DMCC’s Ahmed Bin Sulayem is Recipient of JNA Awards 2014’s Outstanding Contribution Award

HONG KONG, Aug. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — JNA (Jewellery News Asia), organiser of the JNA Awards, is pleased to announce that Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Executive Chairman of DMCC (Dubai Multi Commodities Centre), is the recipient of the 2014 Outstanding Contribution Award.

 

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Ahmed Bin Sulayem

Ahmed Bin Sulayem

Bin Sulayem, the second individual to be receiving this annual accolade, will be honoured at the JNA Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner on 16 September at the InterContinental Hong Kong. The much-anticipated awards event, the culmination of a year-long process, will be held alongside the world’s No. 1 fine jewellery event, the September Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair.

Bin Sulayem’s accomplishments have had an extraordinarily positive and enduring impact, not only on DMCC and Dubai, but on the global gemstone and jewellery industry, according to Letitia Chow, Chair of the JNA Awards judging panel.

Chow added, “Under Ahmed Bin Sulayem’s leadership, DMCC has enhanced the flow of diamonds, precious metals, pearls and other commodities through Dubai – one of the world’s leading trade hubs. His vision and boldness in executing his role at DMCC has led to the expansion of the global commodities sector.

His leadership has not only established Dubai as a major commodities trading hub, but also promoted synergistic collaboration with trading partners in Asia.”

Under Bin Sulayem’s guidance, Dubai has become one of the leading diamond trading centres in the world – ideally positioned, geographically and operationally, to serve a pivotal role in the “New Silk Road.”

Commenting on the award, Bin Sulayem said: “It is an honour to accept this prestigious award on behalf of DMCC and Dubai as testament to the strength and leadership of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. It is his vision that has enabled DMCC to establish Dubai as the global hub for commodities trade and enterprise, and in doing so making the most of the Emirate’s geographical location between the jewellery and gemstone-producing and consuming countries.”

Bin Sulayem continued, “Today’s gold trade through Dubai has grown from US$6 billion in 2003 to US$75 billion in 2013. The diamond industry has equally grown to some US$39 billion, and Dubai today is ranked among the world’s top three marketplaces for rough and polished diamonds. We are proud to have achieved this in just 10 short years.

“We look forward to continuing on this strong growth trajectory and to further collaborate with our trading partners in mainland China, Hong Kong, as well as other Asian key market players to maximise on the many opportunities that lie ahead.”

Bin Sulayem joined DMCC in 2001 and has since introduced revolutionary infrastructure such as Almas Tower, the tallest commercial tower in the Middle East purpose-built for the diamond trade; and a number of successful products and services, including the establishment of the DMCC Free Zone, the Dubai Gold and Commodities Exchange (DGCX) the Dubai Diamond Exchange (DDE), and other services such as gold refineries, gold and diamond vaults, and the UAE Gold Bullion Coins which were designed to celebrate the accomplishments and vision of the UAE’s leaders. Bin Sulayem has also played a leading role in reviving Dubai’s traditional pearling industry by launching the Dubai Pearl Exchange in 2007. In just over a decade, DMCC has enabled the flow of trade through Dubai to grow immensely while positioning its free zone as the global gateway for commodities trade and enterprise.

Now in its third year, the JNA Awards is an industry-wide event that honours and recognises excellence and achievement in the global jewellery trade with an Asian focus. In 2013, it conferred the Outstanding Contribution of the Year Award to celebrated jewellery master and sculptor Wallace Chan, who has made a significant impact on the global haute joaillerie scene following his spectacular debut at the Biennale des Antiquaires in Paris in 2012.

For the Awards’ 2014 edition, a total of 29 companies and six individuals from 11 countries and regions have been shortlisted across 16 categories.

The event has received an overwhelming response in attendance to the night of the awards ceremony and gala dinner. For more information on the event and past award recipients, please visit www.JNAawards.com.

Notes for Editors:

1. About JNA (www.jewellerynewsasia.com)

JNA is the flagship magazine of UBM Asia’s Jewellery Group. First published in 1983, the title is the leader in providing up-to-date international jewellery trade news with an Asian insight. It features original, in-depth reports by experienced journalists covering the latest developments in the diamond, pearl, gemstone, jewellery manufacturing, and equipment and supplies sectors.

2. About the Headline Partners

2.1 Rio Tinto Diamonds (www.riotintodiamonds.com)

Rio Tinto operates a fully integrated diamonds business from exploration through to sales and marketing. It is one of the world’s major diamond producers through its 100 percent control of the Argyle mine in Australia, 60 percent interest in Diavik mine in Canada, 78 percent interest in the Murowa mine in Zimbabwe and 100 percent interest in the Bunder project in India.

Rio Tinto’s share of the production from its three operating diamond mines is sold through its sales and marketing office in Antwerp, with representative offices in Mumbai, Hong Kong and New York. It also operates a niche cutting and polishing factory in Perth for the rare pink diamonds from its Argyle mine. Rio Tinto is a leading supporter of the Kimberley Process, as well as a founding member of the Responsible Jewellery Council.

2.2 Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group Limited (www.chowtaifook.com)

Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group Ltd, a leading jeweller in Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau, was listed on the Main Board of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong in December 2011 and has become the world’s largest pure-play jeweller by market capitalisation. Chow Tai Fook is now a constituent stock of the Hang Seng China 50 Index and the Hang Seng Mainland 100 Index. Its principal products are mass luxury jewellery and high-end luxury jewellery products including gem-set jewellery, gold products, platinum and karat gold product, and watches.

The Group’s iconic brand “Chow Tai Fook” and 85 years of operations represent key competitive advantages of its business. The Chow Tai Fook brand is recognised for its trustworthiness and authenticity, and renowned for its product design, quality and value.

The Group has an extensive retail network, with over 2,100 points of sale in more than 470 cities in Greater China, Singapore and Malaysia. It also has a growing presence in e-commerce. The Group’s vertically integrated business model provides an effective and tight control over the entire operation chain from raw material procurement, design, production, to marketing and sales through its extensive retail network.

3. About the Honoured Partners

3.1 Diarough Group (www.diarough.com)

Diarough Group was established in Antwerp in 1975 and owns diamond polishing factories in China, India, Thailand and Botswana, with a network of sales offices around the world. Diarough is known among the most professional and respected names in the international diamond industry.

