Open calls and job opportunities

Open Call and Opportunities: June 2019 (Singapore/SEA)

[Updated as of 27 June 2019]

Ten Years After: Call for articles on Asian cinema

TEN YEARS AFTER is a special online-only edition of NANG magazine organised in memory of Alexis Tioseco and Nika Bohinc, two committed young film critics who were murdered in Manila in 2009. NANG is an independent print-only magazine dedicated to cinema in Asia. 

NANG is looking to solicit original short pieces (approximately 1000 words each, in English or translated into English) from emerging writers (aged under 30 or in the early stages of a career in criticism). Contributors from all over the world are welcome but each piece needs to provide an answer to a simple question— “What films, filmmakers, performances, sounds, images or moments in Asian cinema have you loved over the last decade (2009-2019)?”

Submissions accepted until July 15, 2019

More info here.


Applications open for Angkor Photo Workshops

The Angkor Photo Workshops is an annual tuition-free professional workshop for up-and-coming Asian photographers with the aim of nurturing each individual’s unique vision and approach to the medium of photography.  Each year, 30 participants are selected from across the region to join us in Siem Reap, Cambodia, for an intensive week-long workshop conducted by renowned professional photographers who volunteer their time and expertise to be a part of this educational initiative and experience. Application is free and our workshops are open to photographers of all Asian nationalities, with no age restrictions.

Participants have to commit to being in Siem Reap for the full period of 27 November – 7 December 2019.

Deadline: 30 June 2019, 5pm (GMT+7)

More info here.

British Council in Myanmar is looking for Head of Arts

The British Council has been active since 1946 in Myanmar to create stronger educational and cultural relationships between the people from Myanmar and the UK. Our work has expanded rapidly around the country in English, education and through a range of projects with civil society, community-based organisations and arts organizations. The Head of Arts will provide strategic and operational leadership for arts and partnership work in Myanmar, building on existing and new programme and partnerships.

More info here.


Job vacancies at UNESCO Bangkok

UNESCO Bangkok has the following vacancies:

· Individual Consultant (contract):

Responsibilities include supporting the implementation of projects that promote the implementation of the 2005 Convention in Thailand and South-East Asian countries, such as carrying out country surveys for Thailand; and supporting UNESCO Bangkok’s activities related to the implementation
of the 2003 Convention on Intangible Cultural Heritage. Closing date for application: 7 July 2019

· UNESCO Asia Pacific Youth and Media Programme Specialist (contract):

Responsibilities include finalising the publication of the UNESCO Toolkit on Strengthening Gender Equality and Social Inclusion in National Youth Policies; supporting the roll-out of the Indigenous Youth Platform; and localising the UNESCO Handbook for Journalism Education and Training entitled “Journalism, ‘Fake News’ and Disinformation” to the Mekong region. Closing date for application: 30 June 2019

More info here.


Open call for PERMISI: Open Stage by P7:1SMA

P7:1SMA is proud to host PERMISI, a non-curated open-stage for artists to share with the public and evolve creation processes. PERMISI targets artists of all levels of training and experience. Each run will share approximately four artists with 30 minutes of performance and/or discussion. This will occur bi-monthly at Rumah P7:1SMA, starting on 26 July 2019 and concluding on 27 March 2020.

Deadline for 1st run:  11 July 2019, 2200hrs

More info here.


Job openings at West Kowloon Cultural District 

The West Kowloon Cultural District is looking for Assistant Producers:

· Assistant Producer, Performing Arts (Theatre): Deadline 21 July
· Assistant Producer, Performing Arts (Dance): Deadline 7 July

More info here.


Submissions open for queer Singaporean literary anthology GASPP 2 (Deadline extended)

GASPP 2: a GLBTQ+ Anthology of Singapore Poetry & Prose is looking for more submissions, including vernacular submissions (e.g. in Chinese, Malay & Tamil Language).

Deadline: 15 August 2019

More info here.


Job opportunities at Singapore Writers Festival 2019 

Singapore Writers Festival 2019 is looking for three committed individuals to join the team:

· Executive/Assistant Manager (Marketing)
· Executive/Assistant Manager (Venues & Ops)
· Executive/Assistant Manager (Volunteers)

Applications close on 9 July 2019.

Visit Careers@Gov for details (look under National Arts Council). More info here.


