Contemporary art curating news and views from Michelle Kasprzak and team

Opportunity: Curatorial Masterclasses at Eyebeam

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Sunday, June 28. 2009 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

Eyebeam Atelier in New York, USA will be holding a Curatorial Masterclass led by Eyebeam research partner Sarah Cook from CRUMB, the online resource for curators working with media art. The series will be an opportunity for emerging and established curators of art to get together within a focused period of time to learn from each other’s practice, and to develop a greater understanding of curating, open source methods, and working in the public domain.

Through filmed discussions with guests such as Hans and Liz Bernhard, Steve Dietz, Patrick Lichty, and Eyebeam executive director Amanda McDonald Crowley, the Curatorial Masterclass will examine the following themes:

Day 1: Tues., July 7, 3–5PM
What open source is and what it means for art
Guests: Curator, Scott Burnham (Creative Director, Montreal Biennial 2009); Dominic Smith (co-founder, Polytechnic, UK)

Day 2: Thur., July 9, 3–5PM
Fair use, copyright, and the role of publication and documentation in curatorial practice

Day 3: Tues., July 14, 3–5PM
How to manage collaborations and networks effectively with new media tools
Guests: Eyebeam Executive Director, Amanda McDonald Crowley; curator and artist Patrick Lichty

Day 4: Thur., July 16, 3–5PM
Working in the public domain
Guest: Curator, Steve Dietz

Day 5: Tues., July 21, 3–5PM
Getting to know your audiences and useful evaluation

Series Format: The first hour of each day will be a formal conversation modeled on CRUMB’s tea-time chats, and will feature established curators and artists. The second hour will be a rigorous participant driven discussion, building upon the first hours themes and insights. Following each presentation and workshop, participants will have the opportunity to stick around for beer o’clock and conversation with presenters and fellow masterclass participants, as well as participants from other Eyebeam Summer School programs.

Registration will be strictly limited.
Please register online here:
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Job: Senior Curator, BALTIC

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Monday, June 15. 2009 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

BALTIC, one of the largest contemporary art galleries in the world, has established a national and international reputation as a highly successful and exciting centre for contemporary art and is a very important part of the cultural infrastructure of North East England.

BALTIC provides a challenging and rewarding environment in which to work to fully develop your personal potential and offers this exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic individual to join its highly motivated team.

Salary: c. £45,000 pa, Full Time

You will lead the exhibition team and provide astute artistic judgement to contribute to the strategic development of BALTIC's creative vision and its audience development. You will conceive, plan and manage an artistic programme of high quality and international standing. An excellent team leader, you will have significant successful management experience in a gallery or museum, managing a large scale visual arts programme with an international dimension. You will be able to demonstrate extensive experience of audience development and diversity along with strong financial management skills.

For an informal discussion, please contact Godfrey Worsdale, Director on +44 (0)191 478 1810.

For an application pack visit, email recruitment -at- or call BALTIC's 24 hour jobsline on +44 (0)191 440 4938, or text phone +44 (0)191 440 4944.

Closing date: Monday 29 June 2009.
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Job: Curator, Frieze Foundation

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Monday, June 15. 2009 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities
Frieze Foundation is looking for an experienced curator for Frieze Projects, Frieze Film and The Cartier Award.

Since the inaugural Frieze Art Fair in 2003, Frieze Foundation has pursued an ambitious curatorial programme, inviting artists to respond specifically to the fair context. Frieze Projects, the critically acclaimed programme of artists commissions, has realised 56 new works by established and emerging artists from around the world, including Ceal Floyer, Jeppe Hein, Mike Nelson, Paola Pivi, Richard Prince, Martha Rosler and Mario Garcia Torres.

Job title: Curator, Frieze Foundation
Requirement: Part time, initially for one year, from 1 November 2009. Based in London.
Salary: Dependent on role and experience.

The job requires:
• An understanding of the complexities of commissioning and producing site-specific projects;
• An understanding of the opportunities and parameters the Fair context provides;
• The ability to commission a relevant programme of artists’ projects and to manage that process from start to finish;
• An informed perspective and strong network of relationships with both emerging and established artists and the curatorial field worldwide;
• A strong track-record in critical writing and editorial skills;
• The ability to work with the existing Foundation team and Frieze Art Fair staff;
• The initiation and maintenance of ongoing relationships with a range of collaborating institutions, public funding bodies and corporate sponsors;
• The skill to support applications for major funding grants;
• The ability to work to deadlines and within budgets.

Interviews will be held in London.

To apply, please send your CV and a covering letter to [email protected], putting ‘Curator’ in the subject field.
Deadline: 24 July 2009

For further information on Frieze Projects please visit
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Job: Curator, Contemporary Image Collective, Cairo

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Monday, June 15. 2009 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities
The Contemporary Image Collective (CIC) is an independent non-profit arts initiative founded in Cairo, in 2004, by a group of visual artists and professional photographers.

CiC works to create a platform for production, exhibition, dissemination, research, education and exchange. CiC's mission evolves from an interest in the multifarious modes of image production and consumption, contemporary and historical, arising from within and without art practices, and the ways in which they reflect and deflect the present.

CiC has a special interest in the photographic image at large. Over the years, CiC has sought to engage a wide range of local and international cultural producers, in an attempt to enhance and augment local artistic production and discourse. CiC's interest in exploring, questioning and responding to local artistic needs and concerns qualifies its interest and engagement in international art production and discourse.