Diarough believes in building and nurturing long-term business relationships based on mutual trust, finding solutions to business and marketing problems, creating marketable opportunities through innovative products and providing excellent client services.

Its jewellery manufacturing unit Uni-Design has produced many award-winning jewellery pieces, which have been proudly worn by celebrities on the red carpet over the years.

The Group employs over 3,500 people and is engaged in a wide range of diamond business activities like rough trading, cutting, polishing, jewellery manufacturing and marketing to retailers, chain stores, global brands and private labels worldwide. Diarough employs advanced technology and modern work speed with traditional ethical business practices upon which the Company was founded.

3.2 Gubelin Group (www.gubelin.com)

Since 1854, the name Gubelin has stood for the very highest standards in gemstones, jewellery and watches. With its selection of the most sought-after timepieces and jewellery of its own design, the family-run business is represented at all the prime locations in Switzerland: Lucerne, Zurich, Basel, Bern, St. Moritz, Lugano and Geneva. Last November, Gubelin Jewellery established its presence in Hong Kong.

Besides the jewellery boutiques and the Gubelin Ateliers, the group has a newly-established Academy and a world-renowned Gemmological Laboratory. The Gubelin Gem Lab is one of the oldest and most respected institutions of its kind, relied on by dealers, auction houses, royal families and collectors since the 1920s.

3.3 KARP Group (http://www.karpjewellery.com/)

With over four decades of experience and expertise in the diamond trade, KARP caters to international luxury brands. Apart from being a DTC Sightholder, the group is recognised as an “institution” in the industry, using the most technologically advanced manufacturing systems in the business. KARP manufactures a huge array of products, from 0.005-carat goods to stones weighing 10 carats and above.

It excels in the production of certified fine makes, fancy-cut goods and fancy coloured diamonds. The manufacturer is one of the few companies that has achieved up to 5-micron precision in diamond manufacturing.

3.4 Paspaley Pearling Company (www.paspaley.com)

Paspaley Pearling Company is the leading producer of Australian South Sea pearls, supplying strands, loose pearls and mother-of-pearl shells to many of the world’s leading jewellery wholesalers, manufacturers and retailers.

The Paspaley family became involved in pearling in the 1920s and is the world’s only South Sea pearl producer with origins in the natural pearl industry. Paspaley Pearling Company Pty Ltd was incorporated in 1953 and built its success and reputation as a pioneer in the cultivation of South Sea pearls. Today, the Company sets the benchmark for modern pearling practices, operating numerous pearl farms dotted along more than 2,500 kilometres of the remote and pristine coastline of north-west Australia.

Paspaley’s harvest represents the majority of Australian South Sea pearl production and has a well-deserved reputation for exceptional quality.

3.5 Shanghai Diamond Exchange (www.cnsde.com)

Authorised by the State Council, the Shanghai Diamond Exchange (SDE) is the only diamond exchange in China and provides diamond dealers a fair and safe transaction venue under close supervision. It also enjoys a favourable taxation policy and is operated in accordance with international best practices of the diamond industry.

Established in 2000, the SDE is a non-profit, self-regulating membership organisation and a member of the World Federation of Diamond Bourses.

3.6 The Israel Diamond Institute (www.israelidiamond.co.il)

The Israel Diamond Institute Group of Companies (IDI) is a non-profit, public interest company representing all institutions involved in the Israeli Diamond Industry. Israel is one of the world’s leading diamond centres, and the Israeli diamond industry has an illustrious history dating back to the late 1930s.

IDI works for the benefit of Israel’s diamond industry in the areas of marketing and business promotion, international communications, R&D, rough sourcing, professional training, publishing and security consultancy. IDI is responsible for industry participation in major trade fairs around the world, organising Israeli Diamond Pavilions, receptions, press conferences and other events at these fairs.

IDI operates a representative office in Hong Kong, which fosters trade relations with Asian markets.

3.7 The Guangdong Land Holdings Limited (www.gdland.com.hk/en)

The Guangdong Land Holdings Limited (GDLAND), with its headquarter in Hong Kong, is listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited, and is a subsidiary of GDH Limited, which is Guangdong Province’s largest conglomerate operating outside Mainland China.

The principal business of GDLAND is property development and investment, including but not limited to the development and operational management of the innovative commercial real estate, urban complex and industrial business complex. As the strategic arm of GDH Limited, GDLAND engages in the business development of commercial real estate, as well as the projects of urban and industrial complex.

GDLAND’s flagship project, namely the “Buxin Project”, is planned to become the biggest and most advanced jewellery mart in the world, including a large-scale jewellery trading and exhibition centre along with other facilities, with a lot size of over 87,000 square metres. The Buxin Project, which is located in the Buxin area of Luohu district in Central Shenzhen, close to the Shuibei Gold and Jewellery Base, is expected to develop the area into one of the most influential gold and jewellery trading and exchange platforms in China and around the world.

4. About UBM Asia

Owned by UBM plc listed on the London Stock Exchange, UBM Asia is Asia’s leading exhibition organiser and the biggest commercial organiser in mainland China, India and Malaysia. Established with its headquarters in Hong Kong and subsidiary companies across Asia and in the US, UBM Asia has a strong global presence in 24 major cities with 30 offices and over 1,300 staff.

With a track record spanning over 30 years, UBM Asia operates in 20 market sectors with 160 dynamic face-to-face exhibitions, 75 high-level professional conferences, 28 targeted trade publications, 18 round-the-clock vertical portals and virtual event services for over 1,000,000 quality exhibitors, visitors, conference delegates, advertisers and subscribers from all over the world. We provide a one-stop diversified global service for high-value business matching, quality market news and online trading networks.

UBM Asia has extensive office networks in China, Southeast Asia and India, three of the world’s fastest growing B2B events markets. UBM China has 11 offices in the major cities in mainland China, including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Chengdu and Shenzhen, where we organise more than 70 exhibitions and conferences. In ASEAN, UBM Asia operates from its offices in Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam and the Philippines with over 60 events in this region. UBM India teams in Mumbai, New Delhi, Bangalore and Chennai organise 20 exhibitions and 60 conferences every year across the country.

For more information, contact:

JNA Awards Marketing
UBM Asia (Hong Kong
+852-2516-2184
marketing@jnaawards.com

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SMIC selected in “Mainland Enterprises Listed in Hong Kong Ranking Award”

SHANGHAI, Aug. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporations (“SMIC”; NYSE: SMI; SEHK: 981) the largest and most advanced foundry in Mainland China, announced today, it was selected by Hong Kong Yazhou Zhoukan Limited in the Fourth Mainland Enterprises Listed in Hong Kong Ranking Award, and won the High-Tech Enterprise Award due to its exceptional business operations and outstanding performance.

