Open calls and job opportunities

Open Calls and Opportunities: Oct 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] Audition: T.H.E Dance Company

T.H.E Dance Company is looking for a full-time dance artist to join T.H.E Main Company. Applicants should be aged 18 to 32, Singaporean, Singaporean PR or a dance artist based in Singapore.

Registration Deadline: 1 November 2020



[NEW] Open call: Projection art for Light to Night Festival 2021

This Open Call invites Singapore-based visual artists, designers, animators and projectionists to submit a design proposal for the Light to Night Festival 2021 light projection programme: Art Skins on Monument. Art Skins on Monument is fundamental to the Light to Night festival experience and showcases local and international talents on the largest and most historically significant monuments in Singapore. Light to Night 2021 takes place from 22 – 31 January 2021.

Deadline: 8 November 2020



[NEW] 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



[NEW] 𝗖𝗮𝗹𝗹 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗦𝘂𝗯𝗺𝗶𝘀𝘀𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀: 𝗔𝗻 𝗔𝗻𝘁𝗵𝗼𝗹𝗼𝗴𝘆 𝗼𝗳 𝗤𝘂𝗲𝗲𝗿 𝗦𝗼𝘂𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗮𝘀𝘁 𝗔𝘀𝗶𝗮𝗻 𝗣𝗼𝗲𝘁𝗿𝘆 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗧𝗶𝗺𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝗣𝗮𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗺𝗶𝗰

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



[NEW] 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


LASALLE: SEAsia Scholars Award 

The SEAsia Scholars Award is open to new MA Asian Arts Histories and MA Arts and Cultural Leadership students pursuing full-time postgraduate studies at LASALLE.

– Applicants from Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Vietnam.
– Applicants from MA Asian Art Histories and MA Arts and Cultural Leadership who have been offered a place for January 2021 intake.
– Non-recipients of any scholarships/bursaries/financial aid awarded by external organisations or LASALLE.

Application is now open from 14 September – 23 October 2020 for new students.



Open Call for e-Residency for Art Curators

The Japan Foundation, Bangkok (JFBKK) and the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) through its arts website are pleased to launch the open call for Virtual Workings, an e-residency for emerging arts curators from the ASEAN region and Japan. Organised as a response to the impact of the global pandemic, this e-residency will be held online for a period of 6 weeks and will offer an opportunity for capacity building, peer learning and collaboration with a support of an expert in the field who will serve as a mentor to each pair of curators.

Selected curators will work in pairs. Each pair will be assigned a mentor and will collaborate online over a period of 6 weeks (16 November – 22 December 2020).

Deadline: 30 October 2020



Open Call: I_S_L_A_N_D_S

I_S_L_A_N_D_S is committed to supporting the local arts community and would like to extend its space to artists and cultural workers during these uncertain times. You’ll receive full access to a 60 sq ft shopfront unit to realise your project, on any terms. A nominal donation to help support operational costs would be welcomed.

Currently accepting proposals as individuals or as a group. Exhibitions, performances, large installations, screenings, curatorial projects, interactive programming, and happenings of all kinds are welcome. Send all materials to islands.peninsula@gmail by 31 October, 2020.



Open Call for Theatre Arts Conference 2021

SDEA invites proposal applications responding to the theme of Creative Disruption: Exploring New Ground for its next edition of the Theatre Arts Conference.

The SDEA Theatre Arts Conference 2021 will be conducted digitally. It will take place from Saturday 22 May 2021 to Sunday 30 May 2021.

Deadline: 31 October 2020



Applications for AUSSICHT fund

AUSSICHT (German for outlook, view, prospect, vista) is a new support fund by the Goethe-Institut Singapore. The fund is open to Singapore-based artists and practitioners. It aims to give support to those who value artistic innovation and experimentation with limited funding or limited access to funds. We welcome any practice which adds to the diversity of the Singapore art scene. Applications with an interest in projects demonstrating potential for inter- and transnational collaboration are preferred.

The awarded funds can be utilised for the applicants’ own independent artistic practice, for its further development or for a new creation, for research, critical and discursive cultural activities or process-based initiatives which foster intercultural dialogue and collaboration.

For each successful application, a funding of S$1,000 (min) to S$8,000 (max) will be awarded.

Applications will be assessed on a rolling basis till November 2020.



Audition: The Young Company

Singapore Repertory Theatre (SRT)’s The Young Company is a yearly acting programme for young persons aged between 16 – 25, that will equip you with the holistic skills and techniques you need to shine onstage as well as in your future career of choice. The programme has a rich 20-year history and was the first youth theatre programme to be established in Singapore.

Carrying on this stellar tradition, Semesters 1 and 2 (spanning 16 weeks each – from January to April 2021, and July to October 2021) of the programme will comprise of a weekly series of exciting masterclasses, led by award-winning industry stalwart Daniel Jenkins, with veteran guest facilitators.

Registration Deadline: 6 November 2020, 12 noon (Sg time)



RESIDENCIES REWIRED: Open Call for Liaisons (Artistic Research)

NTU CCA is looking for local artists, researchers, and/or cultural practitioners to act as Liaison (Artistic Research) to remotely support the development of each research projects that is part of its Residencies Programme. Selected applicants will work in close, albeit remote, collaboration with overseas artists on the development of the research project.

