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Sebastian Mary Tay

Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Lecturer

Diploma in Fine Art, 2009

Fine Art


The nurturing of a creative practice stems from two fundamental premises - continuous learning and persistent making. Keep learning and keep making.

Industry Experience

After obtaining his Diploma in Fine Art in 2009, Sebastian went to the Glasgow School of Art where he graduated with a MRes in Creative Practices and a BA (Hons) Fine Art (Photography).

In the last five years, Sebastian has participated in various exhibitions in several countries, including the UK, Singapore, Malaysia, and China. Some of his recent exhibitions include ‘Something Above; Somewhere Beyond’, ‘NIDA International Photography Symposium 2018’, ‘(INTER)TWINE’, the ‘Royal Scottish Academy Open Exhibition 2017’, the ‘Royal Scottish Academy New Contemporaries 16’, the ‘118th Society of Scottish Artists Annual Exhibition’, ‘FUTUREPROOF I and II’, ‘Pingyao International Photography Festival’, and ‘Photomakers of NAFA’. Sebastian’s works were showcased at the Royal Scottish Academy on seven different occasions, including the yearly ‘Royal Scottish Academy Open Exhibitions’ and the ‘Society of Scottish Artists Annual Exhibitions’. In 2013, a work from the series ‘An Inquiry into the Marine Condition’ received the Royal Scottish Academy Latimer Award. In 2015, his works were selected for The Royal Scottish Academy New Contemporaries 16, and received the Royal Glasgow Institute New Graduate Prize.

In recent years, Sebastian has been invited by various organisations and institutions for talks, lectures, as well as tutorials, and these include City of Glasgow College, Hillhead Library (Glasgow), the Royal Scottish Academy, Mount Florida Studios (Glasgow), and the University of the West of Scotland. Sebastian’s research interests inquire into the (in)commensurability between East and West philosophical concepts. His postgraduate research focused upon the relations between ideas of Daoism and Chinese landscape ink painting, Heideggerian and Daoist metaphysics, in an attempt to examine the applicability of Heideggerian ontology upon the poetics of Chinese landscape ink painting.

Based in Singapore, Sebastian is currently working towards exhibitions in Singapore and the UK in 2019, and is making new works. Sebastian is a member of the Society of Scottish Artists.


  • New Graduate Award, The Royal Glasgow Institute, 2015
  • Selected artist, The Royal Scottish Academy New Contemporaries, 2015
  • Latimer Award, An Inquiry into the Marine Condition, The Royal Scottish Academy, 2013
  • Gold Award, Still Life, Nature and Landscape Photography, Crowbar Awards, 2009
  • Merit Award, Fine Art Awards, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, 2008 and 2009