Education

2021 – 2025 (expected)
Doctor of Philosophy, History of Art
Collaborative Doctoral Partnership, Birkbeck (University of London) and The National Gallery, London, U.K
‘Networks of Empire, Family, and Art in London’s National Gallery, 1824-1874’
Supervised by Sarah Thomas (Birkbeck) and Susanna-Avery Quash (National Gallery)

2021
Master of Arts, Situated Practice (Distinction)
Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, London, U.K

2019
Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Urban Studies (with a minor in Arts and Humanities)
Yale-NUS College, Singapore

Selected Awards, Honours, and Nominations

2021
Collaborative Doctoral Partnership Award, Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), United Kingdom

2019
Yale-NUS Chen Chong Swee Scholarship, Singapore
Tan Ean Kiam Postgraduate Scholarship, Tan Kah Kee Foundation, Singapore
Emerging Young Leader Award, Yale-NUS College, Singapore
Shortlist, 212 Photography Competition, Istanbul
Nominee, World Press Photo 6×6 Global Talent
Finalist, French + Singapore Photographic Arts Awards, Singapore

2018
Finalist, Invisible Photographer Asia Awards (Photobook), Singapore

2015
Global Leaders Scholarship, Yale-NUS College, Singapore

Research Grants and Commissions

2019
NUS Centre For the Arts, National University of Singapore
Commemoration and memorialisation of WWII in Singapore and Malaysia

The Future of Our Pasts Festival, Singapore
First Storeys: Resettlement in Singapore

Research Experience

2022
Centre for the Study of the Legacies of British Slavery, University College London
Research Assistant (PI: Professor Matthew Smith, UCL)

2018
Urban Redevelopment Authority, Singapore
Research Intern

2017
Yale-NUS College, Singapore
Independent research

Workshops and Conferences

‘Addressing the Ghosts in the Gallery’. The ways of Archiving: Practices, Conditions and Discourses around the Study of Arts and Culture. Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Madrid. 12 September 2022.

‘Addressing the Ghosts in the Gallery’. Recovering Pasts, Producing Futures Conference. Birkbeck, University of London, London. 22 June 2022.

‘National Gallery and the Colonial Past’. Institutions and the Colonial Past Workshop. King’s College London, London. 20 May 2022.

Invited Talks

‘Association for Art History Curatorial Committee Discuss the AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnerships Scheme’. Association for Art History’s 48th Annual Conference. Association for Art History, London. 7 April 2022.

Tiger of Malaya & The Last Gap: Historical Narratives & Contested Memories’. Artist-Intellectual Dialogue Series. Department of Chinese Studies, National University of Singapore, Singapore. 6 May 2021.

Solo Exhibitions and Performances

2019
The Last Gap, University Cultural Centre, commissioned by NUS Centre For the Arts, Singapore
First Storeys, 300 Jalan Bukit Ho Swee, commissioned by The Future of Our Pasts Festival, Singapore
This is Where, bus stop shelters islandwide, commissioned by M1 Singapore Fringe Festival, Singapore

Selected Group Exhibitions

2021
FIFTEEN, Bartlett Graduate Exhibition, London, U.K (online)

2020
Bloomsbury Festival, London, U.K (online)
Gallery Light Up, commissioned by National Gallery Singapore, National Gallery Singapore, Singapore
Our HeARTlands, commissioned by Plural Art Mag, Singapore (online)
Streets of Hope, commissioned by National Arts Council, Singapore
Urban Challenges, B-Part, Berlin, Germany
Undescribed #5, DECK, Singapore

2019
The City We Love, Singapore City Gallery, Singapore
B-Sides, Coda Culture, Singapore
Accretion, Objectifs, Singapore
French + Singapore Photographic Arts Awards, la galerie, Singapore

2018
Addis Foto Fest, Ethiopia
I.D. (The Body’s Still Warm), 42 Cambridge Road, Singapore
Landskrona Foto Festival Window Exhibition, Landskrona, Sweden
Kontenporanea,Carlos Blanco Aguinaga Cultural Center, Irun, Spain
EXP Series, Chan+Hori Contemporary, Singapore
The Body: International Exhibition and Documentary,CICA Museum, South Korea 

2015
Unseen/Unknown, DECK, Singapore

Selected External Artistic Contributions

2021
RELAY, by Fiction Feeling Frame (Royal College of Art), performer (performance-conversation), Venice Architecture Biennale, Teatro Piccolo Arsenale, Venice, Italy + Online

2018
Dance Drawings (for Jock), by Emily Coates, performer (dance-movement), Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, U.S.A

Authored Texts and Publications

Cham, Sean. Yesteryears. Singapore: Math Paper Press, 2017.

