about about


about SAM 


Singapore Art Museum opened in 1996 as the first art museum in Singapore. Also known as SAM, we present contemporary art from a Southeast Asian perspective for artists, art lovers and the art curious in multiple venues across the island, including a new venue in the historic port area of Tanjong Pagar.


SAM is building one of the world's most important public collections of Southeast Asian contemporary art, with the aim of connecting the art and the artists to the public and future generations through exhibitions and programmes.  SAM is working towards a humane and sustainable future by committing to responsible practices within its processes.  


Our Vision

SAM will inspire humane and sustainable futures through transformative, thought-provoking and meaningful everyday encounters with art of our times.

Our Mission

SAM will present contemporary art from a Southeast Asian perspective in active dialogue, discovery and collaboration with our constituents; through our collection, research, exhibitions and programmes.


our board



Mr Edmund Cheng
Deputy Chairman
Wing Tai Holdings Limited


Ms Chong Siak Ching 
Chief Executive Officer
National Gallery Singapore
& Head of Visual Arts Cluster


Mr David Heng 
Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Temasek Trust Asset Management Pte Ltd


Mr Michelangelo Samson
Chief Executive Officer & Head of Client Coverage Australia
Standard Chartered Bank (Australia)


Mr Tay Yu Jin
Equity Partner & Head, International Arbitration (Asia)
Mayer Brown (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.


Prof Fumio Nanjo
Senior Advisor
Mori Art Museum


Ms Junie Foo
Singapore Council of Women's Organisations


Mrs E-Len Fu
Director and Founding Partner
Kids21 Pte Ltd


Ms Sumitra Pasupathy
Co-Founder & Board Director
Playeum Ltd


Mr Teh Hua Fung
Co-Founder and Group President
Group ONE Holdings




Mr Tan Xuan Rong
Director (Arts and Heritage)
Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth


Mr Low Eng Teong
Chief Executive Officer
National Arts Council

annual reports


Our Annual Report covers the period from 1 April through to 31 March each year, in accordance to the fiscal year. You may download our Annual Reports below:




SAM offers visits to the museum's exhibitions for members of the media who hold a valid media pass. Please contact us at least 3 working days in advance to arrange for a media visit.


For media photography and filming requests, please download and complete the Media Shoot Application Form and email it back to us at least 2 weeks in advance. Applications are subject to approval by the museum. 


For any other media enquiries about SAM, please email us [email protected].



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about contemporary art

Contemporary art is created by artists living and practicing in the here-and-now, particularly the 21st century. Contemporary art may be regarded as both art of the present-day, as well as art of a historical category, that for the Southeast Asia region may be seen as emerging from the 1970s, and in the case of Singapore, reaching a critical juncture in the 1990s.
Contemporary art reflects on contemporary society and the issues surrounding people and the world we live in. The areas that contemporary art explores include our everyday realities, questions about personal, cultural and national identity, and reflections of humanity’s impact on the environment. 
Contemporary artists work in a wide range of mediums, and their artworks can be multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary. Contemporary art utilises a combination of materials and methods, and concepts play a prominent part to challenge traditional boundaries and ideas of how art is defined—or even what constitutes art.
When engaging with contemporary art, viewers are encouraged to consider whether the work is "thought-provoking" or "interesting". Beyond asking "Is this work aesthetically pleasing?", viewers can also reflect if the artwork questions the status quo, or changes perspectives on an issue.

quotations & tenders



Reference No.: SAM/ITQ/2023/0006
Date of Publication: 31 May 2023
Closing Date: 7 June 2023
Closing Time: 4pm


Interested vendors are to revert with the required documents and quotation via email: [email protected], no later than 7 June 2023, 4pm.

Please note that Proposals submitted after the Closing Date/time shall be disqualified, at the discretion of SAM.

For further clarifications, vendors may email to the following, no later than 12pm on 6 June 2023:


Muhd Syakir

Assistant IT Manager

[email protected]




Please click on the link below to download the tender documents:




Please contact us if you have any questions.



Reference No.: SAM/ITQ/2023/0007
Date of Publication: 5 Jun 2023
Closing Date: 12 Jun 2023
Closing Time: 4pm


Interested vendors are to provide the required documents and quotations via email to [email protected], no later than 11am on 12 Jun 2023.

To seek clarifications, interested vendors may email to the following:


Muhd Syakir

Assistant Manager, IT

[email protected]





Please click on the link below to download the tender documents:




Please contact us if you have any questions.

corporate governance

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