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] Updates to Arts and Culture Resilience Package and sector specific support
1) Self-Employed Person (SEP) Grant for arts and culture freelancers to collaborate on projects (up to $50,000 per project). It is open for application till 1 September 2021, and all projects should be completed by 31 March 2022.
2) The Organisations Transformation Grant (OTG), with grant quantums of up to $30,000 per project for company-specific business transformation efforts, and up to $200,000 per project for co-solutioning projects involving multiple arts organisations, or for projects with potential for wider industry spin-offs.
3) Extension of the 80% venue hire subsidy until end-September 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 call: Jerome Bel’s search for dance pieces
Choreographer Jerome Bel is looking for 5-20 minute dance pieces by choreographers from everywhere in the world (except Europe), to be performed in a theatre during a contemporary dance festival, DansFabrik, in Brest, Brittany) between 21-28 February 2022
New Awards for the Best Undergraduate Critical Essays on Singapore and other Literatures
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: 31 July 2021
The Runaway Company committee recruitment for FY2021-2022
The Runaway Company in Singapore is recruiting new committee members including Membership Head, Operations Head, Publicity Head’s assistant and Q.
Application deadline: 6 August 2021
Open call: *SCAPE incubation residencies
*SCAPE has two ongoing residencies and they are looking for young dancers and visual artists interested in making original work.
Deadline: 15 Aug 2021
SGIFF 2021 Call for Entries
Singapore International Film Festival 2021 is calling for entries and participants in the following categories:
Feature Films & Short Films
Southeast Asian Producers Network
Southeast Asian Film Lab
Youth Jury & Critics Programme
Application deadline: 27 August 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
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.
National Arts Council: Assistant Manager/ Manager/ Senior Manager (Literary Arts)
The NAC is hiring someone who will be involved in the development of Singapore’s Literary Arts ecosystem to promote a greater appreciation of literature in the community.
Deadline: 4 Aug 2021
Nine Years Theatre: Marketing and Publicity Executive
Reporting to the Artistic Director, Company Director and Company Manager, this position is ideal for someone with marketing and publicity background who loves theatre, is able to work independently and thrives in a dynamic artistic environment.
Deadline: 10 Aug 2021
Nanyang Polytechnic: Student Development Executive (Arts & Culture)
Nanyang Polytechnic is looking for someone who can plan, direct and implement extra-curricular programmes, help students develop beyond the academics and manage student clubs.
Deadline: 10 Aug 2021
Singapore Repertory Theatre: Digital Content Marketing Executive
SRT is looking for an experienced and result-driven Digital Content Marketing Executive to join their marketing team. As a Digital Content Marketing Executive, you will be responsible for content creation as well as setting up, implementing and managing the overall company’s digital (including social) marketing strategy.
This position commences in August 2021.
Singapore Repertory Theatre: Business Development Manager
The Business Development Manager will cultivate and further develop relationships with current and future donors, funders and organisational partners. The Manager will take a strategic approach to fundraising, which includes major gifts, corporate partnerships, grants and the Friends of SRT donor programme.
This position commences in August 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.
Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts: Adjunct Lecturer (Fundamental Studies), School of Art and Design
Oversee the management and delivery of assigned modules in the area of Drawing Fundamentals and 3D Fundamentals, undertaking 8 – 12 contact/teaching hours per week during term time
Contribute towards curriculum planning, designing and developing of learning materials and module reviews
Maintain records to monitor student progress, performance and attendance
Supervise and assess students’ assignments/works/projects
National Gallery Singapore: Various positions
National Gallery Singapore is recruiting for various positions including Manager (Exhibition Coordination), Senior Manager (Integrated Marketing) and Manager (Strategic Planning).
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.