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The NTU CCA Singapore Residencies programme is an integral part of the NTU CCA Singapore’s mission as a research centre and hosts artists, curators, critics and scholars from Singapore and abroad. The studio-based Residencies programme is dedicated to facilitating the production of knowledge and research for and by established and emerging artists. It serves as a forum for cultural and artistic exchange in Southeast Asia, augmented with public events Residencies: Insights / Studio Sessions / OPEN series, ranging from open studio sessions, lectures, live performances, to special projects in The Lab, NTU CCA Singapore’s space for curatorial experimentation. The application for residency at NTU CCA Singapore is via nomination, please email for more information.


John Low

Residency period

1 October 2018 – 31 March 2019


John Low (b.1958, Singapore) is an artist and independent researcher. In the last decade, his practice has shifted its focus from the representation of urban and rural landscape to the tensions between the local and the global. He is especially interested in understanding how cross-cultural and transnational discourses influence the production of art practices and critical writing in Singapore and Southeast Asia. His work has been featured in the 3rd Singapore Biennale (2011). He was a contributor to the publication Histories, Practices, Interventions: A Reader in Singapore Contemporary Art (2016).


Since he first presented it at the Singapore Biennale in 2011, John Low has continued to develop I have been Skying, a research project that delves in the representations of the Singapore River. Fuelled by an archival impulse, I have been Skying is a constantly growing accumulation of artworks in various mediums that have the Singapore River as their subject. During the residency, Low will apply his research methodology to pursue his current interests in the expanding field of contemporary Chinese ink practices in Singapore and East Asia. The artist will engage in conversations with relevant scholars and practioners to excavate the relationship between place and identity, the patterns of knowledge transmission, and the processes by which a shared diasporic culture becomes localised. He also plans to tackle the often-neglected Mandarin-language discourse on the subject and experiment with several spatial re-configurations of the studio.