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
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