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ARTistry by National Arts Council
Newsletter Issue 29 | March 2014      
Application to the Cultural Matching Fund opens on 1 May 2014 and will close on 31 May 2014. Through the Cultural Matching Fund, cash donations to arts charities and IPCs will be eligible for dollar-for-dollar matching.

NAC will be conducting briefing sessions on 15 April 2014 and 17 April 2014 to guide eligible arts charities on the application process. Look out for details and registration on by end of March 2014.

NAC held a sharing session in February, last month, on how artists and arts groups can apply for the 2015/2016 cycle of the NAC-Arts Education Programme (NAC-AEP). The session touched on NAC's upcoming plans on building the capabilities of AEP instructors. Click here to view/download the presentation slides or click here to find out more on how to apply.

All instructors who wish to offer co-curricular and enrichment activities (20 hours or more) in schools from January 2015 will be required to register with the Ministry of Education (MOE). The registration aims to help schools better assess the suitability of instructors conducting school-based activities. Click here for more information on MOE Instructor Registration Scheme. For queries, please email

Students performing at the Dance Talent Development Programme final showcase
Secondary school students moved to a vibrant medley of Ballet, Chinese, Contemporary, Hip-hop, Malay and Indian dance earlier this month at the inaugural Dance Talent Development Programme (DTDP) final showcase. Organised by NAC and the Ministry of Education (MOE), the nine-month programme saw close to 200 students from 77 secondary schools participate across three phases comprising dance workshops, three-month attachments with dance companies and choreography lessons with LASALLE College of the Arts.

DTDP aims to deepen students' dance experiences and inspire lifelong interest in the art form. Applications for the next cycle will open later this month through schools. For more information, please email


Professional artists living and working in Wessex Estate will open their doors for the 8th open studio event, ArtWalk@Wessex from 29 to 30 March 2014, between 11am - 7pm.

Set against the lush green backdrop of Portsdown Road are the historical black and white houses and walk-up apartments that accommodate our local and international artists. This year, the public will have the opportunity to visit 14 studios and meet artists working in a variety of media including painting, drawing, printmaking, photography and ceramics. Entry is free.

Looking to escape the heat? Join us for a breath of fresh air – and music – at the Singapore Botanic Gardens on 30 March 2014 (Sun) from 4.30pm – 6.30pm at the Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage for the NAC-ExxonMobil Concert in the Park.

The concert is back again with performances featuring pop-rock by string quartet, VOX, classic pop by singer-songwriter, Tay Kexin, and choral masterpieces by the Singapore Lyric Opera Children's Choir. Look out for exciting fringe activities for the entire family as well!
Participants of Essentials of Teaching & Learning Module
What is effective teaching? How does one acquire a skill? Find out more with this 40-hour course.

The Essentials of Teaching & Learning module introduces concepts such as the psychology of learning, process of teaching and anatomy of lesson planning to artists who wish to develop engaging lessons for children and youth. Jointly developed by NAC and the National Institute of Education International, there will be five runs of this module till February 2015.

Click here to apply for the first run by 9 June 2014, or to find out the closing dates for the next four sessions.

Violinist and string players born between 1989 and 1998 are invited to apply now for the Goh Soon Tioe Centenary Award 2014.
The award was established in 2011 to honour Mr Goh Soon Tioe, Singapore's pioneer violinist and music conductor. The award recognises a local violinist or string player who has shown a consistent track record of outstanding musicianship and performance. Previous winners include local violinist Helena Dawn Yah and double bassist Li Yongrui.
The award comes with a cash prize of S$6,000. Application closes 1 May 2014 and shortlisted applicants will audition in June/July 2014. For more information, please email or visit here.

The Nanyang Technological Universit - National Arts Council (NTU-NAC) Singapore Writing Residency (National) provides an opportunity for an outstanding Singapore writer to work on his/her writing, while contributing to teaching and mentorship within NTU's Creative Writing Programme. The residency is designed to provide support for the creation of new literature, and to facilitate interaction between experienced and new writers.

Application for the 2014/2015 residency is now open, and will close on 1 April 2014. The selected Resident will take up his/her position from August 2014. For more information, click here or email Asst. Prof. Jen Crawford at

For more information, click here.

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