The Role of Public Institutions and Residencies in the Arts Ecosystem

Organised by: Yale-NUS College
  • Date:
    12 Jan 2023
  • Time:
    6:30pm - 7:45pm
  • Duration:
    1h 15min
  • Venue:
    Yale-NUS College Performance Hall
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Join us for a panel discussion featuring experts in the art space as they dive into the roles of artists, public Institutions, and residencies in the arts ecosystem.


Aaron Cezar
Director, Delfina Foundation

Aaron Cezar is the founding Director of Delfina Foundation, where he has curated and developed its interrelated programme of residencies, exhibitions, and public events since 2007. He conceptualised Delfina's distinctive approach to thematic residencies from its recurring and popular programme Politics of Food to Collecting as Practice, the first-ever residency programme for collectors alongside artists. Cezar has also curated external exhibitions and performances at Hayward Gallery Project Space (UK), SongEun Artspace (South Korea), and as part of the official public programme of the 58th Venice Art Biennale. Independently and through Delfina Foundation, he sits on numerous boards, committees, and advisory groups.

Cezar graduated from Princeton University with a first degree in Economics and a certificate in Dance and Theatre. He earned a postgraduate degree in the Creative & Cultural Industries from King's College London. In June 2017, he was awarded an Honorary Fellowship from the Royal College of Arts, London.

Alessio Antoniolli
Director, Gasworks and Triangle Network

Alessio Antoniolli is the Director of Gasworks, London, UK, where he leads a programme of exhibitions, international residencies, and participatory events. He is also the Director of Triangle Network, a worldwide network of visual art organisations that works together to create artists' exchanges and to share knowledge with each other. In 2022, he was appointed curator at Fondazione Memmo, Italy, where he programmes one exhibition each year, starting with a solo presentation by Wai Kin Sin, in 2023. He has lectured widely and has been part of many juries including the UK's Turner Prize in 2019.

Zoé Whitley
Director, Chisenhale Gallery

Dr Zoé Whitley is Director of Chisenhale Gallery in London, UK. A leading non-profit space founded by artists, Chisenhale produces and commissions new works of art with emerging British and international artists. In 2020, Dr Whitley curated Frieze London's special themed section, Possessions, exploring spirituality and contemporary art, and co-curated Elijah Pierce's America at the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia. Previous exhibitions to her credit include curating the British Pavilion presentation of Cathy Wilkes at the Venice Biennale in 2019 and co-curating the award-winning international touring exhibition Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power. She writes widely on contemporary artists and 20th century designers, including children's books on Frank Bowling and a title in the same series on Sophie Taeuber-Arp. She is the editor of the forthcoming major monograph on Barkley L. Hendricks.

She formed part of international arts juries for Turner Prize (2021), Preis der Nationalgalerie Berlin (2021) and Future Generation Art Prize selection committee, among numerous others. Her prior roles include Senior Curator (Hayward Gallery), Curator, International Art (Tate Modern) and Curator of Contemporary Programmes (V&A).

Sook-Kyung Lee
Senior Curator, International Art, Tate Modern; Artistic Director, Gwangju Biennale 2023

Dr Sook-Kyung Lee is Senior Curator, International Art at Tate Modern, working in exhibitions, collection displays and acquisitions. She also heads 'Hyundai Tate Research Centre: Transnational', a major multi-year research and curatorial initiative, overseeing its strategic vision and associated programming across Tate. Dr Lee was previously Exhibitions & Displays Curator at Tate Liverpool (2007-12) as well as Curator of Tate's Asia Pacific Acquisitions Committee (2007-2018). She has curated a number of exhibitions at Tate Modern, including Nam June Paik (2019-22), A Year in Art: Australia 1992 (2021-23), and Richard Bell (2023). Dr Lee continues to lead the curatorial team for research and strategic acquisition of Asia Pacific art for Tate Collection. She was also the Commissioner and Curator of the Korean Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale (2015) and is currently serving as the Artistic Director of the 14th Gwangju Biennale, titled soft and weak like water (7 April – 9 July 2023).


Yanyun Chen
Lecturer of Humanities (Visual Arts), Yale-NUS College; Georgette Chen Fellow; Fellowship recipient of the Andreas Teoh Contemporary Asian Art Programme

Dr Yanyun Chen is a visual artist, who runs a drawing, animation and installation practice. Her works delve into the aesthetic, cultural and technological inheritances on one's body, unravelling fictional and philosophical notions of embodiment. She received the prestigious National Arts Council Young Artist Award, Singapore's highest award for young arts practitioners, aged 35 and below in 2020.

This event is organised by Yale-NUS College, in collaboration with The Institutum, and supported by the Andreas Teoh Contemporary Asian Arts Programme.

The Role of Public Institutions and Residencies in the Arts Ecosystem