October 24, 2014 - Singapore Art Museum - Asia Pacific Breweries Foundation Signature Art Prize 2014 exhibition
October 24, 2014

Asia Pacific Breweries Foundation Signature Art Prize 2014 exhibition

Courtesy Singapore Art Museum.

Asia Pacific Breweries Foundation Signature Art Prize 2014 exhibition
14 November 2014–15 March 2015

Singapore Art Museum
71 Bras Basah Road
Singapore 189555


The Singapore Art Museum (SAM) and Asia Pacific Breweries (APB) Foundation recently announced the 15 finalists of the APB Foundation Signature Art Prize 2014, an award that spotlights the most compelling contemporary artworks created by artists in the Asia Pacific region over the last three years. 

Now in its third installment, the 15 finalists selected for this edition represent 13 countries and territories including Australia, Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, New Zealand, Pakistan, Singapore, South Korea,  Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. All 15 works will be exhibited at the Singapore Art Museum from 14 November 2014 to 15 March 2015, with the final winners announced at an awards ceremony on 22 January 2015. 

Selected by a panel of five eminent judges from around the region, the finalists’ works were chosen from 105 nominated artworks from 24 countries and territories. Innovative and exciting creations from recent years, the contemporary artworks represent the very best of the region and are intentionally not limited by genre. Spanning various mediums from painting to sculpture, photography, video works and performance art, they each address topical issues and collectively shed light not just on our region’s contemporary art landscape but also on the topics and conversations relevant in our society today. 

The 15 finalist artworks include:
–Australia: Infinite Love (2011) by Owen Leong
–Bangladesh: Rankin Street, 1953 (2013) by Naeem Mohaiemen
–China: Letters From a Distance (2012–14) by Peng Wei
–China: Trace (2011) by Liu Jianhua 
–India: House of Opaque Water (2013) by Ranbir Kaleka
–Indonesia: I’m a Ghost in My Own House (2012) by Melati Suryodarmo
–Japan: One places / on “the room” (2013) by Go Watanabe
–New Zealand: In Pursuit of Venus (2012) by Lisa Reihana
–Pakistan: Kahani Eik Shehr Ki (story of a city) (2012) by Farida Batool
–Singapore: Eskimo wolf trap often quoted in sermons (2013) by Zhao Renhui
–Singapore: PYTHAGAROS (2013) by Ho Tzu Nyen
–South Korea: Custos Cavum (Guardian of the hole) (2011) by Choe U-Ram
–Taiwan: Mirage – Disused Public Property in Taiwan (2010–13) by Yao Jui-Chung & Lost Society Document
–Thailand: Golden Teardrop (2013) by Arin Rungjang

Selecting this year’s finalists is a judging panel comprising Mr. Chris Saines, Director of Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art; Mr. Feng Boyi, eminent independent art curator and critic of Chinese contemporary art; Ms. Luckana Kunavichayanont, Director of Bangkok Art and Culture Center; Ms. Pooja Sood, Director of KHOJ International Artists’ Association; and Dr. Susie Lingham, Director of Singapore Art Museum.

A statement from the jury panel stated, “Narrowing the choice from over 100 works to the final 15 involved a rigorous selection process and intensive discussions—testament to the high caliber of entries that were refined, rich and diverse. Overall, the 15 works selected offer a glimpse of the future of our region’s rich and constantly evolving contemporary art scene. The finalist works stood out for their strength of concept and execution and despite stemming from such diverse contexts, histories and cultural backgrounds, cleverly explored similar issues of identity, immigration, urban expansion, depletion of natural resources, fading of old values, cultural diversity and more.” 

The APB Foundation Signature Art Prize is worth approximately USD 78,000 with USD 47,000 awarded to the Grand Prize winner and USD 11,000 each for two Jurors’ Choice Award winners. A People’s Choice Award of USD 9,000 will also be offered to the artwork that receives the highest number of public votes via on-site and online submissions here. The poll opens from 14 November and those who vote for their favourite work stand a chance to win attractive prizes. 

For additional press information, please contact lynn.sim [​at​] singaporeartmuseum.sg or
T + 65 6697 9762.

Asia Pacific Breweries Foundation Signature Art Prize 2014 exhibition at Singapore Art Museum
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