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Marjorie Doggett - Exhibition

Supported By The Arts House



This exhibition records the work of the pioneer local photographer Marjorie Doggett. Her 1957 book, Characters of Light, is considered a classic on Singapore. The exhibition is based on a new photo book, Marjorie Doggett’s Singapore by the exhibition curator, Edward Stokes. From 1954–57, camera in hand, Doggett explored Singapore. She recorded its cityscapes and buildings with striking images and detailed texts. Many of the exhibition and book photos have not been seen before. Doggett saw the risks that progress, despite its benefits, posed for Singapore’s historic buildings, and her work later contributed to a growing awareness of heritage conservation.      

Highlights of the exhibition: 


30 Nov, 2pm - 3.30pm
Screening Room
Free with registration 


In this illustrated talk Edward Stokes, exhibition curator and author of Marjorie Doggett’s Singapore, will present a wide-ranging view of Singapore in the 1950s through the photos and life story of Marjorie Doggett. She arrived in Singapore in 1947 and made the city her lifetime home. The talk will enrich our appreciation of Singapore’s built heritage.

(Images courtesy of National Archives of Singapore. Copyright 2019 National Archives of Singapore)

This programme is as part of

10 – 19 Jan 2020

Over two weekends, The Arts House invites you to celebrate, share and enjoy stories from Singapore and beyond. In conjunction with the Light to Night Festival, this year's Prologue will turn this historic space into an intimate gathering of words through multidisciplinary performances, installations, and interactive activities. Inspired by Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities, embark on a journey away from the bustle of the Civic District through urban landscapes of cities new and old, past and present, real and imagined.

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