The National Arts Council (NAC) is calling for residency applications for an international curatorial residency programme at the Centre International d'Accueil et d'Echanges des Récollets Paris organised by the Dena Foundation.


Organised by the Dena Foundation, in partnership with the NAC, this 4-month residency programme aims to offer emerging curators the opportunity to develop their professional practices, incubate new ideas for the advancement of contemporary art, and encounter creative challenges within the context of this residency and the international networking opportunities it presents.

Successful applicants will receive funding for their roundtrip travel and associated programme costs.



The selected curator is expected to:

  • Manage his/her time well at the Dena Foundation

  • Undertake and complete a 4-month work placement at a reputed art institution in France, which will include duties such as contributing to catalogues and assisting his/her curatorial mentors in the host institution.

  • Develop an exhibition of artists-in-residence from the Dena Foundation Artists Residency (including the Singapore artists participating in this artist residency) in collaboration with the Dena Foundation, in France.

  • Develop an exhibition with the Singaporean artists-in-residence of the Dena Foundation Artists Residency, in Singapore.

  • Be responsible for his/her own health and safety during the residency period.

  • Attend French Language Classes before the residency.



As part of the provisions to undertake this residency, NAC will be funding:

  • The curator’s accommodation, associated costs with participation, production budget and per diem through the Dena Foundation.

  • Up to EUR6,000 in exhibition costs in France organised by the Dena Foundation

  • A grant of up to EUR2,000 to cover roundtrip travel costs to the residency.

  • A grant of SGD$5,000 to realize a post-residency exhibition in Singapore.

  • A grant of SGD$2,500 to attend French Language classes.



Applications are now closed.


Residency Provisions (4-month residency)

  • Lease of a studio and living space (30 sqm), plus basic equipment including electricity, heating, water usage and weekly cleaning services.

  • Administrative and technical support from the host institution, exhibition and publicity services.

  • Studio visits and mediation of contacts to international curators, collectors, art critics, institutions etc.

  • NAC grant to support round trip travel costs and living allowance, accommodation & studio rental, French language classes and possible related exhibition expenses.



Applicants must be Singaporean or Permanent Residents of Singapore.

An ability to converse in French is preferred but not required.


Selection Criteria and Process

Applicants must demonstrate their curatorial potential. All applicants will be assessed on the following:

  • Strong art writing and analytical skills

  • A good understanding of the visual arts (e.g. art history, art theory and art trends)

  • Past participation in visual art events of good standing or some professional experience in the visual arts (e.g. internships and self- initiative curatorial projects), and demonstrate a high level of engagement in contemporary art practices and critical discourse.

  • Applicant’s perceived potential to benefit from the programme, in terms of career progression and capability development.

Assessments will be made on the merit of the application, including strong  track record, the perceived potential of the applicant and the strength of the curatorial proposal.


Acceptance into the residency is based on a preliminary selection and recommendation by NAC, followed by a decision by the Dena Foundation themselves. Applications are now closed.


Application Details

All applications must include the following material:

  •  A completed application form

  • Current Curriculum Vitae

  • 1-2 writing samples that reflect an understanding of key issues in the visual arts (Reviews, Essays or Blog entries are welcome.)

  • 2 professional reference letters

  • Statement of intent outlining what the curator hopes to achieve by attending the Dena Foundation residency programme.

  • A curatorial proposal for presentation in Singapore that is not limited by resources or access to art work.