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Speech by RADM (NS) Lui Tuck Yew at the official opening of the 4th CDL Singapore Sculpture Award Exhibition

23/07/2009

SPEECH BY RADM (NS) LUI TUCK YEW, ACTING MINISTER FOR INFORMATION, COMMUNICATIONS AND THE ARTS AT THE OFFICIAL OPENING OF THE 4TH CDL SINGAPORE SCULPTURE AWARD EXHIBITION, AT SINGAPORE ART MUSEUM ON WEDNESDAY 22 JULY 2009, 6:10PM

Mr. Kwek Leng Joo, Managing Director, City Developments Limited and

Patron of the CDL Singapore Sculpture Award

Distinguished guests

Ladies and gentlemen

Good evening and thank you for inviting me to join you today for the opening of the 4th CDL Singapore Sculpture Award Exhibition.

2.     Nurturing, attracting and developing creative talent is vital to Singapore's vision of becoming a global city and a regional hub for culture and the arts. The vibrancy and dynamism of our arts scene today is not just the result of Government-driven festivals, programmes and incentives under the Renaissance City Plan.It is also the result of various arts initiatives spearheaded by the people and private sectors to engage the community. Only with such a synergetic cooperation among the private organisations, the public sector and the community, will Singapore's arts scene continue to flourish and receive due recognition from the local and international communities.

3.     The CDL Singapore Sculpture Award is a good example of an arts initiative led by the private sector. Established as the first nation-wide sculpture competition in 2002, the Award continues to be the only initiative of its kind. Over the years, the biennial competition has grown and today, it is firmly established as a key event in the arts calendar, garnering strong support from the arts community. I am also cheered that the schools have responded very enthusiastically to this competition. Besides the strong participation, the Award themes have also evolved over the years, and I am delighted to learn that the environmental sustainability element has been incorporated into the competition brief this year, thereby nurturing a more eco-conscious arts community.

4.     The sustained efforts and firm commitment that CDL and its partners have shown towards promoting the sculptural art form and nurturing creative talent through this pioneering initiative is indeed commendable. Competitions such as the CDL Singapore Sculpture Award provide a wonderful opportunity for experiential learning and a showcase for creative talent. More importantly, it offers our local sculptors and artists an opportunity to have their works commissioned and installed at public spaces for all to enjoy, adding greatly to the vibrancy of the local visual arts landscape.

5.     The installation of these winning artworks will enrich our landscape."Reed Sculpture", the winning work from the inaugural competition by Peter Chen, a trained architect and lecturer in Industrial Design, was commissioned into a full-sized piece for public display at Robertson Quay. It was launched in January 2007 as the first public artwork to be donated under the National Heritage Board's Public Art Tax Incentive Scheme (PATIS).

6.     In closing, I would like to congratulate all Award winners and finalists for your efforts in creating interesting and thought-provoking works. To all participants, I hope you will continue to pursue your interest in the sculptural art form and play an active role in shaping our arts and cultural landscape. To the principals and teachers here with us this evening, I hope that you will continue to encourage your students to participate in this Award in the years to come, and leverage this platform to nurture creative thinking and artistic skills.

7.     It is now my pleasure to declare the 4th CDL Singapore Sculpture Award Exhibition open. Thank you and enjoy the evening ahead.

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