Call For Applications: IPA x SHS Photo Mentorship Grant

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Call For Applications: IPA x Singapore Heritage Society Photo Mentorship Grant


IPA x Singapore Heritage Society Photo Mentorship Grant


Following our successful Workshop Grant with the Singapore Heritage Society last year, Invisible Photographer Asia (IPA) and Singapore Heritage Society are partnering again to offer a second grant to participate in the 12th Edition of the IPA Mentorship Program commencing in August 2016.

The IPA Mentorship Program is an intensive 3-month program by Invisible Photographer Asia (IPA) for those who wish to further their personal photographic vision and goals. The aim is for mentees to conceive, continue or finish a photo project or series as a method to strengthen their photography and understand the concerns of their individual practice.

The IPA X SHS Photo Mentorship Grant recipient will be encouraged to investigate and interpret history (local or national, private or public), topography, community and locality to author creative site-responsive projects using photography as a medium.

Participants may choose to work on a place or neighbourhood in Singapore of personal significance, or a site of national heritage or historical interest. Research material, be they family or public archives, text, drawings and photographs, serve as raw ingredients to meditate and author the individual responses.

Our previous grant was awarded to filmmaker Clarice Lee and her final project The Island of Everlasting Utility was presented by Singapore Heritage Society at the Ubin Day 2016 community event in Pulau Ubin.

Grant Recipient Clarice Lee's " The Island of Everlasting Utility: A Pulau Ubin photo project"

Previous Grant Recipient Clarice Lee’s “The Island of Everlasting Utility: A Pulau Ubin photo project” made during the IPA Mentorship and presented by Singapore Heritage Society at Ubin Day 2016 .

The grant recipient will be mentored by Kevin WY Lee, founder of Invisible Photographer Asia. More information about the IPA Mentorship Program:

About the IPA x SHS Photo Mentorship Grant:

This Grant offers free participation in the  IPA Mentorship Program with fees waived.

While the application is to open all members and friends of the Singapore Heritage Society, the selected recipient must become a subscribing member of the Singapore Heritage Society before commencing the mentorship. Details about joining the Singapore Heritage Society:

To apply for this Grant, please follow the instructions below:

Send an email to [email protected] with the subject header: “APPLICATION – IPA x Singapore Heritage Society Photo Mentorship Grant

And include the following information:

  • Name:
  • Nationality/Country of Residence:
  • Age/Sex:
  • Biography:
  • Provide a brief outline proposal of the site you would like to work on during the workshop.

The sites must be located in Singapore and priority will be given to strong proposals on any of the following:

  • the social life and intangible practices around heritage places
  • sites or neighbourhoods threatened by significant change
  • sites or neighbourhoods with a long history (pre-1900)


Applications will be shortlisted by Singapore Heritage Society. The winning applicant will be selected by Invisible Photographer Asia and contacted with further participation details.


Founded in 1987, the Singapore Heritage Society is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation and registered charity with Institution of Public Character (IPC) status. As independent voice on heritage issues in Singapore, it is dedicated to research, education and advocacy relating to Singapore’s history, culture and and identity. Run by volunteers, the Society’s active members include academics and professionals in related industries as well as serious enthusiasts from all walks of life.

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