The Concerned Citizens Programme Open Call
Closing date: 27 June 2017
The Substation is calling all concerned citizens, aged 18-30, from arts and non-arts backgrounds alike who are interested in the ways that urban space is used and produced, as well as how inhabitants of the city can take initiative in conceptualising and/or effecting meaningful interventions in our city.
Under the guidance of artist-mentor, Tan Guo-Liang, 10-12 participants will undertake a six-month process of knowledge-building and research before proposing their own project in relation to issues pertaining to urban form and social life.
The programme will run from late September 2017 to March 2018.
About the Concerned Citizens Programme
The CCP is a 6-month long mentorship programme for tertiary-level students or recent graduates (from both arts and non-arts disciplines) managed by The Substation. It aims to empower young people who demonstrate a keen interest in social change by equipping them with knowledge and mentorship to create an intervention in our city. These interventions can be speculative in nature or manifest in a physical or site-specific form.
Participants begin with a process of knowledge-building through a revolving group of other field specialists (e.g. designers, psychologists, geographers, urban planners). Afterwards, participants will form smaller groups to determine a research focus or identify an issue or problem that they wish to tackle, as well as the intended form of their project.
The participants will then be matched with a suitable industry mentor during the fabrication phase to help bring their projects and ideas into fruition. Projects may manifest as (but are not limited to): a publication, a site-specific intervention, a speculative prototype or toolkit, a pop-up, or an artistic presentation/show.
Projects should be realised in March 2018.
Period of commitment: September 2017 - March 2018
Phase | Period | Level of commitment
Phase I / Sep 2017 – Nov 2017: 2 - 3 hr meetings twice a week on average (weekday evening and/or weekend late morning)
Phase II / Dec 2017 – early Jan 2018: Independent research, no meetings
Phase III / Jan 2018 – Feb 2018: Meetings resume
Presentation / Mar 2018: Final presentation
Participants will be given a budget to work with to cover production costs. Participants will work together to determine the allocation of this budget amongst their projects, with the advice of the artist-mentor.
About the artist-mentor
Tan Guo-Liang is a visual artist and writer based in Singapore. He completed his MFA at Glasgow School of Art and was a guest student at The Städelschule, Frankfurt am Main, Germany. His work has been exhibited and collected in Asia and Europe, including his first solo exhibition ‘Dead Play’ at Space Cottonseed and 'The Trouble With Painting Today' in Pump House Gallery, London. He is a recipient of the Singapore National Arts Council Scholarship for visual art and is a contributing writer on various art journals, catalogues and websites. More recently, he was an artist-in-residence at the NTU CCA residency and currently co-runs the project space Peninsular. He also teaches part-time at Lasalle College of the Arts.
How to apply:
Email the following to: email@example.com
1. An application form (Downloadable here)
3. Example of work*
The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, 28 June 2017.
* The work that is submitted should be representative of the applicant's interests. It can take the form of an essay, a piece of artwork (any medium), a blog etc.
There will be an Information Session about the programme on 15 June 2017, 7:30pm at The Substation. All prospective applicants are welcome to attend. Register here.
Shortlisting of participants
Shortlisted participants will be asked for an interview at The Substation in the week of 3 - 7 July 2017.
We will be selecting participants based on their ability to commit to this project as well as the nature of their interest in being a part of the Concerned Citizens Programme. We are keen on having a diverse mix of participants and this will also inform the selection process.
For more information about the programme and the theme, Discipline the City, see
For any clarifications or enquiries, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.