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Organised by Metropolitan Museum of Manila in partnership with the National Arts Council (NAC)


The National Arts Council Singapore and Metropolitan Museum of Manila (MET) are pleased to offer a two-month artist-in-residence programme from January to February 2020 for one mid-career Singapore visual artist.


Based in Manila, the programme offers a dynamic artistic and cultural experience for an artist to develop fresh perspectives and artistic expressions that mirror the ever-expanding spectrum of contemporary art across national and regional contexts.


Highly responsive and customised to the artist’s specific interests and research focus, the platform provides field exposure and opportunities to develop one’s practice in new, exciting settings. The MET’s residency team will support the individual in connecting with local artists, curators, art workers, researchers and academics, as well as with a diverse range of cultural communities from the Philippines.


The programme culminates in an open studio presenting new creations and selected past works by the artist at the MET during the National Arts Month in February, in the Philippines.


Upon conclusion of the residency, the artist is required to stage an outreach programme (eg. exhibition, talk or workshop) in Singapore to share about his/her research and insights.




Costs for the selected artist's airfare, visa and travel insurance will be covered. The artist will also be provided with an accommodation, studio, per diem for daily expenses and a budget for production, a final presentation, and up to two field trips for research beyond Manila. The individual will also receive funding support for the post-residency outreach programme in Singapore.




  • Provision of a studio and living space, plus basic equipment, tools and amenities including electricity, and water usage.
  • 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).
  • Up to two out-of-town research trips, studio visits, community dialogue platforms, excursions, and mediation of contacts to local and international curators, collectors, art critics, institutions etc. for the artist








Application for this residency programme closes on Tuesday, 8 October 2019 at 1800 hours. Applicants will be notified by end October 2019.


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