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
Group Executive Director
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
Managing Director / Regional Head, CF ASA &
Regional Head, LSS ASEAN
Standard Chartered Bank (Singapore) Limited

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/ITQ/2021/0035
Date of Publication: 18 October 2021
Closing Date: 1 November 2021
Closing Time: 4pm


Please find below Corrigendum No. 1 for changes made towards the Tender documents
Apart from the amendments in Corrigendum No. 1 below, no other parts of the tender documentation were changed.


Vendors are to submit their quotations and documents via email to [email protected].


Vendors are required to attend mandatory site briefing as per details below,


Date: 21 October 2021, Thursday
Time: 10.30 am
Location: Tanjong Pagar Distripark, Blk 39 Unit #01- 02 to 04
Contact Person: Bertrum Leong


Please refer to ITQ documents for details.


To seek clarifications on the requirements, interested vendors may submit their written requests to: 


Bertrum Leong

Assistant Manager (Estates & Security)

6697 9797

[email protected]


Neo Kok Meng

Assistant Manager (Estates & Security)

6697 9797

[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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