Nominations for the 2008 Arts Awards are now open!


In October 2007, film-maker, Mr Eric Khoo, and writer Mr Isa Kamari, joined 88 other Singaporean artists as winners of the Cultural Medallion. Not to be outdone, Kuik Swee Boon, Ting Kheng Siong, Philip Tan, Natalie Hennedige, and Tan Kai Syng joined 86 other budding artists as recipients of the Young Artist Award. Which artist do you think deserves recognition for their artistic achievement in 2008?


Nominations for the 2008 Cultural Medallion and Young Artist Award are now open. The National Arts Council encourages the public to actively participate in nominating deserving Singapore artists for the Awards. All award nominations can now be made online at the National Arts Council website: Nominees must be Singaporean or permanent residents of Singapore. The closing date for nominations is Friday, 11 January 2008.


The Arts Awards, comprising the Cultural Medallion and the Young Artist Award, has four broad categories for nominations. These are namely, literary arts, performing arts, visual arts and film.Details of the four broad categories are as follows:


 Art Form

 Scope (includes, but is not restricted to)

 Literary Arts

 Plays, poetry, fiction and non-fiction

 Performing Arts

 Theatre, dance, music and technical theatre
 (e.g. set design, lighting design, sound design)

 Visual Arts

 Painting, drawing, printmaking, photography,
 sculpture, installation and multimedia




Nominations supported by the National Arts Council will then be assessed by Specialist Panels for literary arts, performing arts, visual arts, and film. These Specialist Panels will comprise individuals established in the various respective fields and appointed by the National Arts Council.


Assessment is based on the following criteria:

a. Candidate should be recognised for his/her artistic work and contribution.


b. Candidate should have attained artistic excellence (for Cultural Medallion award) or have shown potential to excel in his/her field of work (for Young Artist award).


c. Candidate should demonstrate, through a body of works pursued through a number of years, creative originality and professional maturity in one or more disciplines as specified in the scope of award.


d. Candidate could be an inspiration and role model to other young artists in the arts community.


2008 Cultural Medallion

The Cultural Medallion, instituted in March 1979, is conferred by the President of the Republic ofSingapore to individuals who have attained artistic excellence. To date, the Medallion has been awarded to 90 artists.


2008 Young Artist Award

The Young Artist Award was introduced in 1992 to encourage the development of new artistic talent inSingapore. The Award, presented by the Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts, is accorded to young artists, aged 35 years and below, who have shown promise of artistic excellence. The Young Artist Award has been awarded to 91 budding artists to date.


You are warmly invited to lend coverage to the nominations of the 2008 Arts Awards.


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