Concerned Citizens
Programme

“Social mobility is at the heart and soul of our ambition. Not just in Government, but it must be at the heart and soul of our ambition as a society.”

 — Senior Minister
Tharman Shanmugaratnam,
at the 30th Anniversary of the
Institute of Policy Studies, 2018

UPDATE: Originally intended for five participants, the programme eventually accepted a total of six participants due to the outstanding quality of the applications received from the open call process. Find out more about the selected participants here.

 

How does one define agency? How do social structures and built environments affect gender and class-consciousness? What is the definition of a safe space?

If these hard-hitting questions keep you up at night and you’re concerned with serious social mobility issues faced by the everyday citizen, consider applying for The Substation’s 2019 Concerned Citizens Programme!

In 2017, the Concerned Citizens Programme invited participants to turn their attention to the city, and how its physical structures inevitably control its inhabitants. Led by artist-mentor Cheong Kah Kit, this year’s programme returns to shine its attention on the cities’ inhabitants, and to focus on themes of spatial integration and social mobility.

Open to practitioners from both arts and non-arts backgrounds, up to five participants selected from an open call process will undergo a programme of lectures by invited guests and close mentoring with selected industry practitioners Kin Chui, Nurul Huda Rashid, and Alvin Tan, to help bring their works-in-progress or proposals to fruition.

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Inquiry Questions for 2019:

  1. How does one define agency?
  2. What determines social mobility? How do we ask the right questions about social mobility?
  3. How do social structures and built environments affect gender and class-consciousness?
  4. How does one define self-organisation and collectivity?
  5. What is the definition of a safe space?

We are seeking participants who are interested in issues or topics that deal with the social, economic, and physical status of the individual within the city, or in other words, the social mobility of the everyday citizen. Selected participants will be awarded with a project grant of $1,800 each. For more information about the Concerned Citizens Programme structure, click here.

Period of Commitment:
August–December 2019

NOTE: ALL APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED!

To apply for the open call, download the application form below and email the following to concernedcitizens@substation.org:

  • Fill up this application form (which includes personal particulars, reasons for participating in CCP, and project proposal*)
  • CV or resume
  • Portfolio or examples of works**

* Proposals must be in line with the theme of social mobility but the proposed form need not be strictly related to the visual arts (e.g. walking tours, community classes, app/ tech platforms, reading groups, etc.)

** Works submitted should be representative of the applicant’s practice and discipline. It can take the form of writing/academic samples, artworks (in any medium), a blog, etc.

Open to practitioners from both arts and non-arts backgrounds, up to five participants selected from an open call process will undergo a programme of lectures by invited guests and close mentoring with selected industry practitioners Kin Chui, Nurul Huda Rashid, and Alvin Tan, to help bring their works-in-progress or proposals to fruition. Selected participants will be awarded with a project grant of $1,800 each and exclusive invitations to lecture series conducted by the industry practitioners.

Timeline 

  • 29 August: Announcement of selected participants
  • 3 September–14 December: Commencement of the programme
  • September–November: Curated lecture series for selected participants
  • Early December: Presentation by the selected participants

 

About the Lead Mentor

Cheong Kah Kit is a visual artist based in Singapore. He graduated from Umeå Academy of Fine Art, Sweden in 2008. Kah Kit was affiliated with p-10, a Singapore independent curatorial team (2004-2006). In 2016, he co-founded Peninsular, an artist studio / project space in Singapore. He is also currently developing an oral history project with Singapore arts and cultural personalities. Kah Kit was Manager for Research at NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore between 2016-2018. Prior to that, he was Reference Art Librarian at the Lee Kong Chian Reference Library, National Library Singapore (2009-2015). Kah Kit was artist-in-residence at Para Site, Hong Kong, 2015. 

 

About the Co-Mentors

Alvin Tan is the Founder and Artistic Director of The Necessary Stage and a leading proponent of devising theatre in Singapore. In 2014, Alvin was conferred the Cultural Medallion for his artistic excellence and contribution to Singapore’s arts and cultural landscape. He was the first Artistic Director of Peer Pleasure, an annual youth-oriented theatre festival in Singapore. 

Nurul Huda Rashid is a researcher, photographer, and educator. Her research interests focus on images, narratives, visual and sentient bodies, feminisms, and the intersections between them. Her current research project, Women in War, is a survey of images of women in war, critiqued through concepts of gender and violence, politics of the visual, and the role of the algorithm and archive as methods. 

Kin Chui was one of the 8 cinematographers who won best Cinematography at Singapore International Film Festival’s Singapore Film Award in 2009 for the Lucky 7 Project. Since studying at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Kin Chui has been involved in a number of anti-discriminatory initiatives. He was a co-organizer for the project Re-Emphasis, as part of the cultural festival Wienwoche, that consisted of a public installation and forum that addressed the topic of migrant and refugee rights.