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ARTistry by National Arts Council
Newsletter Issue 24 | October 2013      
Art is a dialogue that seeks a meaningful language across various spheres – the past and the present or between geographical regions.

But what does it take to make such a dialogue work? How are such dialogues significant to Singapore and its place in the wider world?

2013 Cultural Medallion recipients, Ivan Heng, Mohamed Latiff Mohamed and Tsung Yeh (left to right in picture), share how their artistic visions and practices have made ARTA LANGUAGE FOR BRIDGING CULTURES.

Join us on 23 November 2013 at The Pod National Library, from 2 to 4pm. Admission is free. Click here to register or visit our Facebook page for more details. For further enquiries, please contact us at

Singapore Writers Festival is back with your favourite local and international writers! Come support and celebrate Singapore writers like Yusnor Ef, Gwee Li Sui and Adrian Tan. Learn about Sequential Storytelling from The Etherington Brothers. Tune into the latest publishing trends and developments at the SWF Publishing Symposium and pitch your new manuscript at the Speed Pitching session!

Get your tickets from SISTIC today!

Acting Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, Lawrence Wong helps a student from MINDS Lee Kong Chiang Gardens School to decorate his ceramic work.

Students from Special Education schools can look forward to a more integrated arts education experience with the new NAC Artist–SPED School Partnership Programme.

It matches teaching artists with SPED schools to co–develop and co–teach arts–based lessons integrated into the curriculum to support educational goals such as motor skills development and verbal communication, etc.
Earlier this month, Acting Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, Mr Lawrence Wong, visited MINDS Lee Kong Chian Gardens School which holds a ceramics programme for its students with moderate to severe intellectual disabilities and/or autism. They are taught by ceramic artist, Mdm Tan Lee Meng.

To apply for the NAC Artist-SPED programme for your schools/organisations, contact Mr Liu Yonglun at or Ms Chua Jia Lin at

Have a burning idea for an arts project you'd like to share? You can turn it into reality with MATCHBOX, a new initiative by NAC, which supports the artistic aspirations of young people (35 years and below). MATCHBOX offers personalised project management guidance, mentorship and networking opportunities, as well as funding through the NAC Presentation & Participation Grant.

Simply submit a brief summary of your idea to and we'll get in touch. Open call all year round! Visit for more info.

NAC’s Arts for All Programme is looking for interested artists who are keen on bringing the arts to the community to encourage participation and lifelong engagement in the arts. Artists and arts groups who are interested, please email to Ms Elvia Goh at

For more information, please visit

Calling Singapore visual artists interested in creating new works based on Singapore literature!

Project LAVA aims to engage audiences in creative ways, promote exchanges between artists and writers, and foster greater appreciation for literature through visual means.

For LAVA in the Libraries 2014, NAC and the National Library Board will select four artworks for display at different library sites from 1 April to 31 July 2014. Up to $12,000 per artwork will be awarded. Submissions close 10 December 2013.
For more information, see this link.

1st row (L to R): NAC Chairman Professor Chan Heng Chee, Ivan Heng, Acting Minister MCCY Mr Lawrence Wong, President Tony Tan, First Lady Mrs Mary Tan, Maestro Tsung Yeh, Mohamed Latiff Mohamed, NAC Covering CEO, Yvonne Tham

2nd row (L to R): Zul Othman (Zero), Ruth Ling, M. Zaki Razak, Koh Hui Ling, Grace Tan, Chua Yew Kok and Bani Haykal
The 2013 Cultural Medallion and Young Artist Award Ceremony was held at the Istana on 22 October 2013 and attended by some 200 guests. President Tony Tan conferred the 2013 Cultural Medallion on Ivan Heng, Mohamed Latiff Mohamed and Tsung Yeh for their outstanding artistic achievements and distinguished contributions to Singapore's arts and cultural landscape.

Acting Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, Mr Lawrence Wong, presented the Young Artist Award to Bani Haykal, Chua Yew Kok, Grace Tan, Koh Hui Ling, Zul Othman (ZERO) and M. Zaki Razak for their artistic talent and leadership potential.

Click here to find out more about this year's recipients.

Stiles and Drewe's The Three Little Pigs, originally commissioned and produced by Singapore Repertory Theatre's The Little Company, was selected as the only children's musical for the 25th Festival of New Musicals in New York on 17 October 2013.

The festival, part of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre, celebrates new musicals that are produced and presented from around the world. The premiere industry event programmes for a select audience of producers and industry professionals who can aid in the development of the nine shows presented. For more information, visit

15 budding choreographers battled it out at the Goodman Arts Centre black box on 19th October 2013 to showcase their innovative concepts and choreographies after a 3-month mentorship programme with some of the industry's leading practitioners. The finalists have been determined and they will be working hard to earn the competition title of Most Promising Work together with a $2,000 cash prize and a capability development grant up to $3,000! Want to know who they are? Find out more and get the latest updates at

For more information, click here.

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