Venice Biennale: 53rd International Art Exhibition Proposals Invited for Singapore Pavilion



Venice Biennale: 53rd International Art Exhibition

 Proposals Invited for Singapore Pavilion


The National Arts Council (NAC) is pleased to invite artistic proposals for the Singapore Pavilion at the Venice Biennale: 53rd International Art Exhibition in 2009. The oldest contemporary visual arts event in the world, the Venice Biennale is internationally regarded as the most prestigious, thus attracting art professionals, critics, media and visitors from around the world.


Slated for 7 June to 22 November next year, the 53rd Venice Biennale will explore the state of contemporary art with its various exhibitions. NAC’s participation in the Venice Biennale is part of its continuing effort to develop and promote Singapore visual artists and their work internationally. The Singapore Pavilion will be located at Palazzo Michiel dal Brusà, Cannaregio 4391, Venice, Italy. This will be Singapore’s fifth consecutive showing at the biennale.


Any artist, curator, team of artists and curators, or art collective is welcome to apply. Participants must be citizens or permanent residents of Singapore. Application forms can be downloaded from the NAC website or collected at its reception counter at 140 Hill Street, #03-01, Singapore 179369.Submissions close on 3 October 2008.


Shortlisted applicants will be required to present a fully developed proposal to the Commissioning Panel comprising representatives from NAC and arts professionals in the last week of October 2008.


Singapore’s participation at the Venice Biennale is organised by NAC, with the objective of connecting Singapore artists with the international art community through a showcase platform for our finest contemporary visual arts talent and creations. In the 2007 edition, the Singapore Pavilion featured works by Da Wu Tang, Vincent Leow, Jason Lim and Zulkifle Mahmod, and attracted almost 50,000 visitors. Artists who have participated in previous editions include Tan Swie Hian, Matthew Ngui, Salleh Japar, Chen KeZhan, Suzann Victor, Francis Ng, Heman Chong and Lim Tzay Chuen.


For public enquiries on submission of proposals, please contact:

Nadia Ng | Visual Arts Manager | DID: 6837 8465 | Fax: 6837 3095 | Email: