Michael Thaddeus Tan Koon Boon, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor,
School of Art Design and Media
Nanyang Technological University
81 Nanyang Drive, Art 4-30
Singapore 637458

Tel: +65 6316 8991
Fax: +65 6795 3140
Email: michaeltan@ntu.edu.sg

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Michael’s research interest lies at the intersection of art, health and wellbeing. As a leading advocate for arts and health development in Singapore, he has been active in promoting awareness for arts and health among stakeholders in the fields of arts, health and social care, while developing and conducting art-health program in various care settings in Singapore such as the Singapore General Hospital, The National University Hospital and the Singapore Parkinson’s society. In recent years, he has broadened the scope of his practice to examine the role and benefit of art engagement in eldercare. In 2012, he has partnered The Agency for Integrated Care to investigate the benefit of art engagement for residents in a local nursing home. He was recently been engaged by the Alzheimer’s Disease Association Singapore to develop an integrated art making and museum visit program for its member. He also serves as a member of the art advisory committee in the new Ng Teng Fong Hospital.

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Affiliation and Research Cluster


  • PhD in Arts and Health (Durham University)
  • M.A. in Photography and Urban Culture (Goldsmiths College)
  • B.F.A. (School of the Art Institute of Chicago)


Invited Appointment 

  1. Invited Grant Reviewer (2019), The Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development
  2. Singapore Representative, Arts Health Early Career Research Network, UK (2017 – Present).
  3. Member of Programme Committee, Asian Festival of Children’s Content (AFCC) 2018
  4. Member on Ng Teng Fong Hospital Art Advisory Group, JurongHealth (1 Jun 2014 – 30 Jun 2017)
  5. Grant assessor for the Singapore International Foundation, Singapore Internationale Programme (1 Oct 2015 – 31 Mar 2017)
  6. Board member on the Society for Arts in Healthcare, USA (15 Mar 2012 – 22 Jan 2013)

Teaching Experience

Sep 2007 – Present
Assistant Professor, School of Art, Design and Media, Nanyang Technological University

Jan 2007 – Apr 2007
Part-Time Lecturer, Department of Visual and Performing Arts,
National Institute of Education, Singapore

Jan 2007 – May 2007
Part-Time Lecturer, Faculty of Media Arts
MA Supervisor, Faculty of Fine Arts
LaSalle-SIA College for the Arts, Singapore

Jan 2005 – Sept 2005
Part-Time Lecturer, Department of Visual and Performing Arts,
National Institute of Education, Singapore

Jul 2003 – Sept 2005
Part-Time Lecturer, Media Arts Department,
LaSalle-SIA College for the Arts, Singapore