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Newsletter Issue 23 | September 2013      
Catch your favourite writers at this year's Singapore Writers Festival! Meet philosopher AC Grayling, award-winning writer Mohsin Hamid, Tracy and Laura Hickman of Dragonlance fame, as well as home-grown talents Claire Tham, Vernetta Lopez and Alfian Sa'at. There are also workshops, panel sessions in Chinese, Malay and Tamil, and free events for everyone, including children.

Festival passes at just $10. Discounts of up to 25% for all other SWF events available at SISTIC and bytes.sg.


Noise Singapore 2013 which ended on 1 September 2013 attracted some 60,000 visitors who enjoyed the over 300 works and performances by young artists, photographers and musicians. Youths benefitted from the sound guidance of industry professionals through The Apprenticeship Programme and The Music Mentorship and an open call for submissions judged by creative experts.

Look out for our next edition at the end of this year. For other events in youth arts, please visit www.noisesingapore.com.


Dance Talent Development Programme

Established dance companies can give students a leg-up in their dance aspirations with the Dance Talent Development Programme (DTDP).

Started in June this year, the programme deepens secondary school students' dance experience in six dance forms (Ballet, Contemporary, Chinese, Hip-hop, Indian and Malay). It enables students to access quality training by dance artists and choreographers, which includes a three-month attachment to six dance companies.

Dance companies involved in the pilot programme are Bhaskar's Arts Academy, Era Dance Theatre, Frontier Danceland, Hokkien Huay Kuan Dance Troupe, O School and Singapore Dance Theatre.

DTDP is organised by National Arts Council and the Ministry of Education, with management by LASALLE College of the Arts.

Are you looking for new and different ways to get published? Keen to develop a new market base for your books?

Join us at the Singapore Writers Festival Publishing Symposium on 7 & 8 November 2013. Hear from local and international experts on the state of the writing and publishing business today. Symposium passes are available at SISTIC. For more details, visit www.singaporewritersfestival.com.
 

After a highly competitive selection process, 15 choreographers have been chosen to move on to the preliminary round of SPROUTS. Held at the Goodman Arts Centre Black Box on 19 October 2013, from 11am, the preliminaries are free for all to come and watch.

Don't miss the opportunity to catch Singapore's new generation of choreographers in the making. Please note that seats are limited and admission is on a first-come, first-served basis. For more details on the schedule, please visit www.SproutsSingapore.com.


Celebrate Gillman Barracks' 1st Anniversary!

Gillman Barracks' (GB) turns ONE this September! To celebrate, the galleries at GB will be extending their opening hours every Friday until 27 September 2013, 6 – 9pm. Share your favourite GB photos by hash tagging #gbturns1 on Facebook for a chance to win specially designed GB tote bags. Drinks and light refreshments will be provided. The free shuttle service schedule and more details can be found on www.facebook.com/gillman.barracks.

Singapore International Photography Festival (SIPF) NOMAD at 20th Noorderlicht International Photofestival

For A Better Tomorrow #4 Persinger's experimental
subject #3001, Resident monk of Singapore
Myanmar Temple, Singapore 2011
SIPF presents 100 works by 18 Asian photographers, including Singapore photographers Tristan Cai, Alecia Neo and Ang Song Nian, at the 20th Noorderlicht International Photofestival in Groningen, Netherlands. The exhibition, which began on 1 September and will run till 13 October 2013, hopes to cast light on the underlying complexity in the development of contemporary photography in Asia. This exhibition is supported by NAC's Seed Grant funding.

For more information, please visit www.sipf.org or www.facebook.com/TheSIPF.


Singapore Visual Artist Michael Lee Shows at Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo (3 October 2013 – 9 January 2014)

Michael Lee, WikiLeaks Headquarters (Bahnhof),
Stockholm, Sweden / 1994 from the series
"Dwelling", 2013. Photo credit: Ute Klein
Curated by established curator Yuko Hasegawa, this exhibition explores the concept of 'what designs are urgently needed?', and introduces design works that explore new relationships between psychology and function. Combining works from artists in communication, information and environmental design, the exhibition seeks to demonstrate the way in which art and design mutually stimulate each other to produce cutting-edge creativity.

