SEA AiR – Studio Residencies for Southeast Asian Artists in the European Union

About SEA AiR

SEA AiR is a new programme that aims to foster cultural and artistic exchange between Southeast Asia and the European Union, with Singapore as its hub. Developed by NTU CCA Singapore, this project is funded by the European Union and it offers artists the opportunity to do an artistic residency in the EU and create new works for an exhibition in Singapore.

SEA AiR aims to support artistic practices that demonstrate a critical understanding of the complexity and diversity of contemporary society and a sense of civic engagement oriented towards values of peaceful coexistence, social justice, and gender equality. The programme’s aspiration is specifically to cultivate public dialogue over human rights, freedom of expression, and commitments to other issues of global concern.

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The Residency

Dedicated to artists who have not had any previous significant professional experience in Europe, SEA AiR pivots the creative exchange between Southeast Asia and the European Union on emerging artists by providing them with a meaningful opportunity for professional growth and networking through the format of artistic residencies.

The selected artists will be offered an engaging immersion in the European art scene aimed at triggering new encounters, reflections, occasions for professional development, and a deeper understanding of the cultural strands and values that are shaping the continent. While in residence, the artists will have ample opportunities for personal and professional growth and for expanding their networks.

The Exhibition

Upon their return from the residency, the artists will develop an artwork proposal reflecting on their subject of interest through the lens of the experiences, insights, and skills acquired abroad. The new artwork(s) will then be presented in Singapore in a group exhibition at the end of 2022 that will enhance the visibility of the artists in the context of Southeast Asia. The artists will also contribute to and participate in the development of the exhibition’s public programmes to present their artworks and share about the process of artistic creation.

Shortlisted Artists

Selection Process

The Selection Committee members review and evaluate the submitted applications on the basis of their overall quality.
When grading the applications, Committee members are invited to consider:

  • The quality, clarity, and feasibility of the concept note articulated by the artist.
  • The quality of the portfolio.
  • Whether the artist will, at this particular stage of his/her/their professional development, benefit from the SEA AiR programme.
  • The potential to create compelling artwork/s for the group exhibition to be held in Singapore.
  • Whether the artist’s practice is in line with SEA AiR’s aspiration to cultivate public dialogue over human rights, freedom of expression, and commitments to other issues of global concern.
  • The exhibition track record as reflected in the CV


SEA AiR Selection Committee

  1. Professor Ute Meta Bauer (Chair), Founding Director, NTU CCA Singapore and Professor, School of Art, Design and Media, NTU
  2. Ms Sylvie Christophe, Head of International Relations, Villa Arson
  3. Mr Juha Huuskonen, Director, Helsinki International Artist Programme
  4. Ms Siddharta Perez, Curator, NUS Museum
  5. Ms Deepika Shetty, Press Officer, European Union in Singapore
  6. Mr Dirk Snauwaert, Director, WIELS Centre d’Art Contemporain