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.

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.

milen portrait

For the January 2019 semester, NIE is proud to host 2012 Cultural Medallion winner, Milenko Prvacki. Milenko began his artistic career in his native country, the former Yugoslavia, and had established himself in Europe before moving to Singapore in 1991. Since then, the prolific artist has deeply enriched the Singapore visual arts scene and has been widely consulted on various issues related to the arts in Singapore. Milenko is also one of Singapore’s foremost art educators and a cultural icon of LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore where he has become an inspiration for many young Singaporean artists. His largest work can be found in the mosaic decorations that line the Dhoby Ghaut MRT station. 

TEACHING (Mondays, 1230-1530 or 1230-1830)

The module that Milenko will teach in the January 2019 semester is:

AAA08G Special Topic in the Arts 1: Mosaic as an Expressive Media
The course will introduce the world of mosaic as a medium for art making and expression. Students will learn historical and cultural references to this traditional media and have a deeper awareness of mosaic artwork found in Singapore while developing knowledge in technical approaches to the manufacture of mosaics as well as co-creating a mosaic of students’ own design, engendered through dialogue and hands-on-experiences.

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

To register for the module, please do so via the NIE or NTU course registration portals.

Project work with BA Art Final Year Students
Milenko will co-supervise our graduating BA Visual Art students toward their final year exhibition scheduled for April 2018. This engagement will involve technical knowledge sharing and critique in support of students’ materialisation of their own creations.

Public Lecture
“Materialisation of Ideas in the Arts” will be presented on 18th March 2019, 1030-1130am at the NIE Art Gallery 1. The talk will showcase the artist’s own artistic development and feature approaches to creating art works through image, shape, installation and sculpture.­

This lecture is free and registration is open to all staff and students of NIE, NTU and members of the public. For registration and other details, please visit the VPA website,

Please email the VPA office at for registration details.