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ARTistry by National Arts Council
Newsletter Issue 21 | July 2013      
Come and be inspired by the creativity of Singapore’s young aspiring artists, designers, musicians and photographers. Join us for the showcase at ION Orchard (27 July - 14 August 2013), The Apprenticeship Programme Exhibition at Singapore Art Museum at 8Q (27 July - 1 September 2013) and The Music Mentorship Concerts at the Esplanade (16 August - 18 August 2013). For a more detailed programme schedule, please visit us at

A live urban art drawing on the Aliwal Arts Centre façade by graffiti collective – RSCLS
Aliwal Arts Centre was officially opened on 3 June 2013 by Acting Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, Mr Lawrence Wong.

To celebrate its opening, the Centre held an Arts Night Crawl on 14 June 2013. The event provided 1,700 visitors an immersive experience of over 40 programmes by 100 artists, ranging from traditional to avant-garde dance, music, theatre and new media performances.

Acting Minister, MCCY, Lawrence Wong learning Batik painting from artist, Mr Ika Zahri, with students from Bedok Green Primary School
Thanks to the Arts & Culture Presentation Grant, schools can now receive funding to help bring their students’ artworks and performances to the public. A joint initiative under the National Arts Council, Ministry of Culture, Community & Youth (MCCY), Ministry of Education and National Heritage Board, 36 schools have already tapped on this Grant.

Earlier this month, Acting Minister for MCCY, Mr Lawrence Wong, visited Bedok Green Primary School, where students taught by artist Mr Ika Zahri, will hold a free public Batik art exhibition at Bedok Community Centre on 11 August 2013.

Click here for more information on the Arts & Culture Presentation Grant’s next call for applications in October 2013.
NAC, in partnership with The Theatre Practice, is proud to present the 4th edition of the Philippe Gaulier Master Class. Master Gaulier is one of today’s most influential and revolutionary theatre masters, and is well known for his performance training for actors.

Held from 5 August - 9 August 2013, this Master Class is open to theatre practitioners and performing artists across all languages. The class will focus on “Bouffons”, a performance genre that originated during the French Renaissance. In addition to the Master Class, the programme will offer the first-ever Open Class for the public to sit in and observe Master Gaulier in action.

Places are limited, so do register soon for this rare opportunity! Registration details can be found here.

The inaugural NAC Cultural Fellowship recognises and supports outstanding individuals with at least 10 years of professional experience in Singapore’s arts and cultural scene. This fellowship seeks to grow their role and capacity as champions and change agents for the arts sector.

Recipients will participate in a customised programme, comprising dialogues and network sessions with international and regional cultural leaders, field trips and public seminars. Recipients will also serve as mentors to future change agents.

Applications are open from 29 July - 30 August 2013. For more information and application details, please click here.

NAC is calling for proposals for the inaugural Writer-In-The-Gardens Residency Programme, where writers will be given free access to write in either the beautiful heritage landmark Singapore Botanic Gardens, or the cutting-edge Gardens by the Bay. The residency will include public talks and workshops and culminate in a publication.
The Writer-In-The-Gardens Residency is now open to emerging and established writers from Singapore in English, Chinese, Malay and Tamil. The extended deadline for applications is 30 August 2013. For updates and more information, please click here.

Co-organised by the Singapore Writers Festival and Timbre Music Academy, we present the 3rd edition of Poetry of Song, the Festival’s song-writing competition that adapts poems into songs. This year’s Poetry of Song explores the contradictions of love, through the theme of “Love You/Hate You”.
Selected entries will be put to song and performed at a live showcase at the Festival. Writers of the selected entries will also get the chance to work with some of Timbre’s well-known English and Chinese singer-songwriters, and stand to win attractive cash prizes of up to SGD $1,000.

Budding writers are encouraged to submit their poems before Monday, 12 August 2013. For more information, please refer to

We have finally unveiled the first few writers slated for this year’s Singapore Writers Festival. If books aren’t enough to quell your imagination, come volunteer with us at the Festival from 1 November - 10 November 2013 as one of our Room Managers and get to meet the authors in person.
Click here to find out more and email with your name, mobile number, age, previous volunteer experience, current organisation/school and available dates. Forward this to your friends and family, and ask them to join you in this Festival experience. Applications close on 18 August 2013.
Theatre and drama educator Ms Koh Hui Ling, and musician Mr Muhammad Riduan Zalani, have been conferred this year’s prestigious Singapore Youth Award. Established in 1975, this Award honours exceptional young people who are an inspiration to other youths for their contributions to society, and who bring distinction to Singapore. Click here to learn more about the award.

The Specialist Diploma in Arts Education welcomed its first cohort of 18 graduates this month. Jointly developed by the National Arts Council and the National Institute of Education, this part-time diploma course teaches arts instructors to deliver their artistic knowledge and skills more effectively in arts programmes in schools.

Click here for more information on the next intake of the programme.

In an effort to boost fundraising skills, NAC organised a training workshop last month for arts groups to learn about developing effective sponsorship proposals.

Conducted by Usha Menon, Executive Chairman of Usha Menon Management Consultancy, the workshop was attended by 16 participants from the theatre, dance and music groups. Topics covered included methods of identifying sponsors, understanding sponsors’ needs and writing proposals.

Plans are in progress to roll out similar sessions in future. For more enquiries, please contact Nazreen Nessa at

For more information, click here.

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