Ideal Liaison applicants should be proactive, show a sense of initiative in research development, and possess a basic understanding of artistic research.

Project Duration: 1 December 2020 – 28 February 2021 (3 months)
Average work week approx. 18 hours; flexible schedule to be agreed on with the artist.

Deadline: 8 November 2020



Online Grants: Connections Through Culture UK-Southeast Asia in 2020

Connections Through Culture (CTC) is an arts grants programme run by the British Council in the UK and East Asia.

For the 2020-2021 part of the programme, we will be supporting ONLINE COLLABORATION PROJECTS between Southeast Asia and the UK. In October 2020 we will be accepting applications for Connections Through Culture UK-Southeast Asia Online Grants. Projects will be needed to be completed between January to June 2021.

Deadline: 8 November 2020



Open Call for Curatorial (Case) Studies

Curatorial (Case) Studies is a two-week long programme in curating image-based works and art practices. Created with young curators, programmers, art writers and individuals who have an interest in curatorial explorations in mind, the program consists of lectures, reading seminars, case studies, exhibition visits and exhibition exercises. Curatorial (Case) Studies is borne out of conversations between Chelsea Chua, programme director for Objectifs, Jason Wee, artist and founder of Grey Projects, and other cultural workers about the ways in which younger curatorial development could be more closely supported, by peers as well as by more experienced practitioners.

The 2-week intensive programme will select 5 participants to take part in a series of discussions with established curators and experienced arts practitioners.

Applicants should be based in Singapore, and be committed to attending all 4 sessions of the programme.

Deadline: 9 November 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



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



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 content

National Youth Council and Creative Nation Singapore are looking for content creators for a new content channel to develop opportunities and jobs during and post circuit breaker. Payment will be between SGD100-150 for content between 10 to 35 minutes long.



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.





Yale-NUS College: Full-Time Lectureship in Creative Writing

The College invites applications for a full-time Lecturer position in Creative Writing on a multi-year renewable contract. Preferred field of specialisation is fiction with optional secondary expertise in drama and/or script-writing.

Applicants should have an MFA or PhD in Creative Writing, and experience in creative writing programs. A clear ability and passion for undergraduate education is essential. The incoming faculty member would join a committed team dedicated to the development and teaching of the Arts and Humanities Major and Yale-NUS’s flagship Common Curriculum (see The successful candidate will be expected to teach five (5) courses per academic year – two courses in the Common Curriculum, and three electives in the Arts and Humanities Major.

The appointee will be expected to begin duties in time for the start of the 2021-2022 academic year (i.e. from 1st July 2021).

Review of applications begins November 1st, 2020 and continues until the position is filled.



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:



Singapore Art Museum: Assistant Manager, Programmes

Job purpose: To research, plan and implement innovative and inclusive museum-based programmes and resources that address the current and future needs of the museum’s community, which comprises youths, working adults, families and those who require accessibility provisions.

Responsibilities include:

– Conduct and engage in research on accessible and inclusive museum services, programmes and best practices to address current and future needs of SAM’s community.
– Plan and implement research projects that inform SAM’s corporate strategies on accessibility and inclusivity.
– Quality research that generates insights for lead development of access and inclusion strategies and best practices to address current and future needs of SAM’s community.
– Enlarge SAM’s community by attracting new museum audiences and extend outreach of SAM, especially towards access target audience of elderly, persons with disabilities and children with special needs.



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.



National Library Board: Associate Librarian (Singapore & South East Asia) 

You will be part of the team that develops core national and reference collections, in particular on Singapore and Southeast Asia, and to deliver a comprehensive suite of information products and services to meet the research, information and knowledge needs of library patrons, thereby contributing to NLB’s vision and mission. Job requirements include being able to speak & write in Tamil Language.

Applications close: 31 Oct 2020



MCCY: #SGUnited Manager / Senior Manager, Arts & Culture Development Office (2 years contract)

You will play a part in shaping Singapore’s arts and heritage landscape, and creating an environment conducive to excellence in the sector, developing connections between Singaporeans, and positioning Singapore globally through culture. You will support MCCY’s efforts to contribute to a caring people, a cohesive society, and a confident and united nation. You will develop specialist knowledge of and monitor trends and developments in the arts and heritage sector, including adjustments required as a result of COVID-19. You will work closely with political appointment holders, senior management, public officers in other Ministries, key Statutory Boards such as the National Arts Council and the National Heritage Board, as well as cultural institutions such as national museums and arts venues. You will also work with economic agencies to develop the arts and heritage sector.

Applications close: 2 Nov 2020



National Arts Council: #SGUnited Manager / Senior Manager, Arts & Culture Development Office (2 years contract)

ACDO is responsible for nurturing giving to the Arts sector in Singapore. Candidate is expected to analyse giving trends and develop donor strategies to grow and cultivate the current donor base of art patrons. He/She is expected to organise donor engagement events for NAC Sustain the Arts Fund (stART) by playing a pivotal role in strengthening, securing and supporting the culture of arts philanthropy.

He/She is a key member of the (stART) Secretariat team to provide secretariat duties to the stART Committee, and manage the grant administration of the Fund.

Applications close: 3 Nov 2020



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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