"Rewritten: The World Ahead of Us" Public Art Open Call

In a world fraught with endless chatter and noise, silence has conventionally been viewed as an unwanted affliction, a harbinger of something ominous to come. Many have been disconcerted by how the recent COVID-19 global pandemic has forcefully ushered in a hushed silence upon our urban cityscapes. Once bustling public spaces and squares ring a deafening silence, and people retreat into the isolation of their living spaces with social distancing measures in place.

Yet, this rare moment of silence presents an opportunity for our attention to focus inward, connecting us to our senses, body, and mind.

As such, the Public Art Trust is seeking proposals for up to 12 ambitious and imaginative text-based public artworks, to be sited on the islandwide Coast-to-Coast trail, which respond to the following objectives:

1. Imagine Singapore’s position in a post-COVID world, where numerous opportunities and vulnerabilities abound;

2. Reflect how art can turn obstacles into inspiration and inspire others to follow suit;

3. Embrace our shared humanity and uplift the spirits of our people.

The showcase, targeted to launch in November 2020, will also be accompanied by a virtual exhibition component.

Individual artists, collectives and organisations who are Singaporean or PR with an interest in creating art for public spaces are welcome to participate in the Open Call. Up to two proposals may be submitted by each applicant. Successful applicants may receive a budget of up to $25,000 per artwork to cover project-related expenses and artist fees.

Applications are to be submitted through FormSG.

Please refer to the guidelines below for more information.

Open Call Brief
Budget Template
Frequently Asked Questions

The Open Call closes on Tues, 30 June 2020, 17:00 SGT. A briefing cum QNA session will be conducted on Zoom on 12 June 2020, 10:00-11:00. For registration or enquires, please email Yen Lin at kong_yen_lin@nac.gov.sg