Twelve Creative Professionals Step Forward as Noise Singapore’s New Mentors


Twelve top local graphic designers, illustrators, photographers and musicians will be joining Noise Singapore 2012 as new mentors. This brings the total number of mentors for The Apprenticeship Programme (TAP) and The Music Mentorship (TMM) to 23, the highest number of mentors for Noise Singapore’s mentorship programmes to date.


Creative professionals who are mentors this year include design director Hanson Ho, comic artist Sonny Liew, multi-disciplinary artist Francis Ng, advertising photographer Teo Chai Guan, musicians Saiful Idris (of The Great Spy Experiment) and Daniel Sassoon (of In Each Hand A Cutlass). Details of the 23 mentors and their bios are included in Annex A


Says new mentor, photographer, Mr Yian Huang, “This mentorship is an opportunity to give back and pass on to others what I have gained from my privileged overseas experiences, especially from working in Paris, New York, and the West Bank. I love teaching and want the students to be good at their chosen craft.”


Returning mentor, editor and creative director of The Press Room, Ms Kelley Cheng, also adds, “Ihave always enjoyed working with young people. As much as I try to inspire and motivate them, my reward is also that I am in turn inspired and motivated by them. It is always good to expose the students to the practices in the real world and let them gain insight into how the industry works and reaching their targeted audience effectively.”


Says Ms Chua Ai Liang, Director of Arts & Community at the National Arts Council, “The aim of the Noise Singapore mentorships is to provide opportunities for more young people to develop their creative abilities through guidance from industry professionals. We are indeed encouraged by the greater number of creative professionals stepping forward as mentors this year, which not only shows the industry’s support for Noise Singapore, but also the value this initiative has contributed for aspiring creative young individuals.”


The Noise Singapore mentorships are highly sought after every year, attracting many talented and passionate young people who hope to learn from respected names in the fields of art and design, illustration, photography and music. Last year, a total of 278 applications were received and 34 apprentices were selected for Noise Singapore 2011.For this year, Noise Singapore’s TAP programme will run from October to December 2011, and the TMM programme will run from November 2011 to February 2012. Interested participants (35 years of age and below) may apply for these mentorships via before 28 August 2011 for TAP and 18 September 2011 for TMM.


Besides offering mentoring opportunities, Noise Singapore is also a platform where young people get to showcase their creative talent. Young people are encouraged to send their original creations to Noise Singapore’s open categories of Art & Design, Photography and Music for a chance to be showcased at the annual Noise Singapore exhibition or perform at Noise concerts at the Esplanade. Top-rated participants will be recognised with the Noise Singapore Prize, which comes with a $5,000 grant to support their creative endeavours. The call for submissions to the open categories closes on 18 September 2011. Details of Noise Singapore are in Annex A and via their website