Open calls and job opportunities

Open Calls and Job Opportunities: January 2019 (Singapore)

General Manager at Checkpoint Theatre

Checkpoint Theatre is looking to hire a General Manager, a newly created position. The GM will have particular responsibility for finance; regulatory compliance and reporting; human resources, fundraising, and partnerships.

You should have:
– a minimum of 10 years’ experience in the arts/culture/heritage sectors, including administrative and management positions;
– a strong alignment with Checkpoint’s mission of producing, developing, and promoting original Singapore work for the stage;
– excellent spoken and written communication skills in English;
– an ability to represent the company to diverse stakeholders, including local and international presenters; sponsors, funders and donors; regulators; vendors; the media; and the artistic community.

More information on application here.

Part-time Engagement Manager at Apsaras Arts

Apsaras Arts, founded in 1977, is a premier Singaporean Indian dance company with an international following. Beyond its core activity of promoting and showcasing Indian classical dance in innovative and contemporary ways, Apsaras Arts tackles themes of global interest, from the spread of Buddhism, the refugee crisis and timeless morality tales.

The company is looking for an Engagement Manager (EM), who will represent the company and identify suitable international platforms, venues and arts festivals to which the company’s repertory works should promoted, in order to explore and create opportunities to be presented overseas.

The EM should ideally have at least 5 years of experience in the performing arts industry in the area of promoting and producing for Asian performing arts companies. The EM is expected to have strong networking skills, and the ability to build and maintain strong professional relationships with programming managers, festival directors, event organisers and arts promoters in order to take on this role. This is not a full-time position and terms are negotiable. More information here.

Senior Marketing Executive / Marketing Executive at Intercultural Theatre Institute

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

Job Scope:
– Plan and execute publicity campaigns for branding, student
recruitment and events
– Design and produce communication/marketing materials
– Produce and upkeep content for ITI’s own digital resources
– Working knowledge of Google Analytics, SEO, SEM
– Track social media analytics, report results and pitch new ideas to the team
– Assist with the planning and managing of events
– Assist in building partnerships and donor relationships

Find out more information here.

Digital Media Designer for GroundZ-0
– Proficiency in all Social Media Platforms i.e. Instagram, Facebook, Twitter etc.
– Proficiency in Web/Blog designing (with readers interactions) i.e. Set up, maintaining account, uploading etc.
– MUST be bilingual i.e. English & Mandarin
– Have an open mind to work various elements/departments in the projects
– Be able to work in a fast-paced environment
Projects engagement period from Sept 2019 to Feb 2020. Will be paid according to projects.
Please send CV (and work samples, if any) to – info.groundz0[at] More information here.

Gallery and Events Assistant at Alliance Française de Singapour

Assist the Cultural Programming Manager in ensuring smooth running of the events and exhibitions under her charge.

Assist in the installation, opening and dismantling of exhibitions
Welcome and guide visitors during the operating hours
Write audience report
Manage the database

Assist in organising of social and cultural events (French Friday, exhibition openings, Ciné-Plus, Francophonie Festival and others if needed)

More information here.

Arts Management Intern at Supernormal

Supernormal is an independent art space that strives to present experimental and offbeat works and projects, ranging from design to artistic practises, and the in-betweens. Housed in the characteristic building at 333 Kreta Ayer Road, Supernormal hopes to create a creative and experimental platform for new possibilities in Singapore’s creative and artistic landscape.

Looking for an intern to help us with our exhibitions, which includes the following job scope:

– Gallery Sitting

– Event organising

– Marketing

Contact the gallery here.

Open Call for drama workshop instructors: The Finger Player’s Reachout! Branch

Looking for actors, puppeteers and puppetry/drama workshop instructors! If you would like to join us in reaching out to the schools and community, kindly email your CV (please include a recent head shot and a short bio) to admin[at] by 20 January 2019. Head to the Finger Players’ Facebook page for more.

RAW Moves’ Open Call for Dancer/Apprentice
Established in 2011, RAW Moves is a contemporary dance company, which focuses its establishment, connection and direction of work with the spirit of inquiry. Founded by Artistic Director Ricky Sim, the company supports cross-disciplinary experimentation with an interest in redefining movement through artistic innovation and research, nurture new talents through collaborative investigation and promote dance in the community. The company is looking for a trainer contemporary and/or ballet dancer who is aged 21 or above. They must be interested to perform beyond personal boundaries and receptive to work creatively and collectively, as well as being open to non-singular aesthetics of contemporary dance and interpretation. More information here.

Open Call: Playwrights For Singapore Theatre Festival 2020

W!LD RICE is seeking submissions of full-length plays to be presented at the next edition of the Singapore Theatre Festival, which will be held at the new theatre in Funan Mall in 2020.

We are now planning for the 7th installment of the Festival, which will be held at W!LD RICE’s new theatre at Funan in 2020.

When programming the Festival, we always ask ourselves: ‘Why this play?’ and ‘Why now?’

We are looking for works that speak to the contemporary moment; which address under-explored issues and feature under-represented communities; and which ask sharp and difficult questions.

Find out more here.

Open Calls January 2019

National Poetry Competition 2019 Open Call

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. The theme for 2019 is “Metamorphosis” and entries are accepted in English, Chinese, Malay or Tamil. The length limit is 40 lines and there are three age categories: 10 – 14 years of age, 15-18 years of age, and over 18 years. The submission deadline is 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 May 2019.

More information here.

Photo: Jon Gresham

Ethos Books Open Call: Our Imagined Futures (working title)

So what about tomorrow? What are our fears, and what do we think is changing us forever? We seem to be living in an era of widespread anxiety and despair with people becoming increasingly alienated and frustrated with political institutions, social and economic structures.  In order to confront our prevailing fears and concerns, where will we find the courage to face our challenges, to see and do things differently, and build hope and joy for the future? A co-publishing project between Margaret River Press of Western Australia and Ethos Books of Singapore, this anthology will explore how writers from Western Australia and Singapore approach these issues across a range of genders, ages, class and ethnic backgrounds.

This open call is organised by Ethos Books and specifically for writers to contribute to the Singapore segment of the anthology.

We are looking for new works in response to the topics:

– Fear and hope
– Heritage, roots and routes
– Space / isolation – our relationships to the land and environment
– Identity
– Change

For more information on guidelines and format, click here.

Seeking Short Films From Southeast Asia

Student Kevin Bathman is a MA student in Cultural Studies in Goldsmith, University of London who is putting together a short film screening consisting of 11 short films from South East Asia (Brunei, Cambodia, East Timor (Timor-Leste), Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam). The project is particularly looking for women filmmakers from Lao and Vietnam.

The project seeks one short film per country.

• Preferably 20 minutes or less
• Preferably made in the last 3 years
• current social theme from the particular country

It will be screened over 2 nights in March or April 2019. Limited budget but an honorarium will be paid to filmmaker. Find out more here.

CODAMAG: Open Call for Magazine Submissions

CODAMAG is an independent magazine focusing on contemporary art in Singapore. Planned for annual publication, we aim to present a collection of artworks, articles, and other creative expressions, encouraging the appreciation and reach of contemporary art practices on this mostly sunny (and occasionally temperamental) little island.

We are currently accepting submissions for our inaugural issue in 2019. Creative pursuits in the form of artworks, interviews, reviews, reportage, essays, poetry, letters, oddities and eccentricities, etc. are all welcome. Our only requests are for submitters to be based in Singapore, and submissions to reflect relevance to local contexts.

Keep and eye out for updates here.


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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About the author(s)

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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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