CiC is seeking a highly motivated individual to take on the role of curator. This is a key artistic and management position within the institution. The curator will work closely with the CiC director to further the depth and breadth of CiC's mission. It is a complex and demanding role, offering significant responsibility and a diverse, in depth engagement with the local, regional and international art fields. The curator should have a demonstrable knowledge of contemporary art practices and discourse, as well as an active interest in researching and engaging other paradigms of knowledge and practice.

The successful applicant will be expected to develop, fundraise for, and realize CiC's program, ranging from art projects, exhibitions, workshops and classes to various discursive activities. The curator must be able to realize their artistic program, from the stage of conceptualization to financial closure and reporting.

This program should be able to draw on, question and enrich local and regional cultural capital, as well as maintain an international awareness and interest. The program should be exciting, engaging and pertinent, and in its diversity of scope and fields of interest, should address a professional as well as a general public.

Excellent interpersonal skills and advanced organizational skills are necessary, as well as the ability to develop effective partnerships and work collaboratively with the other CiC staff and various other collaborators.

Interested applicants should apply with a detailed CV and a letter of motivation, explaining their interests in working in Cairo and with CiC, and giving a general proposition for their vision of a curatorial direction of CiC.

Applicants do not have to be currently residing in Egypt but must be willing to relocate upon accepting the position. A competitive local salary is offered.

Application deadline: 30th of June, 2009.

Applications should be sent to this email: ciccairoboard -at-

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Opportunity: The Fifth Curator, International Curatorial Competition

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Wednesday, June 10. 2009 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

The Fifth Curator - International Curatorial Competition
Deadline : 4 September, 2009

The British Council is launching an innovative programme to find an international curator to select its final exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery.

Following on the heels of Michael Craig-Martin, Jeremy Deller, Nicholas Penny and Paula Rego, a fifth curator is to be selected through an imaginative competition for curators worldwide.

The Fifth Curator competition is a unique new opportunity for an aspiring curator to select an exhibition of works from the British Council Collection. We are looking for someone who is based permanently outside the UK, who believes they have the passion and knowledge to be a leading curator. The winning curator will be given unlimited access to the Collection, which includes over 8500 key works of British art and the resulting exhibition will be shown at the prestigious Whitechapel in the vibrant East end of London in April 2010.

The Fifth Curator exhibition will be the fifth and final exhibition in a series of five exhibitions showcasing the British Council Collection in the Whitechapel Gallery. Artist Michael Craig-Martin selected the first exhibition Passports - Great Early Buys from the British Council Collection, focusing on some of the most prescient acquisitions in the Collection's long history.

'My selection of works for this exhibition barely scratches the surface of the Collection. For every work I felt able to include there were half a dozen I had to leave out... This is a collection that contains hidden treasures, many of which I know will be included in subsequent exhibitions of this series.' (Michael Craig-Martin)

The British Council Collection is widely regarded as one of the greatest collections of modern and contemporary British art in the world. It includes over 8500 works by artists living or working in Britain, and the majority of the works are shown in exhibitions around the world. The series of exhibitions at the Whitechapel Gallery marks a rare opportunity to view works from the Collection in the UK.

For The Fifth Curator exhibition, aspiring curators from outside the United Kingdom are invited to submit an exhibition proposal which features works drawn exclusively from the British Council Collection. We particularly encourage new views and fresh perspectives on the Collection, as these are vital to ongoing debates about British art within an international context.

In November 2009, six short-listed applicants will be invited to London to take part in a week of professional development with the Visual Arts Department of the British Council. During this week, applicants will be encouraged to refine their proposals with the advice, guidance and resources of the Visual Arts team and they will be given the opportunity to visit the Whitechapel gallery to view the proposed exhibition space and meet with the Whitechapel curatorial team. At the end of the week, the winning proposal will be selected by a panel of senior art world figures at a special presentation dinner.

The Fifth Curator competition forms part of the British Council’s ongoing commitment to promote the Collection to new audiences, both in the UK and worldwide and to engage aspiring curatorial talent with one of Britain’s finest collections of British Art.

For more info and how to apply:

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Job: Curator, Cape Breton University

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Monday, June 8. 2009 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

Cape Breton University (CBU) invites applications for a full-time continuing Art Gallery Curator position.

The successful candidate will coordinate activities in support of education in the visual arts; supervise all curatorial work; aim at making the permanent collection more accessible to researchers, students and the public; and liaise with CBU faculty, artists, professional organizations, and governmental bodies. Duties include but are not limited to: maintaining the Art Gallery’s academic profile within CBU; maintaining visual arts education programming with local schools; maintaining good working relations with Cape Breton artists and enhancing relations with indigenous artists and educators; liaising with provincial and national visual arts groups, government bodies, and professional organizations.

Please visit our website to view the full job description –

Qualified candidates should send to the Human Resources Department:

- a letter of application quoting the reference number (CUR0905) and identifying his/her education and experience as it relates to this position;
- a resume;
- complete contact information of three references; and
- a copy of academic transcripts (official transcripts will be required of the successful candidate).

Applications must be received by 4:00 p.m. June 19, 2009. Email applicants will receive a return email confirming receipt.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

Cape Breton University is an equal opportunities/affirmative action employer. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Cape Breton University encourages applications from qualified Aboriginal People, African Canadians or other persons from a visible minority group, persons with disabilities and women. Applicants who wish to be considered for this initiative should self-identify in their cover letter.

We share the air! CBU promotes a smoke and scent-free workplace.

Cape Breton University Human Resources Dept.
P.O. Box 5300, 1250 Grand Lake Road 1(902)563-1158 tel.
Sydney, NS B1P 6L2 (902)563-1458 fax
Website: email: humanresources -at-

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