1 February —
28 February 2017

What if The Substation didn’t have programmers or an Artistic Director? 

To find out, we're going to let a co-operative decide all the programming in February. 

Through a process of knowledge building, the co-operative will arrive at their own terms of engagement with regards to how they make decisions, resolve conflicts, and collectively work towards programming a month of activities.


Open Call Results

13 Co-op participants have been selected from a pool of 42 applications. They are:

Shaiful Risan
Sharmini Aphrodite
Stevphen Shukaitis
Tan Liting
Vicnan Pannirselvam
Wu Jun Han
Daryl Yam Qilin

Annusia Balan
Jerrold Chong
Faiz Bin Zohri
Danielle Hong
Anna Kishore
Karen Lam Xueling


The participants selected have between themselves a wide range of backgrounds spanning the arts, architecture, non-profit work, accountancy, user experience design, amongst others.

Click here to read our Guest Producer's account of the selection process.



Open Call

The Open Call CLOSED on 11 September 2016

The Substation is seeking committed individuals from arts and non-arts backgrounds alike who are interested in being a part of The Co-op, an experimental programme that explores what a co-operative model of arts programming might entail.


About The Co-op

Through this open call, 10-12 participants will be selected to form a core co-operative group together with The Substation’s present Programme Managers*. 

This co-operative group will determine their own terms of engagement as to how they will work together, make decisions, resolve conflicts, and collectively work to develop and implement a programme at The Substation in February 2017.


Period of commitment: September 2016 - February 2017

From September 2016 to December 2016 participants of The Co-op should be able to commit to meeting once a week on average. These meetings may take the form of reading sessions, lectures, discussions, excursions, as part of of a process of knowledge-building and determining the terms of engagement as a group.

From December 2016 to February 2017, participants of The Co-op will need to be able to meet and work together as and when would be necessary to implement their intended programme at The Substation in February.


The Co-op will be given a budget to work with to cover production costs, including that of the labour and time of participants. Members of The Co-op will work together to determine the allocation of this budget, with the assistance of a Guest Producer.

For more information about the programme, see

For any clarifications or enquiries,
please contact theco-op@substation.org

How to apply

Email the following to: theco-op@substation.org
1. An application form (Downloadable here) 
2. CV
The deadline for submissions is Sunday, 11 September 2016.

Confirmation of Participants

Confirmed participants will be informed by 23 September 2016.

We will be selecting participants based on their ability to commit to this project as well as the nature of their interest in being a part of The Co-op. We are keen on having a diverse mix of participants and this will also inform the selection process. 


* As co-participants of The Co-op, The Substation’s Programme Managers will also be subject to the same rules and terms of engagement that members of The Co-op have determined for themselves as a collective. This project will be managed by a Guest Producer who will not be a member of The Co-op.