Returning to ArtScience Museum for the second year is the Prudential Eye Awards exhibition, which will run from 16 January to 27 March 2016. A marquee event of the Singapore Art Week, the exhibition showcases a diverse range of works from 15 shortlisted artists for the 2016 Prudential Eye Awards, with the strongest Southeast Asia representation since the inception of the awards in 2014.
Representing a selection of the best emerging contemporary art in Greater Asia, the Prudential Eye Awards shortlist includes three Thai artists for the first time: Tawan Wattuya (‘Best Emerging Artist Using Painting’), Sutthirat Supaparinya and Anupong Charoenmitr (‘Best Emerging Artist Using Digital/Video Work’). They have all displayed in various solo and group art exhibitions in Thailand and internationally. Their representing artworks reflect on issues of industrialisation and globalisation that are familiar to many Asian audiences.
(Yellow Simple by Sakarin-Krue-On)
Vietnam is represented in the same category by independent filmmaker and video artist Trinh Thi Nguyen with the essay film ‘Letters from Panduranga’, which was inspired by the Vietnamese government building the country’s first two nuclear power plants in Ninh Thuan, right at the spiritual heart of the Cham people, threatening the survival of this ancient matriarchal Hindu culture that stretches back almost 2,000 years. The film reflects on the legacy of war and colonisation history of Vietnam, and this is also the first time that a Vietnamese artist has ever been nominated at the Prudential Eye Awards.
Environmental and war issues are a common theme at this year’s exhibition, with the artworks from Bangladeshi artists Shumon Ahmed and Promotesh Das, who are also the first artists representing Bangladesh at the prestigious awards.
(Rat House by Sakarin-Krue-On)
Niru Ratnam, Director of Prudential Eye Awards said: “I believe that the shortlist for this edition of the Prudential Eye Awards is the strongest so far with artists from established art regions in Asia being joined by artists from new art worlds such as Bangladesh and Cambodia. The artists explore some serious themes but also produce beautiful work. The exhibition of their works will show the real depth of talent that is emerging across Asia at the moment.”
This two-and-a- half month public exhibition is part of the Prudential Eye Awards 2016 which will take place at MasterCard Theatres – Sands Theatre at Marina Bay Sands on Tuesday 19 January 2016.
The third edition of the awards features 10 prizes with 5 categories of Best Emerging Artists, using mediums such as digital/video, installation, painting, sculpture and photography. The winner chosen for the coveted ‘Overall Best Emerging Artist’ earns the opportunity to hold a solo exhibition at START Art Fair held at the renowned Saatchi Gallery in London. Sponsored by Prudential, a leading life insurer in Asia, the Awards is a major component of the the Prudential Eye Programme, an initiative aimed at nurturing artistic talent.
(Stake or Skewer by SVAY Sareth)
Complementing this year’s Prudential Eye Awards exhibition is a series of complimentary public guided tours, workshops and an exclusive conversations series with some of the artists. These activities aim to deepen audiences’ engagement with the displayed artworks, by facilitating discussion and exploration of the stories behind them.
Also presented exclusively during the opening weekend is the Conversations programme: ‘The Artist and I’. Audiences will have the opportunity to hear selected artists from the Prudential Eye Awards 2016 shortlist share how their personal experiences are expressed in their art form, and how perspectives on current affairs influence their art and choice of medium.
ArtScience Museum is also presenting a series of ‘Fun with Photogram’ workshops for aspiring artists. The public can learn how to create photographic images without the use of a camera, and learn basic darkroom techniques to develop photograms using traditional print photography methods.
(Warning House by SVAY Sareth)
For an in-depth look at the Prudential Eye Awards Exhibition, check out our review here