SCOUT Singapore is jointly curated by Joanna Lee and Patricia Chen.
Joanna Lee runs her own art and curatorial consultancy SapereArt, and contributes as an independent art critic and adviser on Singapore and Southeast Asian art. The curatorial projects she has worked on include the inaugural exhibitions of the Singapore Art Museum, where she was assistant director and senior curator until 2004, and the Venice Biennale. Her published essays include monographs on Chua Ek Kay, Anthony Poon, Goh Beng Kwan, the Artist Village, Michael Lee, Widayat and Srihadi Sudarsono. As a museum professional and now an art consultant in the private sector, she continues to work with art and educational communities, contributing as external examiner and advisory committee member to institutions and arts agencies.
Patricia is producer-cum-director and author of Leading Patrons of Asian Art In Conversation films and publications. Patricia was a columnist of Flash Art’s “Asian Insider” and C-Arts’ “Collectors’ Guide to the Southeast Asian art market”; she also contributed to The Art Newspaper, Financial Times and Art Market Report on the Asian art market and scene. Patricia created Southeast Asia’s first modern and contemporary art indices; she graduated summa cum laude from the Sotheby’s Institute of Art with a Master’s degree (Distinction) in Art Business. Prior, she was Founding General Manager of Sculpture Square, a contemporary art space in Singapore. More recently, Patricia was awarded two short film grants by the Media Development Authority. Her short film, Uli Sigg: China's Art Missionary, and publication, Uli Sigg In Conversation : Collecting Chinese Contemporary Art, were launched in May 2014 in Hong Kong. Her feature length documentary, The 24-Hour Art Practice will have its Asian and international debut at Hong Kong University and at the Congress on Authentication in Art at The Hague in 2016.