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40 years of giving: Honouring the next generation of arts philanthropy at the Patron of the Arts Awards 2023

12 Sep 2023

Key Visual of the 40th Patron of the Arts Awards

SINGAPORE, 12 September 2023 – The National Arts Council (NAC) commemorates 40 years of giving to Singapore’s arts with the Patron of the Arts Awards (POAA) 2023. This year’s edition honours more than 400 patrons comprising a total of 313 individuals and 91 organisations. Collectively they contributed over $45 million in 2022 towards advancing our local arts ecosystem. The patrons’ contributions were recognised at the awards ceremony held on 12 September 2023 at Equarius Hotel, officiated by Mr Edwin Tong, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth & Second Minister for Law.

The past year saw an upward trend in arts giving, with a 29% increase of total contributions by patrons since 2020, the highest in three years. There was also an increase of 25% in the number of awardees since 2021, reaching an all-time high since the inception of POAA in 1983.

Celebrating 40 years of giving to Singapore’s arts with new Award

This year also marks the introduction of the inaugural Honorary Patron of the Arts Awards. This award recognises patrons for their long-term commitment in giving to the arts and is given to patrons who have received the Distinguished Patron of the Arts Award at least 20 times.

UOB and SPH Media are the recipients of the inaugural Honorary Patron of the Arts Award. They have supported the holistic development of our local arts landscape by providing artists with more avenues to create quality and accessible arts initiatives, to local and international audiences. Examples of such initiatives include UOB’s metaverse platform, SkyArtverse, which provides our artists with a platform to showcase their works to a wider audience, while enhancing accessibility to the arts. UOB also contributed to The Business Times Budding Artists Fund, managed by The Rice Company Limited, which provides arts education to financially disadvantaged children and youth. SPH Media has supported the National Gallery Singapore in their curatorial research, assisted the Esplanade with in-kind sponsorship for their programmes such as Home Grooves and Lights On, and provided Jazz Association (Singapore) and The Theatre Practice Ltd with media and publicity support.

Continuous support from new and founding patrons

Founding awardees of POAA, ExxonMobil and Singapore International Airlines (SIA), have also continued to give to the arts over the years, whether it is through supporting concerts in parks and school campuses, or flying artists around the world to facilitate artistic exchange and presentations. Their contributions were honoured at POAA 2023 with the Friends of the Arts Awards.

Singapore’s arts sector has also benefited from an influx of first-time patrons, which has increased by 45% since 2021. New awardees provided diverse support to elevate the arts scene, such as The Liu Kuo-Sung Foundation, which donated 20 artworks by Chinese artist Liu Kuo-Sung to National Gallery Singapore. For example, in the visual arts space, Velox Digital Singapore Pte Ltd, Friend of the Arts Award recipient, provided Gojek ride vouchers for visitors to the Singapore Biennale. This is a testament to the increased capability of arts institutions and companies in fundraising, assuring tangible long-term impact on the arts and signalling a maturing arts philanthropy landscape.

Diverse forms of giving propels the arts to greater heights

Patrons continue to showcase the versatility of arts philanthropy, from cash donations to contribution of skills, space and other forms of giving-in-kind. In the past year, cash donations were contributed by a diversity of corporate profiles, from SMEs to MNCs, as well as family offices. At POAA 2023, Pacific Eagle Group Pte Ltd and Unisource SG Family Office Pte Ltd were recognised as Friends of the Arts for their cash donations to Singapore Symphonia Company Limited and Ding Yi Music Company respectively.

Other forms of giving, such as in-kind donations, valued at $19.3 million, have tripled over the past year. For example, Patron of the Arts Award recipient JPL Consultants provided their expertise in engineering services and supported Singapore Art Museum (SAM) in the construction of infrastructure for the Singapore Biennale 2022. Frasers Hospitality was recognised as a Friend of the Arts by providing accommodations to Wild Rice for international performers and creative personnel of the play Animal Farm in 2022.

Giving back to communities lies at the heart of arts philanthropy. Patrons leveraged the arts to empower persons with disabilities and vulnerable groups, and to inspire a more inclusive society by finding greater opportunities for conversations and connections among diverse audiences. ION Orchard, a Patron of the Arts Award recipient, helped raise awareness on breast cancer by supporting Breast Cancer Foundation’s arts exhibition Ahead of Time.

