Open Call 2021 Open Call 2021

Open Call 2021

Open Call 2021

Applications are open from 9 December 2020 to 28 February 2021

SAM Residencies is now accepting applications for the 2021 cycle for three residencies – the Artist Residency; Community & Education Residency; and Curatorial & Research Residency. Selected residents will be hosted in Singapore between July 2021 and March 2023, for a period of between one and six months. 

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

How to Apply
(Application Forms will be available from 9 December 2020)


  • Artist Residency – 6-month programme, open to artists and collectives who are looking to develop artistic practices and emergent modes of artmaking.

  • Community & Education Residency – 1–3 months programme, open to practitioners who explore the relationship between art practice and forms of education or whose core practice engages with local communities or the public in various ways. 

  • Curatorial & Research Residency – 1–3 months programme, open to curators and researchers who are working on, or interested to explore, new modes of curatorial thinking and research process. 

  • EX-SITU: Art Spaces Residency Application by invitation only, for art organisations based in Asia, including independent non-profit art organisations, artist-run spaces, and community-led initiatives, exploring innovative ways of activating public spaces to engage with the local art scene and public. 

Key Dates

  • Application Deadline: 28 February 2021 (11.59pm GMT+8)
  • Application Review: March/April 2021
  • Notification of Outcome: May/June 2021

Applications will be assessed by an international panel consisting respected professionals from different disciplines.

What to Submit

  1. The completed application form (download from the links above).
    Document should be labelled in this format: [residency type]_year_LastName_FirstName_Form

  2. An up-to-date Curriculum Vitae (CV) of no more than two (2) A4-sized pages. 
    Document should be labelled in this format: [residency type]_year_LastName_FirstName_CV

  3. A numbered portfolio of no more than five (5) projects/works (preferably, but not necessarily completed in recent years) 
    • Total file size (including images and videos) should not exceed 30MB
    • All files to be consolidated in a compressed .zip folder and submitted along with an index of the portfolio pieces in numerical order, with the title, date, and medium listed
    • Indexed Portfolio should be labelled in this format: [residency type]_year_LastName_FirstName_Index
    • Zipped Folder should be labelled in this format: [residency type]_year_LastName_FirstName_Portfolio

  4. A statement of interest indicating the reasons for applying for a residency programme and how it will support your practice
    • No more than one (1) A4-sized page
    • Document should be labelled in this format: [residency type]_year_LastName_FirstName_Statement;

How to Submit

All applications are to be submitted in English, via email to [email protected]. We regret that late or incomplete applications will not be considered.


For enquiries, please email [email protected].

Hero image: Zai Tang and Arnont Nongyao performing at SAM at 8Q during Singapore Art Week 2019; image courtesy of Andrea Fam