Open calls and job opportunities

Open Calls & Opportunities: Aug 2021 (Singapore/SEA)

[Updated 9 Sept 2021]

ArtsEquator Lobang is a list of available open calls, job postings and other opportunities open to people from Singapore and Southeast Asia. “Lobang”, a Malay word for “hole”, is used in Singlish as a shorthand for an opportunity, valuable contact or a tip.

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Info & Resources

Note: Info on reliefs, grants and packages by the Singapore government can be found here

[SEA] Free BIPAM passes from Producers SG 

Producers SG is offering two all-accesses passes to BIPAM 2021, which takes place online from 1-5 Sept 2021. Fastest fingers first.


[Malaysia] CENDANA Arts & Culture Recovery Programme

Seni untuk Semua Online is a programme for artists, arts educators, arts teachers or teacher assistants, who have a minimum of two years’ experience in teaching art, and focuses on the creation of an online arts class. It aims to promote arts education among the wider public and to instil an appreciation for Malaysian arts and culture. Fee: RM3,000-RM4,500

Deadline: 1 Sept 2021

The Create Now 2.0 Funding Programme is a programme for the creation of digital output by artistic and technical practitioners from the performing arts, independent music, visual arts and craft sector who have a minimum of two years relevant professional experience. Grant quantum: RM3,500 per successful application

Deadline: 10 Sept 2021

Visual Arts Production Funding Programme aims to encourage continuity to studio and artistic practices for practitioners within the visual arts sector. The Programme primarily supports and encourages artwork production (eg. series of paintings/ sculptures or installation); or research and development. Grant quantum: Up to RM8,000 per application

Deadline: 12 Sept 2021

The Independent Music Funding Programme supports the development of the independent music sector through initiatives that support creation, research, networking, facilitation of music projects, upskilling, as well as promotion of Malaysian made independent music content. Grant quantum: Up to total of RM30,000 per application

Deadline: 13 Sept 2021

The Adiguru CENDANA Programme is designed to sustain the development and ensure continuity of traditional art forms of Malaysia. Grant quantum: Up to RM30,000 per application over the period of up to 12 months.

Deadline: 13 Sept 2021

The Arts Venue Recovery Programme support applications by venues/spaces open for public use from the performing arts, independent music, visual arts and craft sector with a minimum of two years’ relevant experience/engagement in their respective arts sector. Priority may be given to low income small and medium spaces of less than 500 pax.

Deadline: 23 Sept 2021


[Singapore] Clubhouse Discussions by SG COVID-19 Creative/Cultural Professionals & Freelancers Support Group

The SG COVID-19 Creative/Cultural Professionals & Freelancers Support Group hosts a discussion for freelancers and creative professionals on Clubhouse every Wednesday at 10pm. This Facebook support group was first set up in Feb 2020 to share tips, resources and information for creative and cultural workers.


[Singapore] COVID-19 Recovery Grant

Lower- to middle-income employees and self-employed persons (SEPs) who remain financially impacted by COVID-19 may receive up to $700 per month. Apply from now till 31 Dec 2021.

[Singapore] Sing Lit Station HALP Fund

The HALP Fund is a discretionary fund used by Sing Lit Station to support literary arts practitioners in the creation and presentation of their work in any form. It also aims to provide subsistence funds during tough times. The maximum quantum will be $500 per application. Applications will be held year-round until 31 March 2021 or until funds are fully disbursed, whichever comes first.


[Singapore] SAMPP COVID-19 Relief Fund

Singapore Association of Motion Picture Professionals are offering grants for filmmakers and others in the film industry.


[Singapore] SkillsFuture Top-Up

Adult Singaporeans aged 25 and above will receive a one-off $500 SkillsFuture Credit top-up. Eligible individuals can start using the additional credit from 1 October 2020. Singaporeans aged 40 to 60 will receive a special $500 SkillsFuture Credit top-up. This will be over and above the $500 SkillsFuture Credit top-up for Singapore Citizens aged 25 and above. From 1 October 2020, this top-up can be used on all SkillsFuture Credit-eligible courses, and will expire on 31 Dec 2025.


