Call for Artists

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Participate in Design (P!D) is inviting 4 artists to join Arts@MacPherson to create a series of art interventions which aims to create delight in everyday experiences through pops of unexpected art around the neighbourhood of MacPherson.

The Arts@MacPherson initiative will be exploring questions such as: 

1. What inspiration do artists take from neighbourhoods?

2. How can we creatively tackle neighbourhood issues through arts? 

3. How can residents be more involved in making their neighbourhoods better? 

4. What kind of conversations should we foster to bring joy & delight to the residents of MacPherson? 

By bringing in artists to work alongside the community to build art interventions in the public spaces of MacPherson, we hope to enhance the hidden gems of the neighbourhood for the residents. 


What inspiration do artists take from neighbourhoods?

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What can you expect?

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Artists will work in collaboration with Participate in Design on the arts interventions. Each artist will be paired up with a Community Partner in MacPherson to create an art intervention with them, and not just for them.

Artists will join the participatory arts clinics, arts workshops, arts trails, and co-creation days. The artists’ contributions to this project will run from August 2019 to March 2020.

Creating delight in everyday neighbourhood experiences through pops of unexpected art co-created by residents of MacPherson

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What are the programme highlights?

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Artist and Stakeholder Visioning Workshop

28 August 2019, 7pm-9pm

Community partners and artists come together to share their thoughts on art in the neighbourhood, the needs of the beneficiaries, and potential ideas for co-creation of the artwork.

Arts Clinics

17 September, 8 October & 19 November 2019 | 21 January 2020

Artists will gather together with the P!D team to discuss progress and critique each other’s work.

Practical Approaches on Participatory Arts Workshop

4 September 2019, 7pm-9pm* | 7 September 2019, 10am-6pm

An introductory workshop for artists on engaging and working with communities (e.g. seniors, families, & children etc) through the arts.

Key Learning Points:

• Practical skills when working with diverse communities

• Designing arts programmes that are relevant to the community

• Participatory techniques in field observations, neighbourhood mapping, and interviews through hands-on activities

• The application of participatory design skills

• Hands-on experience working with community stakeholders

More information and a sign-up form can be found here.

*4 September 2019, 7pm-9pm is an introductory meeting for artists to get to know each other and the project better.

Community Engagement

Saturdays from 9 November to 21 December 2019*

Work alongside community members to design 4 art installations in MacPherson which celebrates the stories of the residents and the unique qualities of the neighbourhood.

*Each artist to choose two dates out of the seven.


January to February 2020

Make the ideas come alive by co-creating the art installations with residents. Whether it’s painting, sculpting, or photo taking, the residents will be invited to take part in some way so that they can make the pieces their own!

Arts Trail

21 March 2020

Arts Trail @ MacPherson showcases the co-created artworks of Arts@MacPherson where the public is invited to be charmed and inspired by the neighbourhood stories from both artists and residents. Participants will also be invited to contribute to the artwork itself as they explore the hidden gems of the area.

Reflection Session

End March 2020

Community partners and artists will be invited to share their thoughts on their Arts@MacPherson experience through an interview with Participate in Design.

Thank You Gathering

25 March 2020

To celebrate the collaboration between all those involved in the initiative, we will end off the project with a thank you dinner as a time of gratitude and reflection.

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Feedback from Artists from Season 1

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Artist : MINTIO  |   Community Partner : Brighton Connection Student Care Centre

Artist: MINTIO | Community Partner: Brighton Connection Student Care Centre

Fare Connections

For me, the highlight of this project was actually the students seeing the artwork for the first time. They all came here and they were literally running and they were so happy!

Artist : Artsolute |  Community Partner : MacPherson Citizens’ Consultative Committees

Artist: Artsolute | Community Partner: MacPherson Citizens’ Consultative Committees

Happy Streets

Painting something permanent on the street built a strong sense of ownership within the MacPherson community, as it was painted on the street they walk on everyday.

Artist : Cheryl Teo |  Community Partner : Geylang East Home for the Aged

Artist: Cheryl Teo | Community Partner: Geylang East Home for the Aged

Reunion Dinner

Throughout the four engagement sessions, I could tell that their confidence was also growing as they were creating their artworks. It is nice to know that they are willing to learn something new and take up a new challenge.

Artist : Jaxton Su |  Community Partner : The Love-Aid Project

Artist: Jaxton Su | Community Partner: The Love-Aid Project

Woks of Life

The takeaway is of course, the process that I experienced with the seniors and getting to know about them. It’s quite fun and interesting to understand what the seniors are thinking about and their memories.

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How can you apply?


Artists who join Arts@MacPherson are required to have relevant community arts experience and be able to commit to the project on a part-time basis from August 2019 to March 2020.

If you are interested to be part of this community project, submit your CV and portfolio together with a short write up explaining your interest to community@participateindesign by 31 July 2019.

Successful applications will receive notification by 2 August 2019. We look forward to hearing from you!