[Nodes] Arts@RP Community Arts Residency Open Call
The Republic Cultural Centre @ Republic Polytechnic
The Republic Cultural Centre@Republic Polytechnic is calling for proposals from artists and/or collectives interested in the Community Arts Residency@RP. The Residency aims to support practising artists in advancing the field of community arts in Singapore. Through the Residency, artists will have opportunities to inquire, develop arts-based collaborations and co-create with the community artworks that will shape communal public spaces and reflect the collective stories of the people. This Residency is part of The Republic Cultural Centre @ Republic Polytechnic, which is part of the National Arts Council’s Arts and Culture Nodes Network.
One artist/collective from the field of Visual Arts will be appointed from July – October 2021, during which they should actively engage with the youth demographic of 15 – 35 years old, including but not limited to those in Republic Polytechnic and residents in the north, and respond to The Republic Cultural Centre@Republic Polytechnic’s unique characteristics in a collaborative art-making process with RP and the Northern community targeting youths. Some support will be given for the appointed artist/collective to engage community groups, connect with stakeholders, and exchange ideas with peers in the arts community. The artist/collective should document the process and work towards a showcase that marries art and technology, under the theme ‘Gratitude’, to be presented at a physical or virtual platform at The Republic Cultural Centre in Oct 2021.
In view of the evolving COVID-19 situation, physical gatherings may be suspended or limited to a small number of people during the Residency period. The Residency may also be deferred or put on hold if necessary. The appointed artist/collective should also propose alternative plans to conduct the engagements and showcase digitally.
· An agreement will be signed between the artist/collective and The Republic Cultural Centre @ Republic Poly to confirm appointment.
· A budget of up to S$10,000 covering the artist/collective’s honorarium, materials costs associated with the process, and costs for the final showcase
o S$6000 (60%) will be disbursed upon appointment to the Residency
o Up to S$4000 (40%) will be disbursed upon completion of all deliverables and submission of reports. Amount to be reimbursed will be based on actual expenditure
· The Republic Cultural Centre @ Republic Polytechnic will facilitate link-ups with community stakeholders and spaces to work with, as well as provide publicity support
· Community Artist Sharing Session – a small, casual gathering where artists may share their process and plans, and receive feedback from peers
· Consultation sessions with experienced community artists, who may offer perspective and guidance if needed
· Support with a physical venue in Republic Polytechnic for the creation of the artist’s/collective’s work (subject to The Republic Cultural Centre @ Republic Poly management’s approval in view of COVID-19). Refer to Annex A for photos of the venue.
· As part of NAC’s efforts to introduce emerging practitioners to community arts practices, student observers will be tagged to each Residency, where they will also offer some support for documenting community engagement.
· Sustained, regular interaction of at least 50 hours with youths, including but not limited to those in Republic Polytechnic and residents in the north during the three-month Residency period, with documentation and monthly updates of key interactions and artistic processes
· Themed “Gratitude”, a physical or digital showcase at The Republic Cultural Centre @ Republic Polytechnic will be presented as a conclusion to the Residency in Oct 2021.
· An Evaluation Report and Financial Report, submitted within one month of the Residency’s completion, together with all supporting documents and receipts for verification purposes.
All deliverables must be met to receive the Residency package.
Who may apply
· Individual artist or collectives of up to four artists may apply
· Proposals submitted by differently abled artists will also be considered
· Applicant must be practising artist(s) with at least 2 years of relevant arts experience
· Applicant must commit to the entire duration of the Residency
· Only Singaporeans or Permanent Residents of Singapore may apply
· Informal groups or collectives (up to four members) in which the majority of members are Singapore Citizens or PR may apply. The Primary Applicant will have to undertake legal and financial responsibility on behalf of the collective.
Who may not apply
· If your group or collective is constituted for non-secular purposes
· If you are a student
How to apply?
Please download the Application Form (Annex A) and Budget Form (Annex B). Complete these documents and email them with the necessary supporting documents attached to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org. Indicate “The Republic Cultural Centre @ Republic Polytechnic” in the subject line.
You are required to prepare and submit the following information at the time of application:
· Your artistic objectives
· Residency Proposal – Write-up of your arts engagement plans
· Estimated budget
· A calendar of monthly milestones
· Curriculum Vitae of key parties involved
· Two referee contacts
· At least two samples of past work/an online portfolio
The table below lists the key dates:
1200 hrs, 7 July 2021
16 July 2021
19 July 2021 – 18 Oct 2021 (3 months)
Oct 2021 (Date to confirmed after discussion with artist/collective and institution)
All applications must be submitted by 1200hrs, 7 July 2021. You may submit your applications early, in advance of the application window. Incomplete and/or late applications will not be considered.
HOW APPLICATIONS ARE ASSESSED
The Republic Cultural Centre@Republic Polytechnic’s assessment will consider:
· The applicant’s track record and potential in contributing to community arts practice
· The applicant’s proposal
o Approaches and methods – artistic strength and quality of engagement
o Project management – budget, feasibility of plans
TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF PARTICIPATION
By submission of the Residency application form, the applicant agrees to all of the above mentioned as well as the following terms and conditions:
1. The Republic Cultural Centre@Republic Polytechnic reserves the right to record all or part of the proceedings of the Residency and related activities for broadcast and promotional purposes without payment to the applicants or the applicants’ consent. The Republic Cultural Centre@Republic Polytechnic retains all rights to the recorded materials.
2. Any applicant who knowingly gives inaccurate or misleading information will be disqualified.
3. In case of any disputes, The Republic Cultural Centre@Republic Polytechnic’s decision shall be final.
4. The Republic Cultural Centre@Republic Polytechnic reserves the right to amend the rules and terms and conditions of the Residency.
The National Arts Council’s island-wide network of arts and culture nodes is developed for people to come together to participate in, enjoy, and experience the value of the arts in their neighbourhood. The Republic Cultural Centre@Republic Polytechnic is part of the National Arts Council’s Arts and Culture Nodes Network.
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