Singapore’s Highest Honours for 14 Outstanding Artists


Fourteen outstanding arts practitioners were honoured today for their commitment to excellence. Five of them received the Cultural Medallion (CM) from the President of Singapore: writer J M Sali, conductor Jennifer Tham, theatre practitioner T Sasitharan, and visual artists Ho Ho Ying and Milenko Prvacki.


At a ceremony at the Istana, nine others received the Young Artist Award (YAA) from Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts, Dr Yaacob Ibrahim. They were: Zizi Azah (Theatre), Brian Gothong Tan (Theatre – Multidisciplinary Practice), Ms Genevieve Chua and Tan Wee Lit (Visual Arts), Liao Jiekai and Looi Wan Ping (Film), Darren Ng (Music – Multidisciplinary Practice), O Thiam Chin (Literary Arts) and Zhuo Zihao (Dance).


Ms Yvonne Tham, NAC’s Deputy Chief Executive Officer said: “Today we celebrate the achievements of five Cultural Medallion recipients whose artistic contributions have helped shape Singapore’s arts and culture scene. Their work mark peaks of artistic excellence, even as they nurture the next generation of art makers. We also recognise the strong artistic endeavours of our nine Young Artist Award recipients and hope the Award will spur them on in their continued pursuit of artistic excellence and be a source of inspiration for others.”


Both CM and YAA recipients will be able to access grants to facilitate their continued efforts in championing the development of their artistic practice and reaching out to Singaporeans through their art form. As part of NAC’s continuing capability development efforts, the grant quantum for YAA recipients to undertake arts projects or studies within two years of receiving the award has been increased from $10,000 to $20,000. The grant allocated to each CM recipient from the Cultural Medallion Fund, to be used for a single project or multiple projects over the recipient's lifetime, is $80,000.


This year, NAC will introduce the Cultural Medallion Speaker Series where the public will have the opportunity to meet the CM recipients to hear their personal stories. Over two tea-time panel conversations at the National Library on 28 Oct 2012 (Sun) and 4 Nov 2012 (Sun), the CM recipients will share the influences that have shaped their artistic endeavours, as well as discuss about issues such as what defines Singapore art.


Please refer to the following annexes for more information:

Annex A – Profiles of the Cultural Medallion 2012 recipients


Annex B – Profiles of the Young Artist Award 2012 recipients


Annex C – List of Specialist Assessment Panel Members


Annex D – Cultural Medallion Speaker Series Event Listing