4 - 5 August 2022

Nanyang academy of fine arts


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

The Southeast Asian Arts Forum 2022 aims to explore practices which are imperishable in nature; to shed light on active choice-making participants whose work focuses on seeking possible futures and designing alternate ways of living. We seek creative practices which represent a continuous process of inquiry, and those which transform uncertainty into a catalyst for regeneration and empowerment.


Now in its third edition, our hybrid Forum includes livestreamed presentations, performances, and dialogue to inspire an exploration of Southeast Asian arts and its discourses; 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 Southeast Asian artists, educators and creative practitioners bring to the Forum what is current, what is urgent and what could be a future alternative following the current state of transitions.


Bridget Tracy Tan

Cultural heritage preservation: continuity and practice

Dr. Filomar Tariao

Cultural heritage preservation: continuity and practice

Georgette Yu

Cultural heritage preservation: Thinking about roots - Finding Bundusan

Jesse Joy


Kimberly Tham


Kristyn Caragay

Highlighting unique perspectives and finding creative solutions through the arts

Mekong Cultural Hub

Creative possibilities in balancing tradition and contemporary

Pia Angela Custodio

Creative possibilities in balancing tradition and contemporary

Sabril Amin

Highlighting unique perspectives and finding creative solutions through the arts

Sirasar Boonma

Engaging the community and collaboration: from optional to necessity

Sukontip Nakasem

Visual art as a powerful tool for environmental intervention

Uudam Tran Nguyen

Tracking down humanistic and holistic approaches in the arts

Wendy Teo

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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