[Singapore] Self-Employed Persons Training Support Scheme

All Self-Employed Persons will be entitled to between $7.50-$11 an hour of training allowance for SkillsFuture series courses and selected sector-specific training programmes. This will be administered by NTUC.

More info can be found here.




Open Calls


[NEW] Volunteers for Singapore Writers Festival 2021

SWF is looking for volunteers for the following roles:

Front-of-House Assistant (FOH)
Digital Ambassadors (FOH)
Green Room Assistant (Hospitality)
Information Counter Assistant (ICA)
Operations Assistant (OA)
Bookstore Assistant (BA)

⁣Please note that volunteers must meet the following requirements:⁣
– Singaporean/PR⁣
– Aged 18 and above (as of Sep 2021)⁣
– Fully vaccinated by end of Sep 2021⁣
– Able to commit a minimum of 3 shifts or an equivalent of 15 hours⁣
– Comfortable with interacting with the general public⁣
– Possesses a customer service attitude⁣
– Able to handle some physical work

Send in your CV to⁣



[NEW] Pangdemonium’s Technical Apprenticeship – Lighting Design

Master the craft of Stage Lighting Design under the mentorship of Pangdemonium’s Associate Artist, James Tan. This 12-month apprenticeship will give an intermediate-level lighting-specialised individual an exclusive opportunity to further develop their craft through our productions. A stipend will be provided, as well as tickets to Pangdemonium shows during the apprenticeship period.

You will:

– Receive specialised training in your applied field.

– Work as a part of Pangdemonium’s business and production teams.

– Gain insight into the artistic, production and business operations of a professional theatre company.

– Make meaningful and professional connections within the industry.



[NEW] Gudskul Collective Study

Gudskul: Collective and Contemporary Art Ecosystem Studies is an educational platform formed by three Jakarta-based collectives: ruangrupa, Serrum and Grafis Huru Hara. Gudskul Collective Studies is a one year program intensively discusses and works through a collective point of view as a form of working method in art and culture.

For the 4th edition of the Gudskul Collective Study, Gudskul Ekosistem invites collectives that are interested in joining this one year program. Gudskul Collective Study open for those who lives in these specific timezones: GMT+4 – GMT+10.

Gudskul Collective Study program will start at September 2021 up until July 2022.

Deadline: 5 Sep 2021



[NEW] [Urgent Casting Call] Bytedance Sept/Oct Project

Bytedance is looking for talents/actors/comedians who would be interested to be part of their upcoming shoots in Sept & Oct:

1. Shoot date: Sept (1 – 2 Fridays); Oct (2 Fridays)
2. Gender: Male & Female
3. Age: 20 – 35
4. Race: Indonesian, Malay, Thai
5. Language: English + Bahasa Indonesia; English + Bahasa Melayu; English + Thai
6. Duration: 8 hours (10am – 6pm). Hours might be shorter.
7. Dialogue: Yes, short dialogues
8. Rate: Paid engagement. Please advise us your hourly, 4 hours, and 8 hours rate

Email with the subject title “LB CASTING_LANGUAGE_YOUR NAME”.

Please include photos, a short write up of yourself, your social media page, and a reel of your past experiences. More information will be shared via email if you’re shortlisted.

Deadline: 10 Sep 2021, 2pm (Sg time)



[NEW] Open Call: Teater Ekamatra’s Call To Action

Teater Ekamatra’s upcoming project Call To Action, open to youths (16 – 22 years old), is the first online and cross-cultural edition of the Living Newspaper*. It aims to engage youths from Singapore and Scotland to reimagine a new world, post-pandemic, through digital and online techniques. Through workshops and discussions led by @claratheatremaker (Scotland), @manicjango (Singapore), and @friedkhailan (Singapore), Call To Action aims to create a global discourse relating to youth identity, dismantling and disrupting the hegemonic narratives surrounding youth identity.

*Living Newspaper is a term for a theatrical form presenting factual information on current events to a popular audience.

