Australia-Singapore Digital Residencies

Image caption: Spinal Synth, courtesy of Zul Mahmod.

Key dates

Applications are now closed.

Residency dates: January 2021 – July 2021

Amount: $5,000 AUD 

Applications close: 15 January 2021

Applications close at 11:59pm AEDT on the closing date.

Notification: TBC (target within 2-3 weeks after closing)

About the opportunity

The Australia Council for the Arts and the National Arts Council Singapore are jointly administering the second iteration of a set of reciprocal digital residencies between Australia and Singapore.

The opportunity is designed to seed research on artistic practice and collaborative processes between artists from the two countries, with the potential to spark new connections or deepen existing relationships which may result in co-creation of new work.

The artists will determine their own digital residency structure/format and do so with the agreement of a proposed independent/institutional partner from the corresponding reciprocal country. 


Australia Council for the Arts will fund each successful Australian artist/group up to AUD$5,000 per proposal to undertake a digital residency with a Singaporean artist/group.

Separately, the National Arts Council Singapore will fund another set of successful Singaporean artist/group up to SGD$5,000 per proposal to undertake a digital residency with an Australian host artist/group.

The Councils are not to combine the funds to support the same project or proposal. Successful applicants will manage their own time, budget and resources throughout the digital residency, including rental of studio/rehearsal spaces, equipment, admin and technical support etc. in consultation with the host partner/artist/organisation. 


The Councils invite applications from performing arts (theatre, dance, music, multi-disciplinary), visual arts (painting, sculpture, installation, photography, film/video), literary arts, and new media works. Applicants will be above the age of 21 at time of application submission and are Australians/Singaporeans or Permanent Residents residing in either countries.

Applicants will have produced an independent body of work that demonstrates innovation and experimentation in artistic practice and discourses. Applicants will demonstrate commitment in their art practice in their local arts scene with strong relationships to their respective  communities (either in Australia or Singapore).

For Australian applicants, please check Australia Council’s eligibility requirements  before applying.

For Singaporean applicants, please ensure that you meet NAC’s guidelines for the Capability Development Grant before applying.

Assessment Criteria

Applications will be assessed based on the strength of artistic proposal. Proposals received will articulate the intent of the digital residency, and adequately describe the potential of this area of research the artists wish to explore. 

Proposals received will reflect the mutually beneficial partnership between the Australian and Singaporean artists and/or organisations. Proposals received will demonstrate how the digital residency is responding to the selected topic below:

  1. What are some of the new experiences we can explore, in response to our new realities (post pandemic, social distancing restrictions, hybrid normals)?
  2. Are there new ways to connect people from diverse backgrounds, eg. generations, cultures, and/or languages?
  3. What could a fair and collaborative future look like?

Assessment process

Australia Council and National Arts Council staff will consider applications jointly according to the assessment criteria above. Successful applicants will be notified of the outcome of your application by end of January 2021.

How to submit an application

For Australian applicants:

Applications must be submitted via the Australia Council’s online Application Management System (Fluxx). You will need to create an account to access Fluxx, instructions for how to do this can be found on the landing page.

Make sure you register well before the closing date. It can take up to two business days to process your registration.

Please contact us if you are unsure if you should register as an individual or on behalf of an organisation.

Note: Applications to this international development funding does not count as an application to the Australia Council Grants Program.

If you are applying as an organisation, please specify the staff member(s) who will participate in this activity as part of your application. If this changes, please notify us as early as possible as this may affect the status of your application.

The Australia Council encourages applications from applicants who identify as First Nations, from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CaLD) backgrounds, people with disability, and people living in regional and remote areas.

The Australia Council’s programs and processes are designed for accessibility and best use by a diverse demographic. We work with individual applicants to find the best approach to accommodating access, childcare, carer and other support needs. Please contact us at least 2 weeks prior to the closing date to discuss your access and support requirements.

For Singapore applicants:

The National Arts Council will be releasing application instructions soon. Please check the National Arts Council’s website for more information. Please do not use the MCCY Grants portal for this application.



Nithya Nagarajan,
International Market Adviser, South and Southeast Asia
Phone: (02) 9215 9324


Pamela Tham
Assistant Director, International Relations, National Arts Council
Phone: +65 6346 9470

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