Artist is first S'porean winner of Benesse Prize

Amanda Heng gets $37k cash award and will showcase her work at famed Naoshima art site

Artist Amanda Heng, with fellow performers behind her, doing a reprise of her classic performance art piece Let's Walk as part of the Singapore Biennale. Ms Heng, whose works explore social and cultural issues, said last night that receiving the Bene
Artist Amanda Heng, with fellow performers behind her, doing a reprise of her classic performance art piece Let's Walk as part of the Singapore Biennale. Ms Heng, whose works explore social and cultural issues, said last night that receiving the Benesse Prize was "a great honour and privilege".ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN

Artist Amanda Heng is the first Singaporean to win the distinguished Benesse Prize, which comes with a cash award of three million yen (S$37,000) and the chance for her work to be exhibited at Japan's famous Benesse Art Site Naoshima.

Ms Heng, 69, took a moment to collect herself before she could proceed with her thank-you speech at the ceremony at the National Gallery Singapore last night.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on January 12, 2020, with the headline 'Artist is first S'porean winner of Benesse Prize'. Subscribe