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Open Call 2024: DECK Associate Creative Programme


22nd May 2024, Wed (Extended Deadline)

23:59, GMT+8 (Singapore Time)

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The DECK Associate Creative Programme offers creative thinkers from around the world an opportunity to create and disseminate new knowledge pertaining to the photographic medium, its associated practices, and its transformations. Taking photography as both vantage point and point of departure, the programme seeks to connect voices in the global exchange of visual culture through the development of new research and programming.

DECK welcomes Singapore and internationally-based artists, curators, cultural producers, collectives and creative thinkers from around the world to participate in the Open Call.


#1: Application Guidelines

Interested Applicants are required to submit the following, as part of their application via Google Forms (Link Here), by 22nd May 2024 (Wed), 2359hrs:

  1. Personal Statement (max. 500 words) rationalising your interest in the programme and the goals of your project;
  2. A Robust Proposal elaborating your project, project outcomes, plans for public programming (if applicable), an indicative timeline, a simple budget proposal (to achieve your project outcomes), and any other relevant materials;
  3. Updated Curriculum Vitae(s).


The DECK Associate Creative Programme is open to applicants of all nationalities, age, ethnicities, genders, and stages of professional development. You may choose to apply as an Individual or as part of a collective. The programme is intended for curators, artists, programmers, cultural producers, collectives wishing to carry out an original photography-based project. 

Proposals may take on formats such as: a) exhibition proposals; b) scholarship & publications; c) outreach programmes; d) photography-based research projects; e) series of public engagement that explores photography/visual culture; and further afield. Applicants may also choose to propose alternative formats of presentation or engagement, as they see fit, in the context of their proposal.

It is of paramount importance that Applicants take into consideration how their proposed projects might be communicated to a wider audience, be it through physical means, online, or an amalgamation of both. As DECK gears up to present the 9th Singapore International Photography Festival (SIPF), there might be an opportunity to present the project at SIPF this coming October. 

#2: Programme Provisions

The DECK Associate Creative Programme will provide successful Associates with the following: 

  1. A research stipend of SGD2,500; 
  2. Access to DECK’s resources; 
  3. Capacity building and support from DECK’s network of creative professionals; 
  4. Where feasible, resources towards the realisation of research/programming outcomes.

#3: Deliverables

The programme will primarily run in two phases, as detailed below:

  • Phase #1: Research

Based on the selected project, the Associate will have around three months to develop their research & proposal. At the end of the research period, the Associate will submit a refined proposal to DECK to validate the feasibility of the project. 

  • Phase #2: Presentation

Upon approval from DECK, the project will move into the Presentation phase, where Associates will manage & deliver the presentation of their project outcomes. DECK will support, wherever feasible, resources towards the realisation of research/programming outcomes.

#4: Proposal Selection Process

All submitted proposals will be reviewed by the DECK team and shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview with an evaluation panel to present their proposal. Applicants will be evaluated on the merits of their submitted proposal, and if shortlisted, in conjunction with their proposal presentations, against the following considerations: 

  1. Relevance to programme’s brief and contemporary photography and/or visual discourse; 
  2. Originality and innovative ideas that address potential gaps with current visual culture/scholarship/programming landscape;
  3. Cohesiveness and feasibility of proposal.

#5: Indicative Timeline

15th Apr—12th May 24
Open Call for Proposals

22nd May 24, 2359hrs (GMT+8, Singapore Time)
Extended Deadline for Open Call

May 24
Evaluation Period

June 24
Release of Open Call Results

From June — Aug 24
Phase #1: Research Phase

Between Sept 24—Mar 25
Phase #2: Production Phase

*The timelines detailed are indicative and may deviate due to project exigencies and scope.

#6: Enquiries

For any general enquires or technical difficulties accessing the form, please feel free to reach out to the DECK team at education@deck.sg

#7: Previous Edition

The Unstable Image (26 Nov 23)
Curated by Clara Che Wei Peh
A symposium exploring the realm of post-photography and our evolving relationship with images in an increasingly mediated world

queer life / drawing (17 Feb—25 Feb 24)
Curated by Singmoolsung (Minsoo Bae & Anonymous Collaborator)
A photo-research project exploring queer ways of seeing — beyond the form; inherently holding room for instability and expansion; and as an act of care

Archives of One’s Own (6 Mar—14 Mar 24)
Curated by Sean Cham
An online talk series exploring the absences and gaps within the colonial archives