Supporting new curatorial approaches to image-based work

Deadline: 2359h SGT, Sunday 20 March 2022
Please submit your application here.

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
  • Mentorship from programme mentor, Sam I-shan
  • Production guidance, administrative and marketing support from Objectifs

The show will be presented between September and October 2022, at the Chapel Gallery for a period of up to 6 weeks.

Deadline for applications is Sunday 20 March 2022 (11.59PM SGT). 




The applications will be reviewed by a selection panel that includes the Objectifs team. The external panelists are:

  • Sam I-shan, independent curator and the programme’s mentor. Read our interview with her here.
  • Wang Ruobing, Artist and Co-founder of Comma Space 逗号空间.


  • 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, workshops, 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 2022. 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 early April 2022.



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 (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.
Queries about Curator Open Call can be sent to

About the selection panel

Sam I-shan
Sam I-shan is a curator with an interest in time-based media, photography, and art and politics. With fifteen years’ experience in art institutional settings, she was previously curator at National Gallery Singapore, Singapore Art Museum and Esplanade Visual Arts. Her monographic, research-focused exhibitions at NGS include the Ng Teng Fong Roof Garden Commission: Cao Fei, and Georgette Chen: At Home in the World. At Esplanade, she curated and managed new commissions and site-specific exhibitions, working with a range of regional artists. Her exhibitions at SAM include Afterimage: Contemporary Photography in Southeast Asia. She also headed film and moving image initiatives there, specialising in Artist Films, and co-programming the annual Southeast Asian Film Festival. She lives and works in Singapore and Cambodia.

Wang Ruobing
Wang Ruobing is an artist, independent curator, and art educator based in Singapore. She received her Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Oxford, United Kingdom. She was previously a curator at the National Gallery Singapore. At present, she works as a lecturer at LASALLE College of the Arts and is the co-founder of Comma Space 逗号空间: an artist-run experimental art space that creates thinking spaces between commas. As an independent curator, her recent exhibitions include Visual Thinking (2022); Artist as Collector (2021); 12 SOLO (2020–2021); Arts in Your Neighbourhood (Public Art Trust 2018 and 2019); Happens When Nothing Happens (The Esplanade, 2019); Of Other Places (The Substation, 2019); and Beneath Tide, Running Forest (2018). As an academic, her research concentrates on identity, hybridity, and transcultural discourses, particularly on contemporary art in China and Southeast Asia. Her writings have appeared in publications such as Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art (JCCA), Yishu: Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art, Nanyang Art, and a range of exhibition catalogues. Ruobing’s artistic work spans across a variety of methods and approaches, including drawing, film, photography, sculpture and installation. Concerned with challenging and exploring different ways of seeing everyday objects and urban landscapes in relation to the rapidly changing world of today, Ruobing creates artworks that actively disrupt perception and spotlight on the anthropological nature of objects. Ruobing has exhibited extensively, with solo and group shows showcased both locally and abroad.