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Public Art Trust (PAT)

The Public Art Trust (PAT) is an initiative by the National Arts Council (NAC) to make art a part of our urban spaces and bring art closer to Singaporeans. It aims to achieve this by commissioning new public art in spaces where we live, work and play. In an effort to drive education and develop best practices in public art in Singapore, the PAT will prioritise opportunities for Singapore artists and provide platforms for collaborations with international peers.

The PAT was established by the NAC in 2014 with $10 million seed funding from the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY).

The Merlion by Lim Nang Seng

Our Mission

Commission new art pieces in public spaces

  • Identify opportunities and partner industry patrons and corporations to commission art in public spaces, particularly work by Singapore artists.
  • Fund the maintenance cost of the artwork for the duration of display.

Catalyse private donations to Public Art

  • Donors will be eligible for Double Tax Deduction of cash contributions that go towards the commissions, or for general.
  • Donations from members of the public and private corporations will be eligible for dollar-for-dollar matching from the Cultural Matching Fund.
First Generation by Chong Fah Cheong

Provide outreach and education programmes on Public Art

  • Create meaningful Public Art programmes to engage the public.
  • Activate public interest and participation in the making of Public Art.

Promote best practices for commissioning Public Art

  • Develop best practice manuals and resources for Artists and Commissioners.
  • Build capabilities in public art through Public Symposiums and collaboration with international experts and artists.
Our Vision


To bring the best Public Art to Singapore which reflects and engages Singapore’s social and cultural fabric, transforms spaces and raises the visual literacy of Singaporeans.