Friday, 29 June 2018

Job Vacancies | Curatorial, Outreach and Operations

The NUS Museum is hiring and will shortly publish advertisements for the following positions:

(A) Curator, Lee Kong Chian Collection

Applicants should have at least a degree in Art History, History, Cultural Studies, Arts Management or equivalent. Candidates must have excellent spoken and written English and Mandarin.

Please click on this link for further information and to apply.

(B) Assistant Manager, Outreach

Applicants should have at least a degree in the Humanities, Art History, Museum Studies, Arts Management or equivalent, with at least 1 year of relevant work experience (preferably within an arts institution). Candidates must have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, and be able to work on weekends, evenings and public holidays when required.

Please click on this link for further information and to apply.

(C) Museum Warden

Applicants should have at least full passes for their GCE N Levels or Higher, with least 1 year of relevant work experience, preferably within an arts institution. Candidates must be able to work on Saturdays and week-day evenings.

Please click on this link for further information and to apply.

Please email to Mr Gregory Chew ( for more details.

*This post will be updated in due course with the official advertisement weblinks.


Saturday, 23 June 2018

prep-room DRILLS | The Buaya Trail

prep-room DRILLS | The Buaya Trail
Date: 23 June 2018, Saturday
Time: 9.30am
Venue: NUS Museum



Fees: Tickets priced at $30 each, limited to 18 pax (with a mix of 10 pax to proceed)

Age: Suitable for ages 7 and above. Details of the programme will be sent after payment has been made. 

Advisory: This is a rain or shine programme. Participants will travel on a bus, with light walking expected.

The first recorded account of encounters with saltwater crocodiles in Singapore was when William Farquhar's dog was taken by one. Since then, their presence has revealed the public’s ambivalence towards these animals as game, predator and commodity. 384 records from news clippings and public sightings have been consolidated by Kate Pocklington in her map Historic distribution of saltwater crocodile population in Singapore, 1819-2017. Beyond this scientific predisposition of Pocklington as a restorer in the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum, the prep-room project Buaya: The Making of A Non-Myth unpacks other interstices of Singapore’s cultural life. The relationship to the crocodile is after all a mirror to the junctures in historic perceptions; once considered territorial protectors and reincarnations of warriors, crocodiles have become privy and even victims to environmental destruction, governmental incentives for their eradication, and a booming international skin trade.
prep-room: DRILLS | The Buaya Trail with Kate Pocklington and Ivan Kwan takes its route from this map of sightings. The guided bus tour locates sites of particular events of crocodile encounters and imagines the displacements of historic environments. It draws a relationship to Pocklington’s mapping of stones in the prep-room where it speculates on the folklore that crocodiles in our region swallow stones to remember the rivers. The Buaya Trail offers this prompt of remembering landscapes through the years and the motions of nature, and its crocodiles, as borderless and adaptive. The five-hour journey with Kate Pocklington visits these places starting from the South of Singapore and culminates in a biodiversity tour with Ivan Kwan in Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve.
Kate Pocklington is the Conservator at the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum of Singapore since 2012 where she has restored over 4,000 specimens in the collection. She studied Conservation and Restoration in the University of Lincoln and succeeding that was her five-year ground work as natural history conservator in the Oxford University Museum of Natural History. Kate heads the collaborative research project Buaya: The Making of a Non-Myth since 2016 in NUS Museum.
Ivan Kwan is an advocate for biodiversity and conservation. He is involved in numerous research and nature outreach activities in various environments, both in a professional and personal capacity. Having previously worked as a Research Assistant at the National University of Singapore, then as a Conservation Projects Manager at the National Parks Board, Ivan founded Nature Adventures SG to focus on nature education and outreach, with the aim of instilling a greater appreciation for Singapore’s wildlife and wild places.
Image Credit: Kate Pocklington

Saturday, 2 June 2018

Children's Workshop | Our Story Through Poetry!