Deadline: 10 Sep 2021



[NEW] Call for Entry 2021: Youth Jury & Critics Programme

The Youth Jury & Critics Programme aims to nurture new film critics who can contribute to Southeast Asian film culture and discourse. This programme provides the opportunity for mentorship in the art of film criticism, while invited speakers also enrich the learning experience by sharing about different types of critics, their role in film culture and what it is like to have a career as a film critic. In the lead-up to and during the festival, the young critics’ articles and video essays will be published on SGIFF’s Film Academy journal, Stories. The mentor will award one of the young critics with the Young Critic Award for originality of writing and for contributing to cinematic discussions in the region. This year’s head mentor is playwright Alfian Sa’at.

Deadline: 10 Sep 2021



[NEW] Producers Lab: “What if we do it this way?”

Producers Lab: “What if we do it this way?” is a professional development programme by Producers SG for independent arts managers, producers, self-producing artists and artist-producers based in Singapore. The programme takes place over six months from October 2021 to March 2022. Lab Participants will engage in activities such as reading circles, workshops, guest lectures, Open Space-format discussions, socials and networking events, covering different themes and areas of focus each month. During the Lab, participants will also have an opportunity to conceive and develop a proposal for a speculative project, asking “What if we do it this way?”.

Participants will be supported with a stipend of S$1,500 for their time and labour, and be part of an active community of practice and peer support.

Deadline: 19 Sep 2021



[NEW] Jalan Besar Writing Residency 2021

The Jalan Besar Writing Residency is co-presented by Sing Lit Station and BooksActually. From Nov ’21 to Apr ’22, selected Writers-in-Residence will have access to a desk space at BooksActually and a working space for meetings, writing groups or workshops at Sing Lit Station. They will also receive a $1,000 stipend to empower and enable their creative processes. The residency offers a space for writers in any stage of their career with works at any degree of completion. SLS and BA are especially interested to support writers who want to meaningfully engage with Sing Lit in the development of their work.

Deadline: 30 Sep 2021



[NEW] Rimbun Dahan 2022 Residency for Malaysian artists

Rimbun Dahan calls for applications from artists currently based in Malaysia for 1-3 month residencies in 2022.
Residencies include self-contained studio and accommodation (including utilities) at Rimbun Dahan, and RM1000 allowance per month. Artists from any discipline (visual arts, performing arts, writers, etc), arts writers and arts managers may apply.

Deadline: 17 Oct 2021



CENDANA Arts Writing Masterclass & Mentorship Programme 2021

CENDANA’s Arts Writing Masterclass & Mentorship Programme is back for a second year. Attend masterclasses by writer-mentors, and selected participants will be mentored from Oct 2021 to Feb 2022.

Deadline: 30 Aug 2021



Open call: Brahmastra Festival of Arts and Music 2021

Brahmastra Festival of Arts and Music 2021 is an immersive, digital festival organised by Brahmastra and supported by Ministry of Communications, Culture and Youth and National Youth Council and Somerset Belt. They looking for 20 original acts ranging from singing, dancing, visual Arts to music performances for this festival.

Deadline: 31 Aug 2021



Open for Submissions: The 2021 Wasafiri Essay Prize

The Wasafiri Essay Prize aims to discover, encourage, and award innovative critical essays of an exemplary standard, which constitute the most exciting academic work happening today across the field of international contemporary literature. Entrants do not have to be currently affiliated with an academic institution, but must hold a PhD.

Deadline: 31 Aug 2021



Open for Submissions: 1st Singapore Unbound Flash Fiction Contest

Singapore Unbound’s SP Blog is holding its first annual flash fiction contest with a call for submissions inspired by the title “The Infinite Library and Other Stories” by Victor Fernando R. Ocampo. Entries must be 90-100 words, and be about “the infinite library,” interpreted in any imaginative way.

Deadline: 31 Aug 2021



Tribute To Singapore’s Cultural Medallion recipients

Arts House Limited is inviting people to share their tribute to Singapore’s Cultural Medallion recipients. Contributors can be from Singapore and around the world, who would like to share a story on how they have been taught, inspired and/or encouraged in their individual professional journey and pursuit of creative excellence. This tribute can be in text, pictures and/or audio form, and selected contributors may be contacted for more information.

Selected tribute entries will go into our Cultural Medallion showcase video as well as the Arts House website and social media. Selected entries may also be featured in the Cultural Medallion showcase taking place end of 2021 at The Arts House.

Deadline: 3 Sept 2021



SGIFF 2021 Call for Entries

Singapore International Film Festival 2021 is calling for entries and participants in the following categories:

Asian and Southeast Asian Feature Films and Short Films

Deadline: 3 September 2021

SGIFF Film Academy Programmes
– Southeast Asian Film Lab
– Southeast Asian Producers Network
– Youth Jury & Critics Programme

Deadline: 10 September 2021



British Council’s Connections Through Culture 2021

Connections Through Culture (CTC) is a grant programme run by the British Council in the UK and East Asia for the past 16 years to foster international collaborations through arts and culture. The UK-SEA Collaboration Grant supports online/digital networking and collaboration between the UK and Southeast Asia to develop art and cultural projects together or facilitate skills. Grants are available for up to £8,000. This is open to artists and arts and cultural practitioners, organisations, networks, and collectives based in the UK or in Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand, and Viet Nam.

Previous grantees are eligible for the new UK-SEA Alumni Grants, quantum of up to £2,000 to build on the online/digital collaborations from the previous grant projects.

Deadline: 5 Sept 2021



Mentorship for Fiction Writers in Singapore

Yu-Mei Balasingamchow is offering a free six-month mentorship for two promising fiction writers in Singapore, comprising monthly one-hour individual video consultations. Each mentee will work on three short story drafts. Yu-Mei is particularly interested in mentoring writers from communities that are underrepresented in publishing and who lack access to traditional routes and resources for development.

Deadline: 10 Sept 2021



Lao Filmmakers Fund

Founded and operated by LPFF, the Lao Filmmakers Fund is the country’s first and only regular grant program for film projects. The Fund is publicly generated, and supports Lao film projects through small grants. For the 2021 cycle, the maximum grant request is $10,000 USD (about 100,000,000 LAK).

Deadline: 13 Sept 2021



The Light Project

The Light Project is an extension of CENDANA’s yearly marquee event Art In The City in collaboration with Think City to light up cities with public art and performances curated to take place in selected cities nationwide. It is open to Malaysian artists, collectives and arts/ creative organisations with a minimum track record of three years and are actively engaged in the Malaysian arts and culture sector and residing in Butterworth, Ipoh, Melaka, Batu Pahat and Kuching.

Deadline: 13 Sept 2021



da:ns LAB 2021 – Dancing in the Metaverse: A Hackathon

The Esplanade and Dance Nucleus invite artists, researchers, writers, producers and other practitioners working in dance and interdisciplinary performance in Singapore to take part in a hackathon in teams of three to four persons.Over three intensive days, participants of the lab will respond to the framing questions and challenges posed by our invited speakers, engage in deep discussions about digitalisation in the performing arts, and be given mentoring support by industry experts to propose actionable solutions.

Each team may consist of collaborating practitioners working in different capacities in the arts (e.g, producer, designer, technician), but should include at least one dance practitioner.

Proposed ideas may include artistic creations, online platforms, events or programmes. At the end of the third day, teams will share their proposals and receive feedback from an industry panel.

Deadline: 30 September 2021



Art Encounters Repaint

Art Outreach is calling for artists to redesign the facade of Art Encounters, a mobile artist’s studio and gallery housed within three repurposed shipping containers. The exterior façade currently features a spray-painted graffiti design by local street collective RSCLS.
The selected proposal will be repainted “live” in a public location in December 2021 as part of the initiative’s mission to unveil the creative process to audiences.

Deadline: 30 September 2021



ASEF Mobility First! x Cambodian Living Arts: A Special Joint Open Call for Arts Organisations

The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) and Cambodian Living Arts (CLA) are collaborating on Culture Over Coffee – a joint open call for organisations to organise small, closed gatherings whether physical, virtual or hybrid. These gatherings are intended for discussion and exchange between the participants.

