The President’s Young Talents is Singapore’s premier and only mentoring, commissioning and award programme, which recognises promising artists aged 35 and below, whose practices chart new dimensions in Singapore contemporary art. Previous President’s Young Talents include Boo Junfeng, Heman Chong, Charles Lim, Donna Ong, Tan Pin Pin and Vertical Submarine, to name a few, all of whom have gone on to develop outstanding work in and beyond Singapore.
Inaugurated by the Singapore Art Museum in 2001 to promote critically engaged practices through discourse and experimentation, the 2018 edition of President’s Young Talents seeks to afford greater artistic and curatorial growth for the artists involved and curator-mentors respectively. Invited curator-mentors, ranging from past participating artists to independent curators, will form a curatorial committee to mentor artists for the programme. An independent jury – which will include members from SAM – will be convened to award the President’s Young Talents 2018 prize.
This edition’s artists are Yanyun Chen, Weixin Quek Chong, Debbie Ding, Hilmi Johandi and Zarina Muhammad. Their newly commissioned artworks that span painting, sculpture, performance and new media will be on view at SAM at 8Q till 27 January 2019, and are in the running for the Grand Prize and People’s Choice Award, which will be presented at an awards ceremony on 29 November 2018.
Venue: SAM at 8Q, 8 Queen Street, Singapore 188535
When: 4 Oct 2018 - 27 Jan 2019,
By: SAM at 8Q