Singapore Students Prize

The Sovereign Art Foundation Students Prize launches in Singapore for the first time in 2017. We are inviting teachers from all Singapore secondary schools to nominate three of the best artworks produced by students within the academic year. University students may also enter and may self-nominate.

All artworks are viewed by a judging panel consisting of local art professionals, who then shortlist 20 finalists across the two categories. The top 20 Finalists' works are then exhibited at a prominent Singapore art fair where the public are invited to vote on their favourite piece. A First Prize winner and a Public Vote Prize winner are chosen, within each category, from the top 20 finalists.

The Sovereign Art Foundation Students Prize aims to celebrate the importance of art in the education system and recognise the quality of art that can be produced by students in Singapore.

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Prize Details

First Prize (School and University students) SGD 1,000

Public Vote Prize (School and University students) SGD 500

The judges for the Sovereign Art Foundation Students Prize, Singapore 2017, are:


Douwe Cramer - Show Director, Singapore Contemporary

Douwe Cramer is Show Director and a co-founder of the Asia Contemporary Art Show Spring and Fall editions in Hong Kong, as well as Singapore Contemporary and Photo17 Singapore held in Singapore. Douwe has been living in Asia since 1988, first in Taiwan and subsequently in South Korea, the Philippines and Hong Kong. In 2016 he relocated to Singapore where he currently lives and works.

In 2012 Douwe co-founded the Asia Contemporary Art Shows and in 2015 Singapore Contemporary. Although not referring to himself as an art “collector”, Douwe has a long-standing interest in many forms of art and buys contemporary art for enjoyment as opposed to investment, resulting in the purchase of a number of works now spread-out over his apartment.


Jane Lee - Artist

An artist currently living and working in Singapore, Jane Lee holds a BA in Fine Arts painting and a Diploma in Fashion from LASALLE College of the Arts. Lee’s work examines painting by pushing the limits of the materials and techniques used in painting. Through her use of unconventional materials and innovative techniques, her paintings highlight their processes, to draw attention to the way the paintings have been made or constructed and in so doing, re-examine painting’s significance and relevance for contemporary art practice. Lee’s works was shown in many exhibitions in the region and has won several awards, most recently her work was featured in MUSEO DI PALAZZO GRIMANI in Venice 2015.

She is the Winner of 2011 Celeste Prize in New York (Painting category). Lee is also the first recipient of the Singapore International Residency Prize in 2007. Her largest work to date ’Raw Canvas’, measuring 9.3m by 7.1m was showcased at Singapore Biennale 2008 and Collectors Stage at Singapore Art Museum in 2011. In 2015, Lee undertook a residency at Singapore Tyler Print Institution.


Tiffany Pinkstone - Managing Director, The Sovereign Art Foundation 

Tiffany Pinkstone received a Bachelor of Arts in Modern Asian Studies from Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia. She joined Sovereign Trust (HK) in 2003 to launch The Sovereign Art Foundation, a charity registered in Hong Kong and the UK dedicated to raising money for worthy artistic causes through its Asian and European art prizes. Between them, they have raised over US$5 million for artists and charities worldwide. In 2010 she became a Director of Sovereign's Hong Kong office and oversees marketing for the Group.


Ye Shufang -  Deputy Director of Education,  National Gallery Singapore

Ye Shufang oversees the development of learning resources and programmes for the Permanent Galleries and Changing Exhibitions specifically targeted at families, schools and adult learning. She also heads the Gallery’s Keppel Centre for Art Education, the first dedicated art learning facility of its kind in Singapore and Southeast Asia, which offers a dynamic environment that will stimulate children’s creativity and curiosity and allow them to discover art through imaginative play. Shufang’s experience in education spans over 18 years. Her previous positions include the Head of Visual Arts Faculty at School of the Arts (SOTA), the first pre-tertiary art school in Singapore, where she led the development and delivery of a 6-year Visual Art curriculum for an International Baccalaureate programme. Prior to that, she served as Programme Leader for Undergraduate and Postgraduate Programmes at the Faculty of Fine Arts, LASALLE College of the Arts, supervising the Visual Arts and Research portfolios of Undergraduate students and Postgraduate candidates.

Shufang has served as a member on the Annual Grant and Scholarship Applications and Assessments Panel with National Arts Council since 2007. In her capacity as an artist and educator, she has presented at a number of local and international talks and symposiums in Asia and Europe, including the 34th World Congress of the International Society for Education through Art (InSEA) in Melbourne, 2014.

Participating schools and universities to be confirmed soon

Only Art Department Heads and Principals are eligible to enter students from Secondary Schools into the Prize. University Students may enter of their own accord.

Deadline for entries: The deadline has been extended to November 11, 2016
Finalists announced: December 20, 2016
Finalists Exhibition: Singapore Contemporary, January 19 - 22, 2017
Awards Ceremony: At The Sovereign Art Foundation booth at Singapore Contemporary, Suntec Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Centre.

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