A Youthful Breath Of Fresh Art - The Noise Singapore 2012 Festival Showcase Opens

 

For the first time, Noise Singapore’s The Apprenticeship Programme (TAP) presents an independent showcase put together by its very own apprentices. Guided by 16 mentors from the creative industries these young artists had the opportunity to pick up tips from conceptualisation of an artistic idea to the production and design of a full-scale exhibition.

 

The TAP Exhibition will be held at the Goodman Arts Centre Gallery at the Goodman Arts Centre (GAC), and will feature original works by the 42 TAP apprentices. Look out also for Noise Singapore’s first-ever installation piece by Art & Design apprentices, Cheryl Lim, 21, and Daryl Goh, 23, who were mentored by Young Artist Award winner Francis Ng.

 

Noise Singapore will hold its main Festival Showcase Exhibition at Basement 4, ION Orchard from 16 Feb to 4 March, and the "Make Some Noise!" concerts at the Esplanade Outdoor Theatre and Upper Concourse from 2 to 4 March.

 

Says Mr Kok Tse Wei, Assistant Director of Youth Arts at NAC, "The new elements we introduced to Noise Singapore this year are aimed at getting the Noise community more involved in the creation of the showcase and enriching the arts experience for these young people. Through new initiatives such as the apprentice-curated TAP showcase, music critique sessions and Create Your Own Space, we hope to expose young people to a broader sphere of the arts, deepen their interest in the arts, as well as encourage them to continue tapping into their creative impulses and expressing themselves."

 

Descriptions and schedule of events can be found in Annex B. Admissions to all events are free.

 

Noise Singapore 2012 Prize Winners

Every cycle, promising Noise artists with the highest rated works from the Open Categories are recognised and awarded an arts grant of up to S$5,000. The prize winners can use the grant to further their artistic pursuits, including recording an EP and releasing a line of toy figurines. Selected based on ratings by an expert panel of judges from the industry, this year’s prize winners are:

(i) Art & Design: Daniel Yu, 26

(ii) Photography: Ang Song Nian, 28

(iii) Music: Jaime Wong, 21

 

Works by these artists will be on display at the Festival Showcase Exhibition at ION Orchard. 2

 

"Under my mentor Sara Wee, I have learnt not only vocal techniques but also how to be an all-rounded performer. TMM (The Music Mentorship) gave me opportunities that do not come easy – media exposure, the concerts at Esplanade, and interaction with professionals," comments Ms Jaime Wong, 21, Noise Singapore 2012 music category prize winner and TMM apprentice. Jaime will be performing at the Esplanade Concourse on 2 March (Friday) at 8.15pm.

 

For profiles of the winners and their winning works, please refer to Annex A.

 

Highlights of Noise Singapore 2012 Festival Showcase:

Back for its seventh cycle, this 2012 edition of Noise Singapore provides more space and opportunities for Noise artists to individualise their showcase. Here is what’s new at this year’s Festival Showcase:

 

Festival Showcase Exhibition at ION Orchard

 

(i) Create Your Own Space

Shortlisted from an open call in January this year, five Noise artists will create personal showcases in a series of 1.5m by 1.5m exhibition spaces within the Festival Showcase Exhibition. This project challenges the artists to move beyond creating art on two-dimensional canvases, and experiment with conceptualising works for a specific three-dimensional space, incorporating participative elements to enhance the experience of their work.

 

(ii) Design-Your-Bag corner

The Festival Showcase Exhibition will include a special Design-Your-Bag activity corner to add a participative element to the visitor experience. Blank canvas tote bags sponsored by MUJI and art materials will be provided for visitors to express their creativity and design their own bags. Completed works may either be brought home or put on display at the Exhibition.

 

(iii) Noise Singapore merchandise section

In line with Noise Singapore’s philosophy of supporting the creative pursuits of young people, the exhibition will also offer a space for Noise artists to display and sell some of their self-designed products such as artworks, clothes, stationery, accessories and lifestyle products to the public.

 

TAP Exhibition at Goodman Arts Centre (GAC) Gallery

 

(iv) Collaboration with Public Garden

As part of the opening festivities, Noise Singapore has collaborated with well-known flea market organiser, Public Garden, to run a special edition of their popular flea market at GAC on Saturday, 18 February. The flea market will feature young vendors with art-related or self-made merchandise, expanding the boundaries of creativity even further. Former Noise music apprentices like Zahidah and ShiGGa Shay will also be playing their sets from 5pm to 7.30pm.

 

"Make Some Noise!" concerts at the Esplanade

 

(v) Closed-door music critique sessions

These closed-door critique sessions are part of the developmental process to help prepare the musicians for the "Make Some Noise!" concerts at the Esplanade from 2 to 4 March.

 

Over two weekends, these young musicians will perform their original compositions before a panel of industry professionals and fellow apprentices, who will provide constructive feedback to prepare them for the big stage.



Annex A: Background of winning artists’ and sample of winning works

 

Annex B: Descriptions and schedule of events

Descriptions and schedule of events

 

Annex C: Sample of highlight works at the main Exhibition at ION and TAP Exhibition at GAC Gallery

For more information on Noise Singapore 2012’s list of mentors, and the list of apprentices and their works, kindly refer to: http://www.noisesingapore.com/mentorship/