OH! KAMPONG GELAM (2022-2023)

Associate Artist Programme

Images: View of Kampong Gelam, Palimpsest (2016) by Randy Chan, Open Love Letters (2018) by Jimmy Ong, The Bizarre Honour (2017) by Robert Zhao. Click on image to view in full size.

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.

5 local and 3 international artists* will be selected by our Advisory Committee to take part in our inaugural Associate Artist Programme (AAP) for the period of 1 Sep 2022 to 31 Aug 2023. The AAP situates participants within the neighbourhood of Kampong Gelam, connecting artists to local communities, businesses and historical places. It does not expect any exhibitional outcome beyond a public-facing work-in-progress presentations or sharing sessions. The AAP curator will be disclosed at a suitable time.  

This programme serves as an alternative model and offers neighbourhood immersion, curatorial support, peer-to-peer dialogues and engagements with communities.

OH! is interested in practices that engages with:

  • Alternative stories and personal experiences of the local community
  • History and heritage
  • Socially-engaged practices
  • Community-centric research

The list of participating artists will be announced in August 2022.

*International artists are invited to join our local artists in Singapore for a 2-week neighbourhood immersion programme. This exchange hopes to act as a starting point for intercultural exchanges, self-exploration and future artistic collaboration.

Nomination & Selection Process

Nominated artists are selected by the committee based on the merit of their artistic practice. A further selection will take place through an interview round, and 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.

Programme Overview

  • Artists will meet the curator and project manager for an in-depth discussion about their proposal

  • Oct 2022: 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)

  • Initiate a 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!

  • Participate in an artists roundtable/discussion to share the process/experience of the AAP


June 2022
20 June - Invitation to artists

July 2022
6 July - Submission of application
20 July - Interview Period
21 July - Notification of Outcome

Aug 2022
Public announcement of participating artists

Sep 2022
1 Sep 2022 - 31 Aug 2023
Associate Artist Programme 

For any enquiries, please contact:
Karine Tan at

Advisory Committee 

Learn more about our panelists here.

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 Guo-Liang
Artist, writer, curator

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 contributions to the programme. We will dearly miss the fervent discussions and exchanges that we shared.

Associate Artist Programme 
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