Young Artist Award 2020

We are very proud to announce that two ADM Alumni from the pioneer cohort of 2009 have won the prestigious Young Artist Award this year.


The two winners who both completed their BFAs in ADM are filmmaker Nicole Midori Woodford, who is also a full-time Lecturer at ADM teaching in Film, and visual artist Yanyun Chen.


The Young Artist Award has been given by Singapore’s National Arts Council every year since 1992, and is bestowed upon artists who are 35 or below who, as the NAC states,  “display a clear artistic vision, have made a positive impact on Singapore’s arts scene, and who have a promising display of leadership capabilities in Singapore and beyond.


Nicole and Yanyun attended a ceremony at the Istana on the 9 December where they were given their award by Madam Halimah Yacob, the President of Singapore, alongside the other YAA and Cultural Medallion recipients. Also present was Edwin Tong, the Minister for Culture, Community and Youth.


Previous ADM Alumni who have received the YAA include artist and filmmaker Loo Zihan in 2015, artist and photographer Alecia Neo in 2016, and animator Tan Wei Keong in 2019. All graduated from NTU in 2009.


Nicole, who majored in Filmmaking in ADM, is a writer-director whose short films have been shown at prestigious film festivals internationally. Her debut feature film, Last Shadow At First Light, is due to shoot in 2021.She is also writing and directing an episode of the new season of HBO Asia’s Folklore. She’s been teaching at ADM as a full-time Lecturer since 2018. Last year she was recognised for her mentorship of younger filmmakers with the inaugural Youth Inspiration Award from SCAPE (the youth development agency) and the Singapore International Film Festival.


Yanyun is a visual artist whose work moves across a number of disciplines, including drawing, animation (which she majored in at ADM), and installation. She received her PhD from the European Graduate School in Switzerland. Recently her animated work (with Sara Chong), the award-winning Women In Rage, has been screened at a number of international festivals. Yanyun teaches drawing and animation at Yale-NUS College in Singapore where she is a Lecturer.


“A big congratulations to both Nicole and Yanyun on receiving their richly deserved Young Artist Awards this year,” said Professor Michael Walsh, the Chair of ADM, “The work they’ve done is clearly outstanding and we are looking forward to them creating new and exciting projects in the future. It’s also heartening to see they are both educators, helping and advising a younger generation of artists. We’re very proud that ADM has been a part of their creative journeys.”



Press Release on YAA from NAC:


NAC Profile of Yanyun Chen


NAC Profile of Nicole Midori Woodford​