The Serial Short Story Project

October with Xie Shi Min: Ghosted

Read the full short story Ghosted:

Synopsis: Huang Jiajun's girlfriend has just passed away. Unable to imagine his life without her, he has asked the Lord of the Dead (Yan Luo Wang), to bring her back to life. But the Lord of the Dead's price is steep. Will Jiajun succeed in bringing his girlfriend back, or does life--and death--have other plans for him?

How did our audience vote and shape the story? Find out on our Facebook event page (discussion tab)!

September with Suffian Hakim: The House Next Door 

Read the full short story The House Next Door:

Synopsis: The economic fallout from COVID-19 results in the Lim family having to downgrade from their luxurious condo into an old three-room flat in Yishun. The unit beside them is empty, but Jason keeps hearing strange crackling noises and inhuman voices there at night. One night, his sister hears it too. The two hatch a plan to sneak into the unit, which has locked doors and boarded windows. What will they find? Young adult fiction, mystery and horror – Hardy Boys meets R L Stine.
About The Serial Short Story Project

Join us in experimenting with serialised fiction, around since the days of Dickens, and create a heavily collaborative work via crowdsourcing, livestreaming, and upvoting. Each week for a month each, writers Suffian Hakim (September) and Xie Shi Min (October) will engage readers to discuss plotlines and characters, decide lines of dialogue and worldbuilding elements, and debate relevant points. The completed stories will be published online and readers whose suggestions were used will be acknowledged by name.

Production: Presented by The Arts House with Tusitala Books
Event venue: Online
Event price: Free
Event start date: 2020-09-03 10:00
Event end date: 2021-03-31 20:00
Custom Event Date(s): 3 Sep 2020 - 31 Mar 2021
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The Arts House Dance Critics Mentorship 2015

The Arts House is launching a mentorship programme for budding dance writers, as part of our commitment to nurturing the next generation of arts writers. Four selected participants will be paired with an established critic and mentored to write a review, beginning with two of the shows from the SIFA Dance Marathon, August 21- September 5 2015.

You will receive complimentary tickets for the shows you are covering and your review will stand a chance to be uploaded to The Arts House Facebook Page.

All are welcome to apply. You will need to submit a copy of a review you have written (500 words), a biography (200 words) and a short statement about why you would like to participate in this programme (500 words). Entries are open from now till 30 July 2015. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Selected writers will be informed by 6 August 2015. 

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Congratulations to our selected mentees! 

To read their reviews:

1. Ariel Sammy: A Male Ant has a Straight AntennaeArchive Box 1

2. Chu Qiao: Real Reality and Lay/ered

3. Stephanie Aguilan: Real Reality and Lay/ered

4. Valerie Lim: Eyes Open. Eyes Closed and My Mother and I

5. Keoy Wan Hui: Eyes Open. Eyes Closed and My Mother and I

6. Leonard Ng: Future MemoryLight Don't Have Arms to Carry Us


This programme is supported by:

Lee Foundation

Event start date: 2015-08-21 03:43
Event end date: 2015-09-05 03:43
Custom Event Date(s): 21 Aug - 5 Sep 2015
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Global Migrant Festival 2020

The Global Migrant Festival 2020 is a cultural festival held every two years, comprising of thirty online events held over the course of nine days. The Festival is a showcase of diversity, featuring over two hundred participants from around the world. This year’s festival will be held online, and will be from the 21st of November till the 29th of November 2020. The Festival therefore seeks to use the Arts as a medium to allow low wage migrant workers and refugees to have their voices heard and their stories told, humanising their experiences in the process. This therefore allows for a discussion of intersectional issues related to migration, including, but not limited to, health, economics, safety, art and gender.           

The Festival features various forms of literature including prose and poetry, photography, music, plays, academic narratives, art and film. Furthermore, the Festival features the Finals of the Singapore Migrant Workers Poetry Competition and Malaysia Refugee and Migrant Worker Poetry Competition, a yearly affair that showcases the poetic talent of migrant workers and refugees.

