2010 Arts Awards Presentation Ceremony





Date : 12 October 2010


Time : 6.30pm


Venue: The Istana      


Guest of Honour: President of Singapore


                                 His Excellency S R Nathan


Three established Singapore artists have been conferred the Cultural Medallion on 12 October at the 2010 Arts Awards ceremony. Poet and novelist Suratman Markasan, local composer and 1992 Young Artist Award recipient for Literary Arts, Dr Liang Wern Fook and visual artist Amanda Heng received the prestigious award from the President of Singapore, His Excellency S R Nathan. Acting Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts, Lui Tuck Yew, also presented the Young Artist Award to five promising artists at the same ceremony. These awards recognise artistic excellence in four broad categories: film, literary arts, performing arts and visual arts. Accorded at a national level, these awards are the highest honours that established artists and emerging talents can achieve.


About the Cultural Medallion and 2010 Recipients

First instituted in 1979, the Cultural Medallion recognises individuals who have attained artistic excellence in their respective fields. The recipients are eligible to apply for the Cultural Medallion Grant which was established to encourage their continuous creation of original works and help raise their profiles. As of 2009, 97 artists have received the Cultural Medallion award.


Suratman Markasan, Literary Arts – A well-known poet and novelist with many awards under his belt, Suratman contributed to the development of the Malay literary, language and cultural scene in Singapore through his many public appointments. He has also written and presented many working papers pertaining to literature, language and culture in Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore.


Dr Liang Wern Fook, Music – Wern Fook’s award-winning musical career of the past 25 years has been an illustrious one. Considered the founder of the xinyaomovement in the 1980s and 1990s, Wern Fook was a central figure in this cultural phenomenon with far-reaching impact on Singapore’s music and language scene.


Amanda Heng, Visual Arts - Adopting an inter-disciplinary approach, Amanda often works in collaboration with people of different cultural backgrounds including those from arts and non-arts fields. She has been invited to several residency programmes and has exhibited in major international galleries and festivals. Over the last 30 years of her career, Amanda was also actively involved in conceptualising, curating, organising and participating in exhibitions, public art events and forums.


About the Young Artist Award and 2010 Recipients


Since the introduction of the Young Artist Award in 1992 to encourage the development of new talent, the award has been given to 101 artists aged 35 years and below, who have shown promise of artistic excellence. The recipients are eligible to apply for the Young Artist Award Grant which encourages them to take on arts projects or studies to support their artistic pursuits.


This year’s recipients are Sun Koh for film, Sonny Liew and Toh Hsien Min for literary arts, Choy Ka Fai and Robert Zhao Renhui for visual arts.


Six specialist panels for dance, film, literary arts, music, theatre and visual arts were set up to evaluate public nominations for the awards.


Please refer to the annexes for more information on the 2010 Arts Awards:

Annex 1 – Profiles of Cultural Medallion Recipients

Annex 2 – Profiles of Young Artist Award Recipients

Annex 3 – 2010 Specialist Panels