Jobs at Asian Film Archive

The Asian Film Archive is expanding the team. If you enjoy working in a dynamic environment and keen to bring together Asian films and people, you could be the person we are looking for.

Positions available:

· Communications and Marketing Executive: Deadline 28 June 2019
· Theatre Services Technician: Deadline 28 June 2019
· Media and Technical Executive

More info here.


Open Call for new comics anthology 

Difference Engine (DE), a new independent comics publisher based in Singapore, is calling for entries for SOUND: A Comics Anthology, an initiative to develop and showcase Southeast Asian writers and illustrators. The guest editors of the anthology are veterans in the Southeast Asian comics industry—writer Budjette Tan who co-created the horror comics series TRESE, and Charis Loke, illustrator and arts-educator.

Submissions close on 31 July 2019.

More info here.


Open Call for i Light Singapore 2020

The sustainable light art festival will return for its 8th edition from 6 to 29 March 2020 and showcase new and exciting light art installations at Marina Bay and its vicinity. Re:Imagine the potential of everyday objects that are usually defined as waste and let them Re:Live and Re:Light through YOUR creative ideas for new light art installations!

The Open Call ends on 12 July 2019, 2359hrs (GMT +8). More info here.


LVMH Métiers d’Art artist in residency programme

LVMH (Louis Vuitton group) is launching its call for applications for its 5th Métiers d’Art artist residency programme at the Heng Long Leather factory in Singapore for the period of January to June 2020. The six-month residency includes a workshop within its production site, and craftsmen of the factory will dedicate time to help the artist when needed. Artists have to be under 40 years old.

Application deadline: July 15th, 2019

More info here.


Open Call for AIAV Residency Exchange 2020

Grey Projects is inviting applicants to apply for a 65-day artist residency in Yamaguchi, Japan with Akiyoshidai International Art Village (AIAV). In response to the ‘trans_2019-2020’ theme of ‘Live Together with This Land’, participating artists are expected to bring new ideas to the local culture and people, while they in turn will hopefully acquire new perspectives through these encounters. The residency will include field trips, an open studio and exhibition, talk/workshop, as well as other activities with the local community.

The residency will take place from 8 January – 12 March 2020. In addition to accommodation and workspace, airfare and a modest production fee will be provided. Please note that the AIAV Residency is only open to Singaporeans and Permanent Residents.

Application deadline: 16 July 2019.

More info here.


Submissions open for Jalan Besar Writing Residency Programme

Sing Lit Station is pleased to offer working space to a select number of writers for a six-month-long writers’ residency programme. Our writers-in-residence are invited to conduct workshops, meetings, readings and other events on behalf of Sing Lit Station, with full access to our venue.

Applications open till 31 August 2019.

More info here.


Submissions for Golden Point Award 2019

The Golden Point Award is Singapore’s premier creative writing competition for Short Story and Poetry in the nation’s four official languages: English, Chinese, Malay and Tamil.  Established by the National Arts Council since 1993, the national literary writing competition is a significant platform for discovering new writers whose works exhibit literary merit and encouraging literary expression in Singapore. There is no age limit to enter the competition and entries may be written on any subject and theme.

The submission portal will be available for access from 1 to 31 July 2019.

More info here.


Got To Move ISLANDWIDE Open Call

Got to Move (GTM), the annual nationwide movement to celebrate Singapore’s diverse dance scene and get Singaporeans moving returns from 4 to 27 October 2019. One of the highlights GTM is Got to Move ISLANDWIDE, a platform that encourages anyone interested in dance to get involved in organising activities related to dance for the general public to participate in.

We welcome your submission of any dance-related activity. Some examples of activities include but are not limited to:

· Talks, sharing sessions on dance-related topics
· Dance-related exhibitions
· Parent-child dance workshops
· Mass participation events
· Dance film productions and screenings
· Dance projects that incorporate technology
· Dance classes

Application deadline: 23 June 2019

More info here.


M1 Theatre Ninja Programme

Interested in theatre production work, but frustrated by the lack of training and mentorship opportunities? We hear you! The Theatre Ninja Programme offers a unique platform for youths aged 17-25 to learn about production and stage management from theatre professionals through an action-learning process. In 2019, we will be adding lighting design to the mix. This programme is a great opportunity for youths to learn necessary principles and skills through a series of workshops, which includes sessions by industry experts at world-class performing arts venue, Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay.