Deadline: 8 October 2021



IMPART Art Prize 2022

The IMPART Art Prize (formerly known as the IMPART Awards), presented by Art Outreach, aims to support the professional development of emerging artists and curators in Singapore by providing impactful career building opportunities. Each year, up to 3 promising individuals will each receive an SGD20,000 prize comprising SGD15,000 in cash and an international exchange programme (valued at SGD5,000*) offering visits to renowned institutions and exposure to leading practitioners. The prize is open to Singapore Citizens or Singapore Permanent Residents aged 18 to 40, working in any medium.

Deadline: 15 October 2021



Open Call: Raise Three Fingers

Raise Three Fingers (formerly Art for Freedom MM) is a campaign hub founded by artists and creatives in Myanmar to bring the global art community together and highlight the unfolding human rights and humanitarian crises caused by the military coup on February 1 2021. They are calling on the global art community to raise three fingers and shine a light on an illegitimate power grab.



Call for collaboration: 136 Goethe

Goethe Institut has announced a new arts space within its premises called 136 Goethe. They would like to invite the public, the arts community of Singapore and everyone who is interested in intercultural collaboration and innovative practices to engage in and access 136 GOETHE.



List yourself: Producers SG Directory 

The Producers SG Directory is an online database of independent arts producers and managers working in and across Singapore and the region.

This is a growing directory. Producers SG welcomes submissions from producers and arts managers from Singapore, the rest of Southeast Asia, as well as professionals who work regularly with artists and/or platforms in this region.



Open Call: Conservation Research Writing Residency

Rimbun Dahan now offers short-term residencies, between 2 weeks and 3 months, for researchers in environmental conservation issues who need time and space to write up their research for publication.

Applications on a rolling basis from 1 March 2021.



Call for pitches: so-far Issue 4: Platforms

so-far is a platform for both emerging and established writers which publishes long-form writing, deep dialogues, or experimental formats from letter-writing, speculative fiction, creative non-fiction, ekphrastic poetry, and more. It is calling for pitches for its next issue now.



Call for Submissions: The Tiger Moth Review

The Tiger Moth Review, a new and independent eco-conscious journal from Singapore, is calling for submissions of poetry, prose, art and photography that emphasises the connections between “human activity and the environment that produces it”, work that displays an “awareness of ecology and concerns over environmental disaster” (“Ecopoetics”, Poetry Foundation).

They are looking for work that is eco-conscious and critical, work that celebrates the beauty/ bounty of nature, work that is cognisant, curious and contemplative of the relationships between humanity, modernity, cultures and the environments in which we live in or imagine ourselves to inhabit.

Submissions for Issue 5 (Jan 20201) now open.





[NEW] Mynah Magazine: Factchecker

Mynah Magazine is looking for a detail-oriented factchecker for its next issue. Candidates must be based in or otherwise be extremely familiar with Singapore.

Email for info and expressions of interest.



[NEW] Nanyang Technological University: Senior Assistant Director, Business Operations

NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore (NTU CCA Singapore) is a national research centre for contemporary art of Nanyang Technological University. The Centre is a platform, host and partner for artistic research, education and critical discourse that focuses on the Spaces of the Curatorial. NTU CCA Singapore’s office and research centre is located at Gilman Barracks.

This key leadership role is both strategic and operational in nature and is a critical position in assisting the Centre Director to realise the goal and mission of the Centre. Working with the Centre’s team of staff, this role is charged with overseeing day to day management of the Centre, from programming, facilities, finance, grant and contract administration, HR, IT and reporting functions.

Key Responsibilities:

– Assist the Centre Director in the management of CCA’s operations administration and delivery of programmes including finance, HR, grant administration, communications, events etc
– Cultivate and build relationships with potential and strategic and funding partners
– Monitor budgets cash flow and procurement in accordance with NTU guidelines and policies. Work with the finance manager and other senior managers for budgeting and financial reporting
– Supervise both direct and line reports and ensure staff performance meets expectation and to ensure professional development opportunities are made available
– Implement necessary infrastructure and processes to support NTU CCA Singapore’s activities, including NTU policies and procedures, required NTU digital transformation projects and initiatives



Singapore International Film Festival 2021: Social Media Manager

SGIFF is looking for a talented Social Media Manager who will predominantly manage both website & social media accounts. You will be responsible for creating original text and video content, managing posts and responding to followers. Period of Engagement: September to 20 December 2021.

