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Public Art Trust

Public Art Trust (PAT)

The Public Art Trust (PAT) is an initiative by the National Arts Council (NAC) established in 2014 with $10 million seed funding from the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY).

PAT aims to bring art into spaces where we live, work and play to make art a part of our urban spaces and bring art closer to Singaporeans. To drive education and develop best practices in public art in Singapore, PAT prioritises opportunities for Singapore artists and provide platforms for collaboration with international peers.

PAT Commissions

As part of PAT’s role to proactively develop new public art, the PAT may commission Singapore and/or International artists to create unique public artwork for selected spaces/sites, which have been shortlisted from a repository of public spaces made available for use. Artists can be commissioned either through:

  • An Open Call;
  • A Closed Call (nomination process);
  • A Direct Commission (existing proposals from database); or
  • A Direct Purchase.

Co-Commissions
To encourage more private donations to public art, the PAT provides a co-funding track where external commissioners may submit a proposal to co-commission a Singapore or Permanent Resident artists to create public artwork on privately managed land or state land.

Co-commissioners may propose artworks in spaces/sites that are within their purview so long as they meet the following criteria:

  • Publicly accessible (open at least 12 hours a day for indoor spaces);
  • Has good public footfall (at least 5 days a week);
  • Adequate for display of proposed public art.

A complete proposal must be submitted to the PAT for assessment. If approved, the co- commission may be eligible for dollar-for-dollar matching through the Cultural Matching Fund.

If you have any queries regarding co-commissioning, please email public_art_trust@nac.gov.sg.

Please use the Application Form provided below: