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The Cultural Medallion is a Singapore cultural award 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.

It was instituted in March 1979 as an initiative of the late President, Ong Teng Cheong who was the then Minister for Culture. It is administered by the National Arts Council.

On 20 October 2006, Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts Dr Lee Boon Yang announced that Cultural Medallion recipients are eligible for a project grant of up to S$80,000 each, up from S$50,000. The increase would enable recipients to create major new works.[1]

It was previously conferred by the Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts (the modern equivalent of the Minister for Culture). However, in 2006, the status of the award was further elevated by being conferred by the President of Singapore.

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[]

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] N/A Ivan Heng
N/A Mohamed Latiff Mohamed
N/A Tsung Yeh
2014[7] N/A Alvin Tan
N/A Chong Fah Cheong
N/A KTM Iqbal
2015[8] N/A Chua Mia Tee
N/A Haresh Sharma
N/A Lim Hung Chang (Lin Gao)
N/A Margaret Leng Tan

See also[]


  1. Clara Chow, "SSO co-leader, versatile artist get highest award for the arts", The Straits Times, 21 October 2006
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  • Purushothaman, Venka (ed.) (2002) Narratives : Notes On A Cultural Journey : Cultural Medallion Recipients 1979 - 2001. Singapore : National Arts Council.

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