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UNTAPPED invites visual artists to apply to participate in a group show to be held in November/December 2019. 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 connecting artists directly with arts patrons.

UNTAPPED exhibits new work by up to 10 artists every year, with up to 4 years of professional practice. This show is scheduled for November/December 2019. The location of the exhibition will be confirmed.

The feature that sets UNTAPPED apart from other emerging artist programmes is its close collaboration with arts patrons. Local patrons provide the upfront 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. 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 be compensated for artworks sold.


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


From the applications received, up to 10 artists will be selected to exhibit a minimum of one new work at the UNTAPPED exhibition to be held in November/December 2019. Dates of the exhibition and the exhibition venue will be confirmed.

Applications close 31 May 2019. Participants will be announced by 5 July 2019.


  • Applicants must have up to 4 years of professional practice as of April 2019. Professional practice is defined as participation in gallery, festival or museum exhibitions, or in artist residencies. Participation in academic exhibitions (eg. graduation shows) is not considered professional practice.

  • Applicants must be over the age of 16

  • Applicants must be based in Singapore

  • Applicants must not currently have exclusive gallery representation

  • Artists working in any medium are invited to apply; however, work/s created for the exhibition should be capable of being displayed in a gallery setting. Exceptions may be considered.

  • Applicants may apply as individuals or a collective.

Artists will be selected based on their submitted artwork’s originality, conceptual rigour, technical expertise and coherence between the concept and the finished work. Selected artists will also have demonstrated a commitment to artistic practice.


In a single, zipped folder, please submit the following items:

  1. Current Artist CV (CV should clearly state the artist’s name, address, email, phone number, nationality and art-related activities in which you have participated including exhibitions, art talks, performances etc. The CV should also include a short artist bio.)

  2. Artist Statement (300 - 500 words. This should correlate to the artist’s own practice and the images submitted as evidence of their practice.)

  3. 10 - 15 images of the applicant’s original artwork. Images should be in a .jpg or .tif format and of good quality (at least 3000 pixels wide and no more than 1.5mb in size). The file naming convention should be: FAMILY NAME_Given Name_file number.jpg/tiff. Example: WONG_Cheng_Lim_03.jpg.

  4. A text file (file extension .txt or .rtf) specifying the artist name and for each image the following: title, the year it was made, dimensions in cm. (height x width) and medium.

All material should be placed within a single folder. The naming convention of the folder should be: FAMILY NAME_Given Name. Example: WONG_Cheng_Lim.

The folder should be zipped and the entire zip file should be no larger than 20mb. This should be emailed to info@vada.org.sg. The subject line should read: UNTAPPED Application - (Applicant family name).

Applications close 31 May 2019.


In the lead up to the November/December 2019 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 four-week run. Additional details regarding preparation requirements and activities for the UNTAPPED artists will be provided immediately following their announcement.


6 April 2019 - Open Call for UNTAPPED Begins

31 May 2019 - Closing Date of Open Call

5 July 2019 - Selected Artists Announced

13 July 2019 - KO Meeting (2 hours) with Advisory Feedback

10 August 2019 - Proposal for Exhibition Artwork Due

10 August 2019 - Working with Galleries Presentation (1 hour)

November/December 2019 - Exhibition Duration (To be confirmed)

*Dates and times are subject to change