FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

For FAQ about Curatorial Project Showcase, scroll down. For questions not answered here, please contact the Festival Office at info@sipf.sg.

OPEN CALL SHOWCASE

  1. Do I have to be a qualified photographer to participate?
    Answer: No, you do not have to be qualified in order to participate. SIPF is open to all emerging and established photographers worldwide.
  1. Are non-Singaporeans allowed to participate?
    Answer: Yes. Participation is open to both Singaporeans and non-Singaporeans from all over the world.
  1. Can I submit an application as an art collective?
    Answer: Art collectives are welcomed to apply to the Curatorial Project Showcase.
  1. Is there a specific theme for the submission?
    Answer: The Open Call is non-thematic.
  1. What is the minimum and maximum number of images that I can submit?
    Answer: Each body of works must include a minimum of 7 images, and a maximum 20 images.
  1. How many bodies/series of works can I submit?
    Answer: Participants can submit up to 4 bodies/series of works.
  1. What constitutes a body of work?
    Answer: A body of work consists of more than one image. It should embody and convey a consistent message, idea, theme and/or topic.
  1. Will I still retain the copyright of my images?
    Answer: Yes. All artists will retain their rights to their works. However, if a project is selected, the artist is required to transfer his/her rights to SIPF temporarily for free reproduction and exhibition of the submitted images in all media, printed marketing material, publication and online, but only in connection with SIPF and its promotion.
  1. Am I allowed to submit digitally-manipulated images?
    Answer: Yes.
  1. Can I submit the same images for the Open Call Showcase and SIPF’s Portfolio Review?
    Answer: Yes.
  1. Other than still images, will other forms of submission of media be accepted?
    Answer: Due to budgetary concerns, SIPF would prefer print-based works that can be digitally printed. Hence, we are unable to showcase original/handmade prints.
  1. Can I submit works that were previously published by other exhibition/competitions?
    Answer: Yes, but submitted works must not be exhibited in Singapore 6 months prior to the festival showcase in October 2016.
  1. Can I submit my images via mail?
    Answer: No. Submission of images has to be done online. To submit your works online, go to http://register.sipf.sg/.
  1. Who will be selecting the works?
    Answer: Curators who are arts professionals will do the selection. The curators for SIPF 2016 are Kazuko Sekiji, Seok Jae-Hyun, and Ingo Taubhorn.
  1. What is an artist statement?      
    Answer: An artist statement is a written description of your body of works. The write up should convey a consistent message, idea, theme and/or topic of your series.
  1. Can I submit my works without an artist statement?
    Answer: No. An artist statement is important for the curators to understand the submitted works. The artist statement will also be used in the festival website, exhibition and catalogue if your works are selected. Hence, it is strongly advised that participants submit a cohesive and concise artist statement or risk being disqualified.
  1. Why is there a participation fee and how will it be utilised?
    Answer: The participation fee will cover administrative costs to process the Open Call submissions, and as well as the essential costs of the festival exhibition.
  1. What are the modes of payment available?
    Answer: Payment is made via Paypal at the end of your application process. PayPal accepts major credit cards, debit card and bank transfer.
  1. Is there a subsidised registration fee for students / non-working participants?
    Answer: There is no special rate for students/ non-working participants. All participants are required to pay the registration fee of USD$30.
  1. Can I register and pay on behalf of another photographer?
    Answer: To prevent unnecessary misunderstanding, photographers are advised to register under their own name for submission of works.
  1. When will the results of selected photographers be announced?
    Answer: The results will be announced in May 2016 via email notification. It will also be publicised on SIPF’s website in June 2016.
  1. If I am not based in Singapore, do I have to be physically present during the festival?
    Answer: You need not be physically present during the festival.
  1. Upon selection, do I have to print my own works?
    Answer: No. AVS Pte Ltd, the Official Print Partner of SIPF 2016, will print the works of selected photographers for the festival exhibition.
  1. How will my works be presented?
    Answer: All selected works will be printed digitally by the festival’s sponsor based on the specifications given by the artists. The final presentation of the works will be up to the discretion of SIPF’s curators. You may state your preference for consideration. SIPF will not be framing the works for the festival exhibition.
  1. Am I allowed to make changes after confirming my submission?
    Answer: No changes are allowed after payment has been made. Entrants are advised to check their submission thoroughly before proceeding to payment.
  1. Can I still submit additional works after the deadline?
    Answer: The official deadline is 29 February 2016 (Singapore Time 23:59hr, UTC/GMT +8 hours). A penalty fee of USD$50 applies if participants choose to submit works after 29 February 2016. Late submissions are accepted from 1 March 2016 to 12 March 2016 (Singapore Time 23:59hr, UTC/GMT +8 hour).
  1. Is there a refund if my works are not selected / if I decide to withdraw my submission from SIPF?
    Answer: No refund is allowed once payment has been made.
  1. Is there a travel grant?
    Answer: Only selected Southeast Asian nationals for the festival exhibition may apply for a travel grant with a reimbursement of up to SGD$400 each. As grants are limited, photographers are encouraged to apply for support from their home arts agencies and foundations.
  1. What if my country does not accept PayPal?
    Answer: We understand that PayPal is unavailable in selected countries. (https://www.paypal.com/webapps/mpp/country-worldwide ). For countries that do not accept PayPal, please contact the festival office at info@sipf.sg for an alternate mode of payment before the official deadline.
  1. What are the expenses covered by the festival?
    Answer: The festival covers all expenses accompanying the exhibition structures, the necessary logistic costs, and where necessary, temporary matting for the festival exhibition. SIPF will also produce festival catalogues as promotional material for exhibiting photographers. SIPF does not cover expenses such as hire fees, or travel costs of the photographer, unless specified otherwise in a separate written agreement.
  1. Can I keep my printed works at the end of the festival?
    Answer: Yes. Respective artists may collect their works upon the completion of festival. Cost of packing, shipping, and insurance will be covered by the artist.