Yazhou Zhoukan Limited was founded in 1987 in Hong Kong, covering matters on economics, political and social culture, which caught the attention of the Chinese worldwide. The Mainland Enterprises Listed in Hong Kong Ranking Award selects Mainland Enterprises listed in Hong Kong that has the best performance and is recognized by the market. Yazhou Zhoukan Limited’s research department makes its decisions on the rankings based on audited data from the companies. To pick out the best performing companies from each industry, the market value, turnover and growth, net profit and net profit growth, total assets, as well as level of awareness and influence in the international capital market were all examined. SMIC has shown excellent financial performance such as 9 quarters of consecutive profit, gross profit margin, and net income. Additionally, in recent years, growth rate far exceeded industry standards, and corporate social responsibility has been fulfilled by actively carrying out environmental protection and charity work, to get into the final list and win the High-Tech Enterprise Award.

Dr. Tzu-Yin Chiu, SMIC’s Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director expressed his gratitude by saying “It is an honor that SMIC has been chosen for this year’s Mainland Enterprises Listed in Hong Kong Ranking Award by Yazhou Zhoukan Limited. The award reflects Hong Kong’s market and financial media recognition for SMIC. In the future, SMIC will continue to improve its corporate governance and profitability, as well as work towards becoming a world-class manufacturer of integrated circuits and a high-quality listed company, to create greater value for our shareholders and the society.”

About SMIC

Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (“SMIC”; NYSE: SMI; SEHK: 981) is one of the leading integrated circuit wafer manufacturer in the world and the largest and most advanced wafer manufacturer in mainland China. SMIC provides integrated circuit (IC) foundry and technology services at 0.35-micron to 28-nanometer. Headquartered in Shanghai, China, SMIC has a 300mm wafer fabrication facility (fab) and a 200mm mega-fab in Shanghai; a 300mm mega-fab in Beijing and a majority owned 300mm fab for advance nodes under development; a 200mm fab in Tianjin; and a 200mm fab project under development in Shenzhen. SMIC also has marketing and customer service offices in the U.S., Europe, Japan, and Taiwan, and a representative office in Hong Kong. For more information, please visit www.smics.com.

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In addition to the information contained in this document, you should also consider the information contained in our other filings with the SEC, including our annual report on Form 20-F filed with the SEC on April 14, 2014, especially in the “Risk Factors” section and such other documents that we may file with the SEC or SEHK from time to time, including on Form 6-K. Other unknown or unpredictable factors also could have material adverse effects on our future results, performance or achievements. In light of these risks, uncertainties, assumptions and factors, the forward-looking events discussed in this document may not occur. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date stated or, if no date is stated, as of the date of this document.

SMIC Contact Information:

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Email: Michael_Cheung@smics.com

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Email: Angela_Miao@smics.com

Frost & Sullivan’s inaugural New Zealand Excellence Awards 2014 recognises 18 companies for best practices

AUCKLAND, New Zealand, Aug. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Frost & Sullivan held its inaugural New Zealand Excellence Awards on 28 August 2014 at Villa Maria, presenting a total of 18 awards to companies across the industries of Food, Energy and Power, Healthcare and Information Communication Technologies.

Recipients of the 2014 Frost & Sullivan New Zealand Excellence Awards

Recipients of the 2014 Frost & Sullivan New Zealand Excellence Awards

The New Zealand Excellence Awards will be an annual event to honour companies that have demonstrated outstanding achievement and superior performance in their respective market segments.

“We are very proud to host the annual awards in New Zealand to celebrate the achievements of New Zealand companies. Frost & Sullivan’s awards play an important role recognising those who are driving innovation and achieving best practices across various industries in the New Zealand market. This is our first year of awards in New Zealand, and we are pleased to be able to recognise exceptional accomplishments and exemplary achievements in several of the markets we operate in,” said Andre Clarke, Country Manager, Frost & Sullivan New Zealand.

He added, “The awards reflect a lot of hard work by the recipients, and Frost & Sullivan is pleased to confer these awards in acknowledgment of this. We hope these awards encourage market players to continue to strive for greater success across industries.  As we continue to identify companies deserving distinction, I am confident that this awards banquet will continue to grow and be the most anticipated event of the year by the local business community.”

Award recipients for the 2014 New Zealand Excellence Awards were identified based on extensive secondary research conducted by Frost & Sullivan’s analysts, in-depth interviews and analysis. In order to identify best practices, companies are typically studied on their revenues, market share, capabilities, product or service innovation and overall contribution to the industry.

Frost & Sullivan congratulates all the recipients of the 2014 New Zealand Excellence Awards.

2014 Frost & Sullivan New Zealand Excellence Awards Recipients

Category

Award Recipient

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Energy & Environment

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2014 Asia Pacific Customer Value

Enhancement Award in DC Power

Systems

Enatel Ltd

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2014 New Zealand Energy Management

Services Company of the Year

ABB Limited

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2014 New Zealand Electric Vehicle

Charging Company of the Year   

Juicepoint

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2014 New Zealand Smart Grid

Solutions Company of the Year  

Silver Spring Networks

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2014 New Zealand Facilities

Management Company of the Year  

ISS Facility Services

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Healthcare

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2014 New Zealand Mobile Health

Company of the Year         

Vensa Health

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2014 New Zealand Medical Imaging

New Product Innovation Leadership

Award                            

Aranz Medical Limited

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2014 New Zealand Aged Care Industry

Emerging Company of the Year     

Bupa Care Services

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2014 New Zealand Aged Care Company

of the Year                     

Ryman Healthcare Ltd

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Food

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2014 New Zealand Animal Nutritional

Feed Company of the Year      

Alltech

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2014 New Zealand Nutraceutical

Company of the Year        

Vitaco Health

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2014 New Zealand Edible Oil Company

of the Year                     

The Village Press

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Information and Communication Technology

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2014 New Zealand Network Security

Vendor of the Year               

Check Point Software Technologies

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2014 New Zealand Enterprise

Telephony System Integrator of the

Year                               

Cogent Limited

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2014 New Zealand Contact Center

Outsourcing Service Provider of

the Year                         

Datacom

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2014 New Zealand Unified

Communications System Integrator

of the Year                            

Spark Digital

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2014 New Zealand Hosted Contact

Center Service Provider of the

Year                             

Spark Digital

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2014 New Zealand Data Center

Hosting Service Provider of the

Year                              

Spark Digital

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For more details on the 2014 New Zealand Excellence Awards log-in to http://www.frost-apac.com/newzealandawards. You may also connect with Frost & Sullivan on social media, including Twitter, Facebook, SlideShare, and LinkedIn, for the latest news and updates.  We also invite you to join the conversation using @FrostSullivanAP.

