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Singapore Art Museum Presents President’s Young Talents 2009

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July 2009


Singapore Art Museum is presenting the President’s Young Talents (PYT), a contemporary art exhibition series profiling the work of talented young artists from Singapore. PYT is jointly organised by the Istana and the Singapore Art Museum. Credit Suisse is the presenting sponsor of the President's Young Talents in 2009 as well as the inaugural PYT 2009 Credit Suisse Artist Residency Award. This sponsorship is part of the Bank’s long-term support of Singapore Art Museum under its banner of the Credit Suisse Innovation in Art series since 2007.

With the aim of introducing the work of some of our nation’s most talented young artists to a wider audience, this biennial event is distinguished from other platforms by virtue of the freshness, energy, and experimental zest that each new generation of Singaporean artists bring to their artistic practice. Rather than being a retrospective of existing work, PYT allows the commissioning of new work from the participating artists. Inaugurated in 2001, PYT usually features four artists who are selected by a group of curatorial advisors to exhibit in each installment. This year, the PYT 2009 Credit Suisse Artist’s Residency Award is the new element added to enable the winner of the PYT 2009 to pursue an artist residency programme abroad.

As part of SAM’s initiative to foster a great appreciation of contemporary art, an information rich website for PYT 2009 ( was launched on 15 July. This website will introduce the public to the four genres of contemporary art found in PYT2009: land art, sculpture installation, new genre public art and mixed-media installations. Viewers will also be able to view the profile of the nominated artists as well as the progress of the creation of their works, learn about the artists’ inspirations and thoughts on their artwork for PYT 2009 and vote for their favourite artwork online. Two winners stand to win a Sony digital camera. The public can have their say too, and brickbats and bouquets are welcomed on the web forum pages.
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