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.   

Associate Artist Programme (2022/23 Cycle)

Advisory Committee

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

Seng Yu Jin is a Senior Curator and Deputy Director (Curatorial Research) at the National Gallery Singapore. He is currently a lecturer at the National University of Singapore, and previously taught the MA Asian Art Histories and BA Fine Arts programmes at LASALLE College of the Arts.

He is interested in Southeast Asian art histories, and his research focuses on the region’s exhibition histories and artist collectives. His co-curated exhibitions include Cheong Soo Pieng : Bridging Worlds (2010), FX Harsono: Testimonies (2010), the Singapore Biennale, If the World Changed (2013), and Awakenings: Art in Society in Asia, 1960s−1990s (2019). He has co-edited publications on art, including Histories, Practices, Interventions: A Reader in Singapore Contemporary Art (2016), and co-authored Singapore Chronicles: Art (2019). Yu Jin received his PhD from the University of Melbourne.

Linda Neo
Co-Founder, Primz Gallery

Linda has a career span of more than 30 years as an institutional broker in the over-the-counter markets for financial and energy markets. Together with her husband, they are keen art collectors with a portfolio of modern and contemporary of Southeast Asian artists. In their private artspace they curate their own collections which have been loaned to museums in the region.

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

Shabbir Hussain Mustafa is interested in the role of the curator as storyteller. He explores narratives by engaging with artists and delving into the archive; often creating spaces of temporal frictions in which the act of recollection becomes a vector for imagined futures. At the National Gallery Singapore and Singapore Art Museum, he oversees the international residencies and fellowship programme. In 2017, he was the recipient of the DAAD Artist-in-Berlin Award for his curatorial engagements.

Among numerous exhibitions, he also curated Charles Lim Yi Yong’s SEA STATE (2015) for the Singapore Pavilion of the 56th Venice Biennale; Latiff Mohidin, Pago Pago (1960–1969) (2018), a multimodal survey of the painter-poet's journeys across a divided Europe and insurgent Southeast Asia in the 1960s; and Mohammad Din Mohammad: The Mistaken Ancestor, a project that builds perspectives on the artist’s lifeworld by surveying intersections between art, mystical objects, silat, and Sufism in the Malay world.

Image credit: Leila Shirazi
Tan Guo-Liang
Artist, writer, curator

Guo-Liang is a visual artist working primarily in the field of painting, from which works in other mediums such as text, collage and video sometimes emerge. In his work, surfaces, painterly or otherwise, become a space for performing gestures of affect and conjuring a haunting that converses the ghosts of abstraction. His work has been exhibited and collected in Asia and Europe.

Recent exhibitions include A Different Way Of (Thinking About) Painting? (2017) at Langgeng Art Foundation, Yogyakarta, Ethereal Machines (2018) at Ota Fine Arts, Shanghai, DEPTHS: Others, Lands, Selves (2018) at Elevation Laos, Vientiane, Reformations (2019) at NTU ADM Gallery, Singapore and Soft Turnings (2021) at Ota Fine Arts, Singapore. Alongside his own work, Tan also collaborates with other artists on curatorial and publication projects, including Rushes Of Time (2020) for Asian Film Archive, Strange Forms of Life (2020) at STPI Gallery and Shwe Wutt Hmon: Noise And Clouds And Us (2021) for Objectifs Centre for Photography & Film.

Image credit: Toni Cuhadi

OH! and the Advisory Committee are deeply saddened by the passing of our fellow member, Mr Tan Boon Hui. We have witnessed how the arts scene has transformed and grown under his leadership, especially through various major initiatives and institutions such as the Singapore International Festival of Arts, Arts House Limited and the Singapore Art Museum. We are immensely grateful for his guidance, sharing and his contributions to the programme. We will dearly miss the fervent discussions and exchanges that we shared.

Associate Artist Programme
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