The steadfast commitment of donors to arts education helped to nurture the growth of young artistic talents in Singapore. Among these notable contributions is the Tan Chay Bing Education Fund, a Patron of the Arts Award recipient, which supported new students at LASALLE College of the Arts with the Tan Chay Bing Scholarship and Bursary, providing them with the means to pursue higher education in the arts. Others include Distinguished Patron of the Arts recipient The Ngee Ann Kongsi, who has been supporting the extension of LASALLE’s campus, Andreas Toh, whose Contemporary Asian Art Programme supported teaching and research in the field of modern or contemporary Asian Art, and Patron of the Arts Tan Kah Tee funded the purchase of grand pianos for arts groups at the National University of Singapore Centre for the Arts.

Embracing a new generation of arts philanthropy for a sustainable arts ecosystem

Over the past 40 years, Singapore’s strong belief in the arts is demonstrated through the growing pool of patrons’ and their unwavering support in the form of donations and in-kind sponsorships. The rise in contributions is aligned with the NAC Arts Philanthropy Corporate Giving Research 2022, which found that 1 in 3 corporations are now actively looking to give to the arts.

In partnership with the private sector, NAC’s Sustain the Arts (stART) Fund has given small arts organisations a boost in capability development, helping beneficiaries futureproof themselves. For example, Art Photography Centre (DECK) received support from the stART Fund, which allowed them to achieve IPC status and fundraise more effectively as a charity. Distinguished Patron of the Arts, Dr Cheryl Loh, is one of the patrons who have supported DECK, through their Building Fund.

Since its inception in 2020, the stART Fund has disbursed over $1 million across 31 arts organisations, and will continue to do so with the support of new major donors, such as Mr Tsai Eng-Rung. Support for the sector is further encouraged by the recent top up of the Cultural Matching Fund[1] (CMF) by the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY). The consistent support by individuals and corporations has helped nurture a thriving arts community, backing passionate artists, talented arts groups and organisations to create an even more vibrant cultural landscape.

Supporting Our SG Arts Plan (2023 – 2027) through giving

The launch of Our SG Arts Plan (2023 - 2027) marks a new milestone for Singapore’s arts, as NAC invites the public, artists and stakeholders to join the making of an even more inclusive, vibrant arts scene that is filled with opportunity.

With partnerships underpinning our efforts for the next five years, strong support from arts patrons will continue to be important to our arts community in artistic pursuits that showcase Singapore as a distinctive city of the arts. Mr Low Eng Teong, Chief Executive Officer of NAC, said, “Singapore’s arts have inspired and uplifted our communities across generations, with arts giving enabling the growth of the sector over the past 40 years. We hope for more individuals and corporations to come forward, so that we can harness the resources of the public, people and private sectors in the making of a strong and sustainable arts ecosystem for all to enjoy.”

POAA 2023 recognises contributions made between 1 January and 31 December 2022 and is a celebration of our arts patrons. Come and join the making of a vibrant art ecosystem here:

High resolution images may be found in this Digital Media Kit:

  • Annex A: About Patron of the Arts Award and Overview of Contributions

  • Annex B: List of POAA 2023 Awardees

[1] Established by MCCY, the CMF provides dollar-for-dollar matching grants for private cash donations to registered charities in the arts and heritage sector. It aims to encourage giving to our arts and heritage sector.

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Annex A: About POAA and Overview of Contributions

About The Patron of The Arts Awards

The Patron of the Arts Awards was instituted in 1983 to recognise organisations and individuals that have contributed towards the promotion of cultural and artistic activities in Singapore. The Patron of the Arts Awards 2023 recognises contributions made between 1 January and 31 December 2022

Award Categories for Organisations

Cash and In-Kind Contributions

  • The Honorary Patron of the Arts Award commemorates corporates which have received Distinguished Patron of the Arts Award at least 20 times.

  • The Distinguished Patron of the Arts Award recognises contributions of $1,500,000 and above.

  • The Patron of the Arts Award recognises contributions between $300,000 and $1,499,999.

  • The Friend of the Arts Award recognises contributions between $50,000 and $299,999.

