For Private Organisations
1. How can organisations donate to the Public Art Trust?
There a few ways to donate to or work with the Public Art Trust (PAT) depending on your organisation's objectives:
a. Donate to the PAT
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
b. Co-commission a PAT art work
The PAT also looks to partner organisations/donors that are keen to help fund public art works that have been identified and commissioned by the Trust. In addition, organisations/donors can also partner the PAT as a Co-commissioner. Co-commissioners may submit a proposal to commission a Singapore or Permanent Resident artist to create public art work on privately managed land or state land.
A complete proposal must be submitted to the PAT for assessment by the Trust's Advisory & Commissioning Panel (ACP). If approved, the external commission will be eligible for dollar for dollar matching through the Cultural Matching Fund.
Should you like to discuss the various opportunities of giving and partnership, please speak with us
2. What are the benefits of donating to the Public Art Trust?
a. Donate to the PAT
b. Co-commission a PAT art work / 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.
Alternatively, organisations may consider submitting a proposal of their desired artist and public art work as a co-commission to the PAT for consideration.
5. What is the process for submitting a public art proposal for a co-commission?
An organisation may submit a proposal to commission a public art work on privately managed land or state land. Only proposals commissioning a Singapore or Permanent Resident artist will be considered. The proposal will require:
- A clearly written proposal describing the art work(s), its relevance to the selected site(s) and how it intends to engage the public;
- Clear visuals of art work placement;
- An indicative methodology for production, fabrication and installation;
- Drawings, plans, 3D rendering, maquette (optional) of proposed work in situ;
- Considerations for art work conservation and long-term maintenance plan;
- Proposed budget and project timeline
A complete proposal must be submitted to the PAT for assessment by the ACP. Shortlisted proposals may be invited for an assessment interview with the ACP panel. If approved, the PAT will submit 50% of the production cost for matching through the Cultural Matching Fund. Upon matching, the funds will be disbursed to the co-commissioner for them to manage and realise the commission.
6. Is there any timeframe to submit the proposal for a co-commission?
Proposals for co-commissions can be submitted to the PAT throughout the year. However, there will be two periods of assessment for proposals every year. This is to facilitate the matching of donations by the Cultural Matching Fund (CMF).
7. How long does it take to assess a co-commission proposal and what is the process?
The whole process - from submission of the co-commissioning proposal to the first disbursement of funds (if successful) - will typically take 5-6 months. Organisations/donors will be informed of the results of their application within 2 months of submission. If successful, the organisation/donor (co-commissioner) will need to submit 50% of the commissioning costs to the PAT for matching by the Cultural Matching Fund (CMF).
8. 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.
For art works that are co-commissioned with an external organisation/donor, the PAT will seek the assistance of the co-commissioner to ensure that maintenance is conducted according to a set schedule (Co-commissioner may opt to appoint a third party contractor approved by the artist and PAT).
9. 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.