National Arts Council invites nominations for 2004 Cultural Medallion and Young Artist Awards


Nominations for the 2004 Arts Awards: the Cultural Medallion and the Young Artist Award are now open. Public nominations for the Arts Awards give many local artists the chance to receive acknowledgement of their achievements at a national level.  The Council hopes the public will be forthcoming in nominating well-deserving Singapore artists.


Nominations supported by the Council will be submitted to Specialist Panels for further assessment. These Specialist Panels, for dance, theatre, music, literature, photography, art and film respectively, comprise individuals established in the various artistic fields and are appointed by the National Arts Council.


Assessment by the Specialist Panels is based on the following principal criteria:

a) the nominee must, in the opinion of the Specialist Panels, have attained artistic excellence of the same or a higher standard than the majority of former recipients of the two awards; and

b) the nominee must, in the opinion of the Specialist panels, have made significant contribution to the artistic development of Singapore.


All nominations must be made on the nomination forms for the Cultural Medallion or Young Artist Award.  Nominators should be familiar with the nominee's artistic development and achievement.  The following support materials for the nominee’s achievements must also be submitted:

  • Nominee’s curriculum vitae, listing significant arts activities participated and awards and commendations received
  • Portfolio of recent works, in suitable audio-visual or visual/print media
  • Any press reviews, articles and letters of support

Nominees must be Singaporean or permanent residents of Singapore.


2004 Cultural Medallion

The Cultural Medallion was instituted in March 1979 as an initiative of our late President, Mr Ong Teng Cheong, to give recognition to individuals who have attained artistic excellence in the fields of dance, theatre, music, literature, photography, art, and as from 1997, film.  This Award is conferred by the Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts and is administered by the National Arts Council, Singapore.  Since its institution, the Medallion has been awarded to 80 artists.


2004 Young Artist Award

The Young Artist Award was introduced in 1992 to encourage the development of artistic talent in Singapore.  The Award is accorded to young artists aged 35 years and below on 15 January in the year of award, who have shown promise of artistic excellence in the fields of dance, theatre, music, literature, photography, art and as from 1997, film.  This award is intended to encourage young artists who are at a crucial stage of their artistic development.  To date, the Young Artist Award has been conferred on 66 recipients.


Closing date for nominations is 15 January 2004, 6pm.  Nominations postmarked or received by hand later than this date will not be considered.


Nomination forms for each award are available from the National Arts Council, 140 Hill Street, #03-01 MITA Building, Singapore 179369 and NAC's website:  For public enquiries, please contact Ms Bernice Wong (DID: 6837 9519, email: bernice_wong or Tan Sin Nah (DID: 6837 9518, email: