Art in Transit

The Art in Transit (AIT) programme is 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 Singapore’s local history and community. The artworks are also platforms for integrating humour or curiosity into the station architectural finishes. These become a permanent source of delight for the millions of commuters who travel daily on the rail network.

Started in 1997 with North East Line, the AIT programme enhances the daily journeys of millions of commuters. It brings captivating artworks closer to commuters and turns train stations into places that connect the community and the arts.

Image artists working with architects, contractors and project teams in the creation of their artwork

A Platform to Showcase Singapore Artists

LTA conducts a Public Call for each new rail line, for artists to submit their portfolios and curriculum vitae for the Curators’ review. The process is overseen by the Art Review Panel (ARP) and LTA, and encourages a wide-ranging selection of both established and upcoming artists for the AIT programme. With this programme, the artists work with architects, contractors and project teams in the creation of their artwork and gain valuable insights into the rigours of producing a permanent public artwork.

This is an image of the community viewing the artwork

Strengthening Community Bond & People’s Sense of Identity

Some of the commissioned artists involve the local community that live and work nearby to directly participate or contribute stories to the artwork. The final piece celebrates their history, identity, and community bond.

Setting up artwork

Not Your Average Public Art

Bringing artistic and construction expertise together, the artists’ manipulation of standard building materials integrates their artwork with the architectural finishes of the station. This ensures that the cost of creating the artwork is reasonable and created pieces have stories to be enjoyed by generations to come.

To date, we have:

Statistics on Art in Transit. Till date, we have: 92 Stations, 96 Artists, 24 School Participation, 16 Neighbourhood Participation, More than 400 Artworks.

Key People behind each Artwork

Behind every artwork, there are numerous people who play a part, from conceptualising the artwork, to bringing it to life in the station. Three of the key parties that LTA appoints are:

  1. The Art Review Panel (ARP) which comprises of artists, art educators, architects and representatives from relevant agencies and institutions. They provide art-focused advice and guidance in the development of the artwork.

  2. Curators who provide expert advice and leadership in the development and implementation of the AIT programme within the assigned stations.

  3. Artists who produce the artwork in line with each station’s context and design.

Public Call for Artists

The public call for the Cross Island Line’s Art in Transit programme is now closed. We thank you for your interest and submissions.

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

Look out for updates on this page for future public calls.

Interested to find out more? Take a walking tour to learn about the various art pieces, contact us or explore the gallery in this page!


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