FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

For FAQ about Curatorial Project or Photobooks 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.
  2. Are non-Singaporeans allowed to participate?
    Answer: Yes. Participation is open to both Singaporeans and non-Singaporeans from all over the world.
  3. Can I submit an application as an art collective?
    Answer: Art collectives are welcomed to apply under Open Call Showcase for Curatorial Project.
  4. Is there a specific theme for the submission?
    Answer: The Open Call is non-thematic.
  5. 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.
  6. How many bodies/series of works can I submit?
    Answer: Each submission permits only 1 body of work. There is no limit to the number of submissions per participant.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Am I allowed to submit digitally-manipulated images?
    Answer: Yes.
  10. Can I submit the same images for the Open Call Showcase and SIPF’s Portfolio Review?
    Answer: Yes.
  11. Other than still images, will other forms of submission of media be accepted?
    Answer: Yes.
  12. 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 September 2018.
  13. Can I submit my images via mail?
    Answer: No. Submission of images has to be done online. To submit your works online, visit http://register.sipf.sg/.
  14. Who will be selecting the works?
    Answer: Information on our panel jury will be updated shortly.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. Why is there a participation fee and how will it be utilize?
    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.
  18. 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.
  19. Is there a subsidize 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.
  20. 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.
  21. When will the results of selected photographers be announced?
    Answer: The results will be announced in May 2018 via email notification. It will also be publicize on SIPF’s website in June 2018.
  22. 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.
  23. Upon selection, do I have to print my own works?
    Answer: No. We have an Official Print Partner of SIPF 2018, to print the works of selected photographers for the festival exhibition.

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

 


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.
  2. Are non-Singaporeans allowed to participate?
    Answer: Yes. Participation is open to both Singaporeans and non-Singaporeans from all over the world.
  3. I am an artist , can I still apply?
    Answer: No. The Open Call Showcase for Curatorial Projects is only eligible to curators.
  4. 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.
  5. Is there a specific theme for the submission?
    Answer: The Open Call is non-thematic.
  6. How many proposals can I submit?
    Answer: Each submission permits only 1 proposal. Participants can submit up to 2 proposals.
  7. 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.
  8. Do I have to submit the works by each artist in my proposal?
    Answer: Yes. Please include 3 to 5 representations from each artist in your proposal.
  9. 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 submit their most realistic list of artists.
  10. 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 2018. The festival gives priority to proposed exhibitions that have not been executed before.
  11. Other than still images, will other forms of submission of media be accepted?
    Answer: Yes.
  12. 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.
  13. Who will be selecting the works?
    Answer: Information on our panel jury will be updated shortly.
  14. What is a curatorial statement?
    Answer: A curatorial statement is a written description explaining your approach to curating and the concept of the exhibition.
  15. When will the selected exhibition be on view?
    Answer: The selected proposal will be executed under SIPF 2018’s Curatorial Project Showcase from 6 September 2018 to 7 October 2018 in Singapore.
  16. Can I submit my proposal via mail?
    ​Answer: No. Submission of proposal has to be done online. To submit the proposal online, visit http://register.sipf.sg/.
  17. 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.
  18. Why is there a participation fee and how will it be utilize?
    ​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.
  19. Am I allowed to make changes after confirming my submission?
    ​Answer: No changes are allowed after payment has been made. Participants are advised to check their submission thoroughly before proceeding to payment.
  20. Can I still submit works after the deadline?
    ​Answer: The official deadline is 31 March 2018 (Singapore Time 23:59hr, UTC/GMT +8 hours). A penalty fee of USD$50 applies if participants choose to submit works after 31 March 2018. Late submissions are accepted from 1 April 2018 to 12 April 2018 (Singapore Time 23:59hr, UTC/GMT +8 hour).
  21. When will the results of selected photographers be announced?
    Answer: The results will be announced in May 2018 via email notification. It will also be publicize on SIPF’s website in June 2018.
  22. Will the festival be producing any exhibition collateral for the Curatorial Project Showcase?
    Answer: Under SIPF 2018, The Curatorial Project Showcase will be included in the festival collateral such as the festival guide/brochure, DECK Journal of Photography and SIPF website. For additional collateral 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.
  23. Will I be given a curatorial allowance to execute the exhibition?
    Answer: The selected curator will be given up to USD$1,000 to cover cost of transport and accommodation at the festival.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
  26. 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.
  27. 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


 PHOTOBOOKS

  1. Who can participate in the Open Call for Photobooks Showcase?
    Answer: The Photobook Open Call Showcase is open to all photographers and/or publishers.
  2. Are self-published or handmade books allowed?
    Answer: Yes, self-published and/or handmade books are accepted.
  3. How many photobooks can I submit?
    Answer: Each submission permits only 1 photobook. There is no limit to the number of submissions per participant.
  4. Do I have to submit a copy of my book to the Festival Office?
    Answer: Yes. The physical copy of your book must arrive at the SIPF Festival Office by 31 March 2018, all late entries or submissions without a physical book will be disqualified.
  5. Who will be selecting the photobooks?
    Answer: Information on our panel jury will be updated shortly.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Why is there a participation fee and how will it be utilize?
    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.
  9. When will the results of selected photobooks be announced?
    Answer: The results will be announced in May 2018 via email notification. It will also be publicize on SIPF’s website in June 2018.
  10. Is there a refund if my books are not selected / if I decide to withdraw my submission from SIPF?
    Answer: No refund is allowed once payment has been made.
  11. 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 brochures/guides 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.
  12. Am I allowed to make changes after confirming my submission?
    Answer: No changes are allowed after payment has been made. Participants are advised to check their submission thoroughly before proceeding to payment.
  13. Can I still submit works after the deadline?
    Answer: The official deadline is 31 March 2018 (Singapore Time 23:59hr, UTC/GMT +8 hours). A penalty fee of USD$50 applies if participants choose to submit works after 31 March 2018. Late submissions are accepted from 1 April 2018 to 12 April 2018 (Singapore Time 23:59hr, UTC/GMT +8 hour).
  14. Do I have to pay for postage to send the physical copy of my photobook to the Festival Office?
    Yes. The cost of postage to Festival office will be fully borne by participants.
  15. What is the address of the Festival Office?
    Print the completed form and mail it along with the physical book to the Festival Office at:
    Attn: SIPF Photobooks Open Call
    DECK – 120A Prinsep Street
    Singapore 187937
  16. What happens to the physical copy of my photobook?
    The submitted Photobooks will be archived as part of DECK’s library as a resource of research for the public at the end of the festival. at DECK. If you would like your book to be returned to you, you will be required to cover the full postage return.
  17. What happens if my books are not delivered on time?
    Your submission will be disqualified. All books must be received by SIPF Festival Office before 31 March 2018. There will be no refunds if books are not delivered on time.

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