a Q&A with the choreographers and performers where the audience will be able to ask questions, share reactions and responses. All Q&A sessions will have Singapore Sign Language (SgSL) interpretation. 



Red Thread

Sonia Kwek & Ila

Exhibition Dates:
13–15 December 2019,  12 – 6 pm.

Sharing Session:
13–14 December 2019,  8 – 10 pm.

When prancing nude in your own home puts you at risk of a fine or some jail time and soon enough, the unsolicited “dick pic” will be illegal under the act of cyber flashing, it is about time that you reconsider your own bodies as something more than public indecency and a nuisance to society. To be nude isn’t just about flashing genitalia or to be seen as a sexual act. Red Thread invites you to break away from the discomforts and shame of your body and reclaim the parts which are unique only to you.

A mole, a scar, the stretch marks that have been with you in secret carry with them different stories of traumas and triumphs and this is the time to share it within a public space. Take a moment in the booth, undress yourself and feel empowered by this act of protesting against societal norms; that your body is not a burden you need to carry or cover up, instead, to be celebrated for all that makes you who you are.


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Applications now closed.

Thank you for your interest! The second cycle of our SAD Bar Open Call is now closed as of 22 October 2019, 2359hrs. Successful applicants will be notified by 12 November 2019 (edit: applicants will be notified by Friday, 22 November 2019).

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Please read the submission requirements and guidelines here. It contains useful information and will guide you to the pot of gold and one-time access to organise an event at a peculiar space. Please note that the SAD Bar is not available for use on 29th February, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th and 6th of March 2020.