More info here.


Singapore International Film Festival Call for Entries

The 30th SGIFF Call for Entry is now open: we’re inviting entries for Feature and Short Films, Southeast Asian Film Lab and Youth Jury & Critics Programme.

Submission deadline: 19 August 2019, 6pm (GMT +8)

Find out more here.


INXO Arts Fund – A Funding Project for Cultural & Arts Creation (Deadline Extended!)

INXO Arts Fund – A Funding Project for Cultural & Arts Creation is organised by INXO Arts and Culture Foundation. INXO Arts Fund aspires to be the launch pad to accelerate broader artistic participation among new, young artistic talents in the region and to elevate artistic practice and production standards for advanced professional development. Since 2017, INXO Arts Fund has given out RM200,000 of funding and sponsored 26 projects, including performing arts, audio visual arts, documentary, community projects, photography and more. This year, INXO Arts Fund will also provide total grants of RM100,000 to 10 selected proposals (RM3,000 to RM10,000 for each proposal) and mentoring resource such as technical guidance, counselling and crowd funding tutorage.

Who is eligible?

Malaysian citizens of 18-35 years of age as of the submission year. All proposals are required to depict cultural or arts themes. No restriction on form or style except handicrafts, which must take the form of a physical object.

Deadline extended to 10 July 2019.

For detailed information, please visit INXO official website and follow IAF Facebook page for updates.


Krishen Jit Fund 2019 open for applications

The Krishen Jit Fund was created by ASTRO and Five Arts Centre to encourage and support experimental creative work in Malaysia.  One of the main objectives of Krishen’s pioneering work was to celebrate original Malaysian art, across a range of disciplines, and in pursuit of innovative modes of expression and intervention.

In 2019, the fund will give out grants ranging from RM1,000 to RM20,000 for:

· Workshops
· Attachments/residencies
· Experimental productions
· Research and documentation
· Writing
· Creating new work in music, dance, theatre, writing, film, visual/performance art
· Others

The Krishen Jit Fund will try to be inclusive, but work sited in Malaysia will be given preference.  All arts practitioners in Malaysia are eligible to apply.  The fund will be managed by Five Arts Centre.

Application deadline: 15 August 2019

More info here.


Collaborators Wanted for Annalouise Paul Residency at Rimbun Dahan

Dates: 15–30 August 2019

Australian dancer-choreographer Annalouise Paul is looking for local dancer artists to collaborate on a cross-cultural dance exchange at Rimbun Dahan, Malaysia. Dancers and choreographers who have a traditional or indigenous dance background (in any culture) are invited to apply. Annalouise Paul will teach excerpts from her existing works and guide artists to explore and develop new choreographic material working from their traditional dances and share her creative practice.

More info here.


SEAΔ Fellowship Call – SE Asia artists and cultural workers

SEAΔ is a one-year fellowship, co-created by Mekong Cultural Hub and British Council, for artists and cultural workers to work together to contribute to sustainable development within South East Asia. Each year we will select 10 Fellows from 10 countries: Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Taiwan and the United Kingdom. The programme has 4 main gatherings spread over a one-year period where Fellows get together. Each gathering takes place in a different country and has a unique purpose: exchange, create, share then reflect.

Application deadline: 14 July 2019

More info here.



ISPA Global Fellowship Program

The International Society for the Performing Arts’ (ISPA) Global Fellowship Program provides one-year access
to ISPA’s extensive international network of arts professionals to emerging and mid-career leaders from the
global performing arts community, with particular attention paid to applicants from developing economies.
Participants join the ISPA membership and attend the New York ISPA Congress where they engage in the
development and exchange of ideas with leaders from some of the world’s most significant presenting
organisations, performing arts organisations, artist management agencies, cultural policy groups, foundations,
festivals and related professionals.

In considering applying, please be aware that the ISPA Congress is not a traditional arts market and
opportunities for self-promotion are limited. This opportunity is intended for those working in the management of the professional performing arts. Performing arts professionals who are deeply committed to increasing the global connectivity of the performing arts industry, as well as those who take initiative in their own professional development, are most likely to benefit.

Application deadline: 12 July 2019 at 17:00 EDT

More info here.



