29 January 2015, Singapore – Applications are now open for outstanding and committed individuals to participate in a three-month attachment programme in the United Kingdom from May to October 2015.


Eligible individuals, aged at least 25 years or older, with a minimum of two years of involvement in the arts, and some experience in collaborating or working with children or youths are invited to apply for the Youth Arts Overseas Attachment (YAOA) Programme by the National Arts Council (NAC) by Friday, 13 February 2015, 12 noon.


The YAOA Programme is part of the NAC’s on-going efforts to develop Singaporean artists, initiators, facilitators and youth engagement workers who can contribute to Singapore’s youth arts landscape. This year, each successful applicant will be attached to one of six youth arts organisations in the UK‘a space’ arts, Artswork, Chichester Festival Theatre, British Film Institute, Pegasus Theatre and Rhythmix.


During the three-month attachment, successful candidates will have opportunities to network with international counterparts and learn through first-hand experiences.  Candidates will also need to provide fortnightly updates with a summary of learning points and experiences, and on returning to Singapore, a written Evaluation Report on project involvement, key learning points and an update on how these experiences and learnings can be translated to benefit Singapore’s arts and youth communities,  will be required.


Award winning music producer and mix engineer Roland Lim was one of the participants in the 2014 programme attached to Rhythmix, one of the UK’s leading music charities. He said of his experience with Rhythmix: “The entire experience has broadened my mind and made me re-think my practice both personally and professionally. The programme changed my perspective on how music can be used to help young people in challenging circumstances. It has also given me insights on how we can further develop and grow our music community in Singapore." Roland continues to be actively involved in album production, but plans to take on a larger mentorship role in his future work with younger musicians.


Dancer and choreographer Lam Gin Chia from O School was attached to Wessex Dance Academy, dedicated to at-risk youth. A spokesperson from Wessex Dance Academy said this of Gin: “Gin’s placement here has had an amazing impact on the cohort she was with. She brought new skills, a huge sense of fun and an opportunity for our young people to learn and be introduced to another culture.” Since her return, Gin has continued developing on her work with at-risk youth, including spearheading EDGE, a dance and choreography training programme for at-risk youth amongst other plans.


Nur Sahirrah bte Mohamed Safit, chief programming officer for The Playtent, was attached to All Change Arts in London. She said of her attachment, “It has broadened my knowledge on how to bring together different art forms and learning to manage multi-disciplinary arts programmes effectively.” Upon coming back to Singapore, she has been actively involved in contributing to the arts scene.


Claire Devine, Director at The Playtent and Artistic Director for Buds Youth Company, said, “Sahirrah’s experience overseas has helped her to better appreciate how best to explore diversity within society. With the launch of Going Local 4 and other projects we are working on, we are aiming to help bridge the disconnect between different communities through the arts.”


Each successful applicant will receive financial support of up to SGD$14,000 for the three-month attachment, and this will include a subsidy for basic living expenses, a return economy air fare, and insurance for the period.


The Application Process


Applicants will be assessed based on:

  • Their ability to complete the programme;
  • The benefits of the proposed programme to their creative and/or professional development;
  • Their inclination to learn and explore different perspectives and share knowledge and ideas about young people and the arts;
  • Merit and potential of their short and long-term plans that apply ideas and skills gained; and
  • Their capacity and commitment to developing and contributing to Singapore’s youth arts scene.


Priority is given to applicants who are able to commit to the full three-month duration of the programme. Applicants who are unable to commit to the full duration should indicate their minimum commitment period in the Application Form.


Applications must include the completed application form, a detailed curriculum vitae, brief personal bio with the focus on the applicant’s involvement in the arts, and experience with regard to working or collaborating with young people; and a write-up that proposes the benefits that the programme would have on the applicant’s creative and/or professional development; and the applicant’s short and long-term plans for applying ideas and skills gained post-trip.


Deadline for applications: Friday 13 February 2015, 12 noon. Application forms are available at bit.ly/oapuk2015, and must be submitted to lu_xiao_hui@nac.gov.sg. Hardcopy applications can be addressed to:


NAC Youth Arts Overseas Attachment Programme

Attn: Lu Xiaohui (Manager, Youth Arts)

National Arts Council

90 Goodman Road, Goodman Arts Centre, Blk A #01-01

Singapore 439053


Shortlisted applicants will be notified by 23 February 2015, and will have to attend a sharing session on 27 February 2015, organised by the NAC.  For enquiries, please contact Ms Lu Xiaohui at 6346 9631 or lu_xiao_hui@nac.gov.sg