Interviews, Press, and Reviews

2021
Lua, Nicholas. “Opening the Bicentennial: Historical Plurality in Sean Cham’s Art.” In Raffles Renounced: Towards a Merdeka History, edited by Alfian Sa’at, Sai Siew-Min and Faris Joraimi. Singapore: Ethos Books, 2021.
Rendell, Jane, ed. “Washing White (2021).” Critical Spatial Practice, 21 September 2021.

2020
“In Our Time.” Channel News Asia, 1 January 2020.

2019
An Interview With Sean Cham, Creator of This Is Where.” Bakchormeeboy, 3 January 2019.
“Behind & Beyond Yesteryears: An Interview with Sean Cham.” BooksActually, 10 January 2019.
Sean Cham talks to Jo Tomalin about This is Where.” FringeReview, January 2019.
Chandradas, Usha. “They Work Hard for the Money.” Plural Art Mag, 24 January 2019.
Preview: First Storeys by Sean Cham.” Bakchormeeboy, 12 February 2019.
Wong, Kayla. “Here are the stories from S’pore’s past that few knew about.” Mothership, 13 February 2019.
Keng, Yang Shuen. “New Festival Wants To Tackle The Forgotten Narratives Of Singapore.” Female, 15 February 2019.
Young artists reimagine Singapore history.” NUS News, 20 February 2019.
“On the Scene with Eugene – Sean Cham – First Storeys.” 938NOW, 22 February 2019.
Ho, Olivia. “Arts Picks.” The Straits Times, 1 March 2019.
Teo, Xiao Ting. “First Storeys by Sean Cham.” Centre 42, 3 March 2019.
Review: First Storeys by Sean Cham.” Bakchormeeboy, 5 March 2019.
Nair, Marc. “Leaving the Kampung: A Review of First Storeys.” Mackerel, 17 March 2019.

2018
“The City Ramble.” Shophouse & Co, Mar 2018.
Atienza, María José. “Más Kontenporanea que nunca.” El Diario Vasco, 11 May 2018.
Atienza, María José. “Kontenporanea lleva el arte a la calle.” El Diario Vasco, 21 May 2018. 
2018 Award Finalist: Yesteryears, by Sean Cham.” Invisible Photographer Asia, 6 Jun 2018.
Nanda, Akshita. “Exploring in-between spaces.” The Straits Times, 18 October 2018.
Martin, Mayo. “Depression and the marginalised are in the spotlight.” CNA Lifestyle, 18 October 2018.
M1 Singapore Fringe Festival 2019: Still Waters.” Bakchormeeboy, 18 October 2018.

2017
Ho, Pamela. “Book a Date with Art.” The A-List, 13 Apr 2017.
Adriaens, Michele. “Yesteryears by Sean Cham.” Culturepush, 26 Apr 2017.
Lim, Hui Min. “本地年轻人通过摄影绘画保留旧建筑.” Channel 8 News and Current Affairs, 6 May 2017.
Ho, Olivia. “Selfies to mark old places.” The Straits Times, 15 May 2017.
Yang, Daryl. “Remembering the yesteryears.” Yale-NUS College, 25 Jul 2017.

2016
Singapore Dream – A Photography Series.” National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre, 2016.

2015
Toh, Ee Ming. “Longing for a Bygone Era.” Obscured, 3 Mar 2015.
Duggal, Uday. “This guy photographs himself in forgotten places in S’pore.” Mothership, 12 Mar 2015.
Teo, Yi En. “服役青年自编自导自演,拍50个被遗忘的角落.” Lianhe Wanbao, 1 Apr 2015.
Sethi, Mrigga. “Meet the photographer whose mission is to remember Singapore’s forgotten places.” SG, 10 Apr 2015.
Ong, Sara. “Youth Tastemakers: Sean Cham.” SCAPE, 24 Apr 2015.
Neo, Grace. “Three thought-provoking SG50 initiatives.” Youth.sg, 29 Apr 2015.
“Yesteryears.” Milk Oracle, 24 May 2015.
Ho, Pamela. “Good Morning, Yesterday.” The A-List, 12 June 2015.
Tay, Qiao Wei. “A Walk Down Memory Lane: What Will We Get Out Of Nostalgia?Challenge, 1 Jul 2015.
“Arts and Entertainment.” RE:TV2, 15 Jul 2015.
Tng, Serene. “Who is that guy in white?” Going Places, 6 Aug 2015.
Neo, Hui Yuan and Yip Jie Ying. “Sean’s Stories.” Octant, 20 Oct 2015.
Toh, Ee Ming. “The Big Read: Making Singapore a better place for workers who come from afar.” TODAY, 12 Dec 2015.