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Awards

Stewards of Singapore's Intangible Cultural Heritage Award

The Stewards of Singapore's Intangible Cultural Heritage Award aims to recognise practitioners (individual and groups) of intangible cultural heritage (ICH) who are dedicated to the promotion and transmission of ICH elements, and have made outstanding contributions in their field. This award conferred by the National Heritage Board (NHB) is one of the key recommendations for the safeguarding of ICH, as part of Our SG Heritage Plan, the masterplan for the heritage and museum sector for 2018 to 2022.

These ICH elements will be from the six categories as stated in NHB's ICH Inventory:

*The scheme excludes practices that are overtly religious or spreads the teachings or beliefs of any one religion.

Prize
Each recipient (individual or organisation) will be presented with a plaque/trophy, certificate of award, and S$5,000 cash prize.

Each recipient will also have the option to tap up to S$20,000 in project funding. This is subject to the approval of the proposed project. Please click here to find out more.

Awards Ceremony
The awards ceremony will be held in April 2020, in conjunction with Singapore Heritage Festival.

Award Categories & Eligibility

Individuals:
    i. Singapore Citizens or Permanent Residents, 18 years and above.
    ii. Must be a practitioner with minimum 10 years in vocation and a respected member of the practising community.
    iii. Display excellence in the application of skills and knowledge displayed, and are committed to the promotion and transmission of ICH.
Groups/Organisations
    i. Must be based in Singapore and headed by a Singapore Citizen or Permanent Resident
    ii. The group must have been practising for a minimum of 10 years.
    iii. Display excellence in the application of skills and knowledge displayed, and are committed to the promotion and transmission of ICH.

Note: Awards will not be conferred posthumously.

Nomination Methods

Self-nomination and public nomination

Evaluation Criteria

Nominees are evaluated according to how they have demonstrated the following criteria:

 Transmission of Skills and Knowledge
  • Displays outstanding efforts to transmit skills and knowledge
  • Regular engagement with the wider community
  • Ability and dedication to continue to transmit skills and knowledge
 Mastery of Skills and Practice
  • Displays excellence in the application of both knowledge and skills
 Dedication to the practice
  • Long term commitment to the continuation of the practice and craft.
 Positive Impact and Influence
  • Serves as a positive example to the general community
  • Displays efforts or to profile the practice or craft at local, national, regional or international platforms.

Nomination Process

    1. Download the nomination forms here: Nomination Form (Individual) | Nomination Form (Group)
    2. Complete Nomination Form and prepare all supporting documents for the submission.
    3. Submit the complete set of nomination documents through any of these methods:
      i. E-mail all scanned documents to oursgheritage@nhb.gov.sg. Please ensure that the size of the e-mail and attachments should not be larger than 10MB. Supporting documents that are large in file size should be uploaded via file-sharing platforms. Please indicate the web link(s) inside the nomination documents.

      ii. Hand-deliver or send nomination documents to the following address by Friday 31 January 2020, 1800 hours to:

      Stewards of Singapore's Intangible Cultural Heritage Secretariat
      National Heritage Board
      Stamford Court
      61 Stamford Road
      #03-08, Singapore 178892

Additional notes

  • Only photocopies of supporting documents are required. All submitted documents are non-returnable and you may be required to produce the original documents for verification.
  • All fields should be typed and not handwritten.

Deadline

If you are delivering the documents by hand, all documents must reach the National Heritage Board at the stated address by Friday 31 January 2020, 1800 hours.

If you are emailing the documents, all documents must reach the National Heritage Board by Friday 31 January 2020, 2359 hours.

Late submissions will not be entertained.

Notification

NHB will inform all nominators and nominees about the outcome of their nominations by end March 2020.

Contact

oursgheritage@nhb.gov.sg OR 6332 4783.