Open calls and job opportunities

Open Calls and Opportunities: Dec 2020 (Singapore/SEA)

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

[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] Free legal clinics for arts practitioners

Law Society Pro Bono Services are running free legal clinics for freelancers working in the creative, arts, and cultural industry. These sessions are a one-off 30min session, provided pro bono, to take place online.

[Singapore] Resources aggregated by Singapore Drama Educators Association


[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. Eligible individuals can start using the SkillsFuture Credit provided under this package from 1 October 2020, on about 200 career transition programmes offered by the Continuing Education and Training (CET) Centres.


[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.

[Singapore] Singapore Unbound Relief Fund (SURF)

Singapore Unbound has decided to postpone this year’s writing fellowships to Southeast Asia and to commit the funds instead to aid Singaporean writers badly affected by the shutdowns. Creative writers, whether they are Singapore citizens living anywhere in the world or Permanent Residents of Singapore, may apply for a USD200/SGD280 grant from the Singapore Unbound Relief Fund with no strings attached. This fund is specifically intended to help those in dire need of immediate help. Donations to this fund are also welcome.

Open for application now.


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

A Facebook support group sharing tips, resources and information for creative and cultural workers.


[Singapore] ArtsComm

Online forum and Facebook Group for members of the arts community in Singapore.

COVID-19 and Freelance Artists

An aggregated list of free resources, opportunities, and financial relief options available to artists of all disciplines worldwide.



Open Calls

[NEW] Audition Call: 

The Theatre Practice is looking for bilingual actors for its audition call for theatre in communities and schools.

Audition Details:
Date: 18 Jan 2021 (Monday)
Time Slots: 11.00am – 5.00pm
Venue: The Theatre Practice (54 Waterloo Street, Singapore 187953)

Deadline: 10 January 2021 (1opm Sg time)



[NEW] TNS Devising Platform – They/Them: Verbatim Devising Workshop

The Necessary Stage will be organising a verbatim devising workshop and is looking for participants who openly identify as they/them, and who are willing to share their stories in a devised theatre work-in-progress. The workshop, led by Resident Playwright Haresh Sharma and with the participation of other artist-collaborators, will focus on the complex and diverse experiences of people in Singapore who identify with these pronouns. It will culminate in a presentation, open to the public.

Deadline: 11 January 2021



[NEW] Open Call: It’s Not About The Numbers 2021

Keen to conceptualise a one-to-one encounter?
Want to create a pocket-sized theatrical experience?
Do you want to explore the intimate connection between artist and viewer?

If you’ve ever longed to create works for single or small audiences, but “it made no sense”… Here’s your chance!

Presented as part of Patch! Festival 2021, It’s Not About The Numbers is a series of live in-person works targeted at small-scale engagement. Join us for an opportunity to experiment and test the possibilities of your imagination!

Deadline: 15 January 2021



[NEW] Call for Abstracts: Sabang: Early Southeast Asian-European Intercultural Encounters

The Asian Center, University of the Philippines Diliman welcomes abstract submissions for an international conference, “Sabang: Early Southeast Asian-European Intercultural Encounters,” which will be held—via Zoom—from 18 to 20 March 2021.

The word “Sabang” in Visayan and several other Philippine languages refers to the juncture of bodies of water; it encapsulates the meeting of cultures and the centrality of the Philippines in Southeast Asia-Europe exchanges. “Sabang: Early Southeast Asian-European Intercultural Encounters” aims to discuss the varied cultural legacies of this encounter.

Deadline: 15 January 2021



[NEW] Open Call: Rimbun Dahan 2021 Residencies

Applications are now open only for Malaysian artists for residencies at Rimbun Dahan from April to December 2021. For artists from any discipline (visual arts, performing arts, writers, etc) and arts managers who are Malaysian citizens and currently based in Malaysia.

The residencies provide an opportunity to live and work at Rimbun Dahan, and can run from 1 to 3 months. We provide workspace and accommodation in a 14-acre indigenous garden setting, 45 minutes’ drive from Kuala Lumpur city centre. This residency is recommended for artists seeking solitude, silence and/or space to focus on their work.

Deadline: 31 January 2021



[NEW] Open Call: M1 Singapore Fringe Festival 2022: The Helpers

A global pandemic. The economy in free fall. Polarised politics. Law enforcers using brutality on peaceful protesters.

2020 has been a year fraught with upheaval and uncertainty—even one of abject despair and heartbreak for some amongst us who have lost who and what we love. We have had to unlearn routines we took for granted, adjust to new—distanced—modes of communing with others, and search for new anchors for our unmoored existences.