Date: 2 June 2018 (Repeat Session)
Time: 2 - 5pm
Venue: NUS Museum
Age Group: 7 years - 12 years
Fee: $25/per parent-child pair. Limited to 15 pairs of parent and child per session. (Minimum of 7 pairs to proceed.)
How was Singapore like 50 years, 200 years or even 1000 years ago? This Children’s Season, let’s investigate and reimagine our past through poetry. Led by poet and performer Deborah Emmanuel, we will start the workshop with simple poetry approaches and ideas in the setting of NUS Museum’s Radio Malaya: Abridged Conversations About Art exhibition. Participants will then get a chance to write their very own poem and interpret them in their own unique ways through some crafts!
About the Poet
Deborah Emmanuel (b.1988) is a Singaporean poet, performer, and four-time TEDx speaker. She has featured at festivals including the Makassar International Writers Festival and the Queensland Poetry Festival. Her work has shown in places like New York City, Berlin, Kathmandu, London and Melbourne.
Deborah’s first collection, When I Giggle In My Sleep, was published by Red Wheelbarrow Books early 2015. Her foray into creative non-fiction, Rebel Rites, launched in 2016. When not making poems, Deborah makes music with Wobology, The Ditha Project, Mantravine and Kiat, performs on stage and screen and facilitates workshops. Her most recent work experiments with moving poetry into the physical body and the practice of intuitive illustration.
Children’s Season Singapore is jointly presented by National Heritage Board and Museum Roundtable.

Thursday, 31 May 2018

Prep-room DRILLS| Things That May Or May Not Happen

Prep-room DRILLS | Fyerool Darma, Kate Pocklington & Charles Lim in conversation with Siddharta Perez
31 May 2018, Thursday
Time: 7pm
Venue: NUS Museum
Sited within NUS Museum, the prep-room is envisioned as a curatorial stage where the artefactual, the archival and the exhibitionary converge to contribute towards and challenge the institution’s rigour and aspirations. “things that may or may not happen” inscribes the principle of the prep-room as a fluid, temporary and dialogic space.
This prep-room DRILLS session brings together current collaborators Fyerool Darma (After Ballads) and Kate Pocklington (Buaya: The Making of a Non-Myth) with Charles Lim, who worked on the first prep-room Raffles Light in 2011. Fyerool and Pocklington will discuss their particular methodologies and ambitions within the interstices of the prep-room as a fertile and activated site in a museum, while Lim will offer his reflections on routing a prep-room project into an exhibition, consequently positing it as a significant encounter in his growing body of works. Through these measures, the prep-room locates its contrary and propositional nature, constructing its direction according to the curatorial hope of each particular collaboration.
This session will also present the video interview series on Fyerool Darma and Kate Pocklington, produced by NUS Museum interns Sara Lau and Harith Redzuan.
prep-room DRILLS is a series of public presentations of ongoing research and studio works by invited practitioners and researchers. Invited to work around the open-ended framework of NUS Museum’s prep-room, the collaborators engage with the framework of the prep-room and its features to interpose objects within the permanent collection or research trajectories of NUS Museum. DRILLS introduces many explicit and tacit modes of working by the artists and researchers within the context of a University Museum.

Thursday, 3 May 2018

Opening | Crossings: A Solo Exhibition By Wei Leng Tay

Opening | Crossings: A Solo Exhibition By Wei Leng Tay
Date: 3 May 2018, Thursday
Time: 7pm
Venue: NUS Museum, Archaeology Library
The second iteration of Crossings by Wei Leng Tay presents the work The first chapter it starts with the horses(2017-2018). This work asks how the human voice, through repetitive utterances, can invoke an intimacy in items and objects subjected to the mechanisms of trade. In addition, working through the proposition of the voice as image, The first chapter it starts with the horses continues the exhibition’s interrogation of the image and voice as document to elaborate ideas of agency, relationships and nation implicit to moving between places of home. During the opening, recitations based on interviews conducted by Tay during her research process will take place, bridging the formal considerations of the first iteration with subsequent parts of the exhibition. Crossings is a four-part exhibition of photography, installation and video around Wei Leng Tay’s research from 2014-2018 that spans stories of lived and inherited migration of individuals from different generations and backgrounds in Pakistan, Hong Kong and Singapore.
The recitations will be performed in collaboration with Debbie Cai, Loo Zhi-En, Sohaib Nashit and Pey Chuan Tan.
About the artist
Wei Leng Tay is an artist working with mediums including photography, audio, and installation. Her process begins with conversations and interactions with people she meets, which inform the forms the projects take. Her practice draws links between how desires, personal relationships and histories are tied to family, society and the state.
Tay has exhibited at institutions like ARTER Space for Art, Istanbul, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, and the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, and participated in group exhibitions such as the Asian Art Biennale, Taiwan, and Daegu Photo Biennale, South Korea. Her works are in the permanent collections of the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, NUS Museum, Hong Kong Heritage Museum, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Art, and the Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts, Japan.
Image: Installation view of Wei Leng Tay's And this is the lady and her pond, 2018. Photo by Hoong Wei Long. Courtesy of NUS Museum.

Friday, 27 April 2018

Panel Discussion | Shadows After Dark | Uncovering Post-Colonial Southeast Asian Cinema

Date: 27 April 2018, Friday
Time: 7pm
Venue: NUS Museum, S T Lee Atrium
In this concluding panel discussion for the series Shadows After Dark: Uncovering Post-Colonial Southeast Asian Cinema series, Fang-Tze Hsu, Kathleen Ditzig & Siddharta Perez will join Dr Darlene Machell Espena in discussing the intersection between culture and history through their current research projects. Together they will unpack the complexity and politics of historical memory of the Cold War in Southeast Asia and the role of cultural forms and artists in the current digital and knowledge economy.
About the Speakers
Dr Darlene Machell Espena is a Research Fellow at Singapore’s National Institute of Education (NTU). She earned her PhD in Southeast Asian History (2017) and MSc. in Asian Studies (2012) from Nanyang Technological University. Her research includes cinema, culture and politics in Cold War/postcolonial Southeast Asia and political and cultural discourses on Singapore education and economy. She has held teaching positions at De La Salle University and the Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines.
Fang-Tze Hsu is an independent researcher and curator. She holds an MA in curatorial studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is a Ph.D. candidate in the Cultural Studies in Asia programme of the National University of Singapore. Her research interests include contemporary knowledge formation, aesthetics of decolonisation, and politics of Cold War memory.
Kathleen Ditzig is a curator, researcher, writer and Ph.D. candidate at the School of Art, Design and Media, Nanyang Technological University. She is interested in the relationship between art, globalism, and power. Her art historical research addresses the relationship of Cold War globalism and the emergence of Southeast Asia as a cultural region. Her writing has been published by Artforum and Flash Art among other art magazines, and by journals such as Southeast of Now (published by NUS Press) and Finance and Society.
Siddharta Perez is a Curator at NUS Museum, focused on developing exhibitions and programmes around the museum’s South & Southeast Asian Collection. She recently staged a moving image exhibition speculating on substitutions of scenography and histories in the Philippines and Vietnam during the American wars in the Pacific titled Double Vision (2016) that she enacted into another exhibition called Unsettled Assignments with Lyno Vuth for the Singapore International Festival of the Arts 2017. She co-curated the exhibitions Radio Malaya: Abridged Conversations about Art in 2017 as well as Crossings, a solo exhibition by Wei Leng Tay, and Rediscovering Forgotten Thai Masters of Photography: a project by Manit Sriwanichpoom in 2018.
About the series
Shadows After Dark: Uncovering Post-Colonial Southeast Asian Cinema, conceived with Dr Darlene Machell Espena, follows a chronological development of Cold War cinema in post-colonial Southeast Asia. Consisting of six parts, this series will attempt to uncover trajectories and examine the visual culture of the period. It is organised from the discussions around the exhibition Who Wants To Remember A War”: War Drawings and Posters from the Dato’ N. Parameswaran Collection.

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Anniversary Lecture | William Willets And The Practice of Asian Art History

Date: 25 April 2018, Wednesday
Time: 7pm
Venue: UCC Theatre
In 1963, William Willetts was appointed by the University of Singapore to succeed Dr Michael Sullivan as lecturer in the History of Art course and Curator of the Art Museum, the predecessor institution of the NUS Museum. He oversaw the division of the Art Museum’s collection following the 1962 separation of the University of Malaya between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. He pioneered scholarships into Southeast Asian architecture, textiles and ceramics, and was influential beyond the Art Museum as the founder of the Southeast Asian Ceramic Society. Following the discontinuation of the History of Art course and the closure of the Art Museum in 1972, he continued his teaching career at the University of Malaya (Kuala Lumpur).
As part of the NUS Museum Anniversary Lecture Series, Kwa Chong Guan will deliver a lecture on William Willetts, his contributions to scholarship, museum practice and the broader regard for cultures in Southeast Asia in Singapore, through which perspectives into the roles of the museum and the curator lodged within a university institution may be drawn, and prospected across periods and contexts.
Image: Willetts at Angkor, Cambodia, 1968. Courtesy of Southeast Asian Ceramic Society.
About the speakersKwa Chong Guan recently co-edited with Dawn Rooney a long lost guide to Angkor by William Willetts for the Southeast Asian Ceramic Society. He was the last Director of the National Museum, leading it through a strategic planning process to transform it into three museums under a National Heritage Board in 1994. He continues to advise NHB’s museums, and was consulted in the formation of the Singapore Discovery Centre, the Army Museum of Singapore, and the Malay Heritage Centre. He also reorganised the Oral History Department, and was the Chairman of the National Archives Advisory Committee. He is a Senior Fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies at the Nanyang Technological University, where he works on a range of regional security issues, Adjunct Associate Professor (Honorary) at the History Department at the National University of Singapore and an Associate Fellow of the Nalanda-Sriwijaya Centre at the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute.
Peter Schoppert began his career writing on the visual arts, and has written for newspapers, magazines and journals like Far Eastern Economic Review, The Straits Times, Art Asia Pacific, and Inter-Asian Cultural Studies. He has worked in book and internet publishing in Singapore since the 1980s, for Times Publishing, Editions Didier Millet and now NUS Press. He did a stint with McKinsey & Company, and is currently President of the Singapore Book Publishers Association. He recently served a three-year term as Chair of Singapore’s Public Art Appraisal Committee. He was on the Board of the Substation, Singapore's first independent arts centre, from 2006 to 2014. He was one of four editors for the recently released Writing the Modern: Selected Texts on Art & Art History in Singapore, Malaysia & Southeast Asia, by T.K. Sabapathy.

Friday, 20 April 2018

Film Screening | The Poet (Puisi Tak Terkuburkan)

Date: 20 April 2018, Friday
Time: 7pm
Venue: Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium, UTown

Shot entirely inside two prison cells, Garin Nugroho’s film The Poet (Puisi Tak Terkuburkan) shows how the communist purge also affected the lives of their families—their parents, their children, and their spouses. Concentrating on Ibrahim Kadir who played himself, a didong (a traditional Acehnese performance incorporating dance, singing and poetry) practitioner from Takengon in Sumatra - he is accused of being a member of the PKI (Communist Party of Indonesia) and jailed for almost a month without being informed of the charges against him. In a series of captivating scenes, Kadir leads a didong group and speaks of how he himself is unsure about his own future, having witnessed the grief of those who were mere hours away from death. The film won the FIPRESCI Prize and the Silver Screen Award for Best Asian Actor at the Singapore International Film Festival in 2001.
About the series
Shadows After Dark: Uncovering Post-Colonial Southeast Asian Cinema, conceived with Dr Darlene Machell Espena, follows a chronological development of Cold War cinema in post-colonial Southeast Asia. Consisting of six parts, this series will attempt to uncover trajectories and examine the visual culture of the period. It is organised from the discussions around the exhibition Who Wants To Remember A War”: War Drawings and Posters from the Dato’ N. Parameswaran Collection.
Image : Film still from ‘The Poet (Puisi Tak Terkuburkan)’ (2000). Copyright of Garin Nugroho.

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Tour | Conservation Works at NUS Baba House

Tour | Conservation Works at NUS Baba House
12 April 2018, Thursday
Time: 5.30pm
Venue: NUS Baba House
Fees: - Entry is free for all Singaporean Citizens and Permanent Residents, all students holding a valid student pass, NUS staff and alumni and ICOM and Museum Roundtable members.
- To enjoy free entry, please key in "CONC" under discount code when purchasing your ticket.
- You may need to present a valid proof of identity such as an identity card, Driving License, NUS Staff Card, Student Card or an ICOM or Museum Roundtable Card to enjoy free entry.
- A $10 fee (incl GST) is applicable for all other visitors. GST Registration No: 200604346E
An architectural heritage monument in the historic Blair Plain Conservation Area, the NUS Baba House has undergone various conservation studies since its acquisition by the university in 2006. Projects include the technical analysis of architectural paint and conservation of the various murals and relief panels. Recent research has focused on the technology and use of lime as a binding material for the walls of the Baba House.
As part of this special conservation-focused tour, see the Baba House in a new light as we take you into the midst of the wall plastering works currently taking place at the front hall this April. The tour will showcase the progress of the current works and discuss the research and prior experiments in the use of the lime material. The tour will also introduce the bas-reliefs in the air-well that are subject to weathering elements and the challenges they present to conservation efforts.
Tour leadersDr Nikhil Joshi is a Postdoctoral Fellow with NUS Department of Architecture. He has research and practical experience in historic building conservation and community development. Dr Joshi has provided consultancy to organizations in Australia, Malaysia, and India. Prior to joining NUS, he worked and taught in India, UK and Malaysia. In 2007, Dr Joshi became the only Indian to date to be awarded the prestigious Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings Lethaby Scholarship.
Foo Su Ling is a curator at the National University of Singapore Museum. Her research interests are in Southeast Asian arts and the social and cultural history of the region. Her curatorial projects include From the Ashes: Reviving Myanmar Celadon Ceramics (2017); Preserve/Conserve/Restore: Studies at 157 Neil Road (2015) and Archaeology Library (2015). She is a co-writer of the book NUS Baba House: Architecture and Artefacts of a Straits Chinese Home (2016).
Limited to 16 pax and suitable for adults and children aged 12 and above, advanced booking is required.

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Workshop | The Technology And Use Of Lime In Buildings

Workshop | The Technology and Use of Lime in Buildings
10 - 13 April 2018. Tuesday - Friday

Venue: NUS Baba House 
The course has been designed with the objective to introduce the key aspects of lime, and specifying and using it in practical repair and conservation work on historic buildings. This is a hands-on programme where participants have the opportunity to work on conserving the walls at NUS Baba House, a late 19th century townhouse. The following practical sessions will be held - Lime slaking, Lime mortars, Scratch coat, Float coat, Fine lime skim plaster & Lime wash.
For each session, there is a demonstration after which participants are encouraged to have a go at the work with guidance at hand. All necessary tools, materials, and protective equipment will be provided but participants must use their own outdoor clothing and appropriate footwear. Learning will take place in a relaxed environment with ample opportunity for discussion.
The programme is conducted by Dr Nikhil Joshi who is a Postdoctoral Fellow with NUS Department of Architecture. Dr Joshi has research and practical experience in historic buildings conservation and community development. He has provided consultancy to organizations in Australia, Malaysia, and India. Prior to joining NUS, Dr Joshi worked and taught in India, UK and Malaysia. In 2007, he became the only Indian to date to be awarded the prestigious Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings Lethaby Scholarship.
Participants who complete the course will receive a certificate of attendance. Participants qualify for five Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points awarded by Board of Architects/Singapore Institute of Architects. Do note that architects must attend all days in order to qualify for the CPD points.
Who should attend 
Architects, surveyors, planners, conservators, home owners, and craftsperson in various fields, who wish to advance their skills and professional training. 
Participants are strongly advised to apply at least 1 month in advance.
NUS Baba House
NUS Department of Architecture, School of Design & Environment
Urban Redevelopment Authority
Held in conjunction with Singapore Heritage Festival