The 2014 Frost & Sullivan New Zealand Excellence Awards was held in conjunction with the Growth, Innovation and Leadership (GIL) Congress 2014: New Zealand.

About Frost & Sullivan

Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Partnership Company, works in collaboration with clients to leverage visionary innovation that addresses the global challenges and related growth opportunities that will make or break today’s market participants. For more than 50 years, we have been developing growth strategies for the global 1000, emerging businesses, the public sector and the investment community. Is your organization prepared for the next profound wave of industry convergence, disruptive technologies, increasing competitive intensity, Mega Trends, breakthrough best practices, changing customer dynamics and emerging economies? Contact us: Start the discussion

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Golden Teardrop by Arin Rungjang from Thailand Shortlisted as Finalist in Third Asia Pacific Breweries Foundation Signature Art Prize

15 finalists vying for SGD 60,000 Grand Prize revealed today

BANGKOK, Aug. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The Singapore Art Museum (SAM) and Asia Pacific Breweries (APB) Foundation today announced the 15 finalists of the APB Foundation Signature Art Prize 2014. Now in its third installment, the prize spotlights the most compelling contemporary artworks created by artists in the Asia Pacific region over the last three years.

 

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 finalists represent 13 countries and territories including Thailand, South Korea, Pakistan, Japan, Singapore, New Zealand, mainland China, Indonesia, Vietnam, Australia, India, Bangladesh and Taiwan. They include:

  • Golden Teardrop (2013) by Arin Rungjang from Thailand
  • Custos Cavum (Guardian of the hole) (2011) by Choe U-Ram from South Korea
  • Kahani Eik Shehr Ki (story of a city) (2012) by Farida Batool from Pakistan
  • One places / on “the room” (2013) by Go Watanabe from Japan
  • PYTHAGORAS (2013) by Ho Tzu Nyen from Singapore
  • In Pursuit of Venus (2012) by Lisa Reihana from New Zealand
  • Trace (2011) by Liu Jianhua from mainland China
  • I’m a Ghost in My Own House (2012) by Melati Suryodarmo from Indonesia
  • Rankin Street, 1953 (2013) by Naeem Mohaiemen from Bangladesh
  • Unsubtitled (2013) by Nguyen Trinh Thi from Vietnam
  • Infinite Love (2011) by Owen Leong from Australia
  • Letters From A Distance (20122014) by Peng Wei from mainland China
  • House of Opaque Water (2013) by Ranbir Kaleka from India
  • Mirage — Disused Public Property in Taiwan (20102013) by Yao Jui-Chung + Lost Society Document (LSD) from Taiwan
  • Eskimo wolf trap often quoted in sermons (2013) by Zhao Renhui from Singapore

(For detailed artist’ statements and biographies, please visit http://www.singaporeartmuseum.sg/apbfSAP2014.html)

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, “We’re excited to be presenting the finalists of the APB Foundation Signature Art Prize 2014. 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 work by Arin Rungjang, the only Thai artist shortlisted for the prestigious title, is a video installation that debuted at the Venice Biennale as part of the Thai Pavilion in 2014. Golden Teardrop revisits pivotal moments in Thai history and looks at the human movement and the exchange of cultures.

Other finalists works include Melati Suryodarmo’s I’m a Ghost in My Own House, an intense and powerful 12-hour long performance that sees the artist grind and crush hundreds of kilograms of charcoal, a symbol of life’s energy while Australian Owen Leong’s Infinite Love, a visceral and poetic performance, explores the body as a physical site for social, cultural and political forces in relation to his Asian-Australian identity.

Employing the use of meditative visuals, Go Watanabe’s One places / on “the room” presents a technically challenging and deeply absorbing piece that changes the way we look at time and space; Ranbir Kaleka’s House of Opaque Water uses a narrative structure to present the idea of displacement and society’s response to these situations; and New Zealander Lisa Reihana’s work In Pursuit of Venus reflects the beauty of the Pacific Islands while offering a nuanced critique of its colonial legacies.

Works shortlisted from Singapore include Ho Tzu Nyen’s PYTHAGORAS, a creation that serves as an immersive experience for audiences to explore the concept of the unseen and the concealment of power, sound or the voice; while Zhao Renhui’s seemingly minimalist installation titled Eskimo wolf trap often quoted in sermons, draws on his experience of traveling through the Arctic and being overwhelmed by its starkness. From mainland China the works shortlisted include Liu Jianhua’s Trace, a striking piece inspired by the traditional art forms of calligraphy and porcelain to comment on societal ills and Peng Wei’s Letters from a Distance, which is steeped in traditional practices and utilizes Chinese aesthetic objects like scrolls and leaves melded together with texts from Western philosophers.

And from South Korea, Choe U-Ram’s Custos Cavum (Guardian of the hole) takes the form of a mesmerizing and highly imaginative sculpture that depicts a mythical creature that is at once from the past yet also from an apocalyptic future.

Exemplifying how art has the power to highlight a social issue for scrutiny and exact real change, Yao Jui-Chung & Lost Society Document (LSD)’s Mirage — Disused Public Property in Taiwan is an investigative political work on Taiwan’s ‘mosquito halls’ while Nguyen Trinh Thi’s Unsubtitled looks at freedom of expression through an installation about Nhan Van-Giai Pham — a suppressed literary movement of the 1950s.

Finally, exploring spaces and places, Pakistan’s Farida Batool’s Kahani Eik Shehr Ki (story of a city) brings viewers on a walk down a busy city street in Lahore, capturing the side of a city that people may not know of via 21 long lenticular prints while Naeem Mohaiemen of Bangladesh presents Rankin Street, 1953, an intimate work that reveals the artist’s memories of his family using his family home as the subject and uncovering the past through vintage photograph negatives.

