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!



The SAD Bar Open Call is an initiative that offers The Substation SAD Bar to members of public who are interested in pursuing an open conversation about public space through an event. Two cycles of the open call were ran in July and September 2019 respectively. The selected event proposals are in line with our 2019 programme theme of A Public Square. Each selected applicant received an honorarium of $1,500 and free venue space to realise their critical and interrogative event.

Find out more about the winning proposals below.


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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.

The four-day event aims to generate an open discussion and hopes to redress an implicit imbalance in the art world, shining a light on the complicated negotiations—financial, social, emotion—in which artists engage in when they create works for the public.

Hello, How Do You Move?

Rachel Nip Oi Ting & Ammar

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

Register here for your desired time slot
Admission 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 The Substation’s SAD Bar with improvised dance movements that respond to the design, history, uses, and people associated with the space. The research and development of Hello, How Do You Move? was first supported by The Theatre Practice as part of their incubation initiative at Practice Tuckshop in 2019. 

Each performance session will be followed by a Q&A with the choreographers and performers. Audience members will be able to ask questions and share their reactions and responses. All Q&A sessions will have Singapore Sign Language (SgSL) interpretation. 



Red Thread

Sonia Kwek & Ila

Act 1: Photo Booth
29 November to 15 December, 12am – 6pm
Armenian Street

Act 2: Exhibition
13 to 15 December, 12pm – 6pm

Act 3: Sharing Circle
13 and 14 December, 8pm – 10pm

Register here to be part of the sharing circle.

When prancing nude in your own home puts you at risk of a fine or some jail time, and with the impending criminalisation of cyber flashing (e.g. the sending of unsolicited “dick pics”), it’s about time we reconsider the concept of nude bodies as displays of public indecency or even societal nuisances.

Red Thread invites you to break away from the discomfort and shame of your nudity by reclaiming the parts of your body that are unique to you—in a public space. The first part of Red Thread consists of a pop-up photo booth, which will be unveiled on Armenian Street on 28 November, 7pm–9.30pm. Members of the public are invited to photograph a part of their body and/or write about a body part/body memory that they would not publicly reveal. The photographs and stories will then form Act 2, the Exhibition.

As part of the exhibition, the artists will be facilitating a sharing circle on 13 and 14 November. The SAD Bar will be transformed into a communal space where body narratives are both owned and released by everyone in attendance.

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Applications now closed.

Thank you for your interest! Both cycles of our SAD Bar Open Call are now closed.

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