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Opportunity: Townhouse Curatorial Program

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Sunday, January 13. 2008 • Category: Announcements
Townhouse Curatorial Program, Cairo, Egypt
Application deadline: January 20, 2008

The Townhouse Gallery of contemporary art would like to invite professionals with a demonstrated interest in curatorial practice, critical writing or arts management to apply for an arts management/curatorial program. The course will be taught by cultural practitioners from Spain, the UK, Egypt and the broader Middle East region throughout 2008, on a part-time basis so as to accommodate those currently in employment.

The program has been designed based on feedback gathered during a pilot curatorial workshop at the Townhouse Gallery in 2007 and will be structured around a series of modules on contemporary art theory, criticism, fundraising, and innovative curatorial practices. All modules will consist of presentations by guest practitioners followed by seminars during which participants will have the opportunity to discuss and get first-hand feedback on an arts project they are currently developing. Program participants will be given reading materials in advance and will be required to work on a curatorial proposal throughout the year. At the end of the course, students will re- submit their curatorial proposals and the guest teachers will choose one project to be presented at The Townhouse Gallery.

Final dates of the modules will be determined during a first planning meeting between January 31 and February 3rd, in which the guest practitioners will come to Cairo to design a curriculum based on the needs of the region.

Guest practitioners teaching the modules will include Teresa Gleadowe, free-lance curator and former Director of the Program in Curating Contemporary Art at the Royal College of Art (London), Gerald Lidstone, founder and Director of the M.A. in Arts Administration and Cultural Policy at Goldsmiths College (London), Ferran Barenblit, Director of the Centre d'Art Santa Monica (Barcelona) and Mart� Peran, curator, art critic and professor at the University of Barcelona.

Criteria for application
- Applicants should have a strong interest in arts management, critical writing and/or curatorial practice, preferably in contemporary art. Because this program is aimed at strengthening curatorial talent in the region, preference will be given to nationals from Egypt and the Middle East, or to people who are either permanently working in the region, or intend to do so in the near future.*

- Applicants should be able to communicate in English, which will be the working language

*Please note that we will not cover travel and accommodation costs for people applying from abroad but we may direct them to potential funding sources.

Documents to apply
In order to apply, please send the following information in English, preferably by email to: [email protected], or alternatively by mail to: Laura Carderera, Program Manager, The Townhouse Gallery,10 Nabrawy Street, off Champollion Street, Downtown, Cairo (Tel: (02) 2576 80 86) by January 20, 2008:

� An introductory letter (maximum 2 pages) briefly explaining your background and why you are interested in participating in this program.
� Curriculum Vitae. A brief project/exhibition proposal (maximum 10 pages). This proposal is hypothetical but should however be realistic. The proposal should contain a description of/motivation for: the concept and location of the project; the participating artists, and an estimated budget (optional).
� A description (maximum 1 page) of the main challenges you face as an arts manager/ curator and a list of some of the topics you would like to learn about during the program.
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