Turn a spark into a flame with Cipta Seni arts programme

The Cipta Seni Incubator programme is open to performance artists from various artistic fields and contemporary-minded creative approaches. Photo: AFP

Are you a Malaysia-based performance artist with an idea that you’re itching to develop? The Cipta Seni Incubator, a new artist development programme, may just be what you need to see your idea to fruition.

It is supported by British Council’s Connections Through Culture programme.

Cipta Seni Incubator is accepting applications (closing date April 12) from those interested to join the programme. The scope of “performance artist” is a wide one, with the performance component integral to the proposed new work.

“The idea for the Cipta Seni Incubator came about because we recognised how important it is for arts-makers to have a supportive space to workshop and develop their ideas before they are shown to the world,” says Sharmilla Ganesan, co-founder of the Cipta Seni Incubator.

“Unfortunately, in Malaysia, the arts ecosystem is underfunded as it is, so we’re hoping to bridge that gap by creating that space, and providing resources like regular mentorship and feedback, a network of like-minded creatives, and learning opportunities with arts experts from both Malaysia and Britain,” she adds.

Not sure if you’re the right fit for the programme?

Cipta Seni Incubator welcomes performance artists of all disciplines and experience levels to apply.

“Don’t self-exclude! We’ve kept the call intentionally very open because we’re looking for those with an idea they really believe in, and who see the value of this creative development process to their work. Our focus here is to create a supportive space. If you have any doubts, write to us first and we’re happy to answer any questions you might have,” says Sharmilla.

Over the course of three months, four selected participants will have the opportunity to develop and workshop a performance piece while receiving dedicated feedback, creative development resources and mentorship.

Besides personalised one-on-one sessions, participants will also be provided with a series of online workshops and networking opportunities in Malaysia and Britain.

The programme will culminate in a live celebration event in Kuala Lumpur, at which participating artists will share a work-in-progress of their creative ideas and performances.

Eligible applicants must be aged 18 above and a registered resident of Malaysia. The programme will be conducted online and in English.

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