NIE Visiting Artist Programme

The NIE Visiting Artist Programme is one of NIE’s signature programmes designed to develop the arts, and arts education in Singapore.

The programme was created with the intention to invite professional artists from the visual arts, music and drama, to be part of the NIE community. Every semester, NIE will host a local or international artist for four months. During their residency here, these industry professionals will teach undergraduate or postgraduate modules related to their areas of expertise, and conduct engaging workshops, masterclasses or projects. The programmes are open to all staff and students from NIE and NTU, as well as in-service teachers. The undergraduate elective modules taught by the visiting artist are open to all NIE and NTU students.

Heng_Leun_2 The Visiting Artist Programme will prove to be an exciting and enriching opportunity for the NIE and NTU community as staff and students will have the opportunity to interact, learn from, and collaborate with renowned industry experts in new works of art. The programme hopes to nurture new artistic talent and develop the potential of young artist educators, and art lovers.

For the January 2018 semester, NIE is proud to host Cultural Medallion winner for Visual Arts (2010) and renowned contemporary artist Amanda Heng. Amanda is one of Singapore’s pioneering performance artists whose works have explored real-world social issues in Singapore. Using a variety of artistic approaches, her works interrogate issues of gender identities, multiculturalism and social progress. She also founded the art collective known as The Artists Village (1998) and played a significant role in establishing the first artist-run women collective in Singapore, Women in the Arts (WITA) (1999). Some of her notable works include S/He (1994), Singirl (2000) and Let’s Walk (1999), which will see a reprise at the M1 Singapore Fringe Festival 2018. More recently, Amanda’s solo exhibition, We Are The World – These Are Our Stories (2017), at the Singapore Tyler Print Institute (STPI), saw a revolution in her artistic direction in which she forayed into intensive, studio-based work that told people’s stories through prints and QR codes. 


The module that Heng Amanda will teach in the January 2018 semester is:

  • AAA08G Research and Practice in Performance Art

The course will examine the traditions of performance art practices and their relation to conventional art forms, and includes a practical exploration of using the body, space, time and objects to create performance art.

This is an open elective, without pre-requisite, offered to all NIE and NTU undergraduate students.

To register for the module, please do so via the module registration portal.


Amanda will also be conducting a semester-long Project that will culminate in a performance exhibition at the end of the semester. The durational collaboration project will examine rituals and exchanges in everyday settings and involve weekly research and devise sessions. Weekly meetings with Amanda, of up to three hours each, will be held in NIE though at times these may involve on-site location visits. However, the weekly sessions remain flexible and will evolve as the project develops. Details will be advised after confirmation of participation.

There are only 10 spaces for this project so early registration is advised. Registration is free for all students but there will be a nominal fee of $150 for all other participants. Please note, however, that commitment to the project is necessary.

Please email the VPA office at for registration and payment (if applicable) details.

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