IMPART Awards 2021
16 JULY - 16 OCTOBER 2020
The IMPART Awards is an art prize that aims to support the professional development of emerging talent in visual arts in Singapore by providing impactful career building opportunities. In this fourth edition, the prize will award three winners (in the artist or curator category). Each winner will receive a cash award and an international exchange with visits to renowned art institutions, providing valuable exposure to leading practitioners.
3 visual art talents will each win a SGD 20,000 prize:
SGD 15,000 cash award towards artistic practice
SGD 5,000 towards an exchange programme to New York City managed by Art Outreach including:
Asia Society Museum Experience: A private tour of a new exhibition with Mr. Tan Boon Hui (Vice President, Global Arts & Cultural Programs and Director, Asia Society Museum; Jury Chair, IMPART Awards; and Curatorial Advisor, IMPART Collectors' Show.)
Contemporary Art Immersion: 4-day exchange programme with visits to key contemporary establishments including Whitney Museum of American Art and Museum of Modern Art.
Initially limited to Singapore Citizens or Singapore Permanent Residents.
Eligibility Nomination Process:
Open call or third-party nominations
18 – 35 years old (at time of application)
2D (Drawing, painting, mixed media) and 3D (Sculpture)
16 July 2020 - Call for applications open
16 October 2020 - Call for applications close
December 2020 - Finalists announced
January 2021 - Winners announced
To download the application form or to receive updates, please fill in the fields below and click 'Submit'.
IMPART Awards Jury
We have assembled an influential panel of internationally respected art industry practitioners, artists and art patrons, who will be serving as esteemed judges to select the winning entries.
IMPART Awards Panel
The panel gives advice and recommendations on the governance, management, and programmatic aspects of the awards and affiliated IMPART events.
Past IMPART Award Winners
2021 Honourable Mentions
We’ve answered the most common questions about the IMPART Awards here.
If you have a query that is not addressed here, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Who can enter the IMPART Awards?
The IMPART Awards is open to visual artists and curators who are Singaporean citizens or Singaporean Permanent Residents, age 18-35 years old (at the time of application).
Is there a theme for the IMPART Awards?
The IMPART Award an open call for entries with no limitations on theme. You are welcome to submit work and exhibitions on any subject.
How do I enter?
Download the application form at the link above, and submit the completed form via email to email@example.com before the deadline.
Your completed form should include at minimum Part I: Applicant Details, Part II: Personal Statement and Curriculum Vitae, Annex 1: Past Works (in PDF format) and Annex 2: Checklist and Declaration.
You are also encouraged to supplement your application with published reviews of your work (if you are an artist), or writing samples (if you are a curator).
How do I nominate someone for the Award?
If you would like to nominate someone for the Award, you may either fill in the form on their behalf and submit it to us, or have them submit their form to us along with your written nomination.
How much does it cost to enter?
It is free to enter the IMPART Awards.
When do entries close?
Call for applications will close on Friday 16 October at 5pm SGT.
What is the prize?
3 winners selected from the artist or curator category will each receive a SGD15,000 cash prize towards their artistic practice and SGD5,000 towards an exchange programme to New York City managed by Art Outreach. (the funding will be applied to airfare, accommodation, ground transportation, food and miscellaneous expenses). An Art Outreach representative will be accompanying the winners on this exchange and will be on hand to manage and facilitate the exchange programme.
Where does the prize money come from?
Art Outreach is a non-profit charity. We fundraise year round to cover our operating budget, including the SGD60,000 funds awarded through the prize each year. Contributions come from individuals, corporates, foundations and government grants.
When will the New York study trip take place?
The New York study trip is typically scheduled around April/May of the following year to coincide with the Frieze Art Fair and Spring Exhibitions in New York. However, Art Outreach will work directly with the winners to arrange specific dates and find a time that best suits everyone’s schedule.
What does the New York study trip entail?
The New York study trip is a 4-day programme that includes visits to renowned art institutions like the Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Asia Society Museum, as well as the Frieze Art Fair, key art galleries and independent art spaces. Throughout the trip, we arrange opportunities for the winners to speak with gallerists and art industry professionals, to provide them with insights into the international art scene and market. We will also work directly with the winners to take into account their preferences and interests, and develop an itinerary that best serves their needs.
If I am a winner, how and when will I receive my prize money?
Of the SGD15,000 cash prize, the first SGD10,000 will be transferred directly to you by February 2021. The remaining SGD5,000 will be transferred in September 2021, after the close of the New York study trip.
Have you received my entry?
We will send you an email acknowledgement within 48 hours of receiving your application. If you have not received confirmation from us, please check your junk/spam folders before contacting us.
When will I hear back on the results?
All applicants will receive an email from us in December 2020 notifying them if they have been selected as a finalist or were unsuccessful this round.
When will the finalists and winners be announced?
Finalists will be announced to the public in February 2021 through our website and social media platforms.
The winners will be unveiled at a private event during Singapore Art Week 2021, and announced shortly after through our website and social media platforms.
Can I receive feedback for my entry?
Unfortunately, due to the number of entries received, the judges are unable to offer any feedback on unsuccessful entries.
How should I prepare my personal statement for the application?
