The Malay Heritage Foundation

HADIAH WARISAN & TUNAS WARISAN AWARDS

Overview

The Hadiah Warisan (Heritage Prize) is a premier award recognising the artistic excellence of an arts practitioner or activist as well as his/her contribution and commitment to enriching the practice, discourse and thought leadership for the Malay arts and heritage sector. Each recipient will be presented with a project grant worth $3,500. This will support the recipient’s projects (research, exhibition, art installations, musical showcases etc) that showcases the work and contribution of cultural icons from the Malay community, the arts and cultural practices from the Malay world that are inscribed in UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List of Humanity, or any other relevant themes/topics. This is to facilitate the transfer of knowledge, fill existing knowledge gaps and enhance thought leadership for the Malay arts and heritage sector.

The Tunas Warisan (Special Mention Award) will be awarded to a young arts practitioner or activist, below the age of 35 years old, whose artistic achievement and commitment have distinguished themselves from their peers and show potential to be the next generation of cultural leaders for the Malay arts and heritage sector. It encourages young practitioners and/or activists to continue pursuing excellence in the arts and to inspire others. The recipient will be presented with a project grant worth $2,000 to continue artistic pursuits and enhance portfolio documentation.

These accolades will be awarded biannually to art practitioners and/or activists in the following areas:
(i) Visual Arts
(ii) Performative Arts (for e.g. dance, theatre, bangsawan, dikir barat)
(iii) Sculpture and Installations
(iv) Music (both traditional and contemporary)
(v) Intangible Cultural Heritage (customs and tradition/adat, culinary heritage, arts and craft, etc

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

The nomination process involves an open call to the public on 3 April 2021 and end at 6.00pm on 3 July 2021.

The nominee for the Hadiah Warisan would have their discourse or documentation efforts in the following formats:

  • Publications and published works (with relevant ISBN);
  • Videos (short films, documentaries, TV programmes etc) that have been broadcasted in local, regional or international platforms, or showcased at local, regional or international film festivals. Favourable mentions, nominations and/or winning awards at these platforms would be a plus point but not a prerequisite;
  • These works would have been published between 1 January 2017 and 31 December 2019, and either be in English or Malay.

For the Tunas Warisan award, the eligibility criteria are as follows: –

  • An arts practitioner or activist who have been actively contributing in the arts and heritage sector for at least 5 years
  • Aged 35 years and below
  • Shows promise and leadership potential

You may choose to nominate someone by downloading this Nomination Form and submit it online to secretariat@mhf.org.sg by 3 July 2021. After the online submission, please arrange for the following documents to be sent to the Malay Heritage Foundation (MHF) office, before 5.00pm on 30 July 2021:

  • Printed copy of the Nomination Form, signed by you and your nominee; and
  • Two (2) sets of nominee’s portfolios.
The package should be marked as follows:

Attention: Nomination for Hadiah Warisan and Tunas Warisan

The Malay Heritage Foundation
85 Sultan Gate
Singapore 198501

You may send your enquiries to secretariat@mhf.org.sg or contact Muhammad Fadli Idris at 6299-5503.

Sharing Session

To find out more about Hadiah Warisan and how to submit your portfolio documentation, a sharing session, via Zoom will be organised on 9 April 2021, at 5.30pm.  Riduan Zalani (Recipient, Young Artist Awards 2015) and one of the founders of NADI Singapura will share their experience and best practices for portfolio submission.

Please register here.

Hadiah Warisan Fund

The Hadiah Warisan, established in 2021, is a premier award recognising the artistic excellence of an arts practitioner or activist as well as his/her contribution and commitment to enriching the practice, discourse and thought leadership for the Malay arts and heritage sector.  This fund is set up to support the recipients of Hadiah Warisan and Tunas Warisan to embark on projects that will make a positive impact on Singapore’s arts and cultural development and engage the wider community through public talks, workshops, exhibitions, installations, showcases and so on.  The fund can also be used to enhance the portfolio documentation of the recipient.

Each Hadiah Warisan recipient will be able to access up to $3,500 and each Tunas Warisan recipient will get up to $2,000 to support projects that meet the Fund’s objectives. This amount could be used for a single project or multiple ones over the recipient’s lifetime.

You too can be part of this movement to nurture our next generation of cultural leaders, ambassadors and advocates by donating to this fund. Your donation will be entitled for a 2.5% tax exemption and matched one-for-one by the Cultural Matching Fund. 

You can make an online transfer to:

  • DBS Bank Account No: 033-020835-9
  • PayNow to UEN: 199904358R. (Please indicate Hadiah Warisan Fund and kindly provide your full name and NRIC/FIN under the Remarks section. This information is needed for tax exemption).

Alternatively, you may also channel your donation online here

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