Category: Residencies

Graduate Research Residency – Look East

SGA’s Research Residency for Graduate Study offers academic and creative practitioners optimum conditions for reflection, study and field research.

Set in SGA’s award winning Gallery Residence, the location of the residency allows for easy exploration of vibrant Kuala Lumpur whilst also providing a retreat to the leafy suburbs of Petaling Jaya. The Gallery Residence is a conceptual space built around SGA’s ethos of living with art and boasts effective design for green living, being one of the first projects in Malaysia to receive Green Building certification.

The Residency includes self-catering accommodation with shared communal spaces and use of a concept studio space and library.  Research Resident to cover all expenses and subsidised accommodation cost of US$2,500/month/person. Grants available for special projects.

Application Materials:

  1. Cover Letter stating research topic, duration and funding sources.
  2. Resume with 2 Referee contacts

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Exploring East Residency

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The Exploring East Residency (EER) provides a meaningful and immersive introduction to cultural projects in the fast-developing South East Asian region. Designed for mature and motivated candidates, the programme allows for the development of valuable multi-tasking and qualitative skills, as well as quality research and writing.

The Residency programme values and rewards curiosity and self-motivation, vital characteristics relevant to any aspect of life or career. Past EERs have gone on to follow numerous career paths, including in major museums and galleries; in legal and corporate fields; and as artists.

SGA provides accommodation at Gallery Residence for the duration of the Residency.

Prospective applicants  must preferably be in a graduate program, and have  extensive work experience. Advanced CMS WordPress and social media skills needed. All disciplines welcome and independent research is an important component of the program.

Interested applicants should please submit through email a cover letter, CV and referee details to start the process.

Gallery Residence Accommodation

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Past Residents’ Observations:

My time as an EER at Shalini Ganendra Advisory was incredibly formative, both professionally and personally. As an EER, you play a hands-on role in the day to day running of the gallery: from installing works, liaising with press, managing social media marketing and building artist case studies – experiences that have been hugely useful to draw from in professional interviews and positions since. Personally, the EER programme provided me with the platform to undertake research towards my undergraduate dissertation. Shalini helped facilitate much of this by connecting me with artists and academics, as well as being a fascinating bank of knowledge regarding Southeast Asia’s art scene. My dissertation was recently awarded the UK’s Association of Art History’s Undergraduate Dissertation Prize of 2018, which was greatly due to the valuable primary research I was able to conduct during my time as an EER. – Chloe Phillips, The University of Edinburgh

The EER at SGA comprised an involved and exciting experience of gallery management in a unique environment. Staying and working at the Gallery Residence, I was exposed to the broad and multidirectional facets of running such a compelling space; interviewing and meeting artists, managing events and openings, and curating the virtual spaces behind the physical site. To be able to help with and gain experience of these processes, meet the fascinating people behind them, and travel to equally fascinating places was indelibly memorable. – Will Forrester, Oxford University

The EER gives invaluable professional experience. As an EER Resident, you are given the freedom to help manage a gallery at the start of your career. – Katie Vann, Cambridge University

The EER program was a huge component of my securing a job due to the international exposure and experience it proved for me. In addition, the management were very impressed with the immersive and variable nature of the EER program and how it allowed me to engage with such a variety of clients and visitors. On a personal note, the EER program was a milestone in my life and I look back to my time in Malaysia with pride and appreciation. – Gemma Eades, Melbourne University

SGA provides a unique opportunity to explore Southeast Asia while learning the ins and outs of gallery management. There is no other opportunity quite like it. – Naimonu James, Harvard University


Vision Culture Artist Residency

SGA’s Artist Residency program facilitates development of artistic careers as an opportunity for research, practice and cultural encounters within SE Asia. The residency is hosted in SGA’s Gallery Residence, a conceptual space built around SGA’s ethos of living with art. The building is at the forefront of modern architectural style, boasting effective design for green living and was one of the first projects in Malaysia to receive Green Building certification. Scope for project proposals is broad and artists working in any medium will be considered. Applications will be judged on the quality of ideas and demonstrated previous self-authored work. The residency allows for wide exploration and experimentation over a stated period (usually 4-6 weeks), culminating in the presentation of the completed project through exhibition and/or workshops.

SGA’s Gallery Residence is located in Petaling Jaya, with convenient transport links close by to access vibrant Kuala Lumpur. The residency includes self-catering accommodation with shared communal spaces and use of a concept studio space and library.  Artist to cover cost of travel and subsidised accommodation (USD 2,500 per calendar month.  Other arrangements can be discussed.).

“The great support SGA provided, allowed me to deepen my research and facilitated the execution of my project, through connections and networking that was essential to the successful outcome of my residency. The challenges and opportunities the program offered created a very rewarding experience!” – Claudia Cannizzaro, VC Artist