2020 has left us bereft, in a rage and desperate for aid—and for justice. But it has also been a year where many amongst us decided to rise up, fuelling our rage with love and duty. 2020 has been a year where we offered help generously: through families and friends, participation in grassroots organisations, mutual aid initiatives, impromptu emergency relief.

For Fringe 2022, we invite you to consider how, in spite of these despairing times, our collective universe of obligation can expand in defiance, to offer optimism, hope and healing. How can we propel a politics of care—one that focuses on compassion and the wellbeing of all, be they kin, community, citizens and our environment?

Deadline: 5 March 2021 (noon Sg time)



Applications open: Singapore Youth Theatre 2021

Singapore Youth Theatre is looking for our next batch of new talents – young people from the ages of 13 and 17 who are passionate about making theatre and telling stories for and about their own generation.

Participants will gain first-hand experience of how to make theatre – from writing and directing to performing. At the end of the programme, participants will stage an original production under the guidance and direction of a professional creative team. No prior acting or theatre experience is necessary.

Interested parties will have to sign up for an audition slot.

Deadline: 18 December 2020



Open call for proposals: George Town Festival 2021

George Town Festival is calling for applications for its next edition in 2021. Forms accepted include music, dance, theatre, visual art, film, photography or others.

Deadline: 20 December 2020



Open for submissions: International Awards for Art Criticism

The Seventh Edition of the International Awards for Art Criticism (IAAC 7) 2020 is open to candidates from anywhere in the world writing in Chinese or English about any contemporary art exhibition held anywhere in world or, for the first time this year, on-line between 15 September 2019 and 20 December 2020. Candidates are invited to write a review of 1,500 words or 2,500 Chinese characters on any exhibition of contemporary art.

Deadline: 20 December 2020



Call for Submissions: 5th International Playwriting Contest – plays for young people

Spanish publishing company Editorial Dalya presents the 5th International Playwriting Contest, aimed at encouraging writers in the creation of bold and powerful plays for young people. The competition is open to all writers worldwide, with no age or nationality limit for the entrants. Plays must be written for audiences aged 12-21.

Deadline: 31 December 2020



Call for Submissions: Company Line, Singapore’s first queer army anthology

Submissions are open for the anthology Company Line, Singapore’s first queer army anthology.

All genres are welcomed: Fiction, creative nonfiction/personal essays, poetry or multidisciplinary work

Deadline: 31 December 2020



Open Call: Call for Memories 

Artists ila and Salty Xi Jie Ng are looking for contributors to share a memory with them as an act of recollection, indexing, speculating, poring. It will become part of an archive of memories at an installation and might be used in a workshop with performative elements as an audio component.

This call is part of an installation/performance “your room inside my room inside yours and mine”, showing as part of ON/OFF/SCREEN at DECK from 21 January to 18 February 2021.

Deadline: 10 January 2021




Open Call: Submissions for The Kindling Journal

Literary journal The Kindling is open for submissions for previously unpublished poems, interviews and reviews.

Deadline: 10 January 2021



Open Call: Australia-Singapore Digital Residencies

The Australia Council for the Arts and the National Arts Council Singapore are jointly administering the second iteration of a set of reciprocal digital residencies between Australia and Singapore. The opportunity is designed to seed research on artistic practice and collaborative processes between artists from the two countries, with the potential to spark new connections or deepen existing relationships which may result in co-creation of new work.

Residency dates: January 2021 – July 2021

Deadline: 15 January 2021



Open Call: PICA Interdisciplinary Lab: Encounter, Practice, Play

In 2021, the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA) will host the first of a three-year artist exchange and professional development program with Australian and South and Southeast Asian artists. In 2021, this will include three artist labs led by Australian artists Joel Bray and Eugenia Lim, and will focus on interdisciplinary and intercultural practice through discussion, practice sharing and workshops. The labs will be an experiment in finding innovative ways of fostering togetherness and embodied practice, even when we must remain physically separated.

Event dates: One week between March – November 2021

Deadline: 15 January 2021



Call for Recommendations: Best New Singaporean Short Stories 

Writer Balli Kaur Jaswal is the guest editor of the upcoming edition of Best New Singaporean Short Stories and is currently curating the stories for the book. If you have a title in mind of short fiction published in 2019 and 2020  do send an email to book series editor Jason Erik Lundberg (

Deadline: 15 February 2021


Open Call: SAM Residencies 2021

SAM Residencies is now accepting applications for the 2021 cycle for three residencies – the Artist Residency (6 months); Community & Education Residency (1-3 months); and Curatorial & Research Residency (1-3 months). Selected residents will be hosted in Singapore between July 2021 and March 2023.

