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STAMP - Singapore¡¯s first postbox public art competition

Source:  www.ura.gov.sg

STAMP - Singapore¡¯s First Nation-wide Postbox Public Art Competition Launched

- Artists of top 40 designs will showcase their work on 40 postboxes in the civic, cultural, shopping and business districts in Singapore¡¯s city area;

- Public to vote for top 10 designs in nation-wide competition;

- Overall winners of each category will win $5,000 cash while eight merit winners will be awarded $500 each.

Singapore residents will have the opportunity to turn postboxes in the city area into works of art with the launch of STAMP, the nation¡¯s first postbox public art competition.
The competition is organised by creative interest group FARM and jointly presented by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), Singapore Post Limited (SingPost), Singapore Totalisator Board and Singapore Turf Club.
STAMP is the first project to be supported in the second cycle of URA¡¯s Architecture and Urban Design Excellence (A•UDE) Promotion Programme.
The A•UDE Promotion Programme was developed by URA in 2005 to encourage the community to initiate activities and events that will invigorate and enliven our cityscape and public spaces.
In line with this objective, STAMP will provide a platform for the community to add a personal touch to and build a new identity for their physical surroundings through the creation of their very own ¡°mini-monuments¡± out of postboxes.
The organisers hope that through this, people will grow to appreciate the role that art & design plays in influencing and enriching their day-to-day experiences and the environment around them.

Shown above: By Zi Xi (Illustrator) Source:  www.ura.gov.sg

Getting Involved in STAMP
To be part of the competition, participants can enter the Student Category (for Primary and Secondary School students) or Open Category, as individuals or teams of up to five members.
Entry forms can be obtained from all post offices and public libraries or downloaded via the competition website at www.STAMP.sg. The closing date for submissions is 16 February 2007.
Top 40 Designs to be Showcased
The top 40 submitted designs selected by a jury panel will be announced on 2 March 2007.
The successful participants will get to paint their designs on postboxes in the civic (Museum, City Hall), cultural (Chinatown, Little India, Kampong Glam), shopping (Orchard Road) and business (Shenton Way) districts in Singapore¡¯s city area over two to three Sundays between 11 and 25 March 2007.
This in turn will allow them to put their ¡°stamp¡± on the city as a tribute to the locality¡¯s distinctiveness.
Public to Vote for their Favourite Designs
After the paint work has been completed, the public will be engaged in voting for their favourite postboxes.
The top 10 winning designs will be unveiled on 5 May 2007. There will be one overall winner from each category and eight merit winners who may be from either category.
The overall winner in each category will win a $5,000 cash prize while the 7eight merit winners will each be awarded $500.
The winners will be selected based on votes by the public (50%) as well as judged by a panel comprising URA, SingPost, FARM and two invited prominent members of the local art scene (50%).
Apart from the cash prizes, the winners will also get to display their artworks for up to one year.
With the character or culture of the immediate environment and the history of the area as themes for the competition, the organisers hope to see designs which are bold, original and exhibit artistic merit, creativity and community pride.
To inspire greater ideas to transform the city centre into a gallery, four prominent local artists will be commissioned to display their creative ideas on four mailboxes in conjunction with the competition. Their artworks are expected to add more spice and excitement to Singapore¡¯s cityscape.
For more details on the competition such as the timeline, eligibility of participants and design and submission format, please visit www.STAMP.sg.
Issued By FARM, Urban Redevelopment Authority and Singapore Post Limited
About FARM
FARM is an non-profit Society initiated by a group of creatives who are interested in building Systems that help local creatives in Singapore flaunt, share, understand and possibly collaborate with one another.
To date, FARM has developed ROJAK (quarterly sharing sessions), HOME & L.C.D (online local creative directory), LOBANG (creative opportunities classifieds), 's (a product laboratory) and FARMWORK (collaborative design works).
For more information about FARM and its systems, please visit www.FARM.sg.
About URA¡¯s Architecture and Urban Design Excellence (A•UDE) Promotion Programme
The A•UDE Promotion Programme is set up to encourage and support private organizations and individuals who wish to carry out outreach activities in the areas of architecture and urban design.
The Programme provides funding for a wide range of activities such as research, publications and exhibitions, so as to encourage different and innovative approaches to promoting architecture and urban design excellence in/of Singapore. Successful applicants can receive up to 50% of the total expenditure for such activities.
For more information about the A•UDE Promotion Programme, please visit www.ura.gov.sg.
About Singapore Post Limited
Singapore Post (SingPost) is a household name in Singapore with strong brand recognition. It is the leading provider of domestic and international mail services in Singapore and one of the most efficient and profitable postal operators globally.
SingPost provides highly efficient mail delivery services, employing a sophisticated distribution infrastructure and advanced mail processing technology.
SingPost also offers one-stop logistics business solutions from warehousing to fulfillment to delivery. Leveraging on its extensive and conveniently located distribution network, SingPost also offers a comprehensive range of postal, agency and financial services.

Source:  www.ura.gov.sg News Release 8 Jan 2007

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