UNTAPPED invites visual artists to apply to participate in one of two group shows to be held each year at SHOPHOUSE 5, an art space located in the Geylang area of Singapore. The goal of the series is to establish support networks and offer practical experience for local artists at this crucial early stage in their career. UNTAPPED does this by presenting two annual juried group exhibitions and by connecting artists directly with arts patrons.

UNTAPPED EMERGING exhibits new work by up to 10 artists with 2-4 years of professional practice. This show is scheduled for June 2016.

UNTAPPED DISCOVERY features new work by up to 15 artists between the ages of 16-35 within the first 2 years of professional practice. This show is slated for December 2016. An Open Call for UNTAPPED Discovery will take place in July 2016.

The feature that sets UNTAPPED apart from other emerging artist programmes is its close collaboration with arts patrons. Local patrons provide the up-front funding for the project. In return, each patron is able to collect one artwork from each exhibition. This means that over a third of the artworks shown by these young artists will automatically be acquired by established art patrons. This goes beyond general exposure and connects artists directly with individuals who are actively supporting the visual arts in Singapore.

UNTAPPED will be promoted directly to students at Singaporean art schools as well as posted on local arts notice boards. Submissions will be reviewed and selected by the VADA Advisory Committee.

The exhibitions will be promoted to media, the arts industry and general public through press releases, social media,  and featured on the VADA website.

Artists selected to participate in UNTAPPED will receive a $200 SGD artist fee and compensated for artworks sold.

Open call for UNTAPPED DISCOVERY will be announced in July 2016. 

2016 UNTAPPED Advisory Committee

Boo Sze Yang - Artist
Martin Constable - Assistant Professor, School of Art Design and Media, NTU
Adeline Kueh - Senior Lecturer at LASALLE College of the Arts
Dr. Bridget Tracy Tan - Director, Institute of Southeast Asian Arts & Galleries, NAFA

2016 UNTAPPED Patrons

Ian Dunderdale
Angie Chan & Nick Davies
Terence C W Lim
Mr. & Mrs. Jimmy Phoon
Will Rathvon
SIO Tat Hiang