Cultural Medallion

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Cultural Medallion
Awarded forIndividual’s distinctive contributions to the development of Singapore’s cultural landscape
Sponsored byNational Arts Council
Date1979 (1979)–present
Presented byPresident of Singapore
Reward(s)SGD $80,000

The Cultural Medallion is a cultural award in Singapore conferred to those who have achieved artistic excellence in dance, theatre, literature, music, photography, art and film. It is widely recognized as Singapore's pinnacle arts award.


The award was instituted in March 1979 by Minister for Culture Ong Teng Cheong and administered by the National Arts Council. The awards was given by the Minister for Culture.

Since 2006, the award was presented by the President of Singapore instead of the Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts (previously known as Minister for Culture).[1] On 20 October Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts Lee Boon Yang announced that project grant for the award is revised to S$80,000 upwards from S$50,000, giving recipients better opportunities to create major works.[1]

From 2013, in an effort to recognise multi-disciplinary artists, it was announced that recipients of the Cultural Medallion and Young Artist Award will no longer be categorised according to art forms.[2]

List of Cultural Medallion recipients[edit]

Year Category Name
1979 Dance Madhavi Krishnan
Theatre Bani bin Buang
Music Choo Hoey
David Lim Kim San
Literature Edwin Nadason Thumboo
Art Wee Beng Chong
1981 Dance Goh Soo Khim
Theatre Joanna Wong Quee Heng née Wu
Music Ahmad bin Ja'afar
Literature Wong Meng Voon
Art Lee Hock Moh
Ng Eng Teng
1982 Theatre Lin Chen
Music Leong Yoon Pin
Literature Goh Poh Seng
Photography David Tay Poey Cher
Art Georgette Chen Liying
1983 Theatre Christopher Henry Rothwell Allen
Music Vivien Goh
Literature Arthur Yap
Photography Ang Chwee Chai
1984 Theatre S Varathan
Music Kam Kee Yong
Photography Yip Cheong Fun
Art Thomas Yeo
1985 Theatre Low Ing Sing
Literature Lee Tzu Pheng
Photography Tan Lip Seng
Art Tay Chee Toh
1986 Dance Goh Choo San
Theatre Almahdi Al-Haj Ibrahim
N Palanivelu
Music Paul Abisheganaden
Literature Wong Yoon Wah
Art Pan Shou
Teo Eng Seng
1987 Dance Som Said
Theatre Max Le Blond
Music Teng Mah Seng
Literature Hj Muhammed Ariff bin Ahmad
Photography Lee Lim
Art Tan Swie Hian
1988 Dance Lim Fei Shen
Theatre Tay Bin Wee
Music Alex Abisheganaden
Literature N Abdul Rahman
Photography Chua Soo Bin
Art Iskandar Jalil
1989 Dance Neila Sathyalingam
Theatre Kuo Pao Kun
Photography Foo Tee Jun
Art Goh Beng Kwan
1990 Dance Santha Bhaskar
Theatre Han Lao Da
Music Lim Yau
Literature Chew Kok Chang
Photography Peng Seng Wu
Art Anthony Poon
Ong Kim Seng
1992 Dance Ying E Ding
Theatre Phan Wait Hong
Music Choo Hwee Lim
Art Wang Sui Pick
1993 Music Tay Teow Kiat
1995 Dance Goh Lay Kuan
Art Han Sai Por
1996 Music Phoon Yew Tien
Literature Lew Poo Chan (Dan Ying)
1997 Theatre Lou Mee Wah
Literature Ho Minfong
1998 Literature Rama Kannabiran
1999 Literature Abdul Ghani bin Abdul Hamid
Art Chua Ek Kay
2000 Art Tan Siah Kwee
2001 Art Tan Kian Por
Music Yan Hui Chang
2002 Music Jeremy Monteiro
2003 Art Lim Tze Peng
Theatre Ong Keng Sen
Literature Yeng Pway Ngon
2004 Photography Teo Bee Yen
2005 Film Jack Neo
Literature M. Balakrishnan (MA. Ilangkannan)
Music Dick Lee
Visual Arts Chng Seok Tin
