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INSTINC Artist in Residence Programme / Republic of Singapore



For 2013, only May and Dec is available.

For 2014, from Feb onwards is available.




As an artist-centered organization, INSTINC was founded by artist Shih Yun Yeo, in the spirit of networking and collaborations.

INSTINC AIR PROGRAM strives to provide artists undisturbed, quality time and inspiring environment for their artistic creation during the residency. Because the program focuses on process and experimentation, artists are encouraged to come prepared to work without a preconceived agenda. Artists are selected based on the quality of their current works, a strong commitment to the arts and their curricula vitae.

Here at INSTINC, we believe that the art-making process is the highest priority. Our living as well as studio offers ideal situations for creative growth and experimentation. Artists can work intensively and independently in a supportive and intimate environment. Since 2009, artists from around the world come to INSTINC AIR PROGRAM to experience living and creating in this colourful cosmopolitan Singapore city. Only a maximum of 12 artists are accepted annually.

Having been housed in Chinatown, Emerald Hill and an old shop house along Mohamed Sultan Road, INSTINC has manifested itself in different ways since 2004. Now, through this relocation in Dec 2009, INSTINC is cropping up again at an unexpected spot in Singapore. Pioneering a new live, work, play concept, these first-of-its-kind SOHO units have captured the imagination of the Singapore and regional markets. Its popularity can be attributed to its much sought after combination of compact spaces in a high-class development with excellent transportation connectivity. It is also located right above the Clarke Quay MRT station. Because of its central location in a striking and lively ambiance, INSTINC is a stone's throw from MICA (Ministry of Information and the Arts), The Arts House, Singapore Tyler Print Institute, Singapore Art Museum & SAM 8Q. This makes INSTINC an exquisite place for resuming its program in full swing in a brand new loft space. In 2011, INSTINC has expanded and has a second location in  South-West of Singapore. 

The following support is provided to all artists:

• Invitations to art openings and events through emails to INSTINC AIR during the period of residence.

• Curatorial support to identify and secure all materials.

• Marketing and publicity through INSTINC's monthly e-newsletter.

• Documentation in the form of photographs and videos.

• INSTINC sponsored opening reception to present the exhibition to the public at the end of the residency(optional for artist-in-residence).


The residency program is open to emerging, mid-career and senior level artists of all nationalities. Past artists-in- residence may re-apply; however artists who have not yet participated in INSTINC AIR PROGRAM will be given priority. This program is open to both local as well as international artists. Painters, print-makers, digital photographers, installation artists, new media artists, multi-media, sound and video artists, film-makers, musicians, composers, writers, poets, playwrights may apply. Applicants must be at least 21 years old before the residency begins.

Duration of residency:

1-3 months of uninterrupted, self-directed work time. Residency period must be in blocks of one month. Duration: Min 1 month, Max 3 months.



INSTINC is housed in two different locations, totaling about 2000 square feet. INSTINC SOHO is located right in the city center. INSTINC STUDIOS, a warehouse studio space. INSTINC SOHO has two residency suites( ground floor and loft) : each artist is provided with a good-sized living space with a shared bathroom and 24 hour access to the open-concept studio in INSTINC STUDIOS. INSTINC SOHO is equipped with: Internet Wi-fi, linens, bedding, dishes, cooking facilities, microwave, washing machine and dryer. Artist's rooms and studios are single-occupancy and does not provide accommodations for spouses, pets or guests. (Special cases will be reviewed case-by-case). 

Paid by the artist

Travel and living expense and art supplies. Costs of studio and accommodation@INSTINC (Applications after 1 NOV 2011 is SIN$3000 per month) Art Students within 3 years of graduation can apply for INSTINC grant of up to SIN$500 upon the submission of a transcript from the respective school. Approval depends on the quality of works of applicant.

INSTINC will provide a letter of invitation for accepted artists if artists wish to apply for funding from their country.



If artists prefer to send hard copies application, we welcome that as well.

Pls send to:

Attention: INSTINC AIR Program Application

12 Eu Tong Sen Street #04-163 Soho2 Singapore 059819


Application should include these:



1) Current resume CV, biography and artist statement.

2) Include 5 images of your work created in last one year. Provide image details for each image file (title of work, date executed, media and dimensions).

3) Any brief narrative necessary to provide more information about each individual work and any other documents that will allow us to access your works better. Pls include press clippings, interviews etc.

4) A list with the following infirmation: Full name, email address, home address, mobile and home numbers, gender, age, nationality, language spoken, residency period(1, 2, or 3 months), first, second and third choice of residency period, media eg(painter,print-maker, composer etc.)



Notice of acceptance will be conveyed through email in not more than one month's from the time the application is received.


INSTINC: 12 Eu Tong Sen Street

#04-163 soho2@central Singapore 059819

Tel: +65 6227 9487


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