President's Young Talents 2018 President's Young Talents 2018

President's Young Talents 2018


  • 4 Oct 2018 – 27 Jan 2019

  • SAM at 8Q

  • Free for Singaporeans & PRs. Ticketing charges for Non-Singaporeans apply.

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The President’s Young Talents (PYT) is Singapore’s premier and only mentoring, commissioning, and award programme, which recognises promising artists aged 35 and below, whose practices chart new dimensions in Singapore contemporary art. Previous PYT artists include Boo Junfeng, Heman Chong, Charles Lim, Donna Ong, Tan Pin Pin and Vertical Submarine, to name a few, all of whom have gone on to develop outstanding work in and beyond Singapore.

Inaugurated by the Singapore Art Museum in 2001 to promote critically engaged practices through discourse and experimentation, the 2018 edition of the President’s Young Talents seeks to afford greater artistic and curatorial growth for the artists involved and curator-mentors respectively. Invited curator-mentors, ranging from past participating artists to independent curators, will form a curatorial committee to shortlist artists for this edition. An independent jury – which will include members from SAM – will be convened to award the President’s Young Talents prize.


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artists & artworks
Yanyun Chen

The scars that write us (2018) 

Weixin Quek Chong
sft crsh ctrl (2018)

Debbie Ding
Soil Works (2018)

Hilmi Johandi
An Exposition (2018)

Zarina Muhammad

Pragmatic Prayers for the Kala at the Threshold (2018)


Yanyun Chen

The scars that write us


Charcoal, chalk, gold leaf, steel plates (set of 10) and steel sheets (sets of 6)

Weixin Quek Chong

sft crsh ctrl


Silk twill, latex, wood, silicone, vinyl, faux fur, paper, screens, aluminium and stainless steel

Debbie Ding

Soil Works


Mixed media installation, consisting of five parts