Lee Wen
2006 Art Tan Choh Tee
Music Lynnette Seah
2007 Film Eric Khoo
Literature Isa Kamari
2008 Literature Chia Hwee Pheng
P. Krishnan
Music Iskandar Mirza Ismail
2009 Dance Angela Liong
Literary Arts Tham Yew Chin
Music Lan Shui
Visual Arts Ang Ah Tee
2010[3] Music Dr Liang Wern Fook
Literary Arts Suratman Markasan
Visual Arts Amanda Heng
2011[4] Music Kelly Tang
Visual Arts Lim Yew Kuan
Theatre Atin Amat
Music Yusnor Ef
2012[5] Literary Arts J.M. Sali
Music Jennifer Tham
Theatre Thirunalan Sasitharan
Visual Arts Ho Ho Ying
Milenko Prvacki
2013[6] Ivan Heng
Mohamed Latiff Mohamed
Tsung Yeh
2014[7] Alvin Tan
Chong Fah Cheong
KTM Iqbal
2015[8] Chua Mia Tee
Haresh Sharma
Lim Hung Chang (Lin Gao)
Margaret Leng Tan
2016 Koh Mun Hong
Asiah Aman (Nona Asiah)
2017 Djamal Tukimin
Law Wai Lun
2018 Louis Soliano
Low Mei Yoke
2019[9] Eric James Watson
2020 Sarkasi Said[10]
Vincent Leow[11]
2021 Chia Joo Ming[12]
Rahimah Rahim[13]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Clara Chow, "SSO co-leader, versatile artist get highest award for the arts", The Straits Times, 21 October 2006
  2. ^ "Cultural Medallion & Young Artist Award Winners" (PDF). National Arts Council. National Arts Council. Archived from the original (PDF) on 3 September 2014. Retrieved 2 September 2014.
  3. ^ "2010 ARTS AWARDS PRESENTATION CEREMONY". 2010-10-12. Archived from the original on 2010-12-21. Retrieved 2010-10-13.
  4. ^ "Four individuals awarded Cultural Medallion". 2011-11-18. Archived from the original on 2011-11-19. Retrieved 2012-05-14.
  5. ^ "Cultural Medallion & Young Artist Award Winners" (PDF). National Arts Council. National Arts Council. Archived from the original (PDF) on 3 September 2014. Retrieved 2 September 2014.
  6. ^ Martin, Mayo (22 October 2013). "Cultural Medallion, Young Artist Award recipients announced". MediaCorp. TODAY. Archived from the original on 25 October 2013. Retrieved 2 September 2014.
  7. ^ Chia, Alice (15 October 2014). "Cultural Medallion winners: A poet, a sculptor and a theatre director". MediaCorp Pte Ltd. Channel NewsAsia. Archived from the original on 17 October 2014. Retrieved 15 October 2014.
  8. ^ "4 awarded Cultural Medallion". MediaCorp Pte Ltd. Channel NewsAsia. 16 October 2015. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 27 October 2015.
  9. ^ Ong, Sor Fern (15 October 2019). "A Westerner with interest in South-east Asian music". The Straits Times. Singapore Press Holdings. Archived from the original on 15 October 2019. Retrieved 15 October 2019.
  10. ^ Ong, Sor Fern (10 December 2020). "Cultural Medallion 2020: For Sarkasi Said, 80, batik is a life passion". The Straits Times. Retrieved 18 July 2022.
  11. ^ Ong, Sor Fern (10 December 2020). "Cultural Medallion 2020: Vincent Leow wants his art to trigger conversations". The Straits Times. Retrieved 18 July 2022.
  12. ^ Toh, Wen Li (24 November 2021). "Cultural Medallion: Novelist Chia Joo Ming is champion of Chinese literary scene". The Straits Times. Retrieved 18 July 2022.
  13. ^ Ong, Sor Fern (24 November 2021). "Cultural Medallion: Rahimah Rahim has been entertaining since age six". The Straits Times. Retrieved 18 July 2022.
  • Purushothaman, Venka (ed.) (2002) Narratives : Notes On A Cultural Journey : Cultural Medallion Recipients 1979 - 2001. Singapore : National Arts Council.

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