Award Categories for Individuals

Cash and In-Kind Contributions

  • The Honorary Patron of the Arts Award commemorates individuals who have received Distinguished Patron of the Arts Award for at least 20 times.

  • The Distinguished Patron of the Arts Award recognises contributions of $100,000 and above.

  • The Patron of the Arts Award recognises contributions between $50,000 and $99,999.

  • The Friend of the Arts Award recognises contributions between $10,000 and $49,999.

Award Categories for Corporates & Individuals

Artwork and Loan Artefacts

  • The Distinguished Supporter of the Arts Awards recognises contributions of $1,000,000 and above.

  • The Supporter of the Arts Award recognises contributions below $1,000,000.

Overview of 2022 Contributions

Total Number of Awardees

Total Amount Awarded


$ 45.06M



Distinguished Patron of the Arts Award

Patron of the Arts Award

Friend of the Arts Award

Supporter of the Arts Award












Type of Patrons






  • 2 organisations received the Honorary Patron of the Arts Award

  • 4 organisations and 30 individuals received the Distinguished Patron of the Arts Award

  • 12 organisations and 34 individuals received the Patron of the Arts Award

  • 75 organisations and 248 individuals received the Friend of the Arts Award

  • 1 individual received the Supporter of the Arts Award

Annex B: List of POAA 2023 Awardees

Honorary Patron of the Arts


(Received DPOA at least 20 times)


(Received DPOA at least 20 times)


SPH Media



Distinguished Patron of the Arts


(Contributions of $1,500,000 and above)


(Contributions of $100,000 and above)

The Liu Kuo-sung Foundation

The Ngee Ann Kongsi



Andreas Teoh

Chang Si Fun @ Shewin Chang

Cheryl Loh

Chew Sutat

Chiu Sin Chuen Albert

Christopher & Rosy Ho

Christopher Chuah

Finian & Fiona Tan

Chan Kok Hua 曾国和 · 秋斋 

Goh Yew Lin

Goh-Tan Choo Leng

Harrisfazila Zaidi

Hsieh Fu Hua

Kris Foundation - Kris Tan Lay Peng

Lew Chee Beng

Lim Keen Ban

Loh Siew Hock

Ng Kok Song

Ong Cheng Kian, Dr. Ong Sin Jen & Ong Sin Wei

Patrick Lee

Ng Siew Quan

Sybil Lau

Teo Hark Piang (Zhang Xuebin)

The Late Mr Sim Wong Hoo

The Late Mr William Lim & Mrs Lena Lim

Thip Sae-tang

Wu Hsioh Kwang

Zhong Sheng Jian


Patron of the Arts


(Contributions between $300,000 and $1,499,999)


(Contributions between $50,000 and $99,999)


Ho Bee Foundation

JCDecaux Singapore Pte Ltd

JPL Consultants Pte Ltd

Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple

Mapletree Investments Pte Ltd

Marina Bay Sands

Orchard Turn Retail Investment Pte Ltd (ION Orchard)

SMRT Corporation

Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre

Tan Chay Bing Education Fund

Warner Bros. Discovery

Ang Jwee Herng

Arnoud De Meyer

Audrey Leong

Conrad Lim & Andrea Giam

Dr & Mrs Antoine & Christina Firmenich

Foo Kok Wan

Goh Way Siong (Max)

James Toh

Janek Schergen

Jim Amberson

Jin Zhenfang

Kwok Kian Woon

Lynette Lim

Marie Elaine Teo

Mr & Mrs Victor & Michelle Sassoon

Chua Ngak Yen, Vincent

Nicholas Nash

Ong Long

Osbert Lyman

Poh Choon Ann

Priscila Teo

Rodney Hyland

Sheila Lim

Shiv And Roopa Dewan

Tan Cheng Gay

Tan Kah Tee

Tan Lee Kum

Teo Kiang Ang

The Santosa Family

Vivian Chandran

Ye Cheng Zhong

Yeo Eng Koon


Friend of the Arts


(Contributions between $50,000 and $299,999)


(Contributions between $10,000 and $49,999)

3 Embers Culinary Craft Pte Ltd

Alfa Tech Asia

Allen & Overy LLP

AMC Asia (SG) Pte. Ltd.

