DigiMuse Open Call for Digital Art and Innovation Concepts
As part of its new DigiMuse initiative, the National Museum of Singapore is launching an open call for creative innovators, artists and creatives to submit digital art and innovative concepts that enhance visitor experience at the museum. The open call aims at exploring innovative collaboration opportunities that showcase the potential of merging culture and immersive technology. Submitted proposals should focus on themes such as museology, culture, heritage, research and gallery experience.
The open call comprises two categories aimed at separate groups of partners:
Category One: Museum Experience
This category calls for creative innovators to submit projects that demonstrate the potential benefits in the use of new digital technology in the museum. Proposals in this category should also consider how technology is able to transform the museum space and redefine the conventional museum experience, or to address current or anticipated gaps in the museum experience. The proposals should be targeted at engaging and connecting with visitors and audiences, and also increase access to the museum’s content and collection. Shortlisted applicants will be required to submit a detailed quotation not exceeding SGD20,000 in full professional fees and other associated costs. The budget allocated to the selected project will be determined at the final selection stage, taking into consideration the scale of the project and the technological and material specifications, among other factors.
Click here to download the Open Call document for Category One.
Category Two: Art and Creatives
This category calls for artists and creators to submit digital projects that will be commissioned for presentation at the National Museum of Singapore. These projects should demonstrate the potential of new and emerging technologies and how it has changed or impacted art or creative practice, and also respond sensitively to the history, space or collection of the National Museum of Singapore. Shortlisted applicants will be required to submit a detailed quotation that should not exceed SGD30,000 in full professional fees and other associated costs. The budget allocated to the selected project will be determined at the final selection stage, taking into consideration the scale of the project and the technological and material specifications, among other factors.
Click here to download the Open Call document for Category Two.
Selected proposals will be awarded in April 2018, and successful projects will be showcased in August 2018 at the museum.
The submission deadline for the open call is 15 March 2018 at 1PM. You may email DigiMuse@nhb.gov.sg for enquiries.
Open Call Timeline
The key dates of the Open Call are as follows:
| 29 January 2018
||Open call for Digital Projects at National Museum of Singapore
| 15 March 2018
||Submission deadline for concept proposals
| April 2018
||Announcement of selected projects to be commissioned
| August 2018
||Unveiling of projects at National Museum of Singapore
The DigiMuse programme is a new initiative by the National Museum of Singapore, aimed at building a vibrant cultural sector that is invested in digital innovation. DigiMuse seeks to engage with the wider digital-technology industry to encourage creative experimentation in cultural spaces. The programme invites artists, technologists and culture professionals to co-create digital projects, and provide considered interventions aimed at showcasing the possibilities of integrating culture and technology.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is the budget for the Open Call?
The funding per proposal is up to S$20,000 for prototypes for Category One: Museum Experience and up to S$30,000 for Category Two: Art and Creatives.
2. Am I eligible to submit a proposal for this Open Call if I am also seeking funding from another government agency in Singapore?
Yes. Should the proposal require supplementary financial assistance, seeking additional funding from other agencies is allowed. Do check with the supporting agency if they are agreeable to be part of this venture. However, please note that in the event in which the submitted proposal is not selected for final presentation, the National Museum and National Heritage Board will not be held accountable for any dealings between the applicant and other agencies.
3. What types of proposals are expected?
Different types of proposals may be submitted for both categories. An indicative and non-exhaustive list includes:
- Training tools for museum staff, tools for conservators for the manipulation of objects, or restoration of objects and/or artworks.
- Gallery mapping system to enhance walk flow, monitoring visitorship numbers and/or identifying less-visited public areas of the museum.
- Tools to enhance accessibility for visitors with disabilities.
- Tools to revisit the presentation of the museum’s collection in whole, parts or for specific objects.
- Artworks using the latest technologies in relation to the museum’s context, mission and vision.
4. Is it possible for me to submit more than one proposal?
Yes, applicants can submit up to three (3) proposals for each category.
5. How many projects will be funded?
Up to five projects per Open Call category will be selected after review by a professional panel.
6. I am not a Singaporean or a Permanent Resident of Singapore, but want to apply for the Open Call. Am I eligible?
Non-Singaporean or non-Permanent Residents of Singapore are eligible only if they partner with a Singaporean or Permanent Resident.
7. My proposal only covers part of the considerations and selection criteria. Would I need to search for other partners to cover the other criteria?
As the objectives of the Open Call are not constrained to just one criteria, proposals that cover only one or part of the selection criteria will have a lesser chance of being successful.
8. My proposal is a re-edition of a past project. Am I eligible for the Open Call?
The Prototype Projects category in the Open Call offers support for proof-of-concept projects that are in development. The re-edition of the past project should be novel and innovative to have a better chance of being successful.
9. I would like to meet with the DigiMuse team before submitting my proposal / to refine my proposal / to check the status of my proposal / etc. Would this be possible?
All queries have to go through the channels specified in the Open Call. If you have further queries, please send them to: DigiMuse@nhb.gov.sg.
10. I have a proposal but no links to the industry. Can DigiMuse help me with industry contacts?
Applicants should propose their own team, including sponsors and industry partners.
11. I am late for the Open Call submission. Can the deadline be extended?
The deadline for the DigiMuse Open Call is 15 March 2018 at 1PM (Singapore time). All proposals received after the deadline will be excluded from the Open Call application.