Curators Kathleen Ditzig and Eunice Lacaste win IMPART Awards 2021
On 9th February 2021, we announced the winners for the IMPART Awards 2021 on a private Zoom session with industry partners and stakeholders. Organised by Art Outreach, the IMPART Awards is an art prize in its 4th edition that recognises and rewards promising emerging artists and curators by providing them critical early stage support in their careers. We believe the prize has the capacity to play a critical role not just in supporting emerging art talents, but also in building awareness and appreciation of Singapore art and art practitioners.
Each year, up to three winners (in the artist or curator category) will receive SGD20,000 comprising SGD15,000 in cash towards their practice, and SGD5,000 towards an international exchange programme that offers invaluable exposure to renowned institutions and established practitioners.
This year, the IMPART Awards Jury—Comprising Tan Boon Hui (Jury Chair), Patricia Chen, Catherine David, Honor Harger and Russell Storer—was thrilled to receive outstanding applicants in the curator category. In contrast, they observed the artist applicants were in nascent stages of their career, with many still in the process of finding their own voices although showing great promise. After intense deliberation, the Jury unanimously agreed not to proceed with awards in the artist category this year, but to recognise two curatorial winners and accord a new category of Honourable Mentions to three more curators. The decisions of the Jury in awarding winners in recent years intends to set the bar of the art prize at an exemplary level that is consistent year on year, and is also commensurate with the development of artistic practices in Singapore.