The News Issue 26

Published on 29 September 2015


Saluting the Arts

Committed arts philanthropists in Singapore acknowledged with a special SG50 Arts Patron Award. 

At the Patron of the Arts Awards held at Capitol Theatre on 3 September, 111 organisations and 115 individuals were honoured for their generous support of the arts. Together, they contributed S$53.8 million to the arts sector in 2014, an increase of 67 per cent from 2013. A special SG50 Arts Patron Award was also bestowed on 21 corporations for their large and sustained giving.

Perhaps the highlight of the evening for arts and heritage organisations was the announcement by Professor Chan Heng Chee (left), chairman of the National Arts Council, that the Cultural Matching Fund (CMF) — a dollar-for-dollar matching grant for donations towards arts and heritage organisations — will increase its lifetime cap on each organisation from the current S$10 million to S$15 million.

For the full list of 2015 Patron of the Arts Award recipients, visit

Art Archive Abroad

Singapore’s art history showcased in South Korea.

Even before the National Gallery Singapore opens its doors in November, its international programming is in full swing. The Gallery’s latest project takes independent artist and researcher Koh Nguang How’s Singapore Art Archive Project to the Asia Culture Center’s (ACC) Library Park in Gwangju, South Korea. The exhibition showcases Singapore’s art history, encompassing research on contemporary and historical artists from Singapore. The exhibition opened on 4 September and will run till February 2016.

For more information on the National Gallery’s initiatives, visit

Hooked on Classics

Two iconic Singapore films revived at film festival.

It is widely acknowledged that Eric Khoo’s first feature film, Mee Pok Man (right), was responsible for the revival of Singapore cinema. Released in 1995, it was screened at 35 film festivals from 1995 to 1997, clinching several awards and inspiring a generation of film-makers to come. Another iconic film released that same year was Yonfan’s Bugis Street, which thrust into the limelight Singapore’s infamous red-light district during the 1960s. In celebration of their 20th anniversary, these two films will lead the lineup for the Classics segment of the 26th Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF), which runs from 26 November to 6 December.

For details, visit the festival’s website at

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