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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.


Rosemary Forde

Residency period

18 April – 28 April 2017


Melbourne-based curator Rosemary Forde (b. 1978, New Zealand) has developed exhibitions and events at a range of institutions and contemporary art spaces in Australia and New Zealand such as National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia and Te Tuhi Centre for the Arts, Auckland, New Zealand. Forde is chair of un Projects, a collective based in Australia that aims to generate independent and critical dialogue around contemporary art, primarily through publishing projects such un Magazine. She co-edited un Anthology 2004-2014: a decade of art and ideas. She is currently a PhD candidate in Curatorial Practice at Monash Art Design & Architecture (MADA), Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. She was previously Director of The Physics Room, Christchurch, New Zealand (2002-2004).


Rosemary Forde’s research looks at “curating as pedagogy” and explores the role of galleries within universities and art schools. For her doctoral dissertation in Curatorial Practice at Monash University, she developed Art holds a high place in my life | Damp: study of an artist at 21, an unconventional survey on the Australian artist group Damp which unfolded through a series of presentations within the context of the university art school in 2016. During her residency, Rosemary aims to expand her research focus investigating several university art galleries in Singapore.

Image credit: Damp and Monash Art Projects (MAP), Gormenghast, 2016. Featuring Artmeet ARI and Sanja Devic. Photo by Zan Wimberley. Courtesy Rosemary Forde.