Shalini Ganendra Fine Art advisory

Exploring East Residency


The Exploring East Residency provides residents with meaningful and immersive introductions to cultural, advisory and gallery management in the fast developing Malaysia, as a gateway to Southeast Asian dynamics.


The EER is designed for mature, curious and reliable candidates possessing the following attributes:


  • Strong analytical, writing and social skills
  • Good social media knowledge
  • Focused organizational and multi-tasking skills
  • A healthy dose of curiosity


The EER experience will allow the candidate to develop skills pertinent to navigating life, along with the practicality of working within a fast-paced arts industry environment. The EER program values and rewards curiosity, a vitality characteristic relevant in any aspect of life or career. Past EEResidents have gone on to take up varied vocations, including careers in major museums and galleries; in the legal and corporate field; and the practicing arts (including mime artists).


SGFA provides the EEResident accommodation at our award-winning Gallery Residence for the duration of the EEResidency, 3 – 12 months. Prospective applicants must either be in their final year of university or a graduate with at least a 2.1 degree/GPA 3.6. All disciplines welcomed. To begin the EER application process, please submit through email a cover letter and resume.

EER Observations:


The EER at SGFA comprised an involved and exciting experience of gallery management in a unique environment. Staying and working at the Gallery Residence, I was exposed to the broad and multidirectional facets of running such a compelling space: interviewing and meeting artists, managing events and openings, and curating the virtual spaces behind the physical site. To be able to help with and gain experience of these processes, meet the fascinating people behind them, and travel to equally fascinating places was indelibly memorable.  Will Forrester, Oxford University.



The EER gives invaluable professional experience. As an EER Resident you are given the freedom to help manage a gallery at the start of your career.   Katie Vann, Cambridge University.


[The] EER program was a huge component of my securing a job due to the international exposure and experience it proved for me. In addition, the management [of the company] were very impressed with the immersive and variable nature of the EER program and how it allowed me to engage with such a variety of clients and visitors. On a personal note, the EER program was a milestone in my life and I look back to my time in Malaysia with pride and appreciation.   Gemma Eades, Melbourne University.


SGFA provides a unique opportunity to explore South East Asia while learning the ins and outs of gallery management. There is no other opportunity quite like it.  Naimonu James, Harvard University.


EER offers a great opportunity to travel around SE Asia and to be introduced to the workings of a professional gallery. I’ve been able to develop my writing skills, having published two reviews during my time here. Meeting and collaborating with local artists has been a highlight of the work, in addition to experiencing so many new places, cultures, and flavours.   Shelby Switzer, Cambridge University.


Shalini Ganendra Fine Art provided me with the opportunity to gain excellent work experience and travel around South East Asia with a central base in a fantastic part of the world.  Alex Gomar, Cambridge University.