Ang Chin Moh Funeral Directors Pte Ltd

Asian Medical Foundation Ltd

Avarga Limited

AVS Printing Pte. Ltd.


BNP Paribas

C K Holdings (2003) Pte Ltd

Citibank N.A Singapore

CLS International (1993) Pte Ltd

Cross Ratio Entertainment

DBS Bank Ltd

Deloitte Singapore

Deutsche Bank

DP Designs Pte Ltd


Elmwood Group Private Limited

EnGro Corporation Limited

ExxonMobil Asia Pacific Pte Ltd

Foundation Of Rotary Clubs (Singapore) Ltd

Frasers Hospitality Pte Ltd

Garena Online Pte Ltd

Gojek Singapore

Golden Compass School Pte. Ltd.


Heart Media Pte Ltd

Holywell Foundation Limited

Hong Leong Foundation

IMC Group Asia (S'pore) Pte. Ltd.


Johnson & Johnson Foundation

Lam Soon Singapore Pte Ltd

Leung Kai Fook Medical Co Pte Ltd

M1 Limited

Mingxin Foundation

Mocha Chai Laboratories

Mtm Skincare Pte Ltd

NCS Pte Ltd

NTT Asia Pacific Pte Ltd


Orange Clove Catering Pte Ltd

OUE Foundation

Overseas Movie Pte Ltd

Pacific Eagle Group Pte Ltd

Poco Productions Pte. Ltd.

Poh Tiong Choon Logistic Limited

PSA International Pte Ltd

Royal Bank of Canada

Samsung Electronics Singapore Pte Ltd


Singapore Chinese Chamber Of Commerce Foundation

Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan

Singapore International Foundation

Singapore Lam Ann Association

Sound Trading (1975) Pte Ltd

SPH Media

SRKK Consulting

SymAsia Singapore Fund

Takasago International (Singapore) Pte Ltd

Tan Chin Tuan Foundation

Tan Ean Kiam Foundation

Tanoto Foundation

Tatler Asia (Singapore) Pte Limited

The Grace Shua And Jacob Ballas Charitable Trust

The Show Company

Unisource SG Family Pte Ltd

Wipro Limited Singapore branch

Yong Hon Kong Foundation

Aaron Boey

Abha Kaul

Aileen Tang

Alan & Sylvia Wang

Alan Chan

Alexey Rumyantsev

Alexia Robless

Alice Koh Koon Hwee

Alvin De Souza

Ang Ziqian

Angelia Lee

Angeline Chin

Anita Fam

Annabelle Yip

Anne Lee

Arthur E H Lim

Arthur Fong

Barbra Gan

Bernard Ryan

Bernard Toh

Betty Lau & Piyanuch Pramotedham

Bianca Cheo Hui Hsin

Brandon Gohel

Calvin Sim Eng Hon

Cavazos Tinajero Family

Cham Tao Soon

Chan Heng Chee

Chang Yee Lee, Lyn

Chase Ma

Chen Ping

Chew Kheng Chuan

Chia Chor Meng

Chng Hak-Peng

Chong Chan Meng & Lim Sing Yuen

Chong Chan Yee

Chong Kar Shin

Choo Chek Siew

Christian Duhain

Chua Kee Teang

Chua Khee Chin

Chua Leong Hai

Chua Soo Bin

Clarence Pooplasingam

Clement Piak

Daniel Lim

Daniel Teo

Danny Tan Koon Meng

Darren & Vanessa Iloste

Darren Cheng & Jenny Tay

Daryl Chiang

Daryl Neo

David & Catherine Zemans

David Ramli

David Yang Eng Guan

Dennis Au & Geraldine Choong

Dorian Goh Ka Sin

Doris Sohmen-Pao

Dr & Mrs Choy Khai Meng

Duncan Kauffman

Dusan Stefan Stojanovic

Eddy Ooi

Edmund & Jazz

Eng Tow

Eric Tan

Esmond Loon

Euan Murugasu

Felicia Fu

Francois Dubrulle

Gautam And Basabi Banerjee

Geh Min

Geoffrey & Ai Ai Wong

Geraldine Limpo

Ghim Bok Chew

Gog Soon Joo

Goh Gek Liang

Goh Hock Ho

Goh Kok Huat

Goh Swee Chen

Goi Kok Ming, Kenneth

Gouw Kim San

Gralf Sieghold

Gurpreet Dhillon

Guy & Henny Scott

He Jiaxin

Ivan Tan

Jacinta Tay

Jacqueline Ho, Esq

Jan Hau & Katrina

Janice Koh

Janice Rose & Joachim H Kehr

Jason Coates

Jeremy Monteiro

Jerry Chang

Joshua Ip

Joy Tan Whei Mien

Julian Chang

Ke Hongjing

Kenneth Tan Jhu Hwa

Khoo Bee Geok Mavis

Khoo Hang Choong

Khoo Ken Hee

Koh Hong Yap, Kelvin

Koh Sauk Keow

Kris Wiluan

Kuok Suon Kwong

Kusnadi Wei

Lau Kam Yuen

Laura Hwang Cheng Lin

Lauren & Richard Nijkerk

Lee Aik Seng

Lee Hoo Leng

Lee Kin Hong

Lee Li-Ming

Lee Tzu Yang

Lee Woon Shiu

Li Li

Lim Cheng Eng

Lim Chin Boon

Lim Chye Huat, Bobby

Linda Kawaratani

Linus Goh

Lisa & Hervé Pauze

Lisa Latip

Liu Chee Ming

Loh Jian Hao

Low Kah Buay

Magnus Keith Yu-Jene

Mah Lan Ying

Maih Lan Ying

Mary & Raj Rajkumar

Matthew Teng

Mavis Lim Geck Chin

Michael Hwang

Michelangelo Samson

Mohamed Imran Bin Mohamed Taib

Mohamed Ismail S/O Abdul Gafoore

Mr Han Seng Juan & Mrs Susanna Han

N Sreenivasan

Ng Hoy Keng

Nicole Wang

Noreen Chan

Oei Hong Leong

Oh Benny Keh Chai

Olivier Lim Tse Ghow

Ong Han Cheong

Ong Yu-En

Paige Parker & Jim Rogers

Pak Geok Choo

Pang Kok Lian

Pang Lim

Paul Ng

Pauline Gan

Peter Seah

Phua Lay Peng Denise

Pierre Lorinet

Priscylla Shaw

Priyalatha Naidu

Rachel Teo Kah Chee

Raj Mishra

Rajan Menon

Raymond Tham

Richard & Marjorie Lee Leong

Richard Hoon

Richard Koh

Rogerio Bernardo

Ronald Wong

Sally Liew

Samuel Lim

Shruti Lohia Hora

Soh Gim Teik

Soo Chek William Quek

Sriram Vaidhyanathan

Stephan Repkow

Stuart James Mclelland

Suhaimi Zainul-Abidin

Tan Hsiao Wei

Tan Keng Keng

Tan Sook Yee

Tan Wan Chye

Tan Yew Lin

Tee Kim Leng

Teo Eng Seng

Teo Kien Boon

Teo Kok Woon

Teo Ngiang Heng

Terence C W Lim

The Late Mrs Barbara June Tresise

Timothy Sebastian

Toshihiko Takahashi

Tsai Eng Rung

Valerie Velasco

Vemala Rajamanickam

Vijay Rajeswari Vignesh

Wang Lili

Wang Qian

Wang Renqiang

Wang Yan

Wee Siew Kim

Wee Wei Ling

Whang Tae Ho

William & Mavis Tok

William Koh Chee Wei

Willow Phua Brest

Winston Kwek & Valerie Cheah

Winston Tan

Wong Hong Ching

Wong Huey Fang

Wong Lok Hiong

Woo Chee Chay

Wu Ee Tsien

Wu Peihui

Yap Li Jian Joe

Yap Seng Teck

Yap Teow Hiong

Yasmin Zahid

Yeap Lam Yang

Yeo Eng Huat

Yin Hwang

Yong Ying-I

Yuen Miu Fun Nancy

Yvonne Sim

Yvonne Tham

Zaibun Siraj & Paul Drayson

Zhang Yan


Supporter of the Arts


(Artwork and Loan Artefacts contributions below $1,000,000)


(Artwork and Loan Artefacts contributions below $1,000,000)


Jackson See


Note: Recipients who wish to remain anonymous are not listed.


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