 

CURATORIAL PROJECT SHOWCASE

  1. What is the expected curatorial experience to participate?
    Answer: The Curatorial Project Showcase welcomes all young and established curators. This showcase seeks to provide a platform for fresh ideas that can encourage new dialogue among curators, artists, and visitors.
  1. Are non-Singaporeans allowed to participate?
    Answer: Yes. Participation is open to both Singaporeans and non-Singaporeans from all over the world.
  1. I am an artist , can I still apply?
    Answer:  No. The Curatorial Project open call is only eligible to curators.
  1. Can I submit an application as a collaboration or curatorial team?
    Answer: Yes. The application will be completed under one name. In the proposal, state the nature of the collaboration, and include the CVs for all collaborating curators.
  1. Is there a specific theme for the submission?
    Answer: The Open Call is non-thematic.
  1. How many proposals can I submit?
    Answer: Participants can submit two proposals only. 
  1. Is there a minimum and maximum number of artists I have to include in my proposed exhibition?
    Answer: Yes. The proposal must include a minimum of 2 artists and maximum of 8 artists. Do take into consideration the budget required for artist fees, production costs, etc. which has to be included in the Budget Worksheet form.
  1. Do I have to submit the works by each artist in my proposal?
    Answer: Yes. Include 3 to 5 representative of each artist in your proposal.
  1. Do the artists in my proposed exhibition have to confirm their participation in the Curatorial Project Showcase?
    Answer: Prior to the submission, curators must contact potential artists for their inclusion in the proposal to assure interest and availability. It is encouraged that curators to submit their most realistic list of artists.
  1. Can I submit artists’ works that were previously published by other exhibition/competitions?
    Answer: Yes, but submitted works must not be exhibited in Singapore 6 months prior to the festival showcase in October 2016. The festival gives priority to proposed exhibitions that have not been executed before.
  1. Other than still images, will other forms of art medium be accepted?
    Answer: No. Only still images are accepted.  
  1. How will the curatorial proposals be evaluated?
    Answer: The proposals will be evaluated on the singularity of concept, and execution of proposed concept/theme, and the feasibility of production costs. Proposals that are incomplete or duplicated will be disqualified.
  1. Who will be selecting the works?
    Answer: The jury for SIPF 2016's Curatorial Project Showcase are Gwen Lee, Melanie Pocock, and Robert Zhao Renhui.
  • What is a curatorial statement?
    Answer: A curatorial statement is a written description explaining your approach to curating and the concept of the exhibition.
  1. When will the selected exhibition be on view?
    Answer: The selected proposal will be executed under SIPF 2016’s Curatorial Project Showcase from 6 October to 13 November 2016 in Singapore.
  1. Can I submit my proposal via mail?
    Answer: No. Submission of proposal has to be done online. To submit the proposal online, go to http://register.sipf.sg/.
  1. What are the modes of payment available?
    Answer: Payment is made via Paypal at the end of your application process. PayPal accepts major credit cards, debit card and bank transfer.
  1. Why is there a participation fee and how will it be utilised?
    Answer: The participation fee will cover administrative costs to process the Open Call submissions, and as well as the essential costs of the festival exhibition.
  1. Am I allowed to make changes after confirming my submission?
    Answer: No changes are allowed after payment has been made. Entrants are advised to check their submission thoroughly before proceeding to payment.
  1. When will the results of selected project be announced?
    Answer: The results will be announced in April 2016 via email notification. It will also be publicised on SIPF’s website in May 2016.
  1. Will the festival be producing any exhibition collateral for the Curatorial Project Showcase?
    Answer: Under SIPF 2016, The Curatorial Project Showcase will be included in the festival collateral such as the festival brochure, catalogue, and website. For additional collaterals to be produced for the Curatorial Project Showcase, participants will have to include the production costs in the Budget Worksheet form which will be taken into consideration during the selection and execution process.
  1. Will I be given a curatorial allowance to execute the exhibition?
    Answer: The selected curator will be given up to USD$2,000 to cover cost of transport and accommodation at the festival.
  1. What are the expenses covered by the festival?
    Answer: The festival covers all expenses accompanying the exhibition structures, the necessary logistic costs, and where necessary, temporary matting for the festival exhibition. SIPF will also produce festival catalogues as promotional material for exhibiting photographers. SIPF does not cover expenses such as hire fees, or travel costs of the photographer, unless specified otherwise in a separate written agreement.
  1. Will you be covering the costs of freight for the artworks?
    Answer: Freight and shipping costs has to be included in the Budget Worksheet form which will be taken into consideration during the selection and execution process.
  1. Will my artists in my proposed exhibition be given a travel grant?
    Answer: No. The festival will not provide any travel grant for participating artists in the Curatorial Project Showcase. However, Southeast Asian nationals may apply for a travel grant with a reimbursement of up to SGD$400. As grants are limited, all festival participants are encouraged to apply for support from their home arts agencies and foundations.
  1. Is there a refund if my works are not selected / if I decide to withdraw my submission from SIPF?
    Answer: No refund is allowed once payment has been made.
  1. What if my country does not accept PayPal?
    Answer: We understand that PayPal is unavailable in selected countries. (https://www.paypal.com/webapps/mpp/country-worldwide). For countries that do not accept PayPal, please contact the festival office at info@sipf.sg for an alternate mode of payment before the official deadline.

 

For questions not answered here, please contact the Festival Office at info@sipf.sg.