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ARTistry by National Arts Council
Newsletter Issue 16 | February 2013
The Cultural Medallion honours individuals whose commitment to artistic excellence has shaped Singapore’s arts and culture scene. The Young Artist Award recognises the promising endeavours of artistic practitioners, aged 35 years and below.

Recipients of the Cultural Medallion and Young Artist Award will get access to grants of $80,000 and $20,000 respectively, to facilitate their continued efforts in developing their artistic practice and in reaching out to the wider public through their art form.

Nominations for the 2013 Cultural Medallion & Young Artist are now open and will close on 31 March 2013. Please visit for details.

Looking to launch your new books at the Singapore Writers Festival that takes place between 1 – 10 November 2013?

Email to apply for Brand New Books. Application ends 14 June 2013.

Brand New Books is a platform that gives writers and publishers an opportunity to share new works and showcase some of the literary scene’s best talents.

Open to anyone interested in the field of community arts, Let’s Connect! is a networking session for arts practitioners and community organisations to meet, share ideas and foster collaborations. The first Let’s Connect! this year will happen on 14 March 2013, at the Drama Centre from 6.00pm to 8.30pm.

For details, please visit

Check out our newest batch of original works in art, design, photography and music by the youths in Singapore. Come visit us at Pop-Up Noise at Star Vista Mall (Buona Vista) between 1 - 10 March 2013, from 11.00am to 9.00pm. There will also be live music performances on 3 and 10 March 2013, both Sundays, from 3.00pm to 6.00pm, along with other fun-filled activities! Find out what’s coming up on Noise Singapore 2013 by following us on our Facebook page.

Join us for an afternoon of free music and exciting activities at the NAC-ExxonMobil Concert in the Park on 3 March 2013, Sunday, 4.00pm to 6.30pm, at Pasir Ris Park (D’Lawn, near Car Park E).

This edition of the NAC-ExxonMobil Concert in the Park will feature music performances by Sheikh Haikel and Bloco Singapura. Fringe activities include POPIN’s community craft project ‘Stitch a Leaf’, balloon sculpting and face painting booths. See you there!

NAC is inviting primary and secondary schools, Junior Colleges and the Centralised Institutes to apply for the National Arts Education (NAE) Award 2013. The Award recognises schools/institutions that provide a holistic arts education for their students and have good arts practices and programmes. The NAE Award comprises 3 categories – Spark, Glow and Blaze – which schools can apply for according to their respective stages of arts education development.

Closing date for submissions is on 1 April 2013. For more details, please visit

The NAC Arts Scholarship for undergraduate and postgraduate studies and the NAC Management Scholarship for undergraduate studies support talented and dedicated arts practitioners and professionals who have the potential to make a positive impact on Singapore’s arts and cultural landscape, and to serve as future cultural leaders.
If you’re interested in a career that rewards your passion, check out the NAC Scholarships. Applications close 15 March 2013

Been envisioning signature moves? Want to transform dance with your original ideas? Then sign up now for SPROUTS.

Currently in its 5th edition, Sprouts continues to ignite the development of Singapore’s upcoming choreographers through a 6-month incubation process leading up to a grand final showcase.

Log on to for more information!

Our featured Arts For Life artist this month probably needs no introduction. He is none other than actor, host and stand-up comedian, Hossan Leong.

In our Arts For Life video segment, Hossan talks about his foray into theatre and how he thinks the arts plays a key role in enriching communities and shaping Singapore’s future.

To hear Hossan’s candid views, click here:

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