INSTINC seeks artists whose work is unique, demonstrates clear ideas and a fresh artistic approach, and is relevant to contemporary art today.


We will not be accepting applications for 2020. 


We are proud to be one of the pioneers of artist-in-residence program in Singapore. INSTINCAIR program was started in 2009 by Singaporean artist Shih Yun Yeo. Since inception, our program has been created for artists who appreciate the importance of a conducive studio for artistic production and a very comfortable, convenient space for living. We are an independent artist-run space, set up for artists to pursue their practice with a high level of support and flexibility.

INSTINCAIR program is an international laboratory for talented artists from all over the world. At INSTINC, we provide a unique framework for young artists with limited experience to bypass large-scale institutional residences and take on a space where they are able to engage in various experiments, foster dialogue, involve critical discussion, cultivate professional and personal connections and examine the potentials of contemporary artistic production.


INSTINC AIR is open to talented artists of all nationalities and career levels by providing a unique framework for young artists with limited experience to bypass large-scale institutional residences and take on a space where they are able to experiment, exchange ideas, engage in critical discussion, cultivate professional and personal development, and examine the potentials of contemporary artistic production.


Aside from internal support, INSTINC’s resident artists will be immersed in an innovative art scene that is Singapore. Recently named as on of the world’s top 12 cities to watch for contemporary art and globally recognised for its dynamic creative environment, Singapore is home to many top international art galleries and the Center for Contemporary Art (CCA) in Gillman Barracks, all of which feature diverse and ever-changing exhibitions from internationally acclaimed artists. Art Basel owner is launching a new contemporary art fair “ART SG” in NOV 2019 at Marina Bay Sands!

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Our mission is to nurture creative process by providing opportunities for artists to work with uninterrupted quality time, good working conditions and create artworks that are unconventional, with a fresh approach, challenging and relevant to contemporary art today. In addition, residents are encouraged to come prepared to work without a preconceived agenda. With a high-level support for artists, he/she has the independence to explore, interpret and personalize what INSTINC offers as an “art space”.

The following support is provided to all artists under INSTINCAIR:

Marketing & Publicity through INSTINC's monthly e-newsletter and Facebook

Be in the loop of exhibitions

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Design of exhibition poster


Opening Reception & Exhibition at the end of residency(Optional for artist-in-residence)


Access: 24/7 full access to both INSTINC Soho and INSTINC Studios. Both locations are open-concept so INSTINC personnel will have access during business hours (9am- 7pm) . INSTINC Soho is a shared space, with 4 private rooms and 1 shared bathroom. Artists who are not comforatble with this arrangement, pls do not apply. 


If artist choose to have an exhibition at the end,

Artist is in charge of set up and tear down of the exhibition as well as gallery-sitting. If additional installation help is needed, artist will need to engage art installer at artist's own costs. Also, artist is responsible for gallery-sitting on both days of the exhibition when it is open to pubic from 12-6pm.  

Why residencies?
Residencies are used to stimulate new ideas/projects and provides a space to work. Many professional artists find it necessary to do a residency to jump-start or continue the direction of their practice. It can be difficult to focus on your work without distractions in your own city. Thus, a residency gives an artist the time and space to experiment with new concepts or techniques and work uninterrupted by the daily tasks of life. In return artists are able to collect memories and amazing experiences.

Professional Networking
Artists are able to engage with diverse communities throughout their residency at INSTINCAIR. Therefore, professional and personal connections can be made and formed. Often, these connections can be valuable in the future and last for many years.

Since 2009, mnore than 70 artists from around the world have come to INSTINCAIR Program to experience making art in our multi-cultural society. We look forward to hosting you!


INSTINC has partnered with Flywire (as of 22 Aug 2018) to make international payments easier and cost effective for our customers. Flywire allows customers to pay from their home country, in their local currency, thereby eliminating costly banking fees and international credit card charges. Flywire also provides round-the-clock, multilingual customer support for payment processing via phone, live chat, and email. Please note that Flywire only supports international payments and not domestic transactions. 

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INSTINC AIR is a proud member of resartis- Worldwide Network of Artist Residencies since 2009.



INSTINC AIR is also listed in Trans Artist- Your Artist-in-residence guide.


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INSTINC AIR is a proud member of Microresidence Network- started by Youkobo Art Space in Toyko in 2005. 

2013 Youkobo Art Space (Tokyo) x INSTINC (Singapore) Exchange Program


INSTINC AIR has been supported by these organizations(in no particular order):

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