SINGAPORE – Two home-grown artists and a curator have every obtained $20,000 within the fifth version of the Impart Artwork Prize,
Curator Berny Tan, 31, and artists Lin Huiyi, 41 and Zarina Muhammad, 39, have been the winners of this yr’s prize, which is organised by non-profit organisation Artwork Outreach.
Ms Tan, who can also be an artist, mentioned that this was the primary artwork prize she has gained. “It is fairly validating that individuals suppose there’s a worth in my artwork follow,” she added.
“As an unbiased curator, I haven’t got a gradual revenue as I am going from venture to venture. Having this cash provides me extra elasticity to pursue tasks that I wish to pursue and never (curate) only for the sake of an revenue.”
Artwork Outreach, which promotes visible literacy in Singapore, started the annual prize in 2017 to assist the skilled improvement of rising artists and curators, whereas constructing consciousness and appreciation of Singapore artwork and its practitioners.
The prize cash was sponsored by Marina Bay Sands beneath its Sands Cares neighborhood engagement initiative.
One criterion for the prize this yr was to recognise the disruptions of the Covid-19 pandemic.
For Zarina, the final two years have been a time for reflection and re-evaluation of her previous work. “The Impression Artwork Prize was a means of getting crucial suggestions and evaluation of my work and providing new views,” she mentioned.
She added that the prize cash will go in the direction of her ongoing research-based tasks, which can contain native, regional and worldwide collaborators.
Lin, who has a background in economics and enterprise administration, may even put the prize cash in the direction of future tasks. She mentioned she helps her artwork follow with revenue from her different professions, together with as a market researcher.
The five-member jury for the prize included Ms Catherine David, deputy director at Paris artwork museum Centre Pompidou, and Mr Russell Storer, director of curatorial, analysis and exhibitions on the Nationwide Gallery Singapore.