Deadline: 30 Aug 2021



Paper Monkey Theatre: Arts Administrator/Arts Manager

Paper Monkey Theatre is looking for an arts administrator/manager who will take care of the business operations of the company. You will manage and promote the arts and educational activities of the company. This involves interacting with artists, performers, school teachers, supporters and staff.

Deadline: 30 Sept 2021



T:>Works: Communications and Engagement Associate

T:>Works seeks a high-energy, organised and creative individual as Communications and Engagement Associate, to be responsible for overseeing the communications, media, community and digital content / social media marketing for T:>Works and its projects.



Ngee Ann Polytechnic: Lecturer (2-year fixed term) Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship / Arts, Culture & Heritage

Ngee Ann Polytechnic is looking to hire a lecturer for Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship / Arts, Culture & Heritage. Candidates should have prior experience in arts, culture and social innovation or a related discipline.

Deadline: 3 Sept 2021



OH! STORIES: Arts Business Manager

OH! Open House is looking for an Arts Business Manager to oversee the development and growth of OH’s permanent art experiences.

You will be the key person in a business development role, producing and maintaining a suite of immersive art experiences set around various districts of Singapore. You will also be working on building sales partnerships, maintaining relationships with key stakeholders, and will have a hand in combining art and tourism to offer audiences an alternative side of Singapore beyond the usual touristic fare. You are expected to manage the day-to-day operations of OH! Open House’s first permanent art experience in Jalan Besar as part of induction.

Deadline: 6 Sept 2021



OH! Open House: Marketing & Communications Manager/Executive

OH! Open House is looking for a marketing and communications manager. You will be the craftsman behind communications initiatives and campaigns for the organisation, develop a variety of skills and have a hand in bringing art closer to the masses.

Deadline: 6 Sept 2021



OH! Open House: Community & Arts Manager

OH! Open House is looking for its next Community & Arts Manager. You will be the key person to develop and maintain relationships with various stakeholders, including volunteers. You will also develop and execute programmes for stakeholders and have a hand in bringing art closer to the masses.

Deadline: 6 Sept 2021



Asian Civilisations Museum: Research Assistant (Contract)

Responsibilities include:

– Support a cross-institutional team of curators, researchers, and collections managers on a project relating to maritime archaeology
– Prepare and consolidate information about artefacts/artworks for assessment
– Assist colleagues in research relevant to the artefacts/artworks
– Draft labels to accompany artefacts/artworks records for online publishing
– Ensure collection data is accurately maintained and updated in the collections management system

Deadline: 10 Sept 2021



Singapore International Film Festival 2021: Interns

SGIFF is looking for interns:

– Festival Intern: Programming & Marketing

– Festival Intern: Marketing

– Events and Hospitality Intern

Deadline: 10 Sept 2021



National Arts Council: Manager (Education & Development)

The NAC is hiring someone who will support the Education & Development Department in the implementation of programmes, management of partnerships and periodic policy reviews in support of arts education in schools.

Deadline: 10 Sept 2021



Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts: Lecturer, Fine Art Programme (Half-Load)

The candidate must provide academic leadership and support in managing the academic and operational administration of assigned courses or Programme, which include undertaking 10 to 12 contact/teaching hours per week during term time teaching art modules, including studio and research knowledge, professional and industry practices, art history and theory modules and providing support to the other Diploma programme (Art Teaching) in terms of studio practice component.



National Gallery Singapore: Various positions

National Gallery Singapore is recruiting for various positions including Senior Executive/Assistant Manager (Community & Access – Volunteer Management), Manager (Exhibition Coordination), Senior Manager (Integrated Marketing) and Manager (Strategic Development)



SOTA: Various positions

School of the Arts Singapore is recruiting for various positions including Teacher, Faculty of Visual Arts; Head of Department, Faculty of Literature in English and Teacher Faculty of Music.


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About the author(s)

Nabilah Said is an award-winning playwright, editor and cultural commentator. She is also an artist who works with text across various artforms and formats. Her plays have been staged in Singapore and London, including ANGKAT, which won Best Original Script at the 2020 Life Theatre Awards. Nabilah is the former editor of ArtsEquator.

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