Open to both Singapore-based and international practitioners, across all discipline of the arts, the 2021 cycle focuses on processes and practices which engage with:

– Notions of “intimacy” and/or “infrastructures”
– Impact on technology on contemporary life – sociability of the internet; connectivity and capacity of networked platforms; agency and empowerment in civic technology; and digital participatory platforms

Deadline: 28 February 2021 (11.59pm GMT+8)



Submissions open: Julius Baer Next Generation Art Prize

The Julius Baer Next Generation Art Prize is for young Southeast Asian artists who create digital art – working with a medium of the future. The Prize is focused on awarding artists working with the digital image. There are two categories of submission: still images and moving images. The prize is open to residents of Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Vietnam; who are aged 18 to 40 years old, as of 28 February 2021.

Deadline: 28 February 2021



Call for Submissions: An Anthology of Christian Poems from the Philippines and Singapore 

The Christian faith has generated a rich literary tradition. Much of its spiritual writing has been in the form of religious poetry, which has become much loved. How do you, the contemporary writer, understand the Christian faith today? Who is God to you? What are your most pressing questions, and what have been your greatest struggles and triumphs? This anthology will be edited by Eric Tinsay Valles and Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé, scheduled for publication in late 2021.

Deadline: 4 April 2021



New Awards for the Best Undergraduate Critical Essays on Singapore Literature 

Singapore Unbound, a NYC-based literary non-profit, has just announced three awards of USD250.00 each for the best three undergraduate critical essays on topics in Singapore literature. The purpose of these awards is to encourage the teaching and study of Singapore literature at college level and the cultivation of general appreciation for the character and achievements of Singapore literature.

Deadline: 12 July 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] WILD Rice: Development Executive & Marketing Executive

WILD Rice has two vacancies, Development Executive & Marketing Executive

Deadline: 10 January 2021



Wood in the Books: Part-Time Bookstore Assistant

Woods in the Books is looking for a part-time bookstore assistant (Books Ahoy!) who:
– has a big heart for books, especially picture books and children’s books
– loves working smart and working hard
– believes in the Woods in the Books ethos



National Arts Council: Senior Manager/Manager/Assistant Manager, Sector Development (Theatre)

You will join a team that focuses on the development of the Singapore theatre sector. This includes contributing to the formulation of strategies, grants administration, designing and implementing programmes, as well as engage in regular dialogues with theatre practitioners and organisations.

Responsibilities include:

– Grant administration, including providing relevant and timely advice and support to theatre practitioners and companies, as well as evaluating applications for grants, scholarships, awards, etc. and ensure adherence to good governance and funding conditions

– Contribute to the formulation of policy recommendations for the performing arts

– Co-create solutions with sector stakeholders to achieve policy outcomes



Pangdemonium: Partnership Development Manager

Pangdemonium is hiring a Partnership Development Manager, as part of its philanthropy team. Reporting to the company’s Artistic Directors and interfacing with the Company Manager and other philanthropy team members, the position is responsible for attracting and securing funding and in-kind support through corporate, institutional, media, hospitality and production partnerships.



Intercultural Theatre Institute: Senior Marketing Executive / Marketing Executive (full-time)

Intercultural Theatre Institute (ITI) is looking for a creative and driven Marketing professional with a strong passion for theatre and the arts. You would be someone who would love to work in a plural and dynamic environment while helping us to take our school to the next level.

Intercultural Theatre Institute: Research Assistant (contract, full-time or part-time)

Intercultural Theatre Institute (ITI) is looking for an individual with a keen interest in research, the performing arts and culture to assist on an upcoming research project “Actor Training & the Intercultural” which will run from (Jan 2021 to December 2023). In this role, you will provide support in the conduct of research to study, understand and analyse the ITI actor training process and pedagogy, and the significance of the intercultural context in which it happens.



The Art Tribe: Teaching Assistant (Kids Creative Arts – Dec onwards)

The Art Tribe is an education service providing art lessons for young students aged 4 to 10. The art lessons are developed specifically to expose children to a wide array of arts and craft as well as encompassing basic theory lessons in the appreciation for this aesthetic topic. Teaching assistants needed to facilitate classes with our venue partners.

Fine Art/Design students are welcomed. Any past experience working with children will be a bonus.



Very Special Arts Singapore: Marketing & Programme Intern (Performing Arts)

Very Special Arts Singapore [VSA(S)] is the leading non-profit charity organisation dedicated to providing opportunities for persons with disabilities (PWDs) to be involved in the arts sphere.

Roles include:

– Managing volunteers and logistical support for performing arts classes, annual productions, concerts etc.

– Producing publicity materials (either print or video), conceptualising effective campaigns/ creative ideas to promote programmes/artists on various platforms such as social media etc.

