Artists, art groups to be consulted on $20m fund

Artists, art groups to be consulted on $20m fund
In reply to queries by Mr Baey Yam Keng (Tampines GRC) and Nominated MP Janice Koh (pictured here), Acting Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Lawrence Wong said that artists and arts groups will be consulted on the usage of a new $20 million government fund to promote Singapore artists abroad.

SINGAPORE - Artists and arts groups will be consulted on the details, including the selection process and criteria, of a new $20 million government fund to promote Singapore artists abroad, said Acting Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Lawrence Wong.

Mr Wong gave the assurance yesterday when replying to Mr Baey Yam Keng (Tampines GRC) and Nominated MP Janice Koh.

Both had asked how the fund would be administered, with Mr Baey citing a Straits Times report that said the ministry would select the fund's recipients.

Elaborating, a spokesman for the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY) said in an e-mailed statement to The Straits Times: "As the nature of these exchanges will vary and may include festivals, fairs, collaborative work or travelling exhibitions, there is no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to identifying suitable artists or institutions to participate."

There are existing grants under the National Arts Council for which artists can apply to showcase their work or undergo training abroad. This new fund, however, is not a grant and so will work differently. Its selection process will vary from case to case, and is likely to be done with international partners, such as co-commissioners or curators.

Said Mr Wong: "When we want to showcase our artists overseas we have to think about what markets to go to, which audiences we want to target, if at all, what events, what platforms.

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