Signature Art Prize
The APB Foundation Signature Art Prize is a quality mark of distinction and excellence that recognises the most outstanding contemporary artwork produced in the Asia Pacific.
Launched by the APB Foundation in partnership with the Singapore Art Museum, the competition is open to all forms of visual art and artists from countries in the Asia Pacific region. It seeks to highlight new developments in the visual arts, stimulate lively public discussion and critical debate, and provide a cross-cultural exhibition platform for established practitioners and emergent artists alike.
Given the success of the inaugural prize in 2008, the APB Foundation increased its funding to offer artists from the whole Asia Pacific region the opportunity to be selected for this prestigious prize. Nominations for this 2011 edition now extend beyond the original 12 participating countries and territories to include, amongst others, Australia, Bangladesh, Brunei, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Taiwan, and other Oceania and Pacific islands. In all, APB Foundation has doubled its pledge from S$2.25 million to S$4.45 million towards the Art Prize which is awarded once in every three years over 15 years from 2008.
Presenting a total of five awards – Grand Prize (SGD 45,000), three Juror’s Choice Awards (SGD 10,000 x 3) and a People’s Choice Award (SGD 10,000), the APB Foundation Signature Art Prize is the premier juried art award in the region.
The APB Foundation Signature Art Prizereturned for the second edition in 2011. A total of 130 artworks were nominated by 31 independent art professionals and curators across 24 countries. The nominated artworks cover a wide range of media such as painting, mixed media, installation, video art, photography and prints, sculpture as well as performance art, with a significant increase in entries for video and moving-image works as well as monumental-sized installations which discuss issues such as environmental concerns, cultural and personal identity. Of these, 15 note-worthy works from 14 countries across Asia Pacific were short listed. Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, and Vietnam had one finalist each, while South Korea had two finalists. At the Awards Ceremony, five awards – one Grand Prize, three Juror’s Choice Awards and one People’s Choice Award – were presented to:
2008 marked the first year the APB Foundation Signature Art Prize was presented. A total of 34 artworks were nominated by respected art nominators across 12 countries. The pieces encompassed diverse themes and mediums such as painting, sculpture, mixed media, site-specific installation, video, photography, performance art, new media and interactive work, showcasing the richness of visual contemporary art in the region today. Of these, 10 entries were short listed and they comprise creations from Cambodia, China, India, Malaysia, Mongolia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam.
During the inaugural event, five awards – one Grand Prize, three Juror’s Choice Awards and one People’s Choice Award – were presented to: