First Three Public Art Trust Installations and Educational Trail Officially Launched by Minister Grace Fu
(L) Minister Grace Fu (4th from left) admiring one of three Public Art Trust artworks “24 Hours in Singapore” with a first-hand explanation by the artist, Baet Yeok Kuan (far right).
(R) Minister Grace Fu observes as students from Naval Base Primary School work on their “Art in the City” worksheets.
SINGAPORE, 20 January 2016 – Following the unveiling of the first three Public Art Trust (PAT) installations on 29 November 2015 during the SG50 Jubilee Walk celebrations, Ms Grace Fu, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth officially launched the three PAT installations today, as well as a specially created educational trail, “Art in the City – PAT Jubilee Walk Art Trail’, a dedicated programme for schools in partnership with Art Outreach Singapore. The PAT will continue to work with the Singapore Land Authority (SLA) and other government agencies, as well as private organisations, to explore new public art commissions.
Following a presentation of tokens of appreciation to the first PAT donors – Marina Bay Sands (MBS) and the Real Estate Developers’ Association of Singapore (REDAS), Minister Fu toured the three artworks located along the Jubilee Walk within Singapore’s Civic District. The works, titled 24 Hours in Singapore, Cloud Nine: Raining and The Rising Moon, were conceived by four Singaporean artists to commemorate Singapore’s Golden Jubilee year. Young Artist Award (YAA) recipient Mr Baet Yeok Kuan created 24 Hours in Singapore, and Mr Tan Wee Lit, also a YAA recipient, is the artist behind Cloud Nine: Raining; while Cultural Medallion recipient Ms Han Sai Por and artist–architect Mr Kum Chee Kiong collaborated on The Rising Moon.
Minister Grace Fu (3rd from left) with Public Art Trust sponsors and three of the artists behind the artworks. L-R: Augustine Tan, President, Real Estate Developers’ Association of Singapore (REDAS); George Tanasijevich, CEO, Marina Bay Sands; Minister Grace Fu; artist Han Sai Por; Kathy Lai, CEO, National Arts Council; artists Baet Yeok Kuan and Kum Chee Kiong
Around 120 primary school children from three schools that are especially supportive of the arts – SJI Junior, Admiralty Primary and Naval Base Primary – attended this morning’s launch. They were the first to participate in the educational trail, which introduces students to five public artworks in the Civic District, including the three new PAT installations. The trail is supported by educational resources to facilitate students’ learning, and training workshops will also be organised to train teachers to conduct public art tours for their students.
Minister Grace Fu explaining “The Rising Moon” to students of Admiralty Primary School, together with the artists, Kum Chee Kiong and Han Sai Por (L-R).
Minister Grace Fu said: “Public artworks add colour and vibrancy to our city’s landscape and add uniqueness to Singapore. They provide much enjoyment for Singaporeans and visitors to our city. These installations tell a story about who we are, and bind us through the Singapore Story that they tell. I hope to see more of such public artworks in places where we live, work and play. And I hope to see more corporate support too, as we have for these first few pieces, to partner the Government in bringing the arts to the fore, to make this a beautiful and inspiring Singapore for all.”
Students from Admiralty Primary with Minister Grace Fu and NAC’s CEO, Kathy Lai, and subsequently enjoying their “Art in the City” worksheets.
The PAT was established in 2014 by NAC with $10 million seed funding from the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth. The PAT is also a platform for cultivating and catalysing arts philanthropy in Singapore. Private and corporate cash donations towards commissioning costs enjoy tax incentives, and are eligible for dollar-for-dollar matching through the Cultural Matching Fund.
About the Public Art Trust
The Public Art Trust (PAT) is an initiative by the National Arts Council to encourage Singaporeans to embrace art around their urban environment. Through commissioning and displaying impactful and meaningful art in public places, the PAT promotes best practices and builds strong corporate support for public art. The PAT also promotes greater appreciation of the visual arts through education and outreach programmes.
For more information about the PAT, please visit www.publicarttrust.sg.