Young Artist Award 2013

Photos and artist profile courtesy of the
National Arts Council

SOTA Visual Arts teacher, Ms Grace Tan was conferred the Young Artist Award on 22 October 2013. The Young Artist Award represents Singapore’s highest award for young arts practitioners, aged 35 years and below in the year of award, whose artistic achievements and commitment have distinguished them among their peers.

Grace is a multidisciplinary visual artist whose work spans art, architecture and design. Testament to her achievements in these multiple facets, she has received several national honours for her creative practice in art and design. Grace has been featured in local and overseas platforms, travelling to Venice, Japan, Australia and London. She maintains a good balance between her art practice and her role as a teacher and mentor to aspiring artists. She is recipient of the President’s Design Award, Design of the Year for Building as a Body (2011) and was selected for the President's Young Talent Award in 2013. Some of her notable exhibitions include In the Stillness (Setouchi Triennale, 2013) and 8Q-Rate: School (SAM 8Q, 2008). Commissioned works include Building as a Body (2011) by Singapore Art Museum, Udara Yang Bergerak (2012) by Esplanade and Woven Field (2012) by LTA for Downtown Line, Art in Transit Programme.

Read more about Grace's achievements here and find out what inspires her in this video produced by the National Arts Council.

Most Inspiring Tamil Teachers awards

Our Tamil teacher, Mr Pon Sundaraju was conferred the 'Lifelong Most Inspiring Teacher Award' in the Most Inspiring Tamil Teachers awards 2013, organised by Tamil Murasu, supported by Singapore Tamil Teachers' Union and the Ministry of Education. Mr Sundararaju was the first Master Teacher for Tamil language and has contributed greatly towards the Tamil language, the Tamil literature and the development of young Tamil teachers. He has been in the teaching service for about 40 years and has also been writing short-stories and dramas for the past 30 years.

Setouchi Triennale 2013

SOTA Visual Arts teacher Grace Tan has recently unveiled a site-specific installation entitled "In The Stillness" at the Fukutake House Asia Art Platform for the Summer Session of Setouchi Triennale 2013. Representing Singapore and The Substation as its Associate Artist, Grace was invited to be part of a collaborative exhibition at the Fukuda district of Shodoshima Island. The exhibition showcases artworks from seven participating art organisations from Asia and Australia. This is the first time that Singapore is represented in this visual arts event held across twelve islands in the Seto Inland Sea.

In The Stillness transforms a classroom at Fukuda Elementary School into a 'garden', turning the hard surfaces of chairs and desks into fertile grounds by enveloping them in sculptures made from about 2 million polypropylene loop pins. By coming together, the loop pins become seeds connecting the communities of the Singapore and Shodosima involved in the making of the artwork. This installation is an expression of shared visions, community, and hope for the future.

Check out the following websites for more information:
http://setouchi-artfest.jp/en/artwork/a064
http://www.substation.org/event/inthestillness/
http://fukutake-house.or.jp/en/schoolhouse/thesubstation.html

Muthamil Festival

Recipients: Pon Sundararaju

The Muthamil Festival is a yearly affair organised by the Singapore Tamil Writers' Association as part of the Tamil Language Festival. During the festival, Mr Pon Sundararaju, from SOTA’s Faculty of Mother Tongue Languages, received the Thamizahavel Award in recognition of his tremendous efforts in Tamil Literature. He mentioned that such an award would motivate fellow writers like him and encourage more writers in the Singapore Literature scene.

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Sovereign Asian Art Prize

Recipients: Robert Zhao

SOTA Visual Arts teacher Robert Zhao is among 30 finalists vying for a major regional prize, the Sovereign Asian Art Prize. This is the largest regional award for art, founded in 2003 by the Sovereign Art Foundation. The prize drew a record number of entries this year, with 300 nominated artists from 25 countries. Robert submitted his print piece, Expedition #43, which is part of a body of work that records investigations by the Glacier Study Group on the impact of global warming on the Arctic environment.

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