MCCY respects creative efforts of artists

MCCY respects creative efforts of artists
Cultural Medallion winner Lee Wen has stated that he was not informed or given credit for the idea behind a horseshoe-shaped ping-pong table installed at the Sports Hub for the SEA Games carnival which resembled his artwork Ping-Pong Go Round.

WE REFER to Ms Audrey Wong's letter ("Do more to respect, protect artistic creation"; last Thursday) regarding the use of a ping-pong activity station at the South-east Asia Games Carnival at the Sports Hub.

After the artist Lee Wen's gallery representative sent a proposal to the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY) last year, the National Arts Council (NAC) engaged the gallery to explore the possibility of the artwork being presented as a public art project.

Subsequently, the matter was closed in August 2014, with the mutual understanding of his representative, as NAC preferred to focus on commissioned artworks.

Sport Singapore was not aware of the proposal and had separately engaged event management company UnUsUal Productions to organise the SEA Games Carnival.

When Sport Singapore learnt about the similarity between the ping-pong activity station put up by UnUsUal Productions and Lee Wen's artwork, it immediately closed the activity station and sought to meet Lee Wen and his representatives.

Sport Singapore and UnUsUal Productions then met Lee Wen and his representative, and all parties have since arrived at an amicable resolution to the matter.

We would like to assure everyone that the ministry will continue to support the creative efforts of Singapore artists, and we fully respect the intellectual property that resides in their works.

This article was first published on June 15, 2015.
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