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Pivot to the Future: How to Run Your Own Art Space

18 January 2022


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A in-depth look at the latest models for hosting activities, community engagement, operations, and sustainability

Artists and curators are increasingly inspired to create their own micro organizations to host exhibitions, artist projects, and other social or community events. But how does one start an art space? What does it take to maintain activities and achieve community engagement and sustainability? Speakers on this panel present an array of different models adapted for the contexts in which they live and work



Eunice Tsang, Curator and Manager, Present Projects, Hong Kong

Having worked as an art producer, curator, and arts journalist in London and Hong Kong, Eunice was one of the earliest team members at Tai Kwun Contemporary, where she helped launch the Artists’ Book Library and annual Booked: Art Book Fair. She previously worked in the media scene, first as the Arts Editor of Time Out HK, and then Programme Producer for the English art docuseries The Works at Radio Television Hong Kong. Eunice was the curator and manager of Present Projects, an experimental art space and shop in Sham Shui Po set up in 2020, and is currently launching a new independent venture called Current Plans.


Wang Ruobing, Co-founder, Comma Space, Singapore

Wang Ruobing is the co-founder of Comma Space 逗号空间 – an artist-run experimental art space that creates thinking spaces between commas. She is also an artist, art educator and independent curator based in Singapore. Ruobing currently is a lecturer at LASALLE College of the Arts. 

Prior to joining LASALLE, she was a curator at the National Gallery Singapore. Ruobing holds a DPhil in Philosophy from Oxford University, UK.


Leslie de Chavez, Co-founder, Project Space Pilipinas, Lucban

Manila-born Filipino artist Leslie de Chavez has been widely recognized for his incisive and sensible forays into history, cultural imperialism, religion, and contemporary life. Responding to urgent material conditions through his deconstructions of master texts, icons, and the symbols of his times, de Chavez strikes a balance between iconoclasm and an affirmative outlook to the relevance and accountability of art to one’s milieu. 

Leslie de Chavez has held several solo exhibitions in the Philippines, China, Korea, Singapore, UK, and Switzerland. He has also participated in several notable exhibitions and art festivals, which include the Singapore Biennale 2013, 3rd Asian Art Biennale in Taiwan 2011, 3rd Nanjing Triennial in China 2008, First Pocheon Asia Biennale in South Korea 2007. 

A two-time awardee (2010/2014) of the Ateneo Art Awards for Visual Art, Leslie de Chavez is also the director/founder of the artist-run initiative Project Space Pilipinas, in Lucban, Quezon.


Moderator: H.G. Masters, Deputy Editor & Deputy Publisher, ArtAsiaPacific