Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some of the common questions about the residency programme.
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I am neither a Singapore Citizen nor Permanent Resident. Can I apply?
No. We regret that for the 2014-2015 cycle, only Singapore Citizen and Permanent Residents are eligible to apply. We hosted serveral artists from overseas for the past 3 years. Therefore we wish to spend more time and effort on promoting our local artists for the upcoming cycle.
I am currently awaiting for my Singapore Permanent Residentship. Can I still apply?
At the point of your submission, you must already been given a Permanent Residentship from the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority of Singapore.
How long is the duration of the residency?
Applicants can have the option of a minimum of 1 month, up to a maximum of 3 months.
Is there any allowance for the artists?
Yes. Each month, a resident artist will be paid $500 as allowance and $200 as materials fee for a duration of 3-months.
Does it mean that artists will be given larger sum of fees if they opt for a 3-months residency?
Artist's allowance is standarized at $1500 per artist. If an artist opt for a 1-month residency, then he/she will be expected to commit full-time throughout the month.
Is this residency programme limited to visual artists only?
No. We welcome artists of all backgrounds. In fact, we would love to see creative proposals from non-artists as well.
I would like to collaborate with another person under a single application. Is it allowed?
Yes. But please note that we are unable to pay additional fees for proposals that will involve more than 1 artist (i.e. pair work).
Is there free WIFI provided in the working studio at Pulau Ubin?
No. However we do have mobile broadband (USB stick) for the artists to surf the Internet. Do note that the network connection on Pulau Ubin can be intermittent, due to its location. Resident artists are advised to refrain from carrying out any form of work that requires strong Internet connection at Pulau Ubin.
Pulau Ubin seems like a run-down island. Is there electricity and clean water provided?
Yes. Our studio has electricity powered by solar-panels. However, it can only support up to 12-volts. In some cases, it might not be able to charge big and powerful laptops that are bigger than 13-inch in size. As for water, they can be obtained from the well that is located 15 metres away from the studio via electrical pump. The water is clean for usage, as well as for consuming after boiling.
How do I move around on the island?
Bicycles are provided for the artists' convenience. There are also taxis (van) available for hire on the island.
Are there lots of mosquitoes around the island?
As Pulau Ubin is a rural island, the existence of mosquitoes are inevitable. However, we provide complementary insect repellants, mosquito nets and mosquito coils in the studio for the artists.
Are there any restaurants and convenience stores on the island?
Yes. There are provision shops and restaurants on the island.
Are there people living on the island?
Yes. According to official sources, there are currently 37 remaining islanders residing on Pulau Ubin.