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Art Reviews – The Expanded Field of Art Writing
17 Apr 2017, Mon 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM
24 Apr 2017, Mon - 25 Apr 2017, Tue 07:00 PM - 10:00 PM
2 May 2017, Tue 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM
8 May 2017, Mon - 9 May 2017, Tue 07:00 PM - 10:00 PM
15 May 2017, Mon 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM
22 May 2017, Mon - 23 May 2017, Tue 07:00 PM - 10:00 PM

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Duration: 17 April – 23 May 2017, unfolding across nine evening sessions
Application deadline: Monday, 13 March 2017
Participation fee: 800 SGD (before GST)
To Apply:

This intensive programme is dedicated to different formats of critical art writing consisting of keynote lectures, preparatory readings, writing exercises, and focused workshops and discussions. The course is led by Ben Eastham, co-founder and editor of The White Review and editor of Art Agenda; Christy Lange, former Associate Editor frieze magazine and curator frieze Talks; and Carol Yinghua Lu, contributing editor of frieze magazine and co-founder and co-editor of Contemporary Art & Investment magazine.

Participants will undertake excursions to exhibitions, write reviews, discuss results during focused workshops, and acquire tools to develop their reading, analysing, formulating, and editing skills. This course approaches various methods and techniques, offering access to a broad range of knowledge sources, and to renowned writers and editors.

The course leaders are committed to provide personalised guidance during their courses. At the end, each participant will have produced three polished reviews of different lengths and styles.


1000-Word Review, led by Carol Yinghua Lu
Introductory Lecture: Monday, 17 April 2017, 7.00 – 8.30pm
Workshop: Monday and Tuesday, 24 and 25 April 2017, 7.00 – 10.00pm

300-Word Review, led by Christy Lange
Introductory Lecture: Tuesday, 2 May 2017, 7.00 – 8.30pm
Workshop: Monday and Tuesday, 8 and 9 May 2017, 7.00 – 10.00pm

Online Review, led by Ben Eastham
Introductory Lecture: Monday, 15 May 2017, 7.00 – 8.30pm
Workshop: Monday and Tuesday, 22 and 23 May 2017, 7.00 – 10.00pm

Note: Between each part, participants are asked to read three recommended readings, selected by invited guest lecturers, to prepare for upcoming sessions.


Please submit the following documents (in pdf format) via email to
– CV (max. 2 pages)
– Cover Letter/Letter of Intent (250 words)
– Up to 3 short writing samples

Note: All applicants must be able to commit to the full duration of the programme.

For any enquiries, please contact

Image credit: Courtesy NTU CCA Singapore

The Making of an Institution — Artistic Research. Sublime Dreams of the Body Explorers, lecture by Choy Ka Fai (Singapore/Germany), Artist-in-Residence
3 May 2017, Wed 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM

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Sublime Dreams of the Body Explorers is a collection of proposals on new perspectives for imagining our future through the body. Choy Ka Fai presents his ongoing research and explorations into how the body can remember and invent technological narratives. His project spans across the visual fields of choreographic processes, from the technicality of body conditioning to the cultural, social, and political aspects of dance. The lecture will also introduce the blueprint of Ember Jello, the first Artificial Intelligent Machine prototype for choreographic processes designed by the artist.

This lecture is part of the public programme of The Making of an Institution.

Tour of The Making of an Institution led by NTU CCA Singapore curators
3 Mar 2017, Fri 07:00 PM - 07:30 PM
11 Mar 2017, Sat 03:00 PM - 03:30 PM
11 Mar 2017, Sat 05:00 PM - 05:30 PM
7 Apr 2017, Fri 07:00 PM - 07:30 PM
29 Apr 2017, Sat 03:00 PM - 03:30 PM
29 Apr 2017, Sat 05:00 PM - 05:30 PM
30 Apr 2017, Sun 03:00 PM - 03:30 PM
5 May 2017, Fri 07:00 PM - 07:30 PM

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Tours of on-going exhibitions led by NTU CCA Singapore curators are held every first Friday of the month. To register, email

For more information on The Making of an Institution, click here.

Image credit: The Making of an Institution,  11 February – 7 May 2017, NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore, exhibition view. Courtesy NTU CCA Singapore.

Residencies Studio Sessions: Talk by Hu Yun (China), Artist-in-Residence
12 May 2017, Fri 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM

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Which motivations lie behind an artist’s practice? How does an artist determine his field of inquiry? Grounded on surveys, travels, oral histories, and archives, Artist-in-Residence Hu Yun excavates historical narratives to produce works that subtly merge the factual and the imaginary. During the residency, Hu researched the waves of emigration that took place in the early 20th century retracing the routes that led artists from China to Singapore prompting the development of the Nanyang style. Drawing connections between the research undertook in Singapore and a project commissioned by Villa Vassilieff, Paris, France, Hu Yun will reflect upon his deep-seated interest in the dawn of modernity and in patterns of mobility and contamination. He will also speak about his collaboration with Singapore artist and researcher Koh Nguang How who will be an active participant to the talk contributing his own comments.

The talk will take place in the artist’s studio.

Behind the Scenes with artist Ulrike Ottinger (Germany), Professor Ute Meta Bauer, Founding Director, NTU CCA Singapore, and Professor, School of Art, Design, and Media (ADM), NTU, and Sophie Goltz, Deputy Director, Research and Academic Education, NTU CCA Singapore, and Assistant Professor, NTU ADM
24 May 2017, Wed 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM

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A “behind the scenes” discussion with the acclaimed artist Ulrike Ottinger on her practice as photographer and filmmaker. The artist will share her experience travelling through China, as well as reflect on the different topics raised by her work, such as the intersection of documentary and fiction and notions of culture and cultural difference.

Workshop for Teachers and Educators led by Kelly Reedy (United States/Singapore), artist and educator
27 May 2017, Sat 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM

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This workshop was developed in collaboration with Kelly Reedy, a former lecturer at the National Institute of Education, who specialises in teaching how museums and galleries can be used to enhance student learning through visual arts. This workshop is created to engage educators in contemporary art and artistic practices. Highlighting the educational aspects of the various works presented in Ulrike Ottinger: China. The Arts – The People, it will allow the teachers to prepare for visits with their school classes.

Image credit: Previous workshop conducted by Kelly Reedy for the exhibition Charles Lim Yi Yong: SEA STATE, 7 May 2016. Courtesy NTU CCA Singapore.

Residencies Studio Sessions: Talk by Matthias Sohr (Germany/Switzerland), Artist-in-Residence
31 May 2017, Wed 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM

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In the context of Matthias Sohr’s Studio Session, pianist Christina CL Tan and collaborators perform “Quiet”, a song taken from Leonard Bernstein’s operetta Candide (1956), based on Voltaire’s eponymous novel and character. The story of Candide’s wandering the world and confronting its paradoxes can be read as an allegory of contemporary artistic research. Departing from “Quiet”, featured in his 4-channel-video installation No Doubt You’ll Think (2017) presented on occasion of Residencies OPEN last April, Sohr will discuss the place he is speaking from in regards to his sculptural work and related research. Tan’s remarks on the formal aspects of “Quiet” will stimulate discussion on the ways form and content relate to each other.

The talk will take place in the artist’s studio.