Open calls and job opportunities

Open Calls and Opportunities: February 2019 (Singapore)


Mobility First! – ASEF Cultural Mobility Initiative 2019

Mobility First! – ASEF Cultural Mobility Initiative is the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF)’s travel grant for artists and cultural professionals. Mobility First! supports a wide variety of activity types (workshop/training, conference/forum, festival/biennale, residencies, partnership meetings, research trips, short-term exploration/networking) with particular focus on these areas:

Skills transfer / knowledge exchange
Innovation in arts & culture
Local development
Art and social issues: the role of art & artists in society

The next open call is 15 February to 15 March. Find out more here.

Business Development / Social Media Marketing Intern, Haque Centre of Acting and Creativity

We are looking for interns to support our Business Development/Social Media Marketing activities. Be a part of a dynamic company with a casual work environment that values productivity over propriety. This position is especially suitable for candidates looking to expand their portfolios, as branching out is very much encouraged. You will be given the opportunity to try on different hats, and pick up new skills in the process. Those who show great initiative and willingness to learn will thrive as they will be given many opportunities to express their ideas and take charge of projects.

There won’t be much handholding in this company- you will be given a lot of freedom to create and innovate, but at the same time, you must also possess strong time management skills and be able to work independently.

If you are a goal-oriented person who is as keen to learn as you are to contribute, then this job is for you. Fresh graduates who don’t enjoy being mollycoddled are welcome to apply.

Find out more about the Business Development Intern position here, and the Social Media Marketing intern position here.

Sales Assistant at The Artling

We are looking for a full-time Sales Assistant whose duties will include managing our online website, handling client’s enquiries and orders, assisting with event coordination, and general administrative duties. We are close-knit team and this will be a great opportunity to get hands-on experience and learn more about working in the art world in Asia.

The ideal candidate must have a keen eye for detail and be able to deliver to a meticulous standard. Use of Microsoft Office such as Excel and Word is a must. Photoshop is a bonus! Tasks will vary and candidates will need to be able to work closely with our team as well as independently. Ideally candidates need to be familiar with the regional arts and design scene.
Find out more about the company and the role here.

Gallery Liaison at ART SG

ART SG is seeking an enthusiastic full-time Gallery Liaison with strong interpersonal and communication skills to join the ART SG team and work with us on the launch edition of the fair in 2019. You will work alongside the Fair Director to drive gallery applications, facilitate communications and logistics in the lead up to the fair. You will play an active role on-site during the fair and provide support to the VIP, Press and Marketing, and Operations teams.

Strong verbal and written communication skills are essential, as well as excellent time management and data organisation. Mandarin language skills are not essential but will be preferred. A relevant bachelor’s degree is a requirement of the role, and ideally at least two years work experience in an art-related field. Find out more here.



Book Curator at & Co. Pte Ltd


Drive retail sales goals and inventory plans specific to books – both exhibit related and otherwise.
Serve as first line of contact with vendors and stores on all purchasing, merchandising, and other category issues.
Maintain an organized system for all purchase orders and sales confirmations, which can be easily managed as well as understood by team
Compile and review financial data, ensure accuracy for strategic decisions
Establish effective and efficient communication to vendors, ensure proper receipt flow, and provide accurate data and size/allocation on purchase orders including; monitoring open purchase orders to ensure all merchandise ordered has been received.
Managing replenishment for product inventory levels and turns through effective model stock management.
Manage gross margin through sales, markdowns, return to vendors, and mark-ups.
Work with marketing to plan and execute promotional campaigns in order to increase awareness and drive sales.
Provide ad hoc statistical reports to management upon request

More information here.


Stage Manager and Stage Hand at ANDSOFORTH Junior Pte Ltd

Site-specific, Immersive theatre group ANDSOFORTH is hiring a stage manager and a stage hand.

This coming March, ANDSOFORTH will be leading South-East Asia’s first ever Interactive theatre art installation in a 20,000 square foot warehouse.

Titled 22 Stories, get set for the adventure of a lifetime as you explore 22 different rooms, each promising a surprise as your favourite stories come to life and you get to meet familiar characters. With crazy worlds and fun activities in store, this is one experience you won’t be forgetting anytime soon. Suitable for audiences of all ages.

Each role consitutes a 4 month contract and the production period is 1st March 2019 – 30th June 2019.

More about the Stage Manager role here.

More about the Stage Hand role here.

Image courtesy of Drama Box


Do you have/know of a child who’d like to be a part of Chinatown Crossings 2019?

Chinatown Crossings is a critically acclaimed promenade theatre written by playwright, Jean Tay and directed by Drama Box’s Associate Artistic Director, Koh Hui Ling.

