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UNTAPPED invites visual artists to apply to participate in a group show to be held in November at GILLMAN BARRACKS, at the Chan + Hori Contemporary gallery space. 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 an annual juried group exhibition and by connecting artists directly with arts patrons.

UNTAPPED exhibits new work by up to 20 artists with up to 4 years of professional practice. This show is scheduled for November 2018.  For the first time this year, UNTAPPED Discovery and UNTAPPED Emerging will be combined in one group show and exhibition will be held at GILLMAN BARRACKS.

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.

2018 UNTAPPED Advisory Committee

Michelle Ho – Curator, ADM Gallery & Assistant Director, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Martin Constable - Assistant Professor, The Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Vietnam

Adeline Kueh - Senior Lecturer at LASALLE College of the Arts


In the lead up to the November 2018 exhibition, selected artists will be required to attend a Kick-off Meeting and an Educational Session on working with galleries. Prior to opening night, artists will attend an Exhibition Preview during which they will present their work to the UNTAPPED Patrons and other participating artists. Artists are encouraged to attend the opening night event and visit the exhibition often during the 4-week run.Additional details regarding preparation requirements and activities for the UNTAPPED artists will be provided immediately following their announcement.


6 April 2018 - Applications Open

29 April 2018 - Submissions Due

25 May 2018 - Selected Artists Announced

2 June 2018 - KO Meeting (1.5 hours) 

24 June 2018 - Proposal for new work due

11 August 2018 - Working with Galleries Presentation (1 hour)

23 November 2018 - Exhibition Preview (2 hours)

24 November - 20 December 2018 - Exhibition (Includes Opening Event - 2 hours)

Dates and times are subject to change.