New Works Funded by Cultural Medallion Grant


New Works Funded by



Cultural Medallion Grant


Come August, readers of English literature will be able to appreciate the works of Cultural Medallion (CM) winner Isa Kamari when 2 of his Malay books are translated into English. He will also be publishing of a collection of theatre scripts, together with other multi-modal presentations of literature such as through song, music videos, and a mini concert.


In the upcoming months, Kam Kee Yong will be holding an international premiere of his new work The River, while acclaimed artists Tan Siah Kwee, Lee Hock Moh and photographer David Tay prepare to hold major exhibitions showcasing new and old works.


These are among the 7 projects funded under the Cultural Medallion Grant, which is specially designed to enable recipients of Singapore’s highest honours for the arts to embark on new major projects. The Grant encourages the continuation of their artistic pursuits and enriches the Singapore’s cultural landscape through the production of high quality artworks which contribute to Singapore’s artistic legacy.


The recipients are Isa Kamari (Literary Arts, 2007), Leong Yoon Pin (Music, 1982), Lou Mee Wah (Theatre, 1997), Lee Hock Moh (Visual Arts, 1981), Kam Kee Yong (Music, 1984), Tan Siah Kwee (Visual Arts, 2000) and David Tay (Photography, 1982). Each will receive a quantum of up to S$80,000.


Music lovers will be able to look forward to a concert featuring Leong Yoon Pin’s works. He will also be publishing three compositions and producing CDs of his works to enable them to be heard by a larger audience. Fans of the stage can anticipate theatre veteran Lou Mee Wah’s performance of the Cantonese opera Emperor Chun Zhi, which she will be producing and staging at the Drama Centre next year.


The CM Grant has funded 41 CM recipients. One of the latest completed projects is Ong Kim Seng’s extensive exhibition Heartlands: Home and Nation in the Art of Ong Kim Seng, which captured the spirit of living in the heartlands through the years in a series of paintings. It was also augmented by a book and video presentations of significant sites as well as interviews detailing his creative process.


The Grant was established in 2000 under the Renaissance City Plan, and has enabled the fruition of innovative, dynamic ideas and creations which have helped to elevate the global standing of Singapore arts, as well as bringing the arts closer to the local community.


These major projects by CM recipients will help encourage the growth of the arts by pushing boundaries and raise the bar within the various forms of art and help build Singapore’s artistic heritage. We look forward to the completion of their undertakings, and warmly invite you to lend your support to the new CM Grant recipients.  


Annex: Projects by 2008 Cultural Medallion Grant Recipients


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