Internship period: Jan-Mar 2021



NTU CCA: Assistant Director, Research & Academic Programmes

NTU Centre for Contemporary Art is looking for someone to focus on research management and grant management.



Raw Moves: Assistant Manager

Raw Moves is looking for someone to enhance Administrative support of RAW Moves and to work with the
Company Manager and Artistic Director to develop, implement and evaluate programmes for the company.

– Minimum degree in the relevant industry i.e Arts Management/Business Administration/Technical & Production Management
– At least 2 years experience in the relevant field
– Strong verbal and written communication skills
– Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office
– Good interpersonal skills and an interest in the Arts will be an advantage

Raw Moves: Marketing & Communications Executive (Part-time)

Raw Moves is looking for someone to publicise and promote RAW Moves’ performance platforms and
programmes so as to increase awareness and visibility of RAW Moves.

– Minimum diploma in Marketing & Communications, Arts Management and/or at least 2 years experience in the relevant field
• Strong verbal and written communication skills
• Strong knowledge of computer software eg Microsoft Office and Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign and Adobe Premier Pro
• Good interpersonal skills and a interest in the Arts will be an advantage
• Fresh Graduates are welcome to apply

To apply, email your current curriculum vitae and recent photo to Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


Singapore Art Museum: Curator (Media & Technology)

Responsibilities include:

– Research and contribute to scholarship on present-day contemporary art globally, with a focus on practices in Singapore, Southeast Asia and Asia.
– Develop areas of research specialisation – in particular, on media and technology in art – to support institutional policies and goals on exhibition programming, collection development and publications.
– Curate exhibitions and artwork commissions, develop collaborative and cross-disciplinary projects.
– Undertake and develop exhibitions and projects including conceptualisation, negotiations with external institutions and artists, and co-ordination of general exhibition matters.
– Demonstrate thought leadership in the field through sharing of knowledge at conferences, talks and publications.

Other curatorial positions are also available in the link below:



National Gallery Singapore: Senior Executive (Curatorial Programmes) 

Reporting to the Head of Curatorial Programmes, the candidate will be part of a dynamic team within the Curatorial, Collections & Education Department. The candidate will be part of the team to support a yearlong programme of courses, tailored for all kinds of adult learners—from young adults to active-aging learners, novice to expert, and from hands-on art activities to talks about art and culture.

Responsibilities include:

–  Develop and implement Curatorial Programmes’ programmes which include talks, workshops, lectures, round-table discussions and various new formats

– Provide administration and logistic implementation for the tasked programmes

– Provide general administrative duties for Curatorial Programmes

National Gallery Singapore: Senior Manager (Integrated Marketing) 

Responsibilities include:

– Lead, develop and execute marketing campaigns for exhibitions, programmes and key events through storytelling and content marketing across multi-channel platforms (both offline and online) to achieve brand awareness and visitorship targets for the Gallery, both locally and internationally.

– Develop and execute institutional marketing campaigns in line with Gallery-wide message house

– Manage marketing and communications collaterals

– Develop and execute media events such as press conferences and familiarisation tours

– Develop strategic partnerships for the promotion and marketing of the Gallery

More vacancies in the link below.




LASALLE College of the Arts: Director (Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore)

Reporting to the Vice-President (Strategic Developments), the Director will be responsible for the artistic vision, leadership and management of the Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore (ICAS), the curatorial division of LASALLE, to develop and curate a dynamic mix of multi-disciplinary exhibitions and public programmes, and to manage the day-to-day operations of the galleries. Key responsibilities include to lead, support and curate creative works by established artists as well as LASALLE students and staff, and to spearhead the development and promotion of contemporary arts in Asia.

Deadline: 18 Dec 2020 (or until position is filled)



SOTA: Teacher, Faculty of  Visual Arts

Responsibilities include:

– Development and delivery of curriculum to a range of visual arts classes of different levels and technical proficiencies. The curriculum includes both studio practice and theory and history of art.
– Monitoring and evaluation of student progress, including providing useful and timely feedback to students and other stakeholders.
– Preparation and conduct of assessment of student learning

More roles available in the link below.



SOTA: Subject Head, Faculty of Visual Arts

The Subject Head of the Visual Arts faculty plays an important role in providing quality and rigorous art education by working closely with the Head in leading and developing the faculty towards nurturing students’ abilities in seeing and creating meaningful connections through a diversity of artistic processes and expressions.

Responsibilities include:

– Development and delivery of curriculum to a range of visual arts classes of different levels and technical proficiencies. The curriculum includes both studio practice and theory and history of art.

– Monitoring and evaluation of student progress, including providing useful and timely feedback to students and other stakeholders.

– Preparation and conduct of assessment of student learning.

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About the author(s)

Nabilah Said

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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