Art Skins on Monuments by Brandon Tay x Safuan Johari, Light to Night Festival

About Singapore Art Week 2019

Singapore Art Week is an annual celebration of visual arts which takes place in the month of January to kick start the new year. Jointly organised by the National Arts Council, Singapore Tourism Board and the Singapore Economic Development Board, Singapore Art Week reinforces Singapore’s position as Asia’s leading arts destination. The seventh edition in 2019 will be held from 19 to 27 January. The nine-day celebration of the visual arts will take place in venues across Singapore, from galleries and museums to art precincts and independent art spaces.

Singapore Art Week is a platform which offers artists, collectives, organisations and other art intermediaries an opportunity to present a range of visuals arts projects, discussions, and exhibitions for local and international audiences. It also aims to launch innovative lifestyle concepts and events by activating the arts sector and its supporting industries during this period. For more information, please visit: 


Open Call for Proposals for Singapore Art Week 2019

The National Arts Council (NAC) is looking to commission new visual arts programmes which will take place during Singapore Art Week 2019.


For the upcoming iteration, applicants are encouraged to submit visual arts proposals with interdisciplinary modes of collaboration that may extend into parallel fields of design, technology, architecture, performance, film, or literature.  


NAC welcomes artists, collectives, organisations, and other art intermediaries to submit proposals for visual arts programmes. Only Singaporeans / Permanent Residents, or groups consisting of at least 50% Singaporean / Permanent Residents are eligible for this Open Call.


Successful applicants will receive a grant from NAC to plan and execute the proposed programmes.


The roles and deliverables for successful applicants include:


  1. Project administration, including the management of programme objectives, timeline and budget;

  2. Securing venue(s) for the programme and ensuring related licences and permissions required for rental of venue(s) are fully obtained and paid;

  3. Managing a publicity and marketing plan to reach intended target audiences.

Presentation Format

The proposed visual arts programme can be presented in one of the following formats:


  1. Exhibition

  2. Performance

  3. Guided Tour

  4. Workshop

  5. Conference / Talk

  6. Film Screening

  7. Temporary Outdoor Artwork Installation

Target Audience

The proposed programme should target at least one of the demographics:


General Public 

Programmes to encourage art appreciation amongst those with little or no prior knowledge/interest in visual arts.


Visual Arts Enthusiasts

Programmes suitable for people who are interested in deepening their understanding of visual arts.


Art Collectors & Patrons

Programmes suitable for new and/or existing art collectors & patrons who are interested in understanding the art market and art collecting in Singapore.


New Audiences

Programmes which are inclusive and cater to a wider diversity of audience (e.g. Families with young children, elderly).

Programme Considerations

The proposed programme should ensure the following considerations are met:


  1. Feature artworks / programmes that have not been presented in Singapore before

  2. Increase public awareness of visual arts
  3. Quality engagement with public to develop visual arts literacy

Assessment Criteria

Applicants will be assessed based on the following criteria:


  1. Artistic strength of programme
  2. Public engagement
  3. Capacity and commitment to execute the programme

How to Apply

Interested applicants are required to submit the following as part of their application:


  1. Application Form

  2. Budget – Applicant is required to submit a budget that details the costs of the proposed programme

  3. CV / Portfolios of key personnel

  4. Other supporting documents, where relevant


The application (including all necessary documents) should be sent via email to by 30 June 2018 (Saturday), 5pm.


NAC will not be able to accord any extension beyond this deadline. Only completed submissions will be considered.


For further enquiries regarding the Singapore Art Week 2019 Open Call, please email: