Artist Residency and Exchange Programme
(9 to 30 May 2008)
The Artist Residency and Exchange Programme (REAP) was organised by Artesan Pte Ltd withthe aim of providing interaction opportunities for young artists from different nationalities andcultures. Six artists – Iggy Rodriguez, Buen Calubayan and Ivan Roxas from Philippines andJoshua Yang, Jeremy Sharma and Chun Kai Feng from Singapore – led by Emmanuel Garibay(Philippines) participated in this exchange.Facilitated by NUS Centre For the Arts, the Singapore section of the residency took place at NUSCFA Studio. Project leader Emmanuel (Mani) and two artists, Ivan and Jeremy, share theirimpressions.
With this rather diverse group of artists and most of them meeting each other for the firsttime, what were the challenges encountered?
Mani: One of the first things we had to do was establish harmony by developing awarenessamongst the artists of each other’s styles. Artists generally welcome the opportunity to create anddifferences in cultures can have the aspect of enriching them. The challenges were more externalsuch as working with available studio space and optimizing interaction in view of the workcommitments of the Singapore artists.From left: Jeremy Sharma, Buen Calubayan and Emmanuel GaribayJeremy: Some adaptation was required. We had envisaged a more free-flowing programme anddid not anticipate such a large amount of interaction time where all artists were encouraged towork in the same space and participate in the site/gallery visits set out in the itinerary. For anartist, personal space is important and when we are all cramped together, things can get edgy.Ivan: I normally work overnight but studio time for the residency was in the day so sometimes Icould not paint because of tiredness and the heat, but we still pushed on due to the short time.Sometimes, paintings need to be viewed from afar to get a better feel but it was not alwayspossible because of the limited space.
What was the process like for this residency?
Mani: Ideally, it would be to experience Singapore and respond to various contexts. Realistically,though, three weeks is not sufficient for such an engagement and this was also not specifically