The News Issue 44

Published on 6 June 2016


Good Reads

Forty-nine titles make the shortlist for Singapore Literature Prize 2016.

The shortlist for this year’s Singapore Literature Prize (SLP) was announced on 12 May, with 49 titles vying for the award in 12 categories: Fiction, Non-fiction and Poetry, across Singapore’s four official languages (English, Chinese, Malay and Tamil). Organised by the National Book Development Council of Singapore, the biennial competition saw a record 235 entries this year, with Chinese and Tamil language entries seeing the biggest jump. Results will be announced at a gala dinner on 14 July, with each winner receiving S$10,000.

For the first time, MPH Bookstores — SLP’s first official bookstore — will carry all shortlisted books from all four languages from 12 May this year to October 2017. MPH will also host events featuring the shortlisted authors in their stores from late May. Event details are available at

For the full list of shortlisted books, visit this link.

Prep Pays!

NUS Museum clinches award for innovative museological practice.

NUS Museum’s prep-room is the first recipient of the University Museums and Collections Award for the most significant innovation or practice that has proved successful in a university museum or collection. Initiated in 2011, the prep-room is a fluid and temporal space where curators present archival materials, curatorial experiments and design ideas in an open gallery, inviting visitors to engage with the content through dialogue and exploration.

Since 2011, 10 projects have been incubated as prep-rooms at the Museum; including the inaugural Raffles Light prep-room (on Raffles Lighthouse) which later developed into a long-term collaboration with Singaporean artist Charles Lim Yi Yong, resulting in three exhibitions held from 2013 to 2015.

Find out more at NUS Museum’s blog.

Talent List

Another 12 artists announced for Singapore Biennale 2016. 

On 16 May, the Singapore Art Museum announced the names of a further 12 artists who will be participating in the Singapore Biennale 2016, one of Asia’s premier contemporary visual art exhibitions. The first 10 artists were announced earlier in January. Over 50 artists — across various mediums — will be presented at the Biennale, which runs from this October to February 2017.

The latest shortlisted artists are: Melissa Tan (Singapore), Vertical Submarine (Singapore), Ade Darmawan (Indonesia), Bui Cong Khanh (Vietnam), Sakarin Krue-On (Thailand), Patricia Eustaquio (Philippines), Chia Chuyia (Malaysia), Hemali Bhuta (India), Pala Pothupitiye (Sri Lanka), MAP Office (Hong Kong), Deng Guoyuan (China), and Harumi Yukutake (Japan).

For details, visit the website.

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