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Soul by Jaume Plensa at Ocean Financial Centre



1. What is the Public Art Trust (PAT)?

Launched in 2014, the Public Art Trust (PAT) is an initiative to commission impactful and meaningful public art in public spaces. On top of creating new opportunities for artists, the PAT will seek to drive education and outreach, and champion best practices for the commissioning of public art. As a National Arts Council (NAC) initiative, the PAT will prioritise opportunities for Singaporean artists, while creating platforms for collaboration with leading international artists.

2. Why Public Art?

Public art are creative works conceived for display in public spaces, and created specifically for public enjoyment. Good public art has the ability to create vibrancy in our shared spaces, challenge our everyday perception of our urban environment and the way we engage with it.


New public art commissions can significantly benefit artists through commissioning opportunities and offer learning experiences through the collaborative nature of public art, in working with urban planners, designers, architects and civil engineers. Apart from its potential to transform public spaces, public art offers an opportunity for the NAC to bring art to the community, offering easy access to the diverse cultural character of our city-state.


The PAT seeks to adopt a broad and inclusive view of what can constitute a public artwork, with a willingness to consider less conventional approaches and medium.

3. How will the artist and artwork be selected?

New public art may be commissioned by the PAT. Artworks will be selected through an open call or a closed call.


The PAT will make its selection based on a thorough assessment of the artistic and aesthetic merits of the artwork, feasibility of the proposal, its potential to engage the public, its sensitivity to the chosen site of display, and the artist's track record.


Criteria for artist selection:

  • Singapore/Permanent Resident or International artist;
  • Strong track record;
  • No outstanding liabilities with NAC (For Singapore/PR artists).

4. What is the commissioning process?

Please refer to the PAT commissioning process here.

5. Who will the PAT commissioned artworks belong to?

All public artworks commissioned by or co-commissioned with the PAT will reside in the collection of the Trust. The PAT will be responsible for maintenance and restoration (in the event the work is damaged) for the contractual duration of its display.

6. Who owns copyright of the public artworks?

The Intellectual Property or copyright of all artworks including its preliminary materials such as drawings, sketches, and renderings will remain in the ownership of the artist or their estate.

7. How does the PAT choose the site for an artwork?

The PAT maintains a database of available public sites for the commissioning of public artworks. These sites are typically open areas, outdoor plazas, lawns and even large walls or voluminous floor to ceiling spaces. As a public agency, the NAC will work with relevant agencies and stakeholders to seek out new spaces.

8. Will there be any publicity activities for the commissioned artwork?

Yes, a programming and publicity plan will be developed for every commissioned public art work as we want Singapore and the world to know about these commissioned works. The artworks will be featured on the PAT website and included in future PAT outreach programmes and walking trails.

Street Art at 222 Queen Street



1. I am an artist, how can I apply?

Artists can submit public art proposals to the Public Art Trust (PAT) through the following avenues:


PAT Commission (Open to Singapore or International artists)

  • Open Call - The PAT may occasionally put up an open call for artwork. Please check our website from time to time;
  • Closed Call - The PAT may approach artists directly to submit a proposal;
  • Direct Commission - Artists may also submit a proposal to the PAT at any time for a no obligation review. The PAT will maintain a database of proposals and may commission artwork from this database at an appropriate time.

2. I am a foreign artist, am I eligible to apply?

Yes. However, foreign artists are only eligible to submit proposals for a PAT Commission.

3. I am an artist but I do not have any formal training in fine arts or knowledge of sculptural techniques, can I still apply?

Yes. As long as your proposal fulfils all application criteria, it will be assessed by the PAT.

4. What types of public art are eligible?

The PAT seeks to adopt a broad and inclusive view of what can constitute a public artwork, with a willingness to consider less conventional approaches and mediums in addition to traditional practices. Proposals are assessed on the artist's ability to realise an impactful and meaningful public art work in a site-specific locat ion. In general, there must be a strong focus on the concept of the public artwork in relation to the physical attributes and significance of the site, and its community and audience.

5. How will the artist be remunerated?

Artists will be remunerated with an artist fee for every commissioned public artwork. Applicants are advised to factor in their professional fees as part of the project proposal.

6. As an artist, what are my main obligations?

The artist is expected to carry out and perform their obligations in a timely and professional manner as stipulated in a mutually agreed contractual agreement.

7. If my proposal is not selected, can I apply again?

Yes. There are no limits on the number of proposals artists can submit and artists can reapply with new proposals as and when the opportunity arises.

8. How will the artist be credited for the commissioned public art work?

The artist will be credited on visible platforms for their work such as the official plaques as well as in subsequent marketing and publicity material related to the artwork.

Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay

For Private Organisations
& Donors

For Private Organisations
& Donors

1. How can organisations donate to the Public Art Trust?

Organisations/donors can make cash donations directly to the Trust. Donations will be utilised for commissioning new work, maintenance, programming and operational expenses of the PAT. Your donations will also be matched dollar-for-dollar through the Cultural Matching Fund and donors will be eligible for Double Tax Deduction.


For general donations above S$100,000, the PAT may seek the concurrence of the organisation/donor to potentially match the donation to a commission identified by the PAT. A proposal of the selected commission will be provided to the organisations/donors for their review.

To make a cash donation, please make your cheque payable to 'NATIONAL ARTS COUNCIL - PAT' and send to:


Public Art Trust Secretariat
National Arts Council
90 Goodman Road, Goodman Arts Centre
Blk A #01-01
Singapore 439053


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2. What are the benefits of donating to the Public Art Trust?

a. Donate to the PAT

  • Tax deductible receipts

b. Donation matched to an artwork (S$100,000 and above)

  • Tax deductible receipts
  • Acknowledgement on on-site plaque
  • Commemorative maquette of art-work
  • Friends/Patron of the Arts nomination by the PAT

3. How does the Cultural Matching Fund work?

Set up by the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY), the Cultural Matching Fund (CMF) will provide dollar-for-dollar (1:1) matching grants for private cash donations to arts and heritage charities and Institutions of a Public Character ("IPC"). With the CMF, cash donations that the PAT receives will double in value as a result of the matching grants, if approved. The CMF aims to encourage giving to our arts and heritage sector, and hence create a more sustainable arts and heritage scene; one in which more people in Singapore have a stake.


For more information, please download the CMF Information Booklet here.

4. Is the organisation able to select the public art work to donate to or commission?

As part of PAT's role to proactively develop new public art, the PAT will solicit proposals for commissions from Singapore and/or International artists through Open/Closed Calls and maintain a database of potential commissions. Where appropriate, the PAT will match these commissions to potential donors.


5. Who will bear the responsibility and cost for maintenance of the artwork once it is installed?

The PAT will bear the cost for maintenance and ensure that all art works belonging to the PAT are kept in good condition. The PAT secretariat will work closely with the artist to develop a suitable maintenance plan and execute due diligence by either engaging a third-party contractor to conduct regular maintenance or developing an agreement with the land-owner to integrate a maintenance plan within their facilities management scope.


6. What happens to the artwork after it reaches the end of its display life?

When an artwork reaches the end of its display life, the PAT will assess its condition and consider the following options by order of priority (a to f):


a. Extend display in agreement with site owner and artist;
b. Donate to National Collection;
c. Sale to co-commissioner;
d. Sale to artist;
e. Sale in open commercial market;
f. Deaccession with agreement from site owner and artist.


All proceeds from the decommissioning process (c to f) will be returned to the PAT.