WHAT MAKES OH! SPECIAL?
We’re art and heritage experience-specialists. Nobody does tours like we do. Art exhibitions can leave audiences feeling disconnected – art-speak can be intimidating; or else people use art as selfie backdrops. In this sense, heritage walking tours can connect visitors much better with the neighbourhood. What differentiates us is that you don’t just learn, you experience through the art and the stories. It literally is the art of storytelling.
OH! started in 2009 as an art walk that brought art out of museums and galleries. It evolved from there, challenging perceptions about where art can and cannot exist. The 2010 edition, OH! Marine Parade, put art in HDB flats, in which 80% of Singaporeans live. It proved that art can have a place in all of our lives.
By 2014, OH! had grown beyond an art walk into a non-profit art organisation. Our programmes do 3 important things:
- Provide alternative ways to experience art, outside of museums and galleries
- Give local artists opportunities to experiment with site specificity — to unlock or even give new meanings to our everyday spaces
- Challenge audiences to think deeper about the immediate environment they inhabit, and the larger context of Singapore
Today, OH! redefines everyday spaces through art by challenging artists to create new work responding directly to an existing space – a specific neighbourhood, or history, or even a home.
OH! Open House was a recipient of the National Arts Council Seed Grant (2014-2017).
OH! Open House is now a Major Company (2017-2020).
About the National Arts Council
The National Arts Council champions the arts in Singapore. By nurturing creative excellence and supporting broad audience engagement, we want to develop a distinctive global city for the arts. With a nod to tradition and an eye to the future, we cultivate accomplished artists and vibrant companies. Our support for the arts is comprehensive – from grants and partnerships to industry facilitation and arts housing. The Council welcomes greater private and corporate giving to and through the arts so that together we can make the arts an integral part of everyone’s lives. For more information on the Council’s mission and plans, please visit www.nac.gov.sg.