ArtsEquator invites applications from Southeast Asia for the ArtsEquator Fellowship. The Fellowship is a professional development programme for mid-career arts critics and journalists who are creating critical content about the arts in Southeast Asia. This unique programme aims to build a community of arts critics in the region.


Amir Muhammad 

Amir Muhammad is a Malaysian who produces movies (under the company Kuman Pictures) and books (under Buku Fixi). His previous work as film director include the banned-in-Malaysia documentaries The Last Communist (2006) and Village People Radio Show (2007). As writer, his books include Yasmin Ahmad’s Films (2009) and 120 Malay Movies (2010). As editor, his books include KL Noir: Red (2013) and The Big Book of Malaysian Horror Stories (2022).

Katrina Stuart Santiago

Katrina Stuart Santiago is an essayist, cultural critic, opinion writer, and book author from Manila, with a decade of work in print and online. Her role as critic has fueled her activism, which cuts across issues of cultural labor, systemic dysfunctions, and institutional crises. She is a teacher of writing and criticism at the College of Saint Benilde, a book maker at small press and bookshop Everything’s Fine, and is contributor to the International Association of Theater Critics’s online platform, Critical Stages. She founded People for Accountable Governance and Sustainable Action-PAGASAph that seeks to provide the space for political action from younger civil society actors. She is part of the 2021 cohort of the Feminist Journalist Project of the Association of Women’s Rights in Development, is a 2023 Public Intellectual of the Democracy Discourse Series of the De La Salle University, and is part of UNESCO-Germany’s Fair Culture Movement. She has been writing at radikalchick.com since 2008 and is @radikalchick online. 

Nabilah Said

Nabilah Said is a playwright, editor and arts practitioner in Singapore. Nabilah is currently the editorial lead of Kontinentalist, a data storytelling studio based in Singapore. She has over 13 years’ experience working in editorial, journalism and communications.  Nabilah was the editor of ArtsEquator from 2019 to 2022, where she worked with creatives from Southeast Asia to produce original content about the arts, and mentored emerging writers. She also co-hosted the ArtsEquator podcast. Nabilah was formerly an arts correspondent with The Straits Times. As a playwright, has presented work with Teater Ekamatra, The Necessary Stage, Wild Rice, The Theatre Practice, T:<Works, as well as independent creatives in Singapore. 


*Applications for the ArtsEquator Fellowship are now closed

We are pleased to present the ArtsEquator Fellowship tailored for mid-career arts critics and journalists in Southeast Asia. It is conducted remotely and does not require any travel. It provides a stipend totalling SGD5,000 for the Fellowship period from 1 October 2023 to 31 March 2024. It is open to arts critics and journalists from Southeast Asia only. 

We are looking for applicants who are interested in being a voice for their community, spotlighting artistic works in their country, offering insight into subjects that are not often explored, and being a part of the wider arts network in Southeast Asia.

Our first cycle, in 2023/2024  is focused on performance (theatre & dance) and film in Southeast Asia. Fellows will work on 5 reviews that can be delivered in writing, video or podcast format, and 1  in-depth essay. We are looking for content that offers insights into what is happening in the arts in their respective countries.  

Applicants should propose a provisionary list of the six (6)  topics/events/performance/films they intend to cover during the Fellowship period in their application. 

The content is NOT produced for publication on ArtsEquator.com, but to support the applicant’s own local network of publications and/or distributions. 

Therefore, applicants must indicate where they wish to publish/distribute the content. This may be  existing websites, news portals, social media accounts, substack, newsletter, blog, podcast channel or video channel that reaches their local community.

A total of five (5) Fellows will be selected for this cycle.

Fellowship duration: 1 October 2023 to 31 March 2024
Application opens: 15 May 2023, Monday
Application deadline extended: 7 July 2023, Friday *Applications are closed.

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