Associate Artist Programme
(2022/23 Cycle)

OH! Open House is Singapore's leading art institution that develops curatorial programmes on site-specificity centred around the neighbourhood - people, places, stories - as the unit of exhibition and representation.

A group of artists selected by our Advisory Committee will take part in our inaugural Associate Artist Programme (AAP) over a one-year period (1 Sep 2022 to 31 Aug 2023). The programme immerses artists within the next art walk neighbourhood, Kampong Gelam and connects artists to local communities, businesses and historical places.

This programme serves as an alternative model and offers neighbourhood immersion, curatorial support, peer-to-peer dialogues and engagements with communities. It does not expect any exhibitional outcome beyond a public-facing work-in-progress presentations or sharing sessions.   
Singapore Artists & Collaborators

Erzan Adam (b.1976, Singapore) is an artist and arts educator at LASALLE College of the Arts (Fine Art). 

Erzan plans to work with the invisible communities of Kampong Gelam, where research and conversations with the communities will shape the projects he'd like to develop.

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Farhan Idris (b.1987, Singapore) is an arts educator/critic and philosopher.

Farhan will be working on the political and historical trajectories of Persian Nights through its translation in Urdu and Malay. Drawing relations to Wayang Parsi, the trope and imagery of Bakawali/曇花 used in such performances will also be explored.

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Jimmy Ong (b.1964, Singapore) works on objects, installations as well as relational work about minority communities.

Together with his research-collaborator, Kelvin Soh, Jimmy will facilitate test kitchens that situate bakeries past and present to relate with each other around Singapore's colonial history.

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Kelvin Soh (b.1980, Singappore) comes from a Hainanese family of bakers and used to run a cafe with his father on Kandahar Street featuring his family's traditional recipes.

As a research-collaborator with Jimmy Ong, he looks forward to connecting food culture and colonial history in a neighbourhood he has grown fond of.

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Kanchana Gupta (b.1974, India) investigates the framework of femininity and the narrative of sexualised presentations of the female body. 

Kanchana will explore the origins, economics and market forces of textile shops in Kampong Gelam, and build on her research of femininity through the lens of textiles and fashion. 

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nor (b.1993, Singapore)’s artistic practice is rooted in self-portraiture. 

nor will explore the theme of ikatan ("temporary ties" in Malay) through ropes as a device that ties the boat of migrants on the land; maritime trade; as well as interpretations of what "ties" could mean in all permutations of the future. 

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International Artists

Mit Jai Inn (b.1960, Chiangmai, Thailand) is a leading figure of contemporary art in Thailand. He is known for his colourful artworks that merge painting and sculpture. 

Mit will return to his early social-activism work, and initiate a series of art activations with local businesses. 

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Pangrok Sulap (est. 2010, Sabah, Malaysia) confronts socio-political issues surrounding the marginalised communities in Sabah. The artist group has consistently fought against censorship, spreading awareness of Sabah’s endangered rainforests. 

They will be developing a series of woodcut workshops in collaboration with the communities of Kampong Gelam. 

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Ruangsak Anuwatwimon (b.1975, Bangkok, Thailand) investigates the relationship between mankind and the natural world. More recently, he's focusing his practice on the idea of spirituality and superstitions as a set of rules and governing power.

For this residency, he will look into the origins of the well-loved medicinal product, Tiger Balm — the gelam tree.

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  • 30 Sep - 2 Oct 2022: Artists will take part in a 3-day workshop (talks, meetings with the communities of Kampong Gelam)
  • Oct 2022 - Feb 2023: Participate in a residency/attachment based on their programme (e.g. a homestay, apprenticeship with a business)

  • A series of public-facing site-specific programme (in the form of a walk, work-in-progress sharing, presentation or workshops in a format they’d like to propose)

  • Engage in research based on the research proposal submitted
  • Establish dialogue with residents, businesses in Kampong Gelam, with the support and facilitation of OH!

  • Artists roundtable/discussion
Advisory Committee

Artists are nominated by the committee based on the merit of their artistic practice. A further selection took place with an interview round where artists are assessed based on their research interests, openness to engaging and working with the community, as well as their ability to commit to this programme.

Seng Yu Jin (Chairperson) 
Senior Curator and Deputy Director (Curatorial Research), National Gallery Singapore

Linda Neo
Co-Founder, Primz Gallery

Shabbir Hussain Mustafa
Senior Curator, National Gallery Singapore and Singapore Art Museum

Tan Boon Hui (1968-2022)
Former Executive Director, Arts House Limited

Tan Guo-Liang
Artist, writer, curator

Learn more about our advisory committee here.

[Media Release] OH! Open House launches its inaugural artist residency — Associate Artist Programme

20 September 2022, Singapore — OH! Open House launches its inaugural artist residency, the Associate Artist Programme (AAP). Centred around the neighbourhood — people, places, and stories — the first edition takes place in Kampong Gelam over a one-year period with five local and three international artists...

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Organised by
OH! Open House

We would like to thank the generosity of our patrons. Your support allow us to continue supporting artists in developing their practices and new body of works and facilitate exchange of ideas and art practices between local and international artists. 

Lisa Robins and Hervé Pauze

Liang Shi’ai
Gergana Stoyanova
The Gouws

Special Thanks

Supported by

National Arts Council
(Under the Major Company Scheme for the period from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2023)
Tote Board Arts Fund

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