Arts Creation Fund seeds 18 new projects in 2010


Arts Creation Fund seeds 18 new projects in 2010


Mark Chan is currently working on a new opera piece, The Last Flight of the Jade Bird based on traditional Chinese, traditional Maori and modern contemporary forms. Lee Yew Leong chooses to excavate from a whirlpool of emotions and writes On A Scale of 1:∞. Michael Lee wants you to find out about the missing industrial heritage in Singapore’s history in his Factory, The Prodigal Child installation. See how art partners science resulting in a collaborative collection of creative works that Reyes Lobato Francisco De Borja calls Natural History. Gek Li San, Lim Chin Huat and Wang Chu Qiao tell you that U_R_NOT_ME to question your existence and discover a sense of self through their dance film installation.


These and more original works led by Singapore artists are seeded by the Arts Creation Fund (ACF), a strategic initiative by the National Arts Council (NAC) to grow a rich trove of original performing, visual, and literary arts works for Singapore.


Into its second cycle, the ACF germinates a total of 18 projects in 2010 - three performing arts productions, four visual arts projects and 11 literary works. Beneficiaries have offered bold and thought-provoking concepts that span from drawing inspiration from traditional arts such as opera and Chinese hand puppets to veering into new frontiers of artistic collaboration with botanists and even a lab scientist.


Elaine Ng, Director of Arts Development, NAC said, "The quality and diversity of these 18 new projects to be incubated under the Arts Creation Fund demonstrate the immense potential of our home-grown talent when they are empowered to take bolder artistic risks. The Fund recognises the importance of the creative journey and offers the opportunity to nurture nascent concepts to fruition by providing seed money. With the additional resource, the artists can dedicate more time and efforts to create works of significance and impact to develop the local arts scene further. The yield from the inaugural batch of 20 recipients in 2009 has been very encouraging and we are looking forward to the exciting new works that will emerge from this 2010 batch.”


Proposals were evaluated based on artistic merit, potential to contribute to the legacy of the Singapore arts scene, and the applicants’ demonstration of good project management. The proposed projects also bear distinctive characteristics of the Singaporean identity, reflecting its multi-cultural and Asian context.


The ACF was launched in November 2008 to seed its first 20 beneficiaries in 2009 to sprout six performing arts productions, five visual arts projects and nine literary works. The completed works have been well-received by media and audiences, with one premiering on the international circuit. These include On The String by Dr Joyce Beetuan Koh, Khiew Huey Chian, Lim Woan Wen and PerMagnus Lindborg, which debuted at this year's Singapore Arts Festival to acclaim for its ambitious and playful negotiation of arts and science that resulted in a breakthrough musical performance.


Liao Zhai Rocks, an original large-scale Mandarin musical by Kuo Jian Hong, Wu Xi, Eric Ng and Xiaohan about a contemporary interpretation of the classic collection of supernatural tales, enjoyed a highly successful three-week run at the Drama Centre this year.


The Zarathustra Project by Ho Tzu Nyen, a film adaptation of German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche’s seminal novel, Thus Spoke Zarathustra is a multi-disciplinary work that combined philosophy, film-making and art pedagogy. The film, a single 20-minute take that required 30 actors and 20 crew members to perform in synchronicity, premiered at the 6th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art in Brisbane in 2009.


Lan Fang Chronicles is the latest project by Choy Ka Fai, a 2010 Young Artist Award recipient, in collaboration with other multi-disciplinary artists, and is inspired by the histories and investigations of the 18th century Lan Fang Republic founded by Hakka Chinese in West Borneo. This project investigates the concept of ‘insignificant histories’ and its subtle parallels with the Singapore story. It ended a one-month run at the Singapore Art Museum from 26 August to 26 September 2010.


Registration for the third edition of ACF starts 18 November 2010. Interested parties can get information and the registration form from the NAC website: send in their applications by 31 March 2011.


Please refer to the Annex for more information on the 18 projects seeded in 2010.



The Arts Creation Fund (ACF) was launched by the National Arts Council (NAC) in 2008 as part of the third phase of the Renaissance City Plan. The ACF is aimed at growing Singapore's trove of original, high-quality performing, visual, and literary art works which bear influences from Singapore and Asia, and encourage artists to challenge artistic frontiers and raise the profile of Singapore arts on the national and international stage. Designed as an initiative to seed quality proposals in their germination phase, the ACF is open to practising artists who are Singapore Citizens or Singapore Permanent Residents. Proposals will be evaluated based on their artistic merit, their contribution to the legacy of the local arts scene, and applicants' demonstration of sound financial and project management abilities. Successful applicants are eligible for up to $50,000 in grant support. The grant quantum may vary depending on the scale and complexity of the proposal.