Skip to main content

Visual Arts - International Residencies for Singapore Visual Artists

International Artist-In-Residence Programmes

International residencies and capability building programmes play a significant role in encouraging cultural exchange between countries. To support Singapore’s artists on these platforms, the National Arts Council (NAC) has partnered various arts institutions in the Southeast Asia to offer residency opportunities.

Previous participants include Chu Hao Pei, who undertook a three-month artist-in-residence programme jointly offered by NAC and Cemeti - Institute for Art and Society in Yogyakarta, Indonesia in 2019, and Anthony Chin, who was involved in a two-month artist-in-residence programme jointly offered by NAC and the Metropolitan Museum of Manila in the Philippines in 2020.

Please stay tuned for more information on upcoming residencies.

The Artist-In-Residence will receive residency support*, including:

  • Airfare, visa and travel insurance; per diem for daily expenses and a budget for production and the compulsory post-residency outreach programme (e.g. exhibition, talk, workshop) in Singapore to share research insights
  • Lease of a studio and living space, basic equipment, tools and amenities including electricity and water
  • Curatorial, administrative, and technical support from the host institution, exhibition, and publicity services (exhibition sitting, installation and de-installation, logistics, receptions and advertisements, public relations, invitations)
  • Studio visits, community dialogue platforms, excursions, and networking with local and international curators, collectors, art critics, institutions, etc.

*Kindly note residency provisions above are for reference only and may vary across each programme.

Past residency partners

Cemeti – Institute for Art and Society
Based in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, Cemeti provides a platform for artists to connect directly with local communities, build meaningful relationships and get involved as collaborators in the creative process. Drawing from an open process of research and knowledge exchange, artists have the opportunity to address key issues in the local context and beyond through their work.

Metropolitan Museum of Manila
One of the major museums in the Philippines, the Metropolitan Museum of Manila (MET) positions itself as a home for Filipino and global contemporary art practices and disciplines. Its diverse range of contemporary art exhibitions and programs reflect the thriving borderless multi-dimensional environments of scholarship, artistic expression, and the world we live in.