Supporting new curatorial approaches to image-based work.

Deadline: Monday 24 June 2024, 2359 SGT

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, Jason Wee
  • Production guidance, administrative and marketing support from Objectifs

The show will be presented in January 2025, at the Chapel Gallery for a period of up to 6 weeks. It will coincide with Singapore Art Week 2025.

Deadline for applications is Monday 24 June 2024, 2359 SGT




  • 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.



The proposal should feature a creative approach to curatorial research and/or respond to contemporary issues or concerns. Additional consideration will be given to proposals that attend to the exhibition history of the space, the priorities and concerns of Objectifs as reflected in its programming and mission statement, and the architecture and heritage of the site.

In addition, applicants should note that:

  • At least 50% of the artwork selection must be photo or film based
  • At least 50% 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.
  • 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 in January 2025. 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 July 2024.

The applications will be reviewed by

  • Jason Wee, artist, writer and programme mentor
  • Bridget Tracy Tan, Director for the Institute of Southeast Asian Arts and Art Galleries at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts
  • The Objectifs team



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.
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About the programme mentor

Jason Wee
Jason Wee is an artist and a writer. He’s the author of four poetry books, most recently From A (Undesirable) Diary and the Gaudy Boy Poetry Prize finalist In Short, Future Now. His art is recently seen in The Institutum, the 5th Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Angkor Photo Festival, and the upcoming Changwon Sculpture Biennale. He is the 2023 Asymmetry Foundation Scholar and a 2024 Mercator Artist Fellow at Humboldt University Berlin. Curated projects include: The Measure of Our Dwelling: Singapore as Unhomed (ifa Berlin & Stuttgart, 2015), Stories We Tell To Scare Ourselves (MOCA Taipei, 2019), Koh Nguang How: The Past & Coming Melt (Grey Projects, 2019), Walk Walk Don’t Run (islandwide Singapore, 2021 & 2023).