Cultural Medallion celebrates 40 years: Is the prize still relevant?

The award, which recognises the contributions of artists, celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. How does winning the accolade help artists and the community?

Any mention of the Cultural Medallion is often accompanied by the descriptor "the highest arts accolade in Singapore".

But dig deeper and one soon finds that the Medallion draws mixed reactions from the arts community.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 15, 2019, with the headline 'Too little, too late: Is the prize still relevant?'. Print Edition | Subscribe