apb foundation signature art prize 2018 


  • 25 MAY '18 – 2 SEP '18

  • National Museum of Singapore (venue partner)

  • Daily 10AM – 7PM (till 9PM on 9 AUG '18)

  • Free entry for all

  • All Resources

Inaugurated in 2008 by the Asia Pacific Breweries (APB) Foundation and the Singapore Art Museum, the triennial APB Foundation Signature Art Prize returns for its fourth edition in 2018. Recognising outstanding examples of contemporary art from both emerging and established artists over the previous three years, the prize puts the spotlight on the most compelling, cogent and complex works of art from the Asia-Pacific rim to the region of Central Asia.

The APB Foundation Signature Art Prize is worth SGD 100,000, with SGD 60,000 awarded to the Grand Prize winner and SGD 15,000 each to two Jurors’ Choice Award winners. A People’s Choice Award of SGD 10,000 will also be offered to the work that receives the highest number of public votes on-site.

For this fourth edition of the Prize, there were 113 nominated artworks from 46 countries and territories. 15 finalist works are presented in an exhibition taking place at the National Museum of Singapore, venue supporter for the Prize.


View this exhibition on Google Arts & Culture.


artists & artworks

Au Sow Yee
The Kris Project (2016)

Bae Young-whan
South Korea
Abstract Verb – Can you remember? (2016)

Club Ate
(Bhenji Ra + Justin Shoulder)

Ex Nilalang (Balud, Dyesebel, Lola ex Machina) (2015)

Fang Wei-wen
Republic of Rubber Tape (2016)

Jitish Kallat
The Infinite Episode (2016)

Leung Chi Wo + Sara Wong
Hong Kong
He was lost yesterday and we found him today and Museum of the Lost (2015)

Mata Aho Collective
New Zealand
Kaokao #1 (2014)

Yerbossyn Meldibeikov
Brand (2014 – 2015)

Phan Thao Nguyen
Tropical Siesta (2015 – 2017)

Propeller Group, The
AK-47 vs. M16 (2015)

Shubigi Rao
Pulp: A Short Biography of the Banished Book. Vol I: Written in the Margins (2014–2016)

Thasnai Sethaseree
Untitled (Hua Lamphong) (2016)

Yuichiro Tamura
Milky Bay / 裏切りの海 (2016)

Chikako Yamashiro
Mud man (2016)

Gede MAahendra Yasa
After Paradise Lost #1 (2014)


gede mahendra yasa

after paradise lost #1


acrylic on canvas

shubigi rao

pulp: a short biography of the banished book. vol I: written in the margins

2014 – 2016

mixed media installation with video clips, giclée prints with text, ink drawings, books and table with 3 texts

thasnai sethaseree

untitled (hua lamphong)


paper collage on buddhist monk robes

poetry competition

submission closes on 13 AUG '18

Calling writers of all ages and backgrounds!

SAM is looking for the most creative poems inspired by any of the APB Foundation Signature Art Prize 2018 finalist artworks!

The winners of the Top 3 poems will each receive S$100 worth of book vouchers, PLUS the exclusive opportunity to present their poems alongside the featured artworks at the APB Foundation Signature Art Prize 2018 exhibition during the upcoming Singapore Night Festival!

How to Submit?

1. On-site: obtain an entry form on-site at the exhibition gallery and write your poem on the back of the paper, then submit your entry to the front desk.

2. Online: email a soft-copy of your poem(s) to [email protected] with the subject title: SAP Poetry Competition Submission by Monday, 13 August 2018, 23:59 (SGT). Email must include participant’s full name and contact number. Please refer to the Terms and Conditions below for more information.

Submission Requirements

• Submission period opens from Friday, 13 July 2018 to Monday, 13 August 2018, 23:59 (SGT).

• For soft-copy submissions, submitted poem(s) must be:
    • in soft-copy and typewritten in English;
    • no longer than one A4 page in length; and
    • saved in PDF format and named according to: <Chosen Artwork>_<Participant’s Name>_<Poem Title>, e.g. The Infinite Episode_Alex Tan_My Poem.pdf

• Each participant may only submit one poem per artwork, up to a maximum of 15 poems for 15 artworks per participant.

• Only original and unpublished poems will be accepted.

• Participants may choose to respond on the visual appearance, theme, concept, and/or impact of the artworks in their poems.

• Poems submitted must either be a creative interpretation of or written in response to one of the artworks showcased at the APB Foundation Signature Art Prize 2018 exhibition.

• Poems should not contain swear words, profanities, or plagiarised content.


Evaluation Criteria 

Entries will be evaluated for poetic quality, originality, and creative use of language, as well as their interaction with and perspective on and/or interesting takes on the chosen artwork. 6 entries will be shortlisted by Singaporean poets Marc Nair and Tania de Rozario, from which 3 winning poems will be selected by SAM’s judging panel.

Time to make a trip down to the exhibition and flex your writing muscles!

Good luck!


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terms and conditions

By submitting a poem/poems and entering the competition, the participant acknowledges and agrees to abide and be bound by all the following Terms and Conditions:


1.1. The competition is free and open to Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents. There are no age restrictions.
1.2. Entries that have been previously published in journals or anthologies (online or in print), accepted for publication, broadcast through any public media (e.g. internet, radio, television, newspapers or journals), or have won prizes in competitions will not be considered.
1.3. Entries must not also be concurrently submitted for other competitions, publications, or broadcast on any media until the results of this competition are released.
1.4. Employees of the Singapore Art Museum (“SAM”) or Sing Lit Station (“SLS”) will not be considered.
1.5. Any participant who knowingly gives inaccurate or misleading information will be disqualified.

2.1 Participants are responsible for ensuring that all entries submitted are Original. "Original" refers to a unique, new creative work independently conceived by its author (in this case, the participant) with no other significant external third-party contribution or influence.


3.1. An independent judging panel comprising two (2) Singaporean poets will shortlist up to six (6) entries based on the poetic quality, creative use of language and perspectives on the artwork.
3.2. The SAM judging panel will further select three (3) top entries from the shortlisted entries based on their creative interpretation of and interesting perspectives on the artwork.
3.3. Shortlisted entries will be notified by the week of 17 August 2018.
3.4. The top three (3) entries will be notified by the week of 20 August 2018.
3.5. Participants of shortlisted and/or winning entries are to provide a biography and profile photograph if required by SAM.

4.1. Each of the top 3 entries will:
    • be awarded with book voucher(s) worth a total of S$100.
    • recite their poems beside the relevant artworks during the Singapore Night Festival 2018.


5.1. The copyright of each poem remains with the writer. However, writers of the six (6) shortlisted poems, by entering the competition, grant Singapore Art Museum (SAM) the right to publish and/or broadcast their poems.


6.1. By entering this competition, the participant warrants and represents that the participant has created and owns all the intellectual property rights to the entry submitted, and the use of such intellectual property rights by SAM will not infringe the intellectual property rights of any third-party. The Participant shall indemnify and hold SAM harmless from and against all liability for any third-party claims, demands, losses, damages, penalties and injuries arising from or in connection with the same.


7.1. The SAM reserves the right to:
    • amend the rules and conditions of the competition.
    • disqualify any entry that does not comply fully with the stated requirements and terms and conditions specified in this document.
7.2. In the event of any disputes, these Terms and Conditions shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of Singapore.

associated events

SAP 2018 Creative Writing Workshop
18 August Saturday 10:30 AM

creative writing workshop with adeline foo


associated exhibition:


SAP 2018 Specialist Talks
01 September Saturday 02:00 PM

specialist talk


associated exhibition: