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Opportunity: Curatorial Programme Manager, Whitechapel Gallery

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Thursday, January 28. 2010 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

Whitechapel Gallery - Curatorial Programme Manager

Founded in 1901 to ‘bring great art to the people of the East End’ the Whitechapel Gallery was the first public space to show some of the great names of British 20th Century Art, including Hepworth, Hockney and Gilbert & George, as well as premiering great international modernists such as Picasso, Pollock and Rothko.

The Curatorial Programme Manager takes curatorial responsibility for specific exhibitions, projects and publications assigned by the Director and Chief Curator. The post also entails creating and monitoring schedules, budgets and contracts; contributing to fundraising; and representing the exhibitions programme internally and to the public.

Salary: £30,000-£32,000 per annum, depending on experience

To apply for an application pack
Email recruitment -at-

Deadline for applications: Friday 19 February 2010

The Whitechapel Gallery strives to be an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

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Opportunity: ICI Curatorial Intensive

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Monday, January 25. 2010 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities
A training intensive for aspiring curators

Building on its history as a hub for curatorial ideas, ICI is supporting a new generation of curators to develop exhibition proposals. The Curatorial Intensive is a short-term, low-cost program taking place this June in New York for emerging curators across North America. From an open competition, 6-10 individuals will be selected to come to New York and work with some of today’s leading curators and artists. Through a rigorous schedule of workshops, discussions and critiques, as well as site visits to local institutions and artist’s studios, each participant will be led through the process of developing an idea for an exhibition into a full exhibition proposal.

After the New York phase of the project is complete, ICI will continue working with participants long-distance to finalize their proposals. The Curatorial Intensive has been organized in partnership with the CUE Art Foundation, who will provide their virtual gallery as a platform for participants to publish their proposals online so that broad publics, as well as the hundreds of institutions with which ICI works, can view the final proposals.

ICI is uniquely positioned to establish The Curatorial Intensive, having worked with a wide range of curators to develop innovative traveling exhibitions. In 35 years ICI has organized 116 shows, which have been presented in 570 institutions in 47 states and 23 countries worldwide, and experienced by nearly 6 million people.

The Curatorial Intensive was developed by ICI’s Executive Director, Kate Fowle, who recently joined ICI after working as the International Curator at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing. Prior to her time in China, Fowle spent 6 years in San Francisco at the California College of the Arts, where she was the director of the MA Program in Curatorial Practice, which she founded in 2002 with Ralph Rugoff.

Teachers & Advisors

Dan Cameron (Founding Director, Prospect New Orleans); Kate Fowle (Executive Director, ICI); Matthew Higgs (Director and Chief Curator, White Columns); Eungie Joo (Director and Curator of Education and Public Programs, New Museum); Maria Lind (Director, CCS Bard); Nicola Trezzi (US Editor, Flash Art); and Fred Wilson (artist).

Program Timeline

Application Deadline: March 12, 2010
New York Program: June 6-15, 2010
Proposals Published: July 15, 2010

Application Guidelines

Applications must include a 300-word description of an exhibition idea the applicant would like help in developing. Submissions should include an exhibition concept or key idea, and any artists that the applicant is considering.

Also required is a current resume, plus a 1-2 page letter of intent that outlines why applicants want to participate in The Curatorial Intensive, as well as an example of a recent exhibition that has made an impact on the applicants.

Applicants must be over the age of 21. Current graduate students are not eligible to apply for The Curatorial Intensive.

Fees & Scholarships

The program fee is $1,500. This covers local travel and admissions to museums and other institutions. Participants will be responsible for covering their travel expenses to and from New York as well as accommodation. In its commitment to make The Curatorial Intensive accessible to individuals from diverse economic backgrounds, ICI will offer full or partial scholarship packages to several program participants.

Individuals interested in applying for scholarships will need to submit an additional letter which addresses the following questions: 1. What are your future educational and career goals? 2. How specifically would The Curatorial Intensive help you to achieve those future educational and career goals? 3. Because this scholarship is partially awarded on need-based criteria, please explain the specific nature of your past or current financial challenges.

