In creating, the first that the artist must agitate is not the world, not the state, not the people, not the community, not the other, not the us nor the we, not even the idea. The first that the artist must agitate is the I, the self.
A recipient of the Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) Singapore Foundation Culture Award 2007, Noor Effendy Ibrahim has served as a member of the Singapore National Arts Council (NAC) Board from 2004 to 2006 (7th term). He also received the NAC Cultural Fellowship 2014 and was the fifth Artistic Director of The Substation (2010-2015), Singapore’s first independent contemporary art space. He served as the Artistic Director of Teater Ekamatra, a Singapore-based contemporary Malay Theatre company, from 2001 to 2006.
Effendy is also an arts educator, and was a Senior Academic Staff at the School of Technology for the Arts, Republic Polytechnic Singapore, from 2007 to 2010. He has taught as a part-time/adjunct lecturer in Singapore at various institutions such as National Institute of Education, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, LaSalle College of the Arts and DIGIPEN Institute of Technology, teaching in diverse areas and topics in theatre, visual arts, performance art, and illustration for fashion design.
Upon leaving The Substation in 2015, Effendy began to pursue a more active role as curator and producer of arts and cultural events. He has since gone on to curate programmes for the international music festival Neon Lights 2015 and 2016, and outdoor traditional dance festival Padang Tari (Field of Dance) for Got To Move 2016 by the NAC. Effendy has also initiated a new performance collective Akulah BIMBO SAKTI (I am the MAGIC BIMBO) as part of his National Arts Council Creation Grant 2016.
Effendy completed his GCE ‘O’ Levels at Raffles Institution (1989, Singapore), and GCE ‘A’ Levels at Victoria Junior College (1991, Singapore) where he was in the second cohort of the Theatre Studies and Drama ‘A’ Level programme. He went on to obtain a Bachelor of Fine Arts from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2000, IL, US), and a Master of Arts in Contemporary Practice from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts-University of Huddersfield (2007, Singapore) where he received the NAFA Scholarship and the 2007 NAFA Best Graduate Award Visual Arts: MA Contemporary Practice.
NAC Cultural Fellowship - National Arts Council Singapore
The Straits Times Life! Theatre Awards 2009 Best Ensemble - “Bilik Ahmad”, Playwright & Director, Teater Ekamatra, Singapore
Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) Singapore Foundation Culture Award FY 2007 - Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry Advisory Committee, Singapore
NAFA Best Graduate Award Visual Arts: MA Contemporary Practice - Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore
NAFA Scholarship 2006 - Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore
MENDAKI Award 1986 - Yayasan MENDAKI (for outstanding performance in 1985 PSLE level examination), Singapore
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