In Chinatown Crossings, we meet Kunalan, an Indian man in his 40s who grew up in a Chinatown shophouse in the 1960s and 70s. As we follow him through the streets of Chinatown and the pathways of his memories, we unravel the story of unexpected friendships and the family that he finds in Ngau Cheh Shui (Cantonese for Bullock-Cart Water). We track the story of his evolving friendship with Ting Ting, his feisty neighbour, as well as his relationship with Ting Ting’s Cantonese majie, Fong Cheh, who becomes a surrogate mother to him during their growing up years.

This immersive theatrical tour will bring the audience from the back alleys of busy Smith and Trengganu Streets to the quieter area of Keong Saik. As the audience travels across a series of memory touchstones (or stations) scattered across the neighbourhood, the ghosts of Chinatown’s past will be evoked through different elements like chalk, shadow, echoes, paper, thread, cloth, or hair.

Chinatown Crossings is looking for 1 Chinese girl to be part of the cast. For requirements and further details, click here.

Open Calls February 2019


What truly unites a people or a country? Can union only come at the expense of excluding others? How unified can a people really be?

These are the questions that will be explored in next year’s M1 Singapore Fringe Festival. The Call for applications to be part of the M1 Singapore Fringe Festival 2020 is open – with the theme of My Country and My People. It closes at noon on 1 March 2019. Find out more about the theme and how to apply here.


Are you a practicing artist who would like to work with seniors to bring out their creativity and stories?
Are you committed to engaging with seniors to bring about quality creative experiences?
Do you have a programme which is engaging and inspiring for seniors and their loved ones?

We are seeking proposals from artists and arts organisations/intermediaries to develop and present arts experiences that are senior-centric and support the notion of creative ageing. The proposals could take on a variety of artistic medium (e.g. literary art, performing arts, visual arts, photography and film) as well as modes of engagement ranging from innovative presentations to analogue/digital participatory projects that involve participants as co-creators. Proposals will be considered for Silver Arts 2019 (5-29 September) and 2020 (3-27 September). Silver Arts is a month-long festival showcasing the meaningful possibilities seniors have in and through the arts in everyday lives. Find out more here.

The Poetry Festival Singapore, formerly known as National Poetry Festival, is calling for the submission of previously unpublished poems to the National Poetry Competition 2019. This competition is open to permanent residents and citizens of Singapore.

2019 Theme: “Metamorphosis”
Language: English, Chinese, Malay or Tamil
Length: Up to 40 lines
Categories: 10 – 14 years old // 15-18 years old // Over 18 years old
Submission Deadline: 28 February 2019 (Singapore Time, 23:59)
For entries in Chinese, Malay, and Tamil, English translation of your poem will only be required if you are announced as winners.
Thereafter, the deadline for English translation poem will be required by 20 April 2019.
No submission fee is required.

Find out more here.

Tell Us Your Story – Open Call for Works! 诉说你的故事 – 公开征求创意提案, by 实堂 Practice Tuckshop

As a creative playground for all, Practice Tuckshop is a platform for a diverse range of voices and stories.

This year, we welcome YOUR story to be a part of our diverse programing and we hope to provide resources and support for ideas to incubate and grow. Proposals for both existing and new works from all disciplines are accepted as long as they respond artistically to the space!

Share your story with us here:

诉说你的故事 – 公开征求创意提案

身为一个属于大家的创意游乐空间, 实堂为不同的声音和故事提供了一个可以自由发挥的平台。



The Asian Arts Media Roundtable by ArtsEquator

The Asian Arts Media Roundtable is a two-day meeting of arts editors, publishers, reviewers, arts journalists, critics, bloggers, podcasters, videocasters, academics and arts makers from Southeast Asia, East Asia and Asia-Pacific. The Roundtable is the first step towards establishing a network of arts media organisations and individual arts writers in the region that will have multiple impacts across the creation, discourse and consumption of the arts. Application closes: 30 January, 5pm (GMT+8). More information here.



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Kathy Rowland is the Managing Editor of, a registered charity that she co-founded with Jenny Daneels in 2016. The site is dedicated to supporting and promoting arts criticism with a regional perspective in Southeast Asia. Kathy has worked in the arts for over 25 years, working in the areas of critical writing and arts advocacy, with a special interest in media platforms for the arts. She is the Project Lead for ArtsEquator’s Southeast Asian Arts and Culture Censorship Documentation Project, launched in 2021. She has written extensively on censorship of arts and culture in Malaysia. She was a member of the International Programme Advisory Committee of the 8th World Summit on Arts and Culture, 2019.

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