For More Information / To Send Application Materials

ICI (Independent Curators International)
799 Broadway, Suite 205
New York, NY 10003
T: 212.254.8200 x 26
F: 212.477.4781
education -at-

The Curatorial Intensive has been generously supported in part by the ICI Patrons, Partners and Benefactors, and The Dedalus Foundation.

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Pick 'N Mix #34

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Saturday, January 23. 2010 • Category: Pick 'N Mix
Welcome to another edition of Pick 'N Mix, my collections of links and news relevant to curators.

- "A New Spin: Are DJs, rappers, and bloggers 'curators'?" by N. Elizabeth Schlatter was published in the latest issue of the American Association of Museums magazine. It's so incredibly useful to have an article written on this subject by a curator (Schlatter is deputy director and curator of exhibitions at the University of Richmond Museums, Va.) rather than another pundit who ultimately has very little idea of what curators do. Give it a read.

- The usual onslaught of end-of-year summary lists was heightened by also moving into a new decade, and my personal experience of it was taken even further by unearthing some art magazines from 10 years ago as I cleaned my flat over the holidays. "A Blast From the Past", a post on my personal, more general-interest blog was a specific reaction to an article on internet art from an old issue of Tate Magazine, and how things change but perhaps stay mostly the same. At the time, internet art (and art on the internet, not the same thing) was often seen as a possible attack on institutions and curators, reducing their significance. A decade later, it could safely be argued that curators and institutions remain instrumental, and bear more responsibility than ever given the swelling number of artworks available to view both online and in physical space, while savvy art consumers only stand to benefit.

- Speaking of summary lists and end-of-the-decade reflection, which we were all inundated with, I broadcast a select few of my favourites on Twitter, which ranged in subject matter from meat to technological innovation to music. The most relevant of these in this context was the year-end Top Ten list, John Cage-style at artnet Magazine. Also worthy of mention is the Guardian's review of the past decade of visual art. But mostly, rather than reading endless lists, I found going back and reading online archives from around 2000 the most engaging way to take the temperature of that time and compare. For example, I enjoyed "Y2K-Positive" at Mute Magazine, and an article reviewing the first Liverpool Biennial at Frieze Magazine.

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Opportunity: AHRC Postgraduate Studentship in Curating

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Friday, January 22. 2010 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

AHRC Postgraduate Studentship Opportunities

For full details see

Northumbria and Sunderland Universities operate a collaborative AHRC Block Grant Partnership to support quality research and professional training

Studentships are available for uptake from September/October 2010 in the following areas:

Doctoral Studentships
D1 Applied Arts and Crafts (Glass and Ceramics)
D2 Fine Art (Curating New Media Art, or Photography)

Research Preparation Masters Studentships
M3 Conservation of Art (two studentships)

Awards cover stipend and fees subject to eligibility criteria, see the AHRC Guide to Student Eligibility to Student Eligibility.pdf

Applications are invited electronically to appl[email protected] on the relevant form by no later than 12.00 midday on Thursday 24 March 2010. Applications received after this date and time will be kept on file as reserves. For details of each studentship opportunity and relevant form, see web links above.


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Opportunity: Art and Research projects, Centro Cultural Montehermoso

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Tuesday, January 19. 2010 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

The Centro Cultural Montehermoso has opened its call for art and research projects. The deadline is 31 March 2010. The aim of the call is to facilitate the production, diffusion and exhibition of contemporary art projects. Aid is offered for: the production of contemporary art projects, curatorship, the research and development of a cinema script. Within the investigation section, a minimum of one of the call aid packages will be devoted to projects relating to the development of a feminist art historiography within the Spanish State. For further details on how to apply, visit the Montehermoso website.

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Opportunity: Three curatorial fellowships, Contemporary Art Society

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Monday, January 18. 2010 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

The Contemporary Art Society was founded in 1910. The organisation was established as a pressure group that actively supported younger artists over a sustained period.

It was founded by seven individuals including Roger Fry, artist, lecturer, critic and Curator of the Metropolitan Museums of Art in New York and DS McColl, Keeper of the Tate Gallery (1906 to 1911). McColl and Fry saw that there was a role for an organisation to purchase more adventurous work from younger, living artists for national collections.

