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Committed to supporting artists, curators, and researchers by offering them time and space to pursue their research without the pressure of deadlines and production commitments, the Residencies Programme values the open-ended nature of artistic research and embraces multiform expressions of creative enquiry. Aiming to facilitate the production of knowledge, this studio-based programme is dedicated to established and emerging artists and serves as platform for critical exchange in Southeast Asia. The Residencies Programme offers a wide spectrum of programmes aimed at sharing the process of artistic research with the public - Residencies OPEN / Studio Sessions / Insights, which range from open studios, artists’ talks, conversations, performances, and screenings. The Residencies Programme unfolds through annual cycles and runs by nomination only. Every year, a rotating pool of curators and arts professionals from all over the world is invited to nominate two artists for the residency. The nominated artists are subsequently invited to submit a research proposal along with their portfolio and CV. Ultimately, the Residencies Committee, an international panel of experts, reviews the submitted materials and designates the artists who are awarded the residency.


Jamie North

Residency period

1 November – 22 December 2017


Jamie North (b. 1971, Australia) is an artist based in Sydney. His practice explores the concurrence and conflict between architectural structures and the biological world. Initially working with photography, North’s interest in the ability of plants to recover, regenerate, and reclaim an environment after human intervention has shifted towards the creation of living sculptural installations. His work has been presented at the 20th Biennale of Sydney, Australia, 2016; Tophane-i Amire Cultural and Arts Center, Istanbul, Turkey, 2015; Monash University, Melbourne, 2015, amongst other venues.


During the residency, North will be conducting photographic investigations on the ways in which local plant species manage to adapt to Singapore’s constantly changing built environment. In alignment with his long-standing interest in the intersection between the natural and the artificial, North regards Singapore as a radical case study to observe the complex tensions brimming at the interface between nature and human-made structures. He will also focus on the inescapable cycles of decomposition and renewal that, accelerated by the high humidity of the tropical climate, blur the boundaries between the organic and the man-made.

Public programmes

Residencies Studio Sessions: Artist Talk by Jamie North (Australia), Artist-in-Residence
29 Nov 2017, Wed 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM

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Central to the artistic practice of Jamie North is the persistent observation of the built environment and its relationship with natural habitats. Departing from his latest experiments with concrete and endemic plants developed during the residency, North will trace the trajectories and shifts in his practice: from the photographic documentation of plants and their survival strategies in man-made environments to his current interest in construction materials. North’s hybrid sculptures create forms of coexistence between plants and cast concrete, as well as several by-products of industrial production, leading to the creation of poetic installations that merge the animate and the inanimate. Sharing a family history with the mining and construction industries, his works also reveal the artist’s personal interest in the rise and decline of industries and their economic and social impacts.
The talk will take place in the artist’s studio.