The faculty will be supported by visiting lecturers and professors who will include well respected academics, art historians, cultural theorists, curators, and artists within Singapore, around the region, as well as internationally. Some of our past visiting lecturers and professors include:
Prof Chua Beng Huat
Professor with the Asian Research Institute and Department of Sociology, National University of Singapore. Prof Chua’s publications include Communitarian Ideology and Democracy in Singapore (1995) and he has also edited Consumption in Asia: Lifestyles and Identities (2000)
Kwok Kian Chow
Senior Advisor, The National Art Gallery of Singapore and founding director of the Singapore Art Museum.
Dr Patrick Flores
Professor of Art Studies at the Department of Art Studies at the University of the Philippines, Diliman, and Adjunct Curator at the National Art Gallery of the Philippines and Singapore. Among his publications is Painting History: Revisions in Philippine Colonial Art (1999) and Past Peripheral: Curation in Southeast Asia (2008).
CEO of Larasati Auctioneers, specialists in Southeast Asian Contemporary Art.
An independent writer and curator based in Jogjakarta who has written widely on Indonesian contemporary art.
Asso Prof Wee Wan-ling
Associate Professor of English in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Nanyang Technological University. Author of many publications such as Culture, Empire, and the Question of Being Modern (2003) and editor of Local Cultures and the ‘New Asia’ (2002)
Curator and writer. Yap was selected as the Curator of Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative in 2012. She curated the first exhibition in the initiative, No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia, which focuses on the artistic practices and cultural traditions of South and Southeast Asia.
Low Sze Wee
Director (Curatorial and Collections), National Art Gallery, Singapore at National Art Gallery, Singapore
Dr David Teh
Assistant Professor, Department of English Language and Literature, NUS. Teh’s work spans art history, literary, critical and cultural theory, with an emphasis on contemporary art, public art and new media art.
Dr Adele Tan
Adele Tan is currently Curator at the National Art Gallery Singapore. Her research focuses on contemporary art in Southeast Asia and China with a special interest in performative practices and new media.
Dr Charles Merewether
Charles Merewether is an art historian, writer and curator. He was collections curator at the Getty Centre in Los Angeles from 1994-2004. Between 2004 and 2006, he was artistic director and curator of the 2006 Biennale of Sydney. From 2010 to 2013, he was Director of the Institute of Contemporary Arts, Singapore. In 2014, he was appointed visiting professor at the Nanyang Technological Institute. His publications include: Beijing-Venice-London: Ai Weiwei: Under Construction (New South Wales, 2009), Art, Anti-Art,. Non-Art: Experimentations in the Public Sphere in Postwar Japan 1950-1970, ed. (Los Angeles, 2007) and The Archive, ed. (London/Mass., 2006)
Seng Yu Jin
Seng is a Senior Curator at The National Gallery, Singapore. He had previously taught at LASALLE College of the Arts in the MA Asian Art Histories and BA Fine Arts programmes. Seng’s research interests cover regional art histories focusing on Southeast Asian art in relation to studies on diaspora, migration, and cultural transfers. He is currently researching on artistic activities and its histories, focusing on the history of exhibitions and artist collectives in Southeast Asia. His curatorial research extends to exploring “relationality”, conceptualism, socially-engaged artistic practices, as well as unfinished, rejected and unrealised artworks as a productive field of enquiry. His curated exhibitions include From Words to Pictures: Art During the Emergency (2006) and he also co-curated The Artists Village: 20 Years On (2008), FX Harsono: Testimonies (2009) and Cheong Soo Pieng: Bridging Worlds (2009) and Sudjojono: Lives of Pictures (2014). Seng is currently a PhD candidate at the Asia Institute, University of Melbourne.
Isabel Ching graduated with a Masters of Arts with Merit (Art History & Theory) from the University of Sydney, Australia in 2001. Prior to this, she had obtained her Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) from the National University of Singapore in 1999 and was a practicing litigation lawyer from 2001 – early 2007. As the Assistant Director of the Osage group of galleries from 2007–8 based in the head office in Hong Kong, Ching was involved in planning, policy and management, and the programming of contemporary Asian art exhibitions. She is engaged in writing, research and curatorial projects on an independent basis since late 2008. Ching’s research interests cover Asian modernities and modalities of transfers, the formation/erosion of individual/collective identities in relation to the rise of the modern state and contemporary art processes in Asia with artistic strategies in authoritarian states. Her current projects include contemporary art in The Philippines and Myanmar.
T.K.Sabapathy is one of the most respected and regarded art historians in Southeast Asia. As an historian, curator, teacher, critic and advisor, Sabapathy has influenced artistic opinion and shaped knowledge of art over the past thirty-five years. He continues with advisory work with museums and other public and educational bodies nationally and internationally. His art historical methods, critical documentation and detailed explication of the works of key artists have defined Singapore and Malaysian art. In his publications, Sabapathy has examined practices of artists such as Ng Eng Teng, Thomas Yeo, Tan Teng Kee, Latiff Mohidin, Ibrahim Hussein, Redza Piyadasa , Syed Ahmad Jamal and Cheo Chai-Hiang. His extensive studies of contemporary and modern art in Southeast Asia have added visual intelligibility and intellectual depth to art discourses in and of the region. Sabapathy is currently an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Architecture, National University of Singapore and lectures on art history in several institutions.
Iola Lenzi is a critic, curator and lecturer of contemporary Southeast Asian art. Researching art and culture in Southeast Asia for nearly two decades, she takes a synthetic view of regional practice, her texts and institutional exhibitions comparing themes, expressive languages and approaches to media. Lenzi is particularly interested in the place of history and hybridity in Southeast Asian contemporary art, regional expressions analysed first from within Asian and Southeast Asian cultural and historical frameworks. Comparative Chinese/Western aesthetics is also a field of inquiry. She has curated numerous regional exhibitions examining Southeast Asia’s social, cultural, and political landscape of recent decades, a major art historical project Negotiating Home, History and Nation: Two Decades of Contemporary Art in Southeast Asia 1991-2011, at the Singapore Art Museum. Since 2011, Lenzi has been a part-time lecturer in the Asian Art Histories MA programme at LASALLE College of the Arts. She contributes to anthologies devoted to regional contemporary art, and is a regular participant in conferences on Asian art history. Lenzi is the author of Museums of Southeast Asia (Thames & Hudson 1995), and a founding member of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA) Singapore.