Submissions open for UOB Painting of the Year 

The 38th UOB Painting of the Year (POY) competition is open for submissions from 16 to 18 August 2019. The
competition is open to all Singapore citizens and permanent residents. The Singapore winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in November, together with the winner of the UOB Southeast Asian Painting of the Year. This prestigious award will go to the country winner with the most outstanding work in the region. In addition, the UOB POY country winners in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand will be considered for a month-long residency programme at the renowned Fukuoka Asian Art Museum in Japan.

More info here.


Job opportunity at ITI: Senior Marketing Executive / Marketing Executive

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.


· Plan and execute publicity campaigns for branding, student recruitment and events
· Assist in producing and designing marketing collaterals
· Produce and upkeep content for ITI’s own digital resources
· Track online 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

Full details here.


Festival Project Officer – Singapore Management University

The Singapore Management University Arts Festival (SMUAF) is an annual showcase of creative expression through the arts. Featuring events comprising a range of art forms including music, dance, theatre, literary as well as visual arts, the festival provides a purposeful opportunity to bring the arts to the public audience. 2019 marks the fifth edition of the festival, and we are looking for a Festival Project Officer from late Jun to late Sep 2019 to help us manage 6 programmes happening from 6-15 Sep 2019.

More info here.

Assistant Curator / Curator (Peranakan), Asian Civilisations Museum & The Peranakan Museum

Asian Civilisation Museum manages the Peranakan Museum. This call is for an Assistant Curator or Curator position in Peranakan art. Curators develop and manage the collections and exhibitions of the museum. They collect, research, interpret, and make the collections accessible to the public through exhibitions and interpretive displays. They undertake project management and administrative functions to ensure smooth running of the museum to meet the Singapore National Heritage Board’s aim of cultivating public awareness of the cultural inheritance of Singaporeans.

Application deadline: 3 July 2019

More info here.


Job opportunities at The Esplanade

Project Assistant – Programming

We are looking for a project assistant who will be responsible for assisting the Programming and Marketing teams for Esplanade Presents programmes and festivals. This is a 1-year full time contract position. You will have a varied role including planning and execution of programmes, events, special projects, marketing, administration and logistics.

Esplanade Archives Assistant (Contract) 
As the national arts centre, Esplanade’s programmes, initiatives and development have significant influence on our arts and cultural scene; materials produced in relation to these have cultural and historical value. We have a responsibility to ensure that our archival practice is comprehensive and consistently captures the documentation of various aspects of Esplanade’s work and relationships, for reference by scholars, historians, policy makers, artists and interested members of the public. You should have a passion for archival work and research and be a good writer. It is also critical that you are fully aware and involved in all activities of the centre, which will have a bearing on the quality, accuracy and timeliness of the information to be archived.

More info here.



National Library Digital Fellowship

The National Library Digital Fellowship is a pilot programme to support research in the emerging field of digital humanities using the collections of the National Library, Singapore (NLS) and the National Archives of Singapore (NAS). We are keen to collaborate with scholars and researchers on projects that apply digital technologies and computational methods to yield fresh insights into the history, arts and culture of Singapore and Southeast Asia. We welcome applicants to propose projects that make effective and meaningful use of digital tools and methods to demonstrate the possibilities of learning and researching with our collections.

Areas of research include but are not limited to the following:

· Place histories in Singapore
· History and networks of early communities in Singapore
· Singapore music
· Social history through photographs, oral histories and other relevant collections

The award of the Fellowship is for a period of six months. A stipend of S$2,000 per month will be provided to help Fellows meet their living expenses, local transportation and photocopying expenses. In addition to the stipend, Fellows will be provided with up to $6,000 (on reimbursement basis) for the purchase of software and content that are directly related to the project and/or used for the duration of the fellowship.

Application deadline: 15 July 2019

More info here.


Careers at NAC: Assistant Manager, Resources for Arts Freelancers (May 2019 – May 2020)


To work as part of a team to develop resources for arts freelancers comprising an online platform and physical resources. Key responsibilities include:

· Providing secretariat support e.g. liaising with partners and stakeholders, setting up meetings, writing minutes of meeting, preparing briefs, organising engagement sessions with external stakeholders, etc.
· Research and information-gathering on focus areas, including but not limited to legal services, insurance coverage, jobs and career opportunities, training and development and other information resources
· Consolidating information and writing content that will be incorporated onto the online platform
· Organising a public event to launch the online platform

Deadline: 6 July 2019

More info here.

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About the author(s)

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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