IMPART Art Prize 2023 Tan Boon Hui Curatorial Winner
John Tung (b. 1990, Singapore) is an independent curator and exhibition-maker. He was the Festival Curator for the 7th and 8th Singapore International Photography Festival (2020 & 2022), Associate Curator for the Open House programme, For the House; Against the House (2021- 2023), and the curator of the first exhibition to examine the significance of the ground-breaking Singaporean artist initiative 5th Passage – 5th Passage: In Search of Lost Time (2021). Projects he has produced include The Forest Institute (2022), a large-scale architectural art installation dedicated to secondary forest ecologies, and The Gathering: 千岁宫 (2022), a pop-up Chinese garden-teahouse experience in Chinatown, Singapore. To date, his close work with artists has realised more than 50 new artwork commissions and site-specific adaptations ranging from the minute to monumental. He holds a BA (Hons) in Arts Management awarded by Goldsmiths, University of London (at LASALLE College of the Arts) and an MA in Cultural Management from the Chinese University of Hong Kong where he graduated on the Dean’s List. The Jury commended Tung’s gumption and bravery in pursuing a wide range of projects in his independent practice, as well as the originality and humour in his writing.