28 - 30 july 2021

Nanyang academy of fine arts

We seek knowledge and history;
but we also desire what is new and inspirational

Modern Southeast Asia inhabits a fractal domain. We toggle between the necessities of professions, the economic loads of trades and industries, and what we deem culture and art. Although many Southeast Asian countries are led by urban societies with the establishment of built-up cities and modern infrastructures, there are still large areas populated by small, rural communities.

The ‘schoolhouse’ remains a viable concept mentally and physically, as a model for artistic learning and production beyond hard and fast rubrics and infrastructural dependency. But for the maverick, the freedom to roam and associate is key. Even as we are prescribed convention, there is always the alternative that presents a return to a space before the one with all the rules.


Our first-ever hybrid Forum includes livestreamed presentations, performances, and dialogue to inspire a practice-led teaching and learning of Southeast Asian arts; facilitating an exchange of knowledge from the community to the classroom and vice versa.

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Mavericks in their own field and unconventional thinkers, from a diverse background of creative and academic disciplines. These practicing Southeast Asian artists and educators bring to the Forum what is current, what is urgent and what could be a future alternative following the current state of transitions.

ComplexCity : A Collaborative street art Project

By Anagard and Ali Minanto

Blurring boundaries: towards creation in the Digital Age

Ang Xue Ning

STORIES THAT MATTER: material culture and photography as a medium of accumulative storytelling

Antonius Cong

Made in Cirebon: Alternative Arts and Culture Education Model for Public School in Cooperation with Local Artists in Indonesia


Weaving the Ocean

Ari Bayuaji

Asia-Europe Foundation


Chen Sai Hua Kuan

Place and Memory – Artwork as Personal Monument

Chen Yanyi

Preservation of local culture

Cheng Yen Pheng

Adapting and reinventing asian classics for the stage

Chong Tse Chien - The Finger players

Visualisation Of Anxieties Through The Artworks Of Encountering Mass Man Series

Choy Chun Wei

A Creative Journey with Gamelan

De Silva Alicia Joyce

Coping Strategies in the COVID-19 Crisis: A post-quarantine reflection from an artistic and medical perspective

Filomar Tariao

To Be Here With You Even For A Little While

Fitri Ya'akob


Georgette Yu

Synthesising Asian movement forms with Western text in the creation of characters

Grace Leong


Kanakan Balintagos


Muhammad Norisham Bin Osman

Why, Sayang?

Jasmine Ng


Noor Iskandar

Making of something

Nyan Soe

The Representation of Art in the Digital Age

Ong Si Hui

Case Study of Phra Phrom Erawan in Bangkok

Dr Paphutsorn Koong Wongratanapitak

Why, Sayang?

Putri Erina Fitriyana


Rajinder Singh


Sculpture Society Singapore

Practices as individuals: alienation vs Globalisation - The Artist-maker and the Gallerist-curator

Sherman Ong

Practices as individuals: alienation vs Globalisation - The Artist-maker and the Gallerist-curator

Sophia Shung

The Use of Food as A Medium in Art – the Literal and Metaphorical Consumption of Art

Subashri Sankarasubramanian

Practices as individuals: alienation vs Globalisation - The Artist-maker and the Gallerist-curator

Suma Orientalis

Object as an Embodiment of Human Experience in Art Making

Wong Gin Ming


Yeo Chee Kiong

About Us

Established in April 2010, the Institute of Southeast Asian Arts (ISEAA) aims to develop the capabilities of Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) in a niche area of global art being practiced in the region. This endeavour is of benefit to the multidisciplinary nature of NAFA's contemporary arts training, which includes 3D Design, Design & Media, Fine Art, Arts Management, Fashion, Theatre, Dance, and Music.

As a research and resource development agency within NAFA, ISEAA leverages the inventory holdings of the Academy and develops Southeast Asian study resources to contextualise practice-based and practice-led learning for NAFA’s students and faculty. The manifestations of the programming are critically integrated into the curriculum and course modules to expand the academic investigations of conventional disciplines into the realm of Southeast Asian art.

ISEAA also builds a network of external partners to represent the spectrum of visual and performing arts in Singapore and the region. Activities include artist talks, masterclasses, workshops, artist-in-residence and interdisciplinary projects of participatory nature, which harness heritage and contemporary arts, leading to collaborative outcomes such as exhibitions, performances and publications.

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