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

About Singapore Art Week 2020

Singapore Art Week is an annual celebration of visual arts which takes place in the month of January. Jointly organised by the National Arts Council, Singapore Tourism Board and the Singapore Economic Development Board, Singapore Art Week is the leading, go-to visual arts season in Southeast Asia, attracting both local and international visitors alike. The eighth edition in 2020 will be held from 11 to 19 January. The nine-day celebration of the visual arts will take place in various venues across Singapore, from galleries and museums to art precincts and unconventional spaces.

Open Call for Proposals for Singapore Art Week 2020




The National Arts Council (NAC) is seeking to commission innovative and exciting visual arts programmes which will take place during Singapore Art Week 2020. Artists, collectives, institutions, organisations and other art intermediaries are welcomed to participate in the Open Call. Applicants must be Singaporeans or Permanent Residents. Proposals that involve collaborations with foreigners are eligible, so long as at least half the artistic team / cast is Singaporean or Permanent Resident.





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

(a) exhibition

(b) guided tour 

(c) workshop

(d) talk / discussion

(e) conference

(f) performance

(g) film screening

(h) temporary outdoor artwork installation.

Only projects which feature artworks / programmes that have not been presented in Singapore before will be eligible for the Open Call.





a) Bras Basah Bugis District

b) Jalan Besar and Little India District

c) Tanjong Pagar District





Our funding varies by project type and applicant. Successful past projects have typically received funding between $15,000 and $40,000.1 Exceptions may be provided for outstanding large-scale projects with strong programming concepts and well-developed plans for public engagement and outreach. Applicants are welcomed to source for alternative sources of sponsorship and are responsible for notifying NAC upon sponsorship confirmation.





Applicants will be assessed based on the following criteria:

40% - Artistic merit of project

40% - Potential audience outreach, and quality of audience engagement

20% - Capacity and commitment to execute the programme




Successful applicants will receive grants from NAC to plan and execute the proposed programmes. The scope of work for successful applicants include:


  • Managing the project, including overseeing the programme objectives, timeline and budget;
  • Securing venue(s) for the programme and ensuring related licences and permissions required
  • for rental of venue(s) are fully obtained and paid;
  • Developing and conducting at least one educational programme for schools and one public programme for the general public (e.g. families, elderly) as part of the project;
  • Managing a publicity and marketing plan to reach intended target audiences.





Ongoing till 17 July - Open Call for Proposals

Mid-August 2019 - Notification of Results

End- September 2019 - Successful applicants are required to submit final programme details, including programme write-up, complete list of participating artists/ artworks, visuals and programme venue

11-19 January 2020 - Singapore Art Week

March 2020 - Submission of evaluation reports and statement of accounts



HOW TO APPLY (Download brief)

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

a) Application form – please use template provided

b) Proposed budget form – please use template provided

c) CVs / Portfolios of key personnel

d) Proposed list of artworks (where relevant)

e) Other supporting documents (where relevant)


The application (including all necessary documents) should be sent via email to by 17 July 2019 (Wednesday), 2pm.


Applicants are wholly responsible for ensuring that all components of the application are received by NAC before the application deadline. NAC will not be able to accord any extension beyond this deadline.


Applicants are required to submit images of all artworks, which will be presented as part of their proposed projects. Should artwork images be unavailable at the stage of application, applicants are required to submit preparatory drawings / visuals as part of their applications.


The final lists of artist(s) / participant(s), artwork(s) and venue(s) are subject to the commissioner’s approval. NAC reserves the right to not disclose the reasons for approving or rejecting any application, and to reject any incomplete/late application.


For further enquiries regarding the Singapore Art Week 2020 Open Call, please email: