Noise Singapore Catalyses Artistic Aspirations of Youths


  • Noise Singapore 2013 kicks off with the largest number of participants and mentors for The Apprenticeship Programme (TAP) and The Music Mentorship (TMM)
  • More than 200 artworks on display at Noise Singapore 2013 Showcase Exhibition at ION Orchard
  • Three days of rousing performances featuring original compositions by a new generation of local musicians at TMM Concerts at the Esplanade
  • Annual TAP debuts partnership with the Singapore Art Museum


Singapore, 26 July 2013 – Noise Singapore Festival Showcase 2013, the annual national youth arts platform opens today, with more than 300 original creative works – art, design, photography, music – by youths aged 35 and younger, in three public presentations over the next five weeks.


Deepening young people’s engagement with the arts, Noise Singapore’s The Apprenticeship Programme (TAP) and The Music Mentorship (TMM) enabled a bumper crop of 87 young artists and musicians to learn from prolific creative professionals this year. Held over a four-month period from April, the programme paired emerging talents with 32 specially-appointed mentors.


This year’s edition of Noise Singapore received an enthusiastic response: 10,000 original works submitted by 1,700 young people -– a 76% increase in participants from the previous year.


Organised by the National Arts Council (NAC), Noise Singapore creates the space for young people to develop and showcase their artistic aspirations and talents.  


The 2013 Festival Showcase consists of three showcases: Noise Singapore 2013 Showcase Exhibition, TAP Exhibition and TMM Concerts, from Saturday, 27 July to Sunday, 1 September 2013.

(For full event details, refer to Annex A)


  1. Noise Singapore Awards: Making dreams a reality

Six aspiring artists and music groups were awarded the Noise Singapore Award (NSA) this year, enabling them to embark on their upcoming projects. They each received an NSA grant of up to $5,000 and the chance to be paired with a mentor for further guidance.


The NSA recipients are

  • Allysa Sing (Art & Design)
  • Wilfred Weegee (Photography)
  • Felicia Quah (Photography)
  • Sa(仨) (Music)
  • neoDominatrix (Music)
  • Stopgap (Music)

 (For details on NSA recipients, please refer to Annex B)


These six winners were handpicked from more than 1,200 participants by a panel of expert judges, including renowned musician Randolf Arriola, artist and illustrator Andy Yang, and internationally recognised photographer Stefen Chow.


Mr Kenneth Kwok, Director of Youth & Arts, NAC said, “We introduced the Noise Singapore Award in 2010 to recognise the most promising young people who participated in Noise Singapore, and help them take the next step in their journey as artists and musicians. This year’s winners impressed the judges with their talent, passion and drive. We hope that the NSA will not only give them the space to grow as artists, but also become an inspiration for other young people to live their dreams.” 


The NSA winners’ works will be showcased alongside more than 200 exciting and whimsical art, design, photography and music creations at ION Orchard. Besides a cornucopia of artworks, visitors can also look forward to interactive activity corners, arts workshops and music performances.


The exhibition opens tomorrow and runs to 14 August 2013 from 10.00 am to 9.00 pm daily at B4 ION Station (Event Hall), ION Orchard. Admission is free.

2.   The Apprenticeship Programme (TAP): Connecting Aspiring Young Artists and Professionals


TAP provides young artists, designers and photographers an invaluable stepping stone to the professional creative industry through personal mentorships by leading practitioners and facilitating connections with peers and creative professionals.


70 apprentices were selected from over 300 hopefuls to be guided by established creative professionals, including the likes of fashion photographer Geoff Ang, comic artist Troy Chin, Justin Loke of art collective Vertical Submarine and former Noise Singapore Award winner and Young Artist Award recipient, Robert Zhao.


Under the tutelage of their mentors, the young artists have created artworks and installations based on the theme of the Singapore Biennale 2013, “If the World Changed”.


The exhibition provides a rich diversity of perspectives on this intriguing theme, and fascinating insights into the minds of today’s youth, through a myriad of media, genres and topics.


Presented in partnership with the Singapore Art Museum (SAM) and held at its annexe, SAM at 8Q, the exhibition is curated by three young curators, Daryl Goh, Ng Shi Wen and Stefanie Tham, who were mentored by Ms Tan Siuli, Curator and Assistant Director, Programmes (Education), SAM.

(For details on the curators, please refer to Annex C)


The Apprenticeship Programme Exhibition opens tomorrow and runs to 1 September 2013 from 10.00 am to 7.00 pm daily, (till 9.00 pm on Fridays) at SAM at 8Q. Admission is free.


3.  The Music Mentorship (TMM) Concerts: a New Generation of  Homegrown Music Acts is born


Emerging bands and musicians can take their passion for music to the next level – by hitting the stage with their original music. Expect three days of electrifying performances, spanning a wide variety of musical styles, from folk, indie rock to a fusion of Chinese classical and electronic music.


TMM programme paired 17 emerging musicians with nine mentors over a period of four months.  Some of these mentors include prominent musicians in the local indie music scene like composer-producer Don Richmond, Saiful Idris of The Great Spy Experiment, Sara Wee of 53A and Patrick Chng of Typewriter.


The TMM Concerts will take place from 16 to 18 August 2013, at the Esplanade Outdoor Theatre and Concourse. Admission is free.