Occupying the almost 200-year-old building that was home to Singapore’s first parliament, The Arts House continues in the distinguished tradition of this gazetted national monument and now plays a key role as the national literary arts centre in the country's arts and creative scene. The Arts House at the Old Parliament, as it is affectionately referred to, promotes and presents multidisciplinary programmes and festivals within its elegant spaces. It focuses in particular on the promotion of literary arts and culture, celebrating the works of written and spoken word artists from Singapore and beyond.

The Arts House is run and managed by Arts House Limited (AHL). AHL also presents the Singapore International Festival of Arts, and manages Victoria Theatre & Victoria Concert Hall, Drama Centre, Goodman Arts Centre and Aliwal Arts Centre.   


Arts House Limited (AHL) is a not-for-profit organisation committed to enriching lives through the arts. AHL manages two key national monuments located in the heart of Singapore’s Civic District - The Arts House, a multidisciplinary arts centre with a focus on literary programming, and the Victoria Theatre & Victoria Concert Hall, a heritage building that is home to the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. It also runs performing arts space Drama Centre as well as the Goodman Arts Centre and Aliwal Arts Centre, two creative enclaves for artists, arts groups and creative businesses.

AHL presents the Singapore International Festival of Arts – an annual national festival of performing and interdisciplinary arts; as well as the Singapore Writers Festival – a multi-lingual festival presenting the world’s top literary talents. In addition, AHL manages the Cultural Medallion showcase at The Arts House, celebrating the achievements of all Cultural Medallion recipients. The Cultural Medallion is Singapore's top national award for artists.

AHL was set up in 11 Dec 2002 as a public company, with the National Arts Council as its strategic partner. It was officially renamed Arts House Limited on 19 Mar 2014.