The APB Foundation Signature Art Prize is worth $100,000 with $60,000 awarded to the Grand Prize winner and $15,000 each for two Jurors’ Choice Award winners. A People’s Choice Award of $10,000 will also be offered to the artwork that receives the highest number of public votes via on-site and online submissions (voting opens from 14 November 2014).

The APB Foundation Signature Art Prize Exhibition will take place at SAM from 14 November 2014 to 15 March 2015 with the winners announced at an awards ceremony on 22 January 2015. For more information, please visit the APB Foundation Signature Art Prize webpage at http://www.singaporeartmuseum.sg/apbfSAP2014.html.

About the Asia Pacific Breweries (APB) Foundation

Instituted in June 1994, the APB Foundation seeks to ignite compassion and inspire through our philanthropic efforts. We set resources in motion to help people and organisations improve talents, enhanced educational and research endeavours as well as better living conditions. In turn, we fuel society and enable the communities, where we live and work, to flourish.

Committed to supporting Human Excellence, Creativity Development and Humanitarian Causes, the APB Foundation is involved in a variety of initiatives that range from arts funding and backing talent-building projects for human capital development, to engaging in meaningful partnerships with organisations or individuals who share our common goal to serve the society.

The APB Foundation is a registered charity managed and funded by Heineken Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd. (HEINEKEN Asia Pacific).

About the Singapore Art Museum

The Singapore Art Museum (SAM) focuses on contemporary art practice in Singapore, Southeast Asia and Asia within the global context. It advocates and makes accessible interdisciplinary contemporary art through research-led and evolving curatorial practice. Opened in January 1996, SAM has built up one of the most important collections of contemporary art from the region. It seeks to seed and nourish a stimulating and creative space in Singapore through exhibitions and public programmes. These encompass cross-disciplinary residencies and exchanges, research and publications, as well as outreach and education. SAM was the organiser of the Singapore Biennale in 2011 and 2013.

SAM was incorporated as a Company Limited by Guarantee on 13 November 2013 and has moved from the National Heritage Board to the Visual Arts Cluster (VAC) under the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY). The other institutions under the VAC are the National Art Gallery, Singapore (NAGS), and the Singapore Tyler Print Institute (STPI).

For more information and images of the artists and judges, please contact:

Kimberly Mah

Lynn Sim

Ogilvy Public Relations

Singapore Art Museum

DID: +65-62139940

DID: +65-66979762

Email: kimberly.mah@ogilvy.com

Email: lynn.sim@singaporeartmuseum.sg

Janet Neo

Asia Pacific Breweries Foundation

DID: +65-62763488

Email: janet.neo@heineken.com

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In Pursuit of Venus by Lisa Reihana from New Zealand Shortlisted as Finalist in Third Asia Pacific Breweries Foundation Signature Art Prize

15 finalists vying for SGD 60,000 Grand Prize revealed today

AUCKLAND, New Zealand, Aug. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The Singapore Art Museum (SAM) and Asia Pacific Breweries (APB) Foundation today announced the 15 finalists of the APB Foundation Signature Art Prize 2014. Now in its third installment, the prize spotlights the most compelling contemporary artworks created by artists in the Asia Pacific region over the last three years.

 

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 finalists represent 13 countries and territories including Thailand, South Korea, Pakistan, Japan, Singapore, New Zealand, mainland China, Indonesia, Vietnam, Australia, India, Bangladesh and Taiwan. They include:

  • Golden Teardrop (2013) by Arin Rungjang from Thailand
  • Custos Cavum (Guardian of the hole) (2011) by Choe U-Ram from South Korea
  • Kahani Eik Shehr Ki (story of a city) (2012) by Farida Batool from Pakistan
  • One places / on “the room” (2013) by Go Watanabe from Japan
  • PYTHAGORAS (2013) by Ho Tzu Nyen from Singapore
  • In Pursuit of Venus (2012) by Lisa Reihana from New Zealand
  • Trace (2011) by Liu Jianhua from mainland China
  • I’m a Ghost in My Own House (2012) by Melati Suryodarmo from Indonesia
  • Rankin Street, 1953 (2013) by Naeem Mohaiemen from Bangladesh
  • Unsubtitled (2013) by Nguyen Trinh Thi from Vietnam
  • Infinite Love (2011) by Owen Leong from Australia
  • Letters From A Distance (20122014) by Peng Wei from mainland China
  • House of Opaque Water (2013) by Ranbir Kaleka from India
  • Mirage — Disused Public Property in Taiwan (20102013) by Yao Jui-Chung + Lost Society Document (LSD) from Taiwan
  • Eskimo wolf trap often quoted in sermons (2013) by Zhao Renhui from Singapore

(For detailed artist’ statements and biographies, please visit http://www.singaporeartmuseum.sg/apbfSAP2014.html)

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, “We’re excited to be presenting the finalists of the APB Foundation Signature Art Prize 2014. 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.”

Lisa Reihana is the only finalist shortlisted from New Zealand for the prestigious title. Her video installation is a beautiful and spectacular piece titled In Pursuit of Venus which reflects the beauty of the Pacific Islands while offering a nuanced critique of its colonial legacies.

Other finalists works include Melati Suryodarmo’s I’m a Ghost in My Own House, an intense and powerful 12-hour long performance that sees the artist grind and crush hundreds of kilograms of charcoal, a symbol of life’s energy while Australian Owen Leong’s Infinite Love, a visceral and poetic performance, explores the body as a physical site for social, cultural and political forces in relation to his Asian-Australian identity.

Employing the use of meditative visuals, Go Watanabe’s One places / on “the room” presents a technically challenging and deeply absorbing piece that changes the way we look at time and space; Ranbir Kaleka’s House of Opaque Water uses a narrative structure to present the idea of displacement and society’s response to these situations.

Works shortlisted from Singapore include Ho Tzu Nyen’s PYTHAGORAS, a creation that serves as an immersive experience for audiences to explore the concept of the unseen and the concealment of power, sound or the voice; while Zhao Renhui’s seemingly minimalist installation titled Eskimo wolf trap often quoted in sermons, draws on his experience of traveling through the Arctic and being overwhelmed by its starkness.

From mainland China the works shortlisted include Liu Jianhua’s Trace, a striking piece inspired by the traditional art forms of calligraphy and porcelain to comment on societal ills and Peng Wei’s Letters from a Distance, which is steeped in traditional practices and utilizes Chinese aesthetic objects like scrolls and leaves melded together with texts from Western philosophers.

