Supporting new curatorial approaches to image-based work

Deadline: 8 March 2021
The open call has closed. Thank you for your interest in this programme.

Curator Open Call invites Singapore-based curators to submit proposals for an exhibition to be realised at the Chapel Gallery, Objectifs. This is part of our ongoing effort to broaden perspectives by supporting curatorial research and innovative ways of presenting image-based work.

The successful proposal will receive:

  • A curator honorarium of SGD$1,000
  • A production budget of up to SGD $8,000
  • Curatorial guidance from the programme’s advisors and Objectifs
  • Production guidance, administrative and marketing support from Objectifs

The show will be presented between September and October 2021, at the Chapel Gallery for a period of up to 6 weeks.

Deadline for applications is 8 March 2021 (11.59PM SGT). 


The applications will be reviewed by the programme’s advisors and Objectifs. The advisors are:

  • Marc Glöde, Assistant Professor and Co-Director of the MA in Museum Studies and Curatorial Practices at NTU ADM.

Read our interview with him here.

  • Wang Ruobing, Artist and Co-founder of Comma Space 逗号空间.

Read our interview with her here.


  • The main applicant must be a curator who is either a Singaporean or a Singapore Permanent Resident.
  • The curators must be based in Singapore up to 3 months before the opening of the show, and must be present for its installation and de-installation.
  • We welcome proposals from curatorial teams or collaborations with curators of other nationalities/based overseas.
  • Artists may apply as curators, only as part of a group show or as a curator for another artist’s work.



  • At least 50% of the works must be either photo or film based.
  • At least 50% of the artists proposed must be either Singaporean or Singapore Permanent Residents. We understand that the line up may change in the planning of the show, but encourage curators to submit their most realistic list.
  • The proposed show must not have been presented before.
  • The proposal must include plans for at least two public programmes. These can include artist/curator talks, panel discussions, screenings and performances.
  • Extra consideration will be given to proposals with a creative approach to curatorial research or that respond to contemporary issues or concerns.
  • Apart from the Chapel Gallery, applicants may also consider utilising outdoor spaces such as the Objectifs courtyard.



Selection will be based on the artistic and intellectual merit of each applicant’s project. We will also consider the feasibility of presenting the show between September and October 2021. Shortlisted applicants may be contacted to refine their proposals or answer specific questions from the selection panel about their project. Successful recipients will be contacted by late March 2021.



Applicants must submit the following documents in PDF.

  • A 100 word summary of the proposed project
  • A detailed statement about the concept of the exhibition (no longer than 500 words)
  • A list of proposed artists and short bios for each
  • CV of the curator/curating team
  • A completed budget worksheet (please download template here)
  • Work samples
    – At least 4 images per artist must be submitted. Where the work is yet to be created, please submit a short statement outlining the concept and images of past work and sample images for context.
    – For video or sound work, please provide URL links and passwords where required


Read about previous Curator Open Call projects here.
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