Open calls and job opportunities

Open Calls and Opportunities: Nov 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] 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



[NEW] 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



[NEW] 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)



Connection Without Words

“Connection Without Words”, involves pairs of strangers (one person who is Deaf or hard of hearing and another person who is without disabilities) who would gaze into each other’s eyes for 12 minutes, and simply be present with each other. We want to inspire people to be present with another person in a way that is filled with real emotions, awareness and authenticity, no matter where they’re at in life. Connection knows no boundaries.

Date: 6th December 2020

Deadline to sign-up: 30 November 2020



Call for entries: KL NOIR 2021

Fixi Novo is looking for new short stories of 1,500 – 4,000 words to be published in the anthology KL NOIR 2021. The story needs to be primarily in English and primarily set in Kuala Lumpur; bonus points if the specific locations and era (not everything has to be set “now”) are signified clearly. The theme is “KL Noir” which you may interpret any way you wish. Writers can be of any nationality, age, political affiliation, sexual orientation or even height.

Deadline: 30 November 2020



Call for submissions: An anthology of Queer Southeast Asian poetry

The Southeast Asian Queer Cultural Festival 2021: Be/Longings is calling for submissions to an anthology of poems that engage with and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. This digital anthology aims to gather the multivalent and polyphonic voices of queer Southeast Asian poets. It will consider how we have been affected and transformed under quarantine or lockdown, creating a space for poems that reflect our diverse experiences during these troubled times.

Registration Deadline: 10 December 2020



Call for entries: 11th France + Singapore Photographic Arts Awards (FSPAA)

Alliance Française de Singapour cordially invites both French and Singaporean photographers to submit their works for this year’s 11th France + Singapore Photographic Arts Awards (FSPAA), which has the theme “Interlude”.

Top 10 finalists will get to exhibit in a group exhibition at la galerie from 27th Jan – 13th Feb 2021, and the grand prize winner will be invited to host a solo exhibition at la galerie in 2021.

Deadline: 12 December 2020



Open call for partnership projects: Creative Commissions on Climate Change 

The British Council is inviting applications for creative commissions that bring together art, science and digital technology and offer innovative responses to climate change. The commissions will be part of the cultural programme in the build up to the United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26), which the UK is hosting in Glasgow in November 2021. Applicants can apply for between £30,000 – £50,000 to realise their creative idea.

Deadline: 13 Dec 2020



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



Call for Submissions: 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



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


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



Open Call: Tentacles 2020 Artist in Residence  [Thailand]

Bangkok-based art space Tentacles is looking for artists, designers, researchers and creators of all disciplines to apply for its AIR programme. This programme is for creators who aim to develop new body of works, conduct research or experiment and focus on their practice.

Duration: 2 – 3 months
No. of Artists: 1-3
Location: Bangkok, Thailand

Tentacles is a self-sustaining, official non-profit organisation which is not able to offer free or sponsored residencies. Residency fees for fully funded or grant receiver is THB 32,000 (~USD960).




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] 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.

[New] 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.



NUS Centre for the Arts: Assistant/Associate Director (Marketing Communications)

Job Purpose

– Strategise and implement an innovative, integrated communication and marketing plan that will strengthen CFA’s brand, profile its component units; the NUS Museum, Baba House, UCC, Talent Development unit and programming such as the NUS Arts Fest and ExxonMobil Campus Concert series. This is to boost engagement with students, connect with arts practitioners for collaborations which will create more learning opportunities for our students.
– Oversee the creation, design and execution of all collaterals, social and online platforms and coordinate outreach strategies to ensure clarity and consistency in branding and positioning. Besides engagement, this will help nurture an arts community on-campus where our students could find more opportunities for interaction with the arts and each other.
– Support the promotion of the arts on campus and recruitment of students to the CFA groups.



NUS Centre for the Arts: Curator (Asian, Chinese or Southeast Asian Art)

Duties and responsibilities include:

– Participate in acquisition and valuation processes as curator in-charge of the objects.
– Systematic cataloguing of the collection into the Museum’s database according to museum conventions.
– Develop research and archival materials pertinent to the collection
– Conceptualise and mount exhibitions as assigned, incorporating academic resources, working collaboratively where assigned, and working with other museum staff including admin, collections management, programmes, and marketing.



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: Curatorial Programme Trainee – 9 months

Responsibilities include:

– Collaborating with team members in planning and executing digital and on-site programmes and projects
– Formulating data-driven and evidence-based strategies towards building young-adult audiences
– Organising digital assets and maintaining marketing and online publishing workflow for said assets


National Gallery Singapore: Manager (Integrated Marketing) 

Responsibilities include:

– Develop and execute integrated marketing campaigns for changing 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 campaigns with focus on digital and social media engagement with the target audience.
– Manage marketing and communications collaterals – both print and digital, content for key campaigns on websites, audio/visual production and environmental branding.
– Develop and execute media events such as press conferences and familiarisation tours. This includes the development of press releases and media advisories, as well as the crafting of story angles for different types of media.

More vacancies in the link below.



The Substation: Invitation to Tender for Digitisation of Cultural Paper Artefacts for The Substation Ltd.

The Substation is seeking assistance to conduct cultural heritage digitisation on paper related artefacts such as documents, books, photographs; 35mm slides and negatives from our 30-year-old archive. The appointed Tenderer must have a track record of 1 to 2 years working on digitisation projects with Galleries, Libraries, Archives Institutions and Museums.

Applications close: 7 Dec 2020



Singapore Chinese Orchestra: Senior Executive (Marketing Communications) / Assistant Manager (Marketing Communications)

Responsibilities include:

– Oversee and manage preparation of publications, including but not limited to newsletters, annual reports, event booklets (ad-hoc) in English and Chinese

– Oversee and manage preparation of concert house programme (English and Chinese) for concerts.

– Oversee and manage copywriting and translations of synopsis, biographies, write-ups for publicity collaterals/campaigns and publications (digital and print) in English and Chinese.

– Oversee, manage and analyse audience survey to understand market trend and audience preference, and assist the team to use market information to drive marketing campaign strategy.

– Operational duties such as manage and coordinate front-of-house during concerts.

Applications close: 9 Dec 2020

Info Editor and Social Media Coordinator is currently looking for freelance consultants to take on the roles of Editor and Social Coordinator in 2021. Candidates have to be a national of an ASEM member country.

Deadline: 11 Dec 2020



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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