Dated: 21 February 2003

The Media Development Authority (MDA) has commissioned two arts programmes Places and Faces and Journeys Through Art, on Arts Central at a total cost of $200,000.

Places and Faces

This six-part series explores what notable monuments mean to Singapore and its people. Presented in a thematic manner each week, the series explores how monuments are more than just old buildings and structures. They play a significant role in Singapore's social, political and economic history. Places and Faces encapsulates Singapore's history and details the transformation these landmarks have undergone —from what they were in the old days to what they are today.

The debut episode titled "Power to the People" looks at the Old Parliament House, City Hall and the Supreme Court. Subsequent episodes include:

  • "Spiritual Festivals" (Thian Hock Keng Temple, Maghain Aboth Synagogue and Sri Marianman Temple),

  • "A House of Prayer" (Sultan Mosque, Omar Mosque, Jamae Chulia Mosque and Hajjah Fatimah Mosque),

  • "Town" (Victoria Memorial Hall and Concert Hall, the Old Hill Street Police Station/MITA Building and CHIJmes),

  • "The Cross and the Steeple" (Cathedral of the Good Shepherd, Armenian Church and St Andrew's Cathedral) and, lastly

  • "Restoration and Adaptive Reuse" (Telok Ayer Market/Lau Pa Sat, Old Thong Chai Medical Hall and House of Tan Yeok Nee/the Chicago Business School).

Produced by local independent production house Film Formations Pte Ltd, Places and Faces will debut on Arts Central on Sunday, 23 February at 9pm.

Journeys Through Art

The four-part series explores the meaning of art in Singapore for different individuals on their passage from childhood to adulthood. Moving beyond just opinions from art educators, practitioners and institutions, the programme features varying perspectives, motivations and personal experiences of art from Singaporeans at different stages in their lives.

The first episode on childhood looks at the artistic experiences of three children and the influences from their parents. The second episode focuses on the teen experience, investigating the artistic pursuits of three teenagers and why art is a valid outlet for their personal expression. The third and fourth episodes discuss issues of arts in adulthood —what the arts scene is like for young adults standing at the crossroads of life.

Produced by independent production house The Moving Visuals Company, Journeys Through Art will be shown on Arts Central, 10.30pm from Thursday, 27 February to 20 March.


Media Development Authority (MDA) was formed on 1 January 2003 from the merger of Singapore Broadcasting Authority, Films and Publications Department and Singapore Film Commission. As the promoter and regulator of the media industry, MDA will work towards developing a vibrant media industry in Singapore and nurturing a Creative Media and Connected Society.

Last updated on: 13 Mar 2023