Youth Arts Platform Sees Boost in Offerings for 2013


  • High profile showcases through partnerships with premier Singapore arts spaces
  • Turn your dream project into reality with Noise Singapore Award
  • Extending funding support for promising ground-up arts platforms for youths
  • Stellar line up of new mentors introduced for 2013’s mentorship programmes
  • Roving exhibitions right at your doorstep with Pop-Up Noise



Singapore’s largest creative arts platform for youths, Noise Singapore, is back again with a boost in offerings and programme line-up for 2013. Organised by the National Arts Council (NAC), Noise Singapore gives young people the chance to develop and showcase their creative talents to the public.


Highlights for Noise Singapore 2013

1. High Profile Showcases Through Partnerships with Premier Singapore Arts Spaces

Building on the existing collaboration with the Esplanade to showcase mentees from The Music Mentorship (TMM), Noise Singapore 2013 will also see the Singapore Art Museum (SAM) supporting the youth arts cause as a venue partner for The Apprenticeship Programme (TAP) exhibition.


The exhibition will take place at the museum’s annexe, SAM at 8Q, and will be held in conjunction with Singapore Biennale 2013, Singapore’s premier contemporary art exhibition.


Says Mr Kok Tse Wei, Deputy Director, Youth Arts, NAC, “Noise Singapore is a major initiative by the Council to provide opportunities for young people to act on their creative impulses. We are happy that premier arts spaces like Esplanade and SAM are supportive of what Noise Singapore stands for. These partnerships lend credence to the works created by the apprentices and will expose youth artistic creativity to a wider audience.”


2. Turn Your Dream Project into Reality - Noise Singapore Award

Participants in the Open Categories stand a chance to receive the $5,000 Noise Singapore Award (NSA), which will allow them to turn their dream project into a reality. This year will be the first time that five top-rated young artists from each category will have a chance to pitch their respective projects to a judging panel of industrial professionals. The artists who convince the panel of their creative potential through the pitches will then be awarded the NSA grant, with an option to be paired with a mentor as they embark on their projects.


Noise Singapore 2012 prize winner for Art & Design, Daniel Yu, relates, “The award has allowed me to step out of my comfort zone and dive into areas that I would otherwise be somewhat hesitant to explore. The award money went towards production of an 8-inch figure, the crawdaddy, that I launched at the Singapore Toy, Games and Comic Convention. I was also able to progress as an artist as the new artworks and exposure have helped me garner wider exposure.”


Hundreds of other submissions that show a strong level of creativity and skill will be showcased at the Noise Singapore Festival Showcase exhibition – location to be announced at a later date – and on the Noise Singapore homepage throughout the Festival Showcase in August 2013.


Beyond the Festival Showcase, Noise Singapore will also be working closely with promising candidates to explore more opportunities to showcase their works under the Noise Singapore umbrella of programmes throughout the year.


**The call for entries for the Open Categories - Art & Design, Photography and Music - is open from now till 27 January 2013.


(For NSA, please refer to Annex A for details.)


3. Bumper Line-up of Prolific Mentors for 2013

The Noise Singapore mentorship programmes - The Apprenticeship Programme (TAP) for visual arts and The Music Mentorship (TMM), will involve 33 highly regarded and experienced creative professionals as mentors. This is the highest number of mentors involved so far - a 40 percent increase from the previous year – and signifies a maturing arts scene as established arts practitioners contribute to groom Singapore’s next generation of creative individuals.


Siti Zahidah, 22, one of the mentees who participated in the 2010 TMM programme recalls, “I was rather apprehensive at the beginning when I applied for the programme as I was not sure how receptive people would be to my music. Under the guidance of music producer, Jason Tan, I wrote a song, shared it online and left it to the Internet to work its magic. Since then I have performed at various venues such as the Esplanade and *Scape, opened for international musicians such as Copeland and Jayesslee, and won 98.7FM’s the Next Big Thing in 2011. Noise Singapore was a great platform for me when I was still new to the music scene and was just starting out.”


Echoes Pann Lim, Creative Director at Kinetic and TAP mentor for the third year running, Noise Singapore is an amazing platform for young blood who are interested in having a go at the creative field. Every year we unearth some unpolished rocks that will eventually become gems of the creative industry.”


Returning mentors include:

  • Kelley Cheng

       Editor-in-Chief of Singapore Architect magazine and Creative Director of creative agency The Press Room

  • Ernest Goh

       Winner of the Discernment Award at the ICON de Martell Cordon Bleu Photography Prize 2012

  • Don Richmond

       Award-winning composer for television, film and theatre, and an established music producer


New mentors include:

  • Troy Chin

     Comic artist and 2011 Young Artist Award recipient

  • Justin Loke

       Member of art collective Vertical Submarine and associate director of TheatreWorks

  • Geoff Ang

        Renowned advertising and fashion photographer

  • Randolf Arriola

       Seasoned singer-songwriter and guitarist, and considered one of the finest solo live-looping artists in the world


** The call for applications for mentorship programmes - TAP and TMM – is open from now till 27 January 2013.

(For mentorship programmes, please refer to Annex A for details.)
(For profiles of Noise Mentors, please refer to Annex B for details.)


4. Noise Movement Funding - Seeding a Youth Arts Movement

The recently-introduced Noise Movement provides funding support for ground-up arts programmes specially catered to getting young people in Singapore involved in the arts.


Since April 2012, seven programmes have been supported with funding, including a visual arts mentorship by art & design collective Phunk; a mobile dark room that brings introductory photography workshops to the community; and a band camp and competition targeting young bands in the five polytechnics.


Says Mr Kok Tse Wei, Deputy Director, Youth Arts, NAC, “Beyond the programmes that Noise Singapore organises, we also recognise the importance of having ground-up programmes with their own following and in different art forms because the interests of young people are very diverse. It is in this spirit that we have introduced the Noise Movement initiative, which provides funding to help ground-up youth arts platforms take root.”


(For information on Noise Movement Funding, please refer to Annex A for details.)


5. Pop-Up Noise – Bringing Noise to the Youth

To keep youths connected to Noise Singapore and its programmes, Pop-Up Noise, a roving showcase of artworks and music performances by past and present Noise participants, will find its way into various public spaces and schools across the island. Each exhibition will feature different works submitted by the Noise community.


The first Pop-Up Noise was held at Ngee Ann Polytechnic from 19 to 30 November 2012, and subsequent Pop-Up showcases are slated for December 2012 and in the first half of 2013. Kindly refer to the Noise Singapore website for further updates on the schedule and venues.


Annex A - Mentorship Programmes

Annex B - Profiles of Noise Mentors