Singapore Museum nominates 5 Indian artists for art prize

PTI New Delhi | Updated on August 30, 2011

Five artists from India — Atul Bhalla, Prabhavathi Meppayil, Ravi Shah, Sheba Chhachhi and Shreyas Karle — have been nominated by the Singapore Museum for a $45,000 art prize.

The artists’ works are part of a total of 130 artworks from 24 countries that are vying for the triennial Signature Art Prize, set up in 2008, which recognises significant works of art from the Asia-Pacific region’s contemporary art.

Two leading art professionals, Suman Gopinath and Pooja Sood, have nominated the artists whose works span different mediums such as installation, print, mixed media and photography, and discuss issues such as environment concerns.

“The Prize recognises and highlights the best in this region’s contemporary art developments in recent years,” says Tan Boon Hui, Director Singapore Art Museum.

“It demonstrates Singapore Museum’s role in uncovering ground-breaking artworks of lasting significance to our region, and profiling them to an international audience or art lovers, critics and collectors,” adds Boon Hui.

The Asia Pacific Breweries (APB) Foundation is funding the Signature Art Prize.

Apart from India, entries have also been received from Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Oceania (Australia, New Zealand, New Caledonia and Papua New Guinea), Pakistan, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.

A shortlist of finalists would be announced on October 1 while the winners would be named on November 18.

Published on August 30, 2011

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