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This marks my fourth year running this competition between French and Singaporean artists. The first year when this competition was created, it was called the “France + Singapore New Generation Artists” in 2009. The title carried for three consecutive years bringing 23 Finalists, 1 Honourable Mention Recepient and 3 Winners to the limelight. The idea of this wasn’t actually to limit the age of the artists, as “new” does not mean “young” that many has actually misunderstood – But to encourage new and experimental arts. In fact, younger artists would generally be more incline to new media and the back of our minds were to bring in new audience to the arts, as well. On its forth year, we felt that it was no longer necessary to keep pushing the title of “a New Generation Artist” (maybe just for now) and so “Award” was introduced, giving the senior artists the liberty of taking part in this challenge without being worried (even alittle) about being seen as a young artist. I have a clear answer to this, if one asks if it would be unfair of all artists of different practicing years would join in the same competition, it really does not matter to artistic merit. And yes, we introduced a photographic arts theme for 2012.

And here it goes, the information of this year’s open call for the France + Singapore Photographic Arts Award.

Alliance Française de Singapour is organising the France + Singapore Photographic Arts Award for the first time this year. This award aims to feature visual artists utilising the base medium of photography from France and Singapore and to provide a platform to showcase the art of the creative talents from both countries to its international audience, hence creating awareness of the experimental and emerging styles of photographic art. It is also organised to promote exchange of artistic knowledge, experiences and ideas between the artists from France and Singapore.

A selection will be conducted to pick the group of Finalists from all proposals submitted in this open call. A group exhibition for the finalist will be held in July from this Call for Proposals. A judging session will be conducted during the Finalist exhibition to determine the WINNER of this programme. He or she will win a solo exhibition in Alliance Française de Singapour in 2013*. The selection for the WINNER will be resulting from 3 judges from the creative industry. Applicants are required to propose for a series of art works based on a photographic medium and are allowed any form of presentation of the final art works (e.g. photographic prints, photographic video work, mixed media, etc)


  1. French or Singaporeans (including PRs) to apply.
  2. Art works can be created using conventional or contemporary media, preferably not bigger than 2m (width) x 2m (height) x 1m (depth).
  3. Art works will be selected by potential in creating new styles of art or possessing an experimentation perspective of art creation.
  4. Artists will be selected by Alliance Française de Singapour to exhibit in the group show.

Open Call CLOSES                          21 May 2012*
Finalist to be determined by             31 May 2012*


  1. Letter of interest and Artist Statement (100 – 500 words) in Doc format
  2. Images – of est. 1MB for each image – of up to five (5) art works (Current or idea proposed for the exhibition)
  3. Artist Biography (100 – 300 words) in Doc format

Please send in your proposals (with the contents stated above) via Email to or mail to :
Benedict Tan
Gallery Manager
Alliance Française de Singapour
1 Sarkies Road
Singapore 258130

Deadline for submission of proposals is 21 May 2012*.     
Results for the group show will be informed by end of 31 May 2012*.


Opening: 5 July 2012*
Running: from 6 – 28 July 2012*
Time given for Finalist show setup: 1 Day for Transportation, 3 Days for installation.
Media: Print, Installations, mixed media works or presentations based on photographic materials.
Presentation Extend: Any form of presenting method preferably not bigger than 2m (width) x 2m (height) x 1m (depth).
  Artists can propose up to 5 art works, but a series of few art works may not be selected entirety.
  Artists will provide their own materials and devices.
Transport and Setup: AF will cover transportation cost to and fro for art works stored locally (in Singapore). 
  AF will cover the transportation cost for 2 dimensional art works with no frame and rolled.
  AF may provide full or partial transportation cost for art works stored overseas.
  Artists based in Singapore are required to be present on delivery and to provide condition report.
  Softcopy can be sent over to Singapore for production on as basis that local production is cheaper. AF may provide full or partial production reimbursement
  Artists based in Singapore are responsible for their own setup. Alliance Française crew will assist when they are available.

The WINNER of this programme will be notified at the opening ceremony of the group show in July 2012*.
The WINNER will be offered a solo exhibition in Alliance Française de Singapour in July 2013*.

*Dates subjected to changes and extension.



For more enquiries you may contact:
Benedict Tan
Gallery Manager, Alliance Française de Singapour
+65 6833 9314 |

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