SAM Residencies Announces First Batch of International Residents for 2021/2022

  • 15 Jul 2021


SAM announces its first international batch of residents. Following SAM’s first open call for applications in December 2020, which received close to 1,000 applications, 18 residents have been selected to be a part of the first cycle of the SAM Residencies. 15 independent practitioners and 3 art collectives have been offered a studio-based residency across four residency types – Artist Residency, Community & Education Residency, Curatorial & Research Residency and EX-SITU: Art Spaces Residency. Residents hail from countries and regions across the world, including Argentina, Denmark, India, Indonesia, Singapore, South Africa, Thailand, the United Kingdom, and more. Each residency will span a period of between one to six months, starting from October 2021 to March 2023.


Cycle 2021/2022 Residents

The full list of selected residents in Cycle 2021/2022 is as follows:



The residents were selected by an international panel comprising: Mirwan Andan, researcher and developer at Ruangrupa, Jakarta; Tobias Berger, Head of Art, Tai Kwun Centre of Heritage and Arts in Hong Kong; Naeem Mohaiemen, artist, Senior Fellow at Lunder Institute of American Art, Maine, and Mellon Fellow at Columbia University, New York; Sara Reisman, Chief Curator and Director of National Academician Affairs at the National Academy of Design in New York City; and was chaired by Dr June Yap, Director of Curatorial, Collections and Programmes at Singapore Art Museum.


About SAM Residencies

One of the most comprehensive residencies programmes in Asia, SAM Residencies aims to support artistic experimentation and innovative practices, encourage collaboration and exchange, and engage both the art community and the public at large. There will be opportunities for the public to interact and engage in dialogue with the residents through programmes such as studio visits, film screenings, talks, performances, and workshops.


Featuring four residency types, the interdisciplinary SAM Residencies is open to artists, curators, art organisations and artist-run spaces, as well as community and education-focused art practitioners. These residencies will take place in physical spaces in Singapore and will offer open spaces for social interaction between the residents, the wider art community, and the public, serving as a catalyst for collaborative and collective activities to develop. Each resident will develop at least one public programme during their time in residency.


The topics and themes explored in each residency cycle will reflect contemporary concerns. The Cycle 2021/2022 focuses on the notions of intimacy, infrastructure, and the impact of technology on contemporary life.


Hero banner: A public programme organised by artist Chu Hao Pei and his collaborator, The Little Rice Company. Hao Pei was one of the three pilot residents invited to join the SAM Residencies pilot programme earlier this year.