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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.


Shooshie Sulaiman

Residency period

8 June – 28 August 2015


Often drawing on her experience, emotions and memories, Shooshie Sulaiman (b. 1973, Malaysia) makes works and situations that create highly nuanced and personal interactions with their subjects and audiences. After receiving her BA in Fine Art from the MARA University of Technology (UiTM), Malaysia, in 1996, she received the National Art Gallery of Malaysia’s prestigious Young Contemporaries Award, and has participated in numerous exhibitions and residencies in Malaysia and internationally.
In addition to recent participation in Art Basel Hong Kong Encounters sector in 2015, Art Basel Unlimited sector and Gwangju Biennale in 2014, her previous group exhibitions include Open House, Singapore Biennale (2011), Asia-Pacific Triennial (2009-10), Documenta 12 (2007), Continuities: Contemporary Art of Malaysia At The Turn of The 21st Century, Guangdong Museum of Art, China (2004) and the Florence Biennale (2003).

Her artistic practice goes beyond conventional mediums; she runs 12, an exhibition and project space in Kuala Lumpur and a guesthouse in Malacca, for encounters with fresh experiences of art. She has also recently formed an artist collective “MAIX” with young local artists to explore critical and creative perspectives in art especially in the Malaysian context, as well as the “SEA” platform with other Southeast Asian artists to share and seek deeper understanding of art, culture, history and social engagement in the region – how it has been disjointed over the history and how it can be connected again.


Shooshie Sulaiman is researching and creating a symbolic gesture of a rubber plantation through nine rubber trees. The trees are from Malaysia and the amount represents the number of the first nine seedlings that made their way from Singapore to Malaysia in 1870s. Today Malaysia is one of the leading countries that supplies rubber to the world, and hence contributing to the the boom in local economic growth.

The ephemeral element of the whole idea and process of the project is to investigate Southeast Asia's ancestors and technologies in a cultural pattern that can bring hope and understanding to a new legacy. This project also attempts to pursue questions of property, public space and ecology and to understand more about the authority that claim the land and the sky.

Public programmes

Art Day Out at Gillman Barracks, Saturday 25 July
25 Jul 2015, Sat 11:00am - 9:00pm

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For this special day event at Gillman Barracks, NTU CCA Singapore has put together a line-up of programmes encompassing open studios, film screenings and performances. For full details of Art Day Out, visit


Residencies: OPEN
NTU CCA Singapore, Studios, Block 37 & 38 Malan Road, 11.00am – 3.00pm

Featuring Artists-in-Residence, Yason Banal (The Philippines), Bani Haykal (Singapore), Amanda Heng (Singapore), Alex Murray-Leslie (Australia), Gary Ross Pastrana (The Philippines), Jeremy Sharma (Singapore), Shooshie Sulaiman (Malaysia) and Erika Tan (Singapore).


Artist Resource Platform
The Seminar Room, Block 43 Malan Road, 11.00am – 9.00pm

Highlights include selected documentation from NTU CCA Singapore’s residencies.


Film Screenings in collaboration with the Asian Film Archive
The Single Screen, Block 43 Malan Road

Punggok Rindukan Bulan (This Longing) by Azharr Rudin (Malaysia), 12.30pm – 2.30pm
Return to Burma by Midi Z (Myanmar/Taiwan), 7.30pm – 9.00pm


Erika Tan, Halimah-the-Empire-Exhibition-weaver-who-died-whilst-performing-her-craft
The Lab, Block 43 Malan Road, 3.00pm – 4.30pm

Live “broadcast” debate


Special Project: Faculty of Listening, Bani Haykal – Performance #2
Block 38 Malan Road, #01-07, 5.00 – 7.00pm

Residencies: Studio Sessions with Shooshie Sulaiman
19 Sep 2015, Sat 4:00pm - 5:30pm

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Join Artist-in-Residence, Shooshie Sulaiman and curator, Melanie Pocock on this botanical walking tour at Gillman Barracks. Starting at Shooshie’s studio in Block 37 Malan Road and concluding at the site of two rubber trees, the locus of her interest is in the trade and exchange of rubber in Southeast Asia. With these trees, Shooshie has worked closely with a Balinese carver on site to lay a piece of contemporary history etched within the trees.

Shooshie Sulaiman‘s research has centred around Malaysia as one of the leading countries that supplies rubber to the world, and hence contributing to the the boom in local economic growth. The first nine seedlings to Malaysia made their way from Singapore to Malaysia in 1870s.

Melanie Pocock is Assistant Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art Singapore, LASALLE College of the Arts. She has written articles and reviews for ArtAsiaPacific, Eyeline, Frieze, Third Text and The Journal of Curatorial Studies, and is Editor-at-large of Kaleidoscope Asia. She was Editor of Sulaiman, a publication of Shooshie Sulaiman’s work and practice.

*Starts at Block 37 Malan Road, Studio #01-04 and includes a walk around Gillman Barracks