close icon

What's on


Professional Short Course
ART OPENINGS: The Expanded Field of Art Writing

9 Jul 2018, Mon 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
12 Jul 2018, Thu 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
16 Jul 2018, Mon 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
19 Jul 2018, Thu 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
23 Jul 2018, Mon 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
26 Jul 2018, Thu 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
30 Jul 2018, Mon 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
2 Aug 2018, Thu 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
The Seminar Room, Block 43 Malan Road

A four-part workshop on critical art writing by established writers, poets, artists, and curators: Cyril Wong, poet; Jason Wee, artist and poet; and Pauline J. Yao, critic; and Nuraliah Norasid, writer

Course dates/times: 9 July – 2 August 2018 (see programme)
Application deadline: Monday, 11 June 2018
Confirmation of acceptance: Thursday, 14 June 2018

Venue: The Seminar Room, Block 43 Malan Road, Singapore 109443

Fee (inclusive of GST):
S$850 per person for entire course
S$300 per person per weekly session

This four-part course on critical art writing explores various methods and techniques of writing about art and culture. Participants will acquire significant tools to develop skills in analysing, formulating, and editing texts, as well as expand their practical knowledge of the field.

Please email the following documents (in pdf format) to

  • CV (max. 2 pages)
  • Cover Letter/Letter of Intent (250 words)
  • Up to 3 short writing samples

If you plan on applying for financial aid through National Arts Council Singapore or other supporting institutions, please indicate the deadline in your application.


Course Programme

Monday, 9 July & Thursday, 12 July, 6.00 – 9.00pm

On Poetry
By Cyril Wong (Singapore), writer

Cyril Wong will guide participants away from the ekphrastic towards poetry’s other approaches to art. A Singapore Literature Prize-winning author of poetry collections such as Unmarked Treasure (2004) and The Lover’s Inventory (2015), Wong completed his doctoral degree in English Literature at the National University of Singapore in 2012 and is a recipient of the National Arts Council’s Young Artist Award in 2005.


Monday, 16 July & Thursday, 19 July, 6.00 – 9.00pm

On Artist as Writer
By Jason Wee (Singapore), artist and writer

Jason Wee will introduce ways of writing as an artistic practice. Editor for Softblow and the 2014–15 writer-in-residence at the National University of Singapore, Wee creates text to produce works such as the performance script Tongues (2012), co-written with Sean Tobin, commissioned for the Singapore Fringe Festival 2012, as well as in his poetry volume The Monsters Between Us (2013) as medium and way of expressing his socio-political views.


Monday, 23 July & Thursday, 26 July, 6.00 – 9.00pm

On Non-Fiction
By Pauline J. Yao (United States/Hong Kong), Lead Curator, Visual Art, M+ Museum, Hong Kong

Pauline J. Yao will speak about the documentary, the essayistic, the archival, as well as other non-fiction approaches to art writing. Before her current position as Lead Curator, Visual Art, at M+ Museum in Hong Kong, Yao held curatorial positions at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco and worked as an independent curator and writer in Beijing for six years. She is a co-founder of the storefront art space Arrow Factory and is a regular contributor to Artforum, e-flux Journal, and Yishu Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art. Her writings on contemporary Asian art have appeared in numerous catalogues, online publications, and edited volumes.


Monday, 30 July & Thursday, 2 August, 6.00 – 9.00pm

On Fiction
By Nuraliah Norasid (Singapore), author

Nuraliah Norasid’s session will focus on the possibilities of the novel and the short story as forms of art writing. The winner of the 2016 Epigram Books Fiction Prize for her debut novel The Gatekeeper (published 2017), Nuraliah holds a PhD in English literature and creative writing from Nanyang Technological University and works as a Research Associate at the Centre for Research on Islamic and Malay Affairs, where she studies marginalities and the confluence of religious ideas and secular society. Her writing has been published in Quarterly Literary Review Singapore, Karyawan Magazine, AMPlified, and Perempuan: Muslim Women Speak Out (2016).


Image caption (clockwise from top left): Cyril Wong, Jason Wee, Pauline J. Yao, Nuraliah Norasid