The statement is your chance to communicate directly to the jury panel. A good statement summarises your artistic/curatorial direction and practice, and may include acknowledgements of your references or inspirations.
The artwork/exhibition I’m proposing is not complete. May I submit in-progress works?
We understand that you may wish to propose works-in-progress and unfinished series. If you’re not able to submit images for your completed works, please submit original images of exemplary past work that approximate the style and themes of your proposal. Curators must submit original images that illustrate the show’s concept, and sample images for each participating artist if any are already attached to the proposal.
I submitted an application last year but it was not selected. Can I apply again this year?
Yes, you are welcome to apply again, and new proposals are especially encouraged.
Do I have to create new artwork for the Award?
No, the IMPART Awards does not require the submission of new work, though you are welcome to do so. You can submit new or existing pieces of work, provided they have been created no more than two years before the submission deadline and have not been previously entered for the IMPART Awards.
What kind of artworks can I enter?
The IMPART Awards focuses on artworks in traditional 2D and 3D mediums including drawing, painting, collage, print, mixed media, sculpture, ceramics and installation. Mediums not accepted include photography, film, video, sound, digital and performance works.
Why are photography, film, video, sound, digital and performance works not accepted?
Unfortunately, these time-based and digital mediums are currently not accepted as we consider these to have distinct conventions that require dedicated criteria to be fairly assessed.
How many artworks can I enter?
You can submit up to 8 artworks. Although there is no minimum, we recommend to submit more artworks to allow the Jury to have a full understanding of your practice.
In what format will my artwork be assessed?
Please do not submit the original or any physical copy of your work. Your work will be assessed through written and photo documentation submitted in PDF format.
For each work, please include up to 4 supplementary images (under 1MB in size), as well as a description in the format provided in Annex 1B of the Application Form.
May I submit digital video recordings to support my application? What are the restrictions?
You may submit supplementary video recordings but please note it should be documentary in nature, serving the purpose of enabling the jury to better assess the submitted artwork (i.e. showing colour, texture, placement of objects) and not containing content pertinent to the artwork’s concept.
A maximum of 3 videos may be submitted, limited to a running time of 3 minutes in total. Please include a brief description of the video and a Dropbox or WeTransfer link to the files in Annex 1B. Video files must be in the .mov or .mpeg format, and labelled clearly with the title of the artwork it is supplementing.
If I am selected as a finalist or winner, am I required to donate work to Art Outreach?
There is no requirement or expectation of you to donate your work to us.
If you wish to, however, you are welcome to contribute a work of your choice to our charity auction that usually takes place during Singapore Art Week. The funds raised through our auction go towards our education and community programmes, and future editions of the Award so that we can support more emerging artists and curators.
What criteria will I be assessed on?
Artists will be assessed on their:
1. Artistic excellence – their outstanding portfolio, and potential and commitment to produce critical, cutting-edge work of artistic and technical excellence.
2. Engagement and potential contribution to the arts and culture sector in Singapore – their level of engagement in contemporary art practice and dedication towards making a contribution to the arts and culture sector in Singapore through their work. Active participation in exhibitions, public programmes, competitions/awards and other activities will be an advantage.
Who is eligible to enter?
The Award is open to independent and institutional curators with a portfolio of visual arts exhibitions.
How many exhibition samples can I enter?
You can submit up to 3 visual art exhibitions that have been curated within the last 5 years from the submission deadline.
Am I allowed to submit past exhibitions that I have curated at an institution/museum or as part of a team?
Yes you are. Please make use of the format provided in Annex 1B to articulate your exact role in the project including if you were working independently, as a co-curator, or part of a curatorial team; and the specific contributions you made (i.e. selecting and managing of artists, shaping of themes and/or layout, writing of text, etc.). Please also declare if the exhibition was mounted under an organisation/institution or received any funding. This will enable the Jury to better assess your individual circumstances and impact on the exhibition.
May I submit digital video recordings to support my application? What are the restrictions?
You may submit supplementary video recordings but please note it should be documentary in nature, serving the purpose of enabling the jury to better understand the exhibition’s layout and appearance, and not contain content pertinent to understanding the exhibition’s concept.
A maximum of 3 videos may be submitted, limited to a running time of 3 minutes in total. Please include a brief description of the video and a Dropbox or WeTransfer link to the files in Annex 1B. Video files must be in the .mov or .mpeg format, and labelled clearly with the title of the exhibition it is supporting.
What type of writing samples can I include?
You may submit up to 3 writing samples (max. 500 words each) in PDF format to support your application. These can include published articles, critical reviews, curatorial statements, artwork labels, catalogue essays and entries for brochures. The intent is to allow the Jury to assess your art writing and ability for critical discourse.
What criteria will I be assessed on?
Curators will be assessed on their:
1. Strength of portfolio – their potential in curation of visual arts presentations, in which strong art writing and ability for critical discourse, and leadership positions held would be a bonus.
2. Understanding of visual arts in Singapore and the region – their understanding of Singapore art history, art theory and art trends. Regional experience would be advantageous.
3. Engagement and potential contribution to the arts and culture sector in Singapore – their perceived potential benefit from the programme in terms of career progression and development, and motivation for longer-term contribution to the arts and culture scene in Singapore.