Curatorial Practice and the Museum: Working with Collections of Modern and Contemporary Art.
Applications Welcomed: Three Curatorial Fellowships

2010 is the Contemporary Art Society's centenary year. To celebrate, a Centenary Programme will take place in partnership with many of the sixty-three member museums across the UK.

For 100 years, the Contemporary Art Society has acted as a catalyst for visual arts in the UK, developing audiences, artists, curators, collectors and collections alike. It has played a unique and visionary role by donating more than 8,000 works to institutions in Britain, where art is enjoyed by many generations. The Programme will include, exhibitions, publication, talks and events. Also, as part of the programme, we are delighted to be able to offer three Curatorial Fellowships to focus on our work with public collections. The Fellowships, based within the collections, aim to bring additional contemporary art, curatorial expertise right to the heart of the staff teams working within the museums. The initiative is designed to offer the Fellow curatorial experience of working with and planning the future of a public collection. This may relate to modern, contemporary and historic collections.

Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery - 6 months in duration.

Timed to coincide with the re-hanging of the permanent collection, a moment that provides The Castle with an opportunity to step back and review current practice. The Curatorial Fellow will work with the team to plan the new installation of the collection and devise a new exhibition for the Museum and Art Gallery for the 2011 programme. The Curatorial Fellow will work with the team to plan the new installation of the collection and devise an exhibition for the Museum and Art Gallery for the 2011 programme.

Deadline for application: Monday 8 February 2010.

Interviews to be held at Nottingham Castle Museum & Art Gallery on 17 February. Start date negotiable, anticipated to be in September 2010

The Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, Coventry - 6 months in duration.

A Curatorial Fellow with a specialism in contemporary art and digital media will lead strategic thinking and participate in developing a strategy for the future role of contemporary art within The Herbert's complex programme. The Fellow will have the opportunity to contribute to the public programme either through the exhibition or events programme.

Deadline for applications Monday 1 February 2010.

Interviews to be held at The Herbert, Coventry on 15 February. Start date negotiable, anticipated to be in April/May 2010

At the Contemporary Art Society - 12 months in duration.

Working with the team that generates the programme for the National Network, a membership scheme for arts professionals, the majority of whom work with public collections. The programme includes; events, conferences seminars and national and international research trips. The Fellow will be focused on the development an on-line resource. This is an opportunity for a curator who is interested in generating and gathering information from a discursive national programme with the aim of creating a continuous and growing resource that will support the sector.

Deadline for applications Monday 8 February 2010.

Start date, as soon as possible.

For application forms and detailed position descriptions, please visit the Contemporary Art Society's website.
For more information on all three fellowships please email: nationalprogrammes -at
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Internship: Philadelphia Society for the Preservation of Landmarks (Contemporary Projects)

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Sunday, January 17. 2010 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities
Curatorial/Exhibitions Intern
Organization: Philadelphia Society for the Preservation of Landmarks
Exhibitions/Curatorial Intern (unpaid)

The Philadelphia Society for the Preservation of Landmarks (Landmarks) seeks an undergraduate or graduate intern for its Landmarks Exhibitions: Contemporary Projects program. This is an acclaimed interdisciplinary program of site-specific visual arts and experimental performance in historic sites. Internships can be adjusted to meet the credit requirements for your academic institution.


- Should be familiar and comfortable with contemporary art, and experimental/interdisciplinary thinking, and also be interested in history;
- Students in art history, museum/curatorial studies and fine arts are encouraged to apply, but applications are welcome from those in any field if they have a strong interest;
- Interns should be comfortable interacting with both artists and the public;
- Previous skill with photographic documentation, graphic design, a/v equipment and exhibition installation is a plus, but not required;
- Interns should be enrolled in a Philadelphia-area college or university, and need to make any necessary arrangements with their school to receive credit (generally, internships are 3 credits);
- Schedule is flexible, but you MUST be available to work weekends, and also occasional evenings for special events. If you cannot work on weekends at all, please do not apply.
- Intern must specifically be available during the period of March 12-14, regardless of your school’s Spring Break.
- In April, most internship work will occur