Visual Artist Wins Cultural Medallion At 83

Visual Artist Wins Cultural Medallion At 83

Date
Saturday, 19 November 2011

Media Type
TODAY online

Visual artist Lim Yew Kuan,83, was one of four arts practitioners who received the Cultural Medallion awards yesterday — making him one of the oldest recipients of Singapore's highest accolade in the arts.

Mr Lim, a prolific artist and former principal of the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, received the Cultural Medallion from President Tony Tan at the National Arts Council's annual Arts Awards ceremony which was held at the Istana. Apart from Mr Lim, the other recipients were Malay theatre pioneer Atin Amat, lyricist Yusnor Ef and composer Kelly Tang.

Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts Yaacob Ibrahim also presented six artists with the Young Artist Award. They were visual artist Ang Song Ming, graphic novelist/artist Troy Chin, lighting designer Lim Woan Wen, theatre director and actor Peter Sau, and musicians Nawaz Mohammad Mirajkar and Joshua Tan.

The Cultural Medallion and Young Artist Award recipients will be eligible for a S$80,000 and S$10,000 artistic grant. Since its establishment in 1979, the Cultural Medallion has been given to 100 artists, while 106 artists have received the Young Artist Award since 1992. 

[Composer Kelly Tang is Associate Professor of Visual and Performing Arts Academic Group, NIE)

Source: TODAY online, mediacorp