We are looking for a Project Assistant

We are looking for a Project Assistant

Take part in our socially engaged art project with elders on end-of-life issues

April 2023 – March 2024
$20/hour, up to 500 hours

In 2023, ArtsWok Collaborative’s flagship project Both Sides, Now will involve working with the Yishun community, supported by Yishun Health and led by artist Salty Xi Jie Ng. Using arts and asset-based community development approaches, this socially engaged art project sited at a Wellness Kampung will intimately engage a small group of elders on the subjects of death and dying, culminating in public sharing to honour the work. The project assistant will work directly with Salty Xi Jie Ng to help with logistics, production, session assistance, documentation, and any additional research. If you are an artist (or arts producer) who practises community-based art, excited to deepen your practice, and who enjoys working with seniors, then you might be who we are looking for (check the eligibility criteria below). Three mentoring/check-in sessions will be conducted at milestone points of the project with the aim of developing the project assistant’s capabilities and supporting them in their learning and practice.

Eligibility Criteria

The candidate should, at a minimum:

  • speak English and Mandarin with relative fluency–ability to speak Hokkien is a bonus
  • have taken part in at least 1-2 community-engaged arts projects
  • enjoy working with seniors
  • be available throughout the entire project period
  • be open to learning, and be adaptable and process-oriented

Project Timeline

Event When No. of hours (est.)
Phase I of Workshop Sessions 3 Apr – 23 Jun 2023 100
Integration Period I
(no Workshop Sessions during this period)
Phase II of Workshop Sessions 28 Aug – 17 Nov 2023 240
Integration Period II
(no Workshop Sessions during this period)
Phase III of Workshop Sessions 1 Jan –  28 Feb 2024 100
Public Sharing Early Mar 2024 30

Hours will be spread out; Phase II will be more intensive due to the production of creative projects. Some light work might need to be done during integration periods.

The project assistant would be required to be present at the Wellness Kampung about twice a week during Phase I, and more frequently during Phase II.

How to apply

If interested, email Durrah Qistina at durrah@artswok.org

Please include a:

  • cover letter
  • CV (1-2 pages)
  • portfolio (maximum 5 pages presenting 1- 4 projects)

Deadline: 27 Jan 2023. Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed.

About the Artist

Salty Xi Jie Ng (b. 1987) is an artist and educator whose diverse practice spans cultures and contexts with a commitment to relational possibilities. Through collaborative encounters, she co-creates semi-fictional paradigms for the real and imagined lives of humans within the poetics of the intimate vernacular. Her practice proposes a collective re-imagining through humour, care, subversion, play, discomfort, a celebration of the eccentric, and a commitment to the deeply personal. She is concerned with the profound possibilities of ageing, institutional critique, expanded spiritual expression, eroticism, the body as intimate site, as well as the intersections of identity, ritual and ancestry.

Salty has developed and managed durational projects and community partnerships in Singapore and the U.S. with seniors, prisoners, and street performers. She has an MFA in Art & Social Practice from Portland State University, was awarded the Arlene Schnitzer Visual Arts Prize (USA) as well as the National Arts Council’s postgraduate scholarship (Singapore), and was artist-in-residence at Singapore Art Museum, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (USA), Elsewhere Museum (USA), Kaman Art Foundation (India), Arteles Creative Centre (Finland), and Ban Kah Hiang, one of Singapore’s oldest religious goods merchants.

About ArtsWok Collaborative

The work of ArtsWok Collaborative focuses on arts connecting communities by harnessing the power of the arts to create dialogue, invite social participation and build bridges across difference. We work with multidisciplinary teams to design and implement innovative community based arts programmes such as Both Sides, Now, a public engagement project that invites conversations about end-of-life issues, as well as IPS Prism, a civic-engagement project which looked at governance in Singapore. In 2015, it launched the inaugural annual youth theatre festival M1 Peer Pleasure, a platform for creative and open exchanges on social issues with young people through drama and dialogue. It convenes The Greenhouse Sessions, a field-building initiative that catalyses learning through a community of practice as well as The Greenhouse Lab, an action-learning programme revolving around arts-based community development. It also conducts and shares research that builds legitimacy for the arts-based community development field. Our case studies and articles can be found on our website. 

We are a charity and Institution of Public Character (IPC) registered in Singapore, supported by the National Arts Council under the Major Company Scheme for the period of April 2021 to March 2024.