Situated at 30 Selegie Road, Selegie Arts Centre was allocated to The Photographic Society of Singapore (PSS) in 1995, under the National Arts Council Arts Housing Scheme to make the centre a local photography hub. With $200,000 raised from fund-raising, the centre was transformed into a world class arts centre with a splendid gallery. Since then, many activities were held at the centre which include photographic lectures, courses, seminars, studio shoots and shows.
The gallery on the 3rd storey was named Loke Wan Tho Gallery in memory of one of our Society’s most distinguished member, Datok Loke Wan Tho who was also our former Vice President.
The gallery saw many photographers having their group and solo images being exhibited, including but not limited to the likes of Lady Yuen-Peng McNeice, Japanese photographer Morata and also by Members of Parliament like Mr Sidek Sannif, Mr Mah Bow Tan, Mr Yatiman Yusof and etc.
Beside photography exhibitions, the gallery is open to other art forms. The exhibitions by other art forms include glass painting, silk-screen art, as well as a fusion of dance and photography by Henrik Lau & Dancers.
The Arts Centre was closed in the middle of 1999 for a major upgrading and renovation. With a budget of $25,000, the centre was transformed into a multi- purpose centre with :
2 classrooms with a capacity of 30 seats
1 Studio with 3 wireless strobes and light rails
1 Member area
1 Reception counter
Since 1995, the Council managed the Society between 2 clubhouses, one at Geylang Lorong 7 and the other at Selegie Arts Centre. This proved to be inefficient and inconvenient, hence the Council decided to shift all of its operation to the Selege Arts Centre with effect from April 2000. The move was made immediately after the Arts Centre renovation.
Since then, many lectures, programs, outings and studio shoots, exhibitions, courses, talks, gatherings, darkroom sessions, seminars were held at the centre. The Council hoped to make the centre a local hub for photography, where budding photographers with a common interest in developing interest and skills in photography meet and learn.
Being located in the heart of the city, PSS moved closer to achieving its dream of making the centre a local hub for photography enthusiast.