SINGAPORE HERITAGEFEST 2023
Learn about the art in our MRT stations this HeritageFest!
North East Line
As part of the 20th Singapore HeritageFest in May 2023, which celebrates our rich sporting and public transportation history, Art Outreach will be presenting a series of guided tours to introduce the public to the Art in Transit (AIT) programme, Singapore’s largest public art showcase.
Under the AIT programme, local artists are commissioned to create original artworks for MRT stations, providing an opportunity for the artists to celebrate the history and community of the surrounding neighbourhoods and introducing everyday commuters to new vistas of artistic expression. As of 2022, the AIT programme spans 103 stations, 107 artists and features more than 440 artworks. The AIT programme celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, and will be showcased as part of HeritageFest 2023.
Art in Transit artists: Milenko Prvački, Delia Prvacki & Sun Yu Li
Running exclusively on the weekends of 6–7 and 13–14 May, the tours will cover 4 key stations along the North East Line — Dhoby Ghaut, Clarke Quay, Chinatown and Outram Park — and the ambitious, site-specific artworks commissioned for them.
As the inaugural line in the AIT programme, the North East Line artworks were fully-integrated into the station's spaces, unlike freestanding artworks in other MRT stations, and allow commuters to appreciate their rich colours, shapes and textures afresh each time they travel.
Aside from delving into the artist inspirations behind the artworks in each station, the tours will highlight architectural and engineering anecdotes, and reveal Singapore’s urban planning at its best. In doing so, they grant unparalleled insight into the stories and creative process behind one of Singapore’s most ambitious public art programmes and the individuals who made it possible.
Singapore enjoys clear measures of success through various economic and social indicators, but it is through our art that we tell people who we are.
Chairman, Art Outreach Singapore
The tour will be led by Mae Anderson, Chairman of Art Outreach and her team. Ms. Anderson is a deeply engaged volunteer in Singapore’s Non-Profit sector, serving on the Board of Art Outreach Singapore, a leading art education non-profit organisation in Singapore since 2003, and as the organisation’s Chairman since 2007.
Ms. Anderson developed the Art in Transit tours and has guided these tours since their launch in 2008. She has served on the Land Transport Authority’s Art Review Panel since 2012 and was appointed in 2014 to Singapore’s Public Art Trust Advisory and Commissioning Panel. She also served on Singapore’s Venice Biennale Commissioning Panel for the 2019 ad 2022 and is currently serving on the 2024 Panel. Ms. Anderson is also an experienced speaker on topics in the area of Art and Philanthropy.
Ms. Anderson works in the financial industry, as Head of Philanthropy Services Asia for BNP Paribas Wealth Management.
North East Line Tour
25 spaces available per tour on a first come, first served basis.
This is a walking tour and it is recommended for participants aged 12 and above.
Please note that all participants need to have their own EZ link card or any other applicable modes of payment to enter the train stations and travel around, such as contactless bank cards, mobile wallets, or concession cards.
Tour participants are to assemble outside Starbucks (#01-53) of Plaza Singapura at least 10mins ahead of your slot for registration purpose.
- Tour will begin from Dhoby Ghaut station and ends at Outram Park station.
Due to limited slots, please book only if you are sure you are able to attend the tour. Tickets sold are not refundable.
Saturday, 6 May 2023 | 10am - 12pm & 2pm - 4pm
Sunday, 7 May 2023 | 10am - 12pm & 2pm - 4pm
Saturday, 13 May 2023 | 10am - 12pm & 2pm - 4pm
Sunday, 14 May 2023 | 10am - 12pm & 2pm - 4pm
* All proceeds from the tour will go towards Art Outreach public programmes and initiatives.