London, 14 November 2013: The inaugural Prudential Eye Awards will launch in Singapore on 18 January 2014 at Suntec City. These new international contemporary art awards celebrate and recognise emerging artistic talent from across greater Asia.
|“Since launching the Global Eye Programme and Asian Eye, we have become very aware that many artists in Asia do not get the international recognition they deserve. By establishing these awards, we will be offering a launch-pad for emerging talent. Our expert judging panel, gala awards ceremony, and prizes will give artists the resources they need to exhibit abroad; this is a first-of-its kind not only in Asia, but in the world. With its burgeoning arts scene, a thriving art week with Art Stage, and a Government committed to supporting the community’s creative talents, Singapore was the natural location to host these Awards.”|
|“These Awards are a wonderful opportunity for emerging Asian artists to get their works seen by an international audience. The Prudential Eye Awards provide vital support and a showcase for new talent at an important stage in these artists’ careers. We look forward to hosting the winner at Saatchi Gallery in the summer in 2014.”|
|“Asia is now one of the most important art producing regions in the world and yet the region is more diverse than we realise and has many more exceptional artists that should be seen by the world. The new Prudential Eye Awards, and its recognition of Asian talents, has the potential to further strengthen Asian contemporary art’s presence on the global stage.”|
Barry Stowe, Chief Executive of Prudential Corporation Asia spoke about Prudential’s commitment to support local communities through their sponsorships and desire to celebrate artistic expression in Asia. He commented:
|“We hope that the Prudential Eye Awards will broaden the audience who experience and appreciate Asian art. We are committed to the long-term development and prosperity of Asia, and we hope these Awards will inspire creativity and expand community engagement with the arts.”|
|“The British Council is looking forward to working with the Prudential and Global Eye Programme on this exciting programme in Singapore. The Awards bring together our shared interests in the arts and in encouraging creativity. Creativity, for the British Council, is an essential element of education for people embarking on their careers in the 21stCentury. We are confident that, working through teachers, the natural creativity of young people can be nurtured and developed.”|
Tan Boon Hui, Group Director, Programmes Group of National Heritage Board, is a curator and project director and co-curator for the Singapore Biennale 2013: If the World Changed. From 1 July 2013, he assumed the role of Group Director, Programmes at the National Heritage Board (NHB) overseeing exhibitions, programmers and outreach events across the museums, institutions and divisions of the NHB. Boon Hui is concurrently artistic director for the Singapore Festivarts 2015, an interdisciplinary festival of visual, performing, design and film in France. Prior to this, he was also project director for the Singapore Biennale 2011: Open House and Director of the Singapore Art Museum (SAM) from 2009 to 2013. In the latter role, he oversaw the transformation of SAM into a leading centre for contemporary Southeast Asian and Asian art. In 2011, he co-curated the landmark exhibition of contemporary art from Southeast Asia Negotiating Home History and Nation. During his tenure as head of programming at the newly re-opened National Museum of Singapore from 2006 to 2009, he has also created large scale festivals and events such as the Night Festival, the Children’s Season (interactive exhibition and performing arts festival for young audiences) and the first major season of contemporary visual and performing arts from the Arab World and Turkey-Under the Crescent Moon. From 1989 to 2002, he was Assistant Curator for Southeast Asia at the Asian Civilisations Museums where he was responsible for the Peranakan Chinese and Malay world collections. From 2002-2005, he handled international development and Visual and Literary arts development at the National Arts Council.