Michael Lee's presentation at the exhibition was supported by NAC's Market & Audience Development grant. For more information, please visit
www.mot-art-museum.jp/eng/schedule.html


Singaporean Curator June Yap's No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia, Asia Society Hong Kong (October 2013 – February 2014)

As part of the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative, No Country focuses on the region's shifting spectrum of creative practices, the various impacts of ethno-nationalism, colonization, and globalization on national identity.

Curated by Singaporean curator June Yap, the exhibition features painting, sculpture, photography, video, works on paper, and installation works from 22 South and Southeast Asian artists and collectives. Ho Tzu Nyen's, The Cloud of Unknowing, and Tang Da Wu's, Our Children, will be among the works featured.

For more information, please visit here.

 
NAC is calling for residency applications for the international studio programme at Künstlerhaus Bethanien (KB) in Berlin which begins on 1 Jun 2014 and ends on
31 May 2015.

Known as one of the premier residency programmes in Europe, this 12-month residency aims to offer professional visual artists the opportunity to develop their practices, incubate new ideas for the advancement of contemporary art and encounter creative challenges within the context of KB and the international networking opportunities it presents.

Deadline for applications is 2 January 2014.

For more information, refer to this website.
 

Future Perfect Inaugural Art Writing Workshop Open Call


This workshop is supported by NAC, and facilitated by Ms. Viviana Mejia of Future Perfect and Mr. Lee Weng Choy.

It aims to provide capable and promising art writers with a variety of publishing platforms to circulate their writings on art, and scale up their art writing capabilities through a series of intensive workshops and consultations.

Starting from 12 October 2013, there will be 6 intensive class sessions (held on Saturdays) that will take the participants through a rigorous programme of learning how to write about art for different audiences.

The deadline for applications is 27 September 2013.

For submission of applications or more information, please contact Ms. Viviana Mejia at viviana@futureperfect.asia and Mr. Lee Weng Choy at wengchoy@mac.com.

 

Apply for the Arts & Cultural Presentation Grant

Students from Choa Chu Kang Secondary School putting up a dance performance as part of the school's ACPG showcase.
36 recipients were awarded the Arts & Culture Presentation Grant (ACPG) earlier this year. With the grant, schools were able to bring their students' artistic talents and work into public spaces to share with a wider audience.

Applications for 2014 projects open from 1 October 2013 – 15 November 2013. The grant is eligible to all primary and secondary schools, JCs/CI, ITEs and special education schools.

Co-funded by the Tote Board, the grant covers operational/logistical costs of setting up a showcase and training fees.
The grant is a joint initiative under the National Arts Council, National Heritage Board, Ministry of Culture, Community & Youth and Ministry of Education.

Please visit here for details on grant application.

Mr. Li Yongrui, a 25 year-old double bassist, recently won the 2013 Goh Soon Tioe Centenary (GSTC) Award. Yongrui is a graduate of the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts and the University of Wales, and is currently a student at the University of Music and the Performing Arts in Graz, Austria.

Yongrui, who has performed with The Philharmonic Orchestra and the Singapore Lyric Opera Orchestra, gave his winner's recital on 31 August 2013.

The GSTC Award is an endowed fund administered by the Community Foundation of Singapore, to commemorate the birth centenary of Goh Soon Tioe (1911 – 1982). More information on the Award can be found at www.facebook.com/GohSoonTioeCentenaryAward


NADI Singapura participated in the 9th International Music Festival, Sharq Taronalari (Melodies of Orient), in Uzbekistan from 25 - 31 August 2013.

Held in Samarkand City, this biennial festival was first initiated in 1997 by the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan and is under the patronage of UNESCO. Diverse traditional musical cultures were featured in the festival with participation of about 400 artists from 53 countries.

NADI was awarded the Special Jury Prize. To read more, visit www.en.sharqtaronalari.uz/news?view=47972421.


For more information, click here.
 
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