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Make some Noise for Singapore’s young talent

By Alex FenbyEvents - 23 February 2010 3:38 PM | Updated 16 September 2010

Make some Noise for Singapore’s young talent

Singapore’s got talent! A whole lot of talent!

If you need proof, then check out the upcoming Noise Singapore Festival 2010, which showcases the very best young artists in Singapore. The annual festival is an open concept in which aspiring young artists submit work for selection in three categories - Art & Design, Photography and Music.

This year was a record breaking one for Noise, as nearly 9,000 creative works were submitted, some 2,000 more than last year. This made the judges’ job especially difficult, but after much debate they have short-listed some 600 works to be shown at the festival and beyond. On February 25th,, the eve of the public opening of the exhibition, they will also announce the winners of the Noise Singapore Prize in each category. The winners will each receive a $5,000 grant to finance their artistic pursuits and increase their exposure.

Check out these works and more at Noise Singapore 2010 events:


Noise Singapore Festival Showcase Exhibition

Where: Raffles City Shopping Centre

MRT: City Hall

When: 26 February - 10 March 2010

Admission: Free

The Noise Singapore Festival Showcase 2010 will be held at the Raffles City Shopping Centre (Level 3) this year.


The 4,000-square-foot floor space has been designed as a creative studio space where the audience can interact and experience the creative process first hand while browsing though the exhibits.


The creative works on show are divided into three categories - Art & Design, Music and Photography - and have been selected by an illustrious group of judges.

Noise 2010 in a nutshell:


Total no. of participants:  800

Total no. of submitted works:  8,726                         

Photography: 5,975

Music: 432                                              

Art & Design: 1,587                      


    Total no. of exhibited works: 600                    



    There are some wonderful young artists on show. One stand-out is Zhao Renhui, who is up for the Photography prize. He’s a multi-talented artist, who has previously won the UOB painting of the year 2009 and the Singapore International Photography Festival Emerging Artist Award 2008.

    The exhibition will also feature the final projects of 25 young talents who participated in Noise Singapore’s The Apprenticeship Programme (TAP). Over seven weeks, they were mentored by some of the biggest names in their fields including Eeshaun Soh (illustration), Don Richmond (Music) and Lim Seng Tiong (Photography) to produce elaborate works such as photo essays, songs, and even a 3-metre long illustration mural.

    JENGA! By Anwarafiee (Design Category)

    Trash No. 1 by DwDw (Design category)

    You’re Not Cool Daddy! by nick(Photography Category)

    The Big Bang Theory 7 by feedfarhan (Photography Category)

    Noise Singapore At The Esplanade

    Where: The Esplanade Outdoor Theatre and Concourse

    MRT: City Hall

    When: 5 - 7 March 2010, from 5:15pm at the Concourse and from 7:30pm at the Outdoor Theatre

    (see specific times at

    Admission: Free

    After weeks of tutelage from some top local music veterans (including Jon Chan, Don Richmond, Aldrin and Patrick Chng), as part of TAP, some of Singapore’s very best young musicians are ready to take centre stage at the Esplanade.

    They include the billingual rock band Monochrome, who have already released a full-length album after guidance from Chan, who is a member of the popular local band Plainsunset.

    Be sure to roll up and rock out to the next generation of local superstars!


    Noise Talks

    Where: Singapore Management University

    MRT: City Hall

    When: 18 March 2010, 6pm to 9:30pm

    Admission: $15 per ticket ($10 early bird offer for tickets purchased before 10 March) - includes dinner.

    Tickets are available from

    Inspired by what you seen at the Showcase Exhibition and what you heard at the Esplanade? Want to tap into the minds of some of the top names in the creative art scene to help get your own creative juices flowing?

    If yes, then sign up for the Noise Youth Conference where you’ll get to rub shoulders with award-winning design editor Kelley Cheng, award-winning creative director Rob Campbell and Los Angeles-based Malaysian pop and jazz singer and musician Zee Avi (who will also be giving a short performance on the night).

    As well as mingling with these industry leaders, you’ll also get to meet like-minded aspiring individuals, share you thoughts and ideas with them and, who knows, perhaps team up to form the next great local arts partnership!

    And if, for whatever reason, you can’t make it to the Noise festival, this year’s outstanding works will also be exhibited at venues and events during the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore this summer, including pieces from the special YOG-themed ‘Celebration’ category.