Choe U-Ram’s Custos Cavum (Guardian of the hole) takes the form of a mesmerizing and highly imaginative sculpture that depicts a mythical creature that is at once from the past yet also from an apocalyptic future and Arin Rungjang’s Golden Teardrop, revisits pivotal moments in Thai history and looks at the human movement and the exchange of cultures.

Exemplifying how art has the power to highlight a social issue for scrutiny and exact real change, Yao Jui-Chung & Lost Society Document (LSD)’s Mirage — Disused Public Property in Taiwan is an investigative political work on Taiwan’s ‘mosquito halls’ while Nguyen Trinh Thi‘s Unsubtitled looks at freedom of expression through an installation about Nhan Van-Giai Pham — a suppressed literary movement of the 1950s.

Finally, exploring spaces and places, Pakistan’s Farida Batool’s Kahani Eik Shehr Ki (story of a city) brings viewers on a walk down a busy city street in Lahore, capturing the side of a city that people may not know of via 21 long lenticular prints while Naeem Mohaiemen of Bangladesh presents Rankin Street, 1953, an intimate work that reveals the artist’s memories of his family using his family home as the subject and uncovering the past through vintage photograph negatives.

The APB Foundation Signature Art Prize is worth $100,000 with $60,000 awarded to the Grand Prize winner and $15,000 each for two Jurors’ Choice Award winners. A People’s Choice Award of $10,000 will also be offered to the artwork that receives the highest number of public votes via on-site and online submissions (voting opens from 14 November 2014).

The APB Foundation Signature Art Prize Exhibition will take place at SAM from 14 November 2014 to 15 March 2015 with the winners announced at an awards ceremony on 22 January 2015. For more information, please visit the APB Foundation Signature Art Prize webpage at http://www.singaporeartmuseum.sg/apbfSAP2014.html.

About the Asia Pacific Breweries (APB) Foundation

Instituted in June 1994, the APB Foundation seeks to ignite compassion and inspire through our philanthropic efforts. We set resources in motion to help people and organisations improve talents, enhanced educational and research endeavours as well as better living conditions. In turn, we fuel society and enable the communities, where we live and work, to flourish.

Committed to supporting Human Excellence, Creativity Development and Humanitarian Causes, the APB Foundation is involved in a variety of initiatives that range from arts funding and backing talent-building projects for human capital development, to engaging in meaningful partnerships with organisations or individuals who share our common goal to serve the society.

The APB Foundation is a registered charity managed and funded by Heineken Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd. (HEINEKEN Asia Pacific).

About the Singapore Art Museum

The Singapore Art Museum (SAM) focuses on contemporary art practice in Singapore, Southeast Asia and Asia within the global context. It advocates and makes accessible interdisciplinary contemporary art through research-led and evolving curatorial practice. Opened in January 1996, SAM has built up one of the most important collections of contemporary art from the region. It seeks to seed and nourish a stimulating and creative space in Singapore through exhibitions and public programmes. These encompass cross-disciplinary residencies and exchanges, research and publications, as well as outreach and education. SAM was the organiser of the Singapore Biennale in 2011 and 2013.

SAM was incorporated as a Company Limited by Guarantee on 13 November 2013 and has moved from the National Heritage Board to the Visual Arts Cluster (VAC) under the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY). The other institutions under the VAC are the National Art Gallery, Singapore (NAGS), and the Singapore Tyler Print Institute (STPI).

For more information and images of the artists and judges, please contact:

Kimberly Mah

Lynn Sim

Ogilvy Public Relations

Singapore Art Museum

DID: +65-62139940

DID: +65-66979762

Email: kimberly.mah@ogilvy.com

Email: lynn.sim@singaporeartmuseum.sg

Janet Neo

Asia Pacific Breweries Foundation

DID: +65-62763488

Email: janet.neo@heineken.com

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Infinite Love by Owen Leong from Australia Shortlisted as Finalist in Third Asia Pacific Breweries Foundation Signature Art Prize

15 finalists vying for SGD 60,000 Grand Prize revealed today

SYDNEY, Aug. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The Singapore Art Museum (SAM) and Asia Pacific Breweries (APB) Foundation today announced the 15 finalists of the APB Foundation Signature Art Prize 2014. Now in its third installment, the prize spotlights the most compelling contemporary artworks created by artists in the Asia Pacific region over the last three years.

The Singapore Art Museum (SAM) Logo

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 finalists represent 13 countries and territories including Thailand, South Korea, Pakistan, Japan, Singapore, New Zealand, mainland China, Indonesia, Vietnam, Australia, India, Bangladesh and Taiwan. They include:

  • Golden Teardrop (2013) by Arin Rungjang from Thailand
  • Custos Cavum (Guardian of the hole) (2011) by Choe U-Ram from South Korea
  • Kahani Eik Shehr Ki (story of a city) (2012) by Farida Batool from Pakistan
  • One places / on “the room” (2013) by Go Watanabe from Japan
  • PYTHAGORAS (2013) by Ho Tzu Nyen from Singapore
  • In Pursuit of Venus (2012) by Lisa Reihana from New Zealand
  • Trace (2011) by Liu Jianhua from mainland China
  • I’m a Ghost in My Own House (2012) by Melati Suryodarmo from Indonesia
  • Rankin Street, 1953 (2013) by Naeem Mohaiemen from Bangladesh
  • Unsubtitled (2013) by Nguyen Trinh Thi from Vietnam
  • Infinite Love (2011) by Owen Leong from Australia
  • Letters From A Distance (20122014) by Peng Wei from mainland China
  • House of Opaque Water (2013) by Ranbir Kaleka from India
  • Mirage — Disused Public Property in Taiwan (20102013) by Yao Jui-Chung + Lost Society Document (LSD) from Taiwan
  • Eskimo wolf trap often quoted in sermons (2013) by Zhao Renhui from Singapore

(For detailed artist’ statements and biographies, please visit http://www.singaporeartmuseum.sg/apbfSAP2014.html)

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, “We’re excited to be presenting the finalists of the APB Foundation Signature Art Prize 2014. 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.”

Owen Leong’s Infinite Love, a subtle video that is cleanly positioned yet extremely violent, is the only Australian artist shortlisted for the prestigious title. Infinite Love is a visceral and poetic performance that explores the body as a physical site for social, cultural and political forces in relation to his Asian-Australian identity.