For more information on the event line-up, please visit Global Migrant Festival official website:

All events will be streamed live on the Festival’s Facebook page:

Production: Supported By The Arts House
Event venue: Online
Event price: Free
Event CTA:
  • Global Migrant Festival 2020,, Y
Event start date: 2020-11-21 10:00
Event end date: 2020-11-29 23:00
Custom Event Date(s): 21 - 29 Nov 2020
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In Universe – Digital Installation

Phoebe Su is in trouble. While attempting to solve the mysteries of O, she may have accidentally brought the different universes of Troy Chin's works together onto The Arts House lawn. How is this possible? You'll have to read them all to find out! Click on each image portal below to begin your exploration.

The ‘In Universe’ installation was commissioned as part of Textures: A Weekend with Words 2020 and now we are bringing it online! ‘In Universe’ allows audiences to explore the body of works by Singapore’s multi-disciplinary writer and artist, Troy Chin.


Troy Chin is a multi-disciplinary writer and artist specializing in realist fiction and non-fiction. He is most known for his autobiographical comic book series The Resident Tourist, the slice-of-life series Loti, and the browser-based interactive adventure O. To see more of his works, visit

Event venue: Online
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Physical installation at The Arts House:
Mar - Jul 2020

Online exhibition:
Now - 31 Aug 2020

Event Date(s): 2020-07-01 00:00:00
Event start date: 2020-07-01 10:00
Event end date: 2020-08-31 23:00
Custom Event Date(s): Mar - 31 Aug 2020
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New Word Order Showcase: The Drawing Room & Episodes from Art Studio by Liao Jiekai

New Word Order Showcase: The Drawing Room & Episodes from Art Studio by Liao Jiekai
2016 | 16 mm | approximately 20 minutes | PG13

The Drawing Room & Episodes from Art Studio is a filmic exploration of the text, characters and narratives from Yeng Pway Ngon’s novel, Art Studio. The film meditates on the practice of life drawing, and moves from the snug art studio to the wide corridors of the newly opened National Gallery Singapore. Chapters of Singapore Modern Art adorn the freshly painted walls of the gallery, and conjure stories of the passing generation portrayed in Yeng’s Art Studio.

The Drawing Room & Episodes from Art Studio is the first programme to be presented under the revamped New Word Order. The session will feature a post-show discussion with the director Liao Jiekai, as well as two other short films by Liao, Silent Light and Before the Wedlock House.

Silent Light
2015 |16 mm | 11:45 mins | PG

Liao Jiekai experiments with the texture of expired film stock and ponders upon death and memories in Silent Light. Sequences of his grandmother’s funeral are accompanied by an elderly voice reminiscing on growing up in Singapore in the 1940s. The hypnotic rhythm is accentuated by the imperfection of the film stock, which contributed to the kaleidoscope of emotions evoked with the passing of time, as a mourner and lone moth anticipate the silent light of daybreak.

Before the Wedlock House
2012| High Def Video (4:3) |15 minutes | PG

In Before the Wedlock House, Liao Jiekai documented the last moments of his cousin in the room she grew up in on her wedding day. In the first short film made after his feature Red Dragonflies, Liao continues to explore what it means to come of age in Singapore through candid exchanges with the bride, revealing an incisive portrait of young people and their ideals.

Event venue: Screening Room
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Event price: FREE
Event duration:

2 hours

Event start date: 2016-05-21 07:00
Event end date: 2016-05-21 09:00
Custom Event Date(s): 21 MAY 2016, SAT
Custom Event Time(s): 3PM
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About Liao Jiekai

Liao Jiekai is a filmmaker and artist based in Singapore. He is a founding member of the film collective 13 Little Pictures. Since 2005, he has directed several shorts, most notably Before the Wedlock House, which won the Best Documentary Short at the 2nd Salaya International Documentary Film Festival. His 2010 debut feature film, Red Dragonflies, won the Special Jury Prize at the Jeonju International Film Festival and was selected for competition at various film festivals such as Buenos Aires, Santiago, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Tokyo.

Jiekai was conferred the Young Artist Award for Film by the National Arts Council of Singapore in 2012. He won the Credit Suisse Artist Commissioning Award for his 16mm film installation, Brother’s Quarters, which was presented at the President’s Young Talent Exhibition at the Singapore Art Museum in 2013. In the same year, he was invited to participate in the Singapore Biennale with the video installation Bukit Orang Salah. His second feature film As You Were world premiere at the Asian Future section of the Tokyo International Film Festival, and was in competition at Torino Film Festival and Nantes 3 Continents Film Festival.

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