Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Singapore Art Museum (SAM) announces the Finalists for the (APB) Signature Art Prize

Singapore – The Singapore Art Museum (SAM) and Asia Pacific Breweries (APB) Foundation have announced the 10 shortlisted artists for the inaugural Asia Pacific Breweries (APB) Foundation Signature Art Prize. A panel of international jurors selected the 10 finalists from an initial list of 34 nominees from 12 countries. The shortlisted artworks are from Cambodia, China, India, Malaysia, Mongolia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam.

The distinguished jury comprises Henri Chen KeZhan, one of Singapore’s most established artists and a pioneer in contemporary Chinese painting; Simon Israel, Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Asia Pacific Breweries Foundation; Kwok Kian Chow, Director of the Singapore Art Museum; Dr Apinan Poshyananda, Director-General of the Office of Contemporary Art and Culture, Ministry of Culture, Thailand and Professor Xu Jiang, President of the China Academy of Art, People’s Republic of China.

“The judges were struck by the concepts behind the 10 finalist works and how these ideas were conveyed creatively through the artists' use of mediums and choice of material.” Dr Apinan Poshyananda said.

G.R. Iranna Wounded Tools , 2007 Fiber glass, artificial fur, iron, wood, acrylic coloring, cloth - 4.5 x 6 x 2 feet, Life-sized “We were impressed by the overall quality of the entries and what this signifies in the Asia Pacific art scene,” he added, referring to the 34 nominated artworks from which the jury had to shortlist the finalists. In mid-October, the 10 finalists will be judged for five awards – three Juror’s Choice Awards of SGD 10,000 each, a SGD 10,000 People’s Choice Award and the Grand Prize of SGD 45,000.

The finalist artworks were shortlisted from a collection of 34 contemporary artworks selected by the nominators in each of the 12 eligible countries - Cambodia, China, India, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam. With their diverse themes and mediums, the nominated artworks represent what the nominators – who are knowledgeable and experienced individuals in contemporary art – consider outstanding contemporary artwork produced in their country in the last three years.

The People’s Choice Award is distinctive in that it is the only award that is not conferred by the jury. Rather, it is bestowed on the finalist artist whose work receives the most public votes on an online voting website which will be launched on 1 August. The voting website is intended to be a platform for the public to vote for their favourite artwork. Voting on the website ends at 7 pm on 12 October. To cast your vote : http://www.nhb.gov.sg/sam/signatureartprize/vote.html .

The APB Foundation Signature Art Prize is a hallmark of distinction to be awarded triennially to artists whose works represent a significant development in contemporary art. The award series is the result of a 15-year partnership announced in October 2007 between SAM and APB Foundation to develop and promote contemporary visual art in the Asia Pacific region with a donation of SGD 2.25 million from APB Foundation. More information on the ABP Foundation Signature Art Prize can be found at http://www.nhb.gov.sg/SAM/signatureartprize

Please refer to the following annexes for further information:

Annex A APB Foundation Signature Art Prize: Shortlisted Artworks

Annex B About Singapore Art Museum

Annex C About Asia Pacific Breweries Foundation

Source: Singapore Art Museum

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