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

About SEA AiR

SEA AiR is a new programme that aims to foster artistic exchange between Southeast Asia and the European Union, with Singapore as its hub. Developed by NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore (NTU CCA Singapore), the project is funded by the European Union and it offers emerging Southeast Asian artists a long-term engagement comprising a three-month residency in a EU country and the opportunity to create new works, inspired by the residency experience, that will be presented to the public in Singapore in a group exhibition curated by NTU CCA Singapore. Dedicated to artists who have not yet had a significant professional experience in Europe, SEA AiR pivots the creative and cultural exchange between Southeast Asia and the European Union on emerging visual art practitioners by providing a significant platform for professional and personal growth through the format of artistic residencies and a curated group exhibition. The residencies will be hosted by established contemporary art institutions that have been engaged as project partners.

SEA AiR Cycle 1


Selection Process

Nine artists and curators from different Southeast Asian countries were invited to contribute to SEA AiR as nominators. They generously leveraged on their in-depth knowledge of the emerging contemporary art practices in their respective countries by nominating outstanding practitioners who could benefit from this opportunity. The nominated artists were subsequently invited to submit an application to participate in the programme. After the careful review by the Selection Committee, the artists selected for Cycle 1 are: Hoo Fan Chon (Malaysia), Citra Sasmita (Indonesia) and Vuth Lyno (Cambodia). The Selection Committee was impressed with the overall quality and diversity reflected by the applicant pool and shortlisted six artists in acknowledgement of their artistic promise.

The SEA AiR Selection Committee for Cycle 1 included: Prof Ute Meta Bauer, (Chair), Founding Director, NTU CCA Singapore and Professor, School of Art, Design and Media, NTU; Ms Sylvie Christophe, Head of International Relations, Villa Arson; Mr Juha Huuskonen, Director, Helsinki International Artist Programme; Ms Siddharta Perez, Curator, NUS Museum; Ms Deepika Shetty, Press Officer, European Union in Singapore, and Mr Dirk Snauwaert, Director, WIELS Centre d’Art Contemporain.