Other finalists works include Melati Suryodarmo’s I’m a Ghost in My Own House, an intense and powerful 12-hour long performance that sees the artist grind and crush hundreds of kilograms of charcoal, a symbol of life’s energy. Choe U-Ram’s Custos Cavum (Guardian of the hole) takes the form of a mesmerizing and highly imaginative sculpture that depicts a mythical creature that is at once from the past yet also from an apocalyptic future and Arin Rungjang’s Golden Teardrop, revisits pivotal moments in Thai history and looks at the human movement and the exchange of cultures.

Employing the use of meditative visuals, Go Watanabe’s One places / on “the room” presents a technically challenging and deeply absorbing piece that changes the way we look at time and space; Ranbir Kaleka’s House of Opaque Water uses a narrative structure to present the idea of displacement and society’s response to these situations; and New Zealander Lisa Reihana’s work In Pursuit of Venus reflects the beauty of the Pacific Islands while offering a nuanced critique of its colonial legacies.

Works shortlisted from Singapore include Ho Tzu Nyen’s PYTHAGORAS, a creation that serves as an immersive experience for audiences to explore the concept of the unseen and the concealment of power, sound or the voice; while Zhao Renhui’s seemingly minimalist installation titled Eskimo wolf trap often quoted in sermons, draws on his experience of traveling through the Arctic and being overwhelmed by its starkness.

From mainland China the works shortlisted include Liu Jianhua’s Trace, a striking piece inspired by the traditional art forms of calligraphy and porcelain to comment on societal ills and Peng Wei’s Letters from a Distance, which is steeped in traditional practices and utilizes Chinese aesthetic objects like scrolls and leaves melded together with texts from Western philosophers.

Exemplifying how art has the power to highlight a social issue for scrutiny and exact real change, Yao Jui-Chung & Lost Society Document (LSD)’s Mirage — Disused Public Property in Taiwan is an investigative political work on Taiwan’s mosquito halls while Nguyen Trinh Thi‘s Unsubtitled looks at freedom of expression through an installation about Nhan Van-Giai Pham — a suppressed literary movement of the 1950s.

Finally, exploring spaces and places, Pakistan’s Farida Batool’s Kahani Eik Shehr Ki (story of a city) brings viewers on a walk down a busy city street in Lahore, capturing the side of a city that people may not know of via 21 long lenticular prints while Naeem Mohaiemen of Bangladesh presents Rankin Street, 1953, an intimate work that reveals the artist’s memories of his family using his family home as the subject and uncovering the past through vintage photograph negatives.

The APB Foundation Signature Art Prize is worth $100,000 with $60,000 awarded to the Grand Prize winner and $15,000 each for two Jurors’ Choice Award winners. A People’s Choice Award of $10,000 will also be offered to the artwork that receives the highest number of public votes via on-site and online submissions (voting opens from 14 November 2014).

The APB Foundation Signature Art Prize Exhibition will take place at SAM from 14 November 2014 to 15 March 2015 with the winners announced at an awards ceremony on 22 January 2015. For more information, please visit the APB Foundation Signature Art Prize webpage at http://www.singaporeartmuseum.sg/apbfSAP2014.html.

About the Asia Pacific Breweries (APB) Foundation

Instituted in June 1994, the APB Foundation seeks to ignite compassion and inspire through our philanthropic efforts. We set resources in motion to help people and organisations improve talents, enhanced educational and research endeavours as well as better living conditions. In turn, we fuel society and enable the communities, where we live and work, to flourish.

Committed to supporting Human Excellence, Creativity Development and Humanitarian Causes, the APB Foundation is involved in a variety of initiatives that range from arts funding and backing talent-building projects for human capital development, to engaging in meaningful partnerships with organisations or individuals who share our common goal to serve the society.

The APB Foundation is a registered charity managed and funded by Heineken Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd. (HEINEKEN Asia Pacific).

About the Singapore Art Museum

The Singapore Art Museum (SAM) focuses on contemporary art practice in Singapore, Southeast Asia and Asia within the global context. It advocates and makes accessible interdisciplinary contemporary art through research-led and evolving curatorial practice. Opened in January 1996, SAM has built up one of the most important collections of contemporary art from the region. It seeks to seed and nourish a stimulating and creative space in Singapore through exhibitions and public programmes. These encompass cross-disciplinary residencies and exchanges, research and publications, as well as outreach and education. SAM was the organiser of the Singapore Biennale in 2011 and 2013.

SAM was incorporated as a Company Limited by Guarantee on 13 November 2013 and has moved from the National Heritage Board to the Visual Arts Cluster (VAC) under the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY). The other institutions under the VAC are the National Art Gallery, Singapore (NAGS), and the Singapore Tyler Print Institute (STPI).

For more information and images of the artists and judges, please contact:

Kimberly Mah

Lynn Sim

Ogilvy Public Relations

Singapore Art Museum

DID: +65-62139940

DID: +65-66979762

Email: kimberly.mah@ogilvy.com

Email: lynn.sim@singaporeartmuseum.sg

Janet Neo

Asia Pacific Breweries Foundation

DID: +65-62763488

Email: janet.neo@heineken.com

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I’m a Ghost in My Own House by Melati Suryodarmo from Indonesia Shortlisted as Finalist in Third Asia Pacific Breweries Foundation Signature Art Prize

15 finalists vying for SGD 60,000 Grand Prize revealed today

SURAKARTA, Indonesia, Aug. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The Singapore Art Museum (SAM) and Asia Pacific Breweries (APB) Foundation today announced the 15 finalists of the APB Foundation Signature Art Prize 2014. Now in its third installment, the prize spotlights the most compelling contemporary artworks created by artists in the Asia Pacific region over the last three years.

