Art belongs to both the creator and the audience: NAC Paul Tan

The art of storytelling is at the heart of all the work that Paul Tan, the Deputy Chief Executive at Singapore’s National Arts Council (NAC), does. 

Before assuming his current role, he headed four editions of the Singapore Writers Festival – the first of its kind showcasing the richness of the country’s multi-lingual heritage. 

Tan described joining NAC as a “return to his first love”. With a background in English literature – and five poetry collections to his name – Tan has worked in journalism and at the Singapore Tourism Board before circling back to the arts. 

In an @work interview with Connected to India, Tan shares about NAC’s relentless hard work in creating a vibrant arts scene in Singapore, the power of art in creating threads of understanding among individuals, communities, as well as between Singapore and the world. 


Kareyst Lin
Kareyst Lin – Senior Correspondent

Kareyst has experience in writing about B2B technology for Computerworld Singapore, MIS Asia and CIO Asia; and on government technology for GCIO Asia. Her pet areas are artificial intelligence, Internet of Things and smart cities - these are fueled by her obsession with sci-fi movies and philosophy of mind. An active Yoga practitioner and cat lover, with a background in Indian philosophy, subaltern and diaspora studies.


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