about SAM about SAM

about SAM

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. 


SAM is building one of the world's most important public collections of Southeast Asian contemporary art, and as a non-profit arts institution  it is our responsibility to preserve, research, exhibit and connect the art and the artists to the public and future generations through thought-provoking exhibitions and meaningful programmes 


SAM is redefining the idea of the museum by presenting art in multiple spaces, including Tanjong Pagar Distripark and our two heritage buildings: the former St Joseph’s Institution on Bras Basah Road, built in 1855 and now a National Monument; and the former Catholic High School across the road on Queen Street. The heritage buildings are currently closed for redevelopment and will re-open in 2026. 


SAM is proud to be the organiser of the Singapore Biennale, a festival that celebrates contemporary art from all over the world across the island-city of Singapore.


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

Ms Junie Foo
Chief Executive Officer
Methodist Welfare Services


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


Mr David Heng 
Chief Executive Officer
ABC World Asia Pte Ltd

Dr Imran Bin Tajudeen
Assistant Professor, Dept of Architecture, School of Design and Environment
National University of Singapore


Mr Collin Liu
Chief Operating Officer
Rajah & Tann Asia


Prof Fumio Nanjo
Senior Advisor
Mori Art Museum


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

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



Mr Timothy Chin Jun Wun
Senior Director (Arts and Heritage)
Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth


Mr Low Eng Teong
Deputy Chief Executive (Sector Development)
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/ITT/2021/0014
Date of Publication: 5 January 2022
Closing Date: 9 February 2022
Closing Time:5pm



Tenderer proposals shall be submitted electronically via email: [email protected], no later than 9 February 2022, 5pm.


Tenderers are required to attend mandatory briefing session on Friday, 14 January at 3.30pm that will take place virtually via Microsoft Teams.



Refer to paragraph above, Tenderer shall also notify via email to [email protected] (without any tender proposal) to inform of their tender submission and SAM’s Procurement team shall verify if the submission is received in the tender mailbox.
The content will not be verified.

For further clarifications, interested vendors may email to the following:


Lindsay Courtney

Senior Manager, Biennale Marketing, Marketing & Communications

[email protected]




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





Please contact us if you have any questions.

corporate governance

corporate governance


To report a corporate irregularity, statutory non-compliance or wrongdoing, please email us at

[email protected]

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