 

The Singapore Art Museum (SAM) Logo

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 finalists represent 13 countries and territories including Thailand, South Korea, Pakistan, Japan, Singapore, New Zealand, mainland China, Indonesia, Vietnam, Australia, India, Bangladesh and Taiwan. They include:

  • Golden Teardrop (2013) by Arin Rungjang from Thailand
  • Custos Cavum (Guardian of the hole) (2011) by Choe U-Ram from South Korea
  • Kahani Eik Shehr Ki (story of a city) (2012) by Farida Batool from Pakistan
  • One places / on “the room” (2013) by Go Watanabe from Japan
  • PYTHAGORAS (2013) by Ho Tzu Nyen from Singapore
  • In Pursuit of Venus (2012) by Lisa Reihana from New Zealand
  • Trace (2011) by Liu Jianhua from mainland China
  • I’m a Ghost in My Own House (2012) by Melati Suryodarmo from Indonesia
  • Rankin Street, 1953 (2013) by Naeem Mohaiemen from Bangladesh
  • Unsubtitled (2013) by Nguyen Trinh Thi from Vietnam
  • Infinite Love (2011) by Owen Leong from Australia
  • Letters From A Distance (2012-2014) by Peng Wei from mainland China
  • House of Opaque Water (2013) by Ranbir Kaleka from India
  • Mirage — Disused Public Property in Taiwan (2010-2013) by Yao Jui-Chung + Lost Society Document (LSD) from Taiwan
  • Eskimo wolf trap often quoted in sermons (2013) by Zhao Renhui from Singapore

(For detailed artist’ statements and biographies, please visit http://www.singaporeartmuseum.sg/apbfSAP2014.html)

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, “We’re excited to be presenting the finalists of the APB Foundation Signature Art Prize 2014. 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.”

I’m a Ghost in My Own House by Melati Suryodarmo, the only Indonesian finalist shortlisted for the prestigious title, is an intense and powerful 12-hour long performance that sees the artist grind and crush hundreds of kilograms of charcoal, a symbol of life’s energy.

Other finalists works include Australian Owen Leong’s Infinite Love, a visceral and poetic performance, explores the body as a physical site for social, cultural and political forces in relation to his Asian-Australian identity.

Employing the use of meditative visuals, Go Watanabe’s One places / on “the room” presents a technically challenging and deeply absorbing piece that changes the way we look at time and space; Ranbir Kaleka’s House of Opaque Water uses a narrative structure to present the idea of displacement and society’s response to these situations; and New Zealander Lisa Reihana’s work In Pursuit of Venus reflects the beauty of the Pacific Islands while offering a nuanced critique of its colonial legacies.

From mainland China the works shortlisted include Liu Jianhua’s Trace, a striking piece inspired by the traditional art forms of calligraphy and porcelain to comment on societal ills and Peng Wei’s Letters from a Distance, which is steeped in traditional practices and utilizes Chinese aesthetic objects like scrolls and leaves melded together with texts from Western philosophers.

Choe U-Ram’s Custos Cavum (Guardian of the hole) takes the form of a mesmerizing and highly imaginative sculpture that depicts a mythical creature that is at once from the past yet also from an apocalyptic future and Arin Rungjang’s Golden Teardrop, revisits pivotal moments in Thai history and looks at the human movement and the exchange of cultures.

Works shortlisted from Singapore include Ho Tzu Nyen’s PYTHAGORAS, a creation that serves as an immersive experience for audiences to explore the concept of the unseen and the concealment of power, sound or the voice; while Zhao Renhui’s seemingly minimalist installation titled Eskimo wolf trap often quoted in sermons, draws on his experience of traveling through the Arctic and being overwhelmed by its starkness.

Exemplifying how art has the power to highlight a social issue for scrutiny and exact real change, Yao Jui-Chung & Lost Society Document (LSD)’s Mirage — Disused Public Property in Taiwan is an investigative political work on Taiwan’s ‘mosquito halls’ while Nguyen Trinh Thi Unsubtitled looks at freedom of expression through an installation about Nhan Van-Giai Pham — a suppressed literary movement of the 1950s.

Finally, exploring spaces and places, Pakistan’s Farida Batool’s Kahani Eik Shehr Ki (story of a city) brings viewers on a walk down a busy city street in Lahore, capturing the side of a city that people may not know of via 21 long lenticular prints while Naeem Mohaiemen of Bangladesh presents Rankin Street, 1953, an intimate work that reveals the artist’s memories of his family using his family home as the subject and uncovering the past through vintage photograph negatives.

The APB Foundation Signature Art Prize is worth $100,000 with $60,000 awarded to the Grand Prize winner and $15,000 each for two Jurors’ Choice Award winners. A People’s Choice Award of $10,000 will also be offered to the artwork that receives the highest number of public votes via on-site and online submissions (voting opens from 14 November 2014).

The APB Foundation Signature Art Prize Exhibition will take place at SAM from 14 November 2014 to 15 March 2015 with the winners announced at an awards ceremony on 22 January 2015. For more information, please visit the APB Foundation Signature Art Prize webpage at http://www.singaporeartmuseum.sg/apbfSAP2014.html.

About the Asia Pacific Breweries (APB) Foundation

Instituted in June 1994, the APB Foundation seeks to ignite compassion and inspire through our philanthropic efforts. We set resources in motion to help people and organisations improve talents, enhanced educational and research endeavours as well as better living conditions. In turn, we fuel society and enable the communities, where we live and work, to flourish.

Committed to supporting Human Excellence, Creativity Development and Humanitarian Causes, the APB Foundation is involved in a variety of initiatives that range from arts funding and backing talent-building projects for human capital development, to engaging in meaningful partnerships with organisations or individuals who share our common goal to serve the society.

The APB Foundation is a registered charity managed and funded by Heineken Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd. (HEINEKEN Asia Pacific).

About the Singapore Art Museum

The Singapore Art Museum (SAM) focuses on contemporary art practice in Singapore, Southeast Asia and Asia within the global context. It advocates and makes accessible interdisciplinary contemporary art through research-led and evolving curatorial practice. Opened in January 1996, SAM has built up one of the most important collections of contemporary art from the region. It seeks to seed and nourish a stimulating and creative space in Singapore through exhibitions and public programmes. These encompass cross-disciplinary residencies and exchanges, research and publications, as well as outreach and education. SAM was the organiser of the Singapore Biennale in 2011 and 2013.

SAM was incorporated as a Company Limited by Guarantee on 13 November 2013 and has moved from the National Heritage Board to the Visual Arts Cluster (VAC) under the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY). The other institutions under the VAC are the National Art Gallery, Singapore (NAGS), and the Singapore Tyler Print Institute (STPI).

For more information and images of the artists and judges, please contact:

Kimberly Mah

Lynn Sim

Ogilvy Public Relations

Singapore Art Museum

DID: +65-6213-9940

DID: +65-6697-9762

Email: kimberly.mah@ogilvy.com

Email: lynn.sim@singaporeartmuseum.sg

Janet Neo

Asia Pacific Breweries Foundation

DID: +65-6276-3488

Email: janet.neo@heineken.com

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