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.   

Bootcamp Programme

Associate Artist Programme (2022/23 Cycle)

Day 1 (30 Sep, Fri): Introduction to Kampong Gelam

9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
[Guided Tour] Introduction to Kampong Gelam
History and communities of Kampong Gelam

Faizah Jamal
Former NMP and resident of Kampong Gelam
Around Kampong Gelam

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Rumah Makan Minang

2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
[Workshop] Discover the DNA of neighbourhoods through Cultural Mapping

Janet Pillai
Independent researcher and consultant

Activity: Participatory mapping with stakeholders of Kampong Gelam
  • Residents
  • Local businesses
  • Institutions
  • Visitors
Malay Heritage Centre

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Tea Break

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
[Talk] Socially-engaged arts

Sharing on Both Sides Now: Mengukir Harapan, a community engagement project exploring what it means to live well, and leave well and normalising conversations about death within the Malay community

Kok Heng Leun
Artistic Director, Both Sides Now and former Artistic Director, Drama Box
Malay Heritage Centre

Day 2 (1 Oct, Sat) - Communities and Stakeholders of Kampong Gelam

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
[Talk] Kampong Gelam as an intellectual hub

Ibrahim Tahir
Founder, Wardah Books
Wardah Books

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM
[Curator-led Tour] Cerita Exhibition

Syed Muhd Hafiz
Curator, Malay Heritage Centre
Malay Heritage Centre 

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Koh Nangkam Restaurant

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
[Tour + Talk] Growing up in Golden Mile Complex

Rush Ang
Creative Manager of Room 0416
Golden Mile Complex

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
[Walk] Visits to businesses in Kampong Gelam

Kampong Gelam

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
[Walk] Kampong Gelam, our Leluhur

Hidayah Amin
Author, Leluhur: Singapore's Kampong Gelam
Kampong Gelam

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
[Talk] Textile industry and batik

Oniatta Effendi
Founder, Galeri Tokokita
Galeri Tokokita

Day 3 (2 Oct, Sun) - Malay Identity

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
[Talk] Deconstructing the Malay identity: Challenging the state’s narratives surrounding the Malay community

Nur & Anna
Co-founders, Lepak Conversations
Crane Living Arab Street

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
[Talk] Navigating the modern world as a Malay-Muslim woman

A sharing on the book, Growing Up Perempuan — a collection of stories about the intricacies, contradictions, and duality of growing up as a woman in the Muslim community.

Filzah Sumartono
Co-Editor of Growing Up Perempuan
Crane Living Arab Street

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Day 4 (8 Oct, Sat) - Group Reflections/Sharing

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Group Sharing
Individual presentations by participating artists (10-15min each)
  • Artist practice 
  • Project/research interests for the residency
Crane Living Arab Street

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Updated as of: 29 Sep 2022

Associate Artist Programme
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