8 individuals from local arts scene awarded National Arts Council Arts Scholarship

The line-up of scholarship recipients comprises artists, arts managers and practitioners who will pursue their studies in fields such as arts management and arts pedagogy.

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Published: 17 August 2022, 3:31 PM

In a bid to develop talents in the local arts scene, the National Arts Council (NAC) has awarded eight individuals with its Arts Scholarship this year. 

The line-up of scholarship recipients include artists, art managers and practitioners who will pursue studies in fields such as fine arts, arts management, arts pedagogy and community arts. Upon graduation, they will fulfil a service commitment of up to two years in the local arts sector.

The recipients were awarded their scholarships in a ceremony on Tuesday (Aug 16), graced by guest-of-honour Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Edwin Tong. 

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One of the scholarship recipient is 28-year-old Neoh Yew Kim, who previously worked as a deaf interpreter and signer at major events such as ASEAN Para Games Opening Ceremony and the 2016 National Day Parade. 

Currently, she is devising a monologue performance that sheds light on the deaf community and their experiences through visual metaphors, signed mime and physical narrative videos.

Under the scholarship, she will be pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Arts Performance in British Sign Language and English at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Yew Kim shared that she aims to gain an understanding and proficiency in Deaf Art and help make Singapore’s arts scene more accessible for the deaf community. 

Another recipient is 25-year-old violinist and conductor Amanda Kye-Ning Tan. She will be pursuing a master’s degree in Music (Conducting) at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee College of Music.

Amanda hopes to contribute to a more diverse and inclusive local soundscape by refining her skills in areas like recording, producing and film scoring to produce projects that capture and harness imagination.

The six other recipients of the award include drama educator Aishwariyah Shanmuganathan, general manager of Ding Yi Music Company Goh Sin Tze Elvia, arts manager Leong Seok Ting Denise, writer Tan Li Wen Jollin, music therapist Tang Wei Li Jonathan and professional artist Zulkifle Bin Mahmod. 

Mr Edwin Tong shared that the Government is committed to support the arts and heritage in partnership with the community. 

“We have placed particular emphasis on growing talent for the sector – not just the arts practitioners but also educators, administrators, and other important roles in the sector,” he added.

To further support talents such as this year’s scholars, NAC is also formulating the next edition of Our SG Arts Plan, which will chart the subsequent phase of growth for Singapore’s arts scene from 2023 to 2027. 

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