Winner of Nando’s X Noise Competition
Singapore, 6 September 2014 – After an intense and gruelling ten hours, Muhammad Khairy Bin Ishak was announced winner of the inaugural Nando’s X Noise Singapore Street Art & Mural Competition. Held at Bugis Junction today, the live finals featured Muhammad Khairy and five other finalists pit their creativity and skills from 6am to 4pm. Spectators were treated to a ‘live’ showdown among the finalists who created their masterpiece on a 5ft by 5ft feature wall according to the theme “ALIVE!”. These art pieces will continue to be showcased to the public today and tomorrow, 7 September at Bugis Junction as part of the Noise Singapore exhibition.
Receiving positive comments from all the judges, including Nando’s and Noise Singapore representatives, 28 year old designer Muhammad Khairy walked away with a $3,000 cash prize, while the first runner up and second runner up received $2,000 cash prize and $1,000 cash prize respectively. All participants also each received $500 worth of Nando’s vouchers. “I am thankful for the exposure and experience that Nando’s has provided,” enthuses winner Khairy. “With this experience and win, I hope to continue my journey as a growing artist and gain more exposure by sharing more of my works with the public.”
About Nando’s X Noise Competition
A joint initiative launched by Nando’s and Noise Singapore in July 2014, the competition received 37 entries in the span of a month. “We initiated this competition as a platform for local aspiring artists to express themselves freely. Art is a big part of our brand’s DNA and we are excited to grow the local arts scene together with key partners such as Noise Singapore,” said June Koh, CEO, Nando’s Singapore. “The entries to this year’s competition have been very encouraging and creative through their individual interpretations of ALIVE. Singaporeans are definitely a lively and passionate group. We just need to provide them the right platforms to bring out their emotions.”
The six finalists were shortlisted and judged by renowned local artists CLOGTWO, SLACSATU AND TRASEONE. In addition, the three judges also served as mentors to the finalists. Attending a workshop held a week before the finals, the finalists had the opportunity to pick up tips and insights on the different mediums and techniques of street art from them.
The finalists were judged based on their originality and creativity, interpretation of the theme, quality of design and composition, use of medium/artistic finish/technique as well as overall impression.
“It is incredibly heartening to see such diverse talent from people who come from all walks of life, and to know that there is such ardent support and interest in street art within Singapore”, says self-taught graffiti artist TRASEONE, who is highly regarded as one of the leading pioneers within the local street art movement. “Khairy’s winning artwork displays a great execution of street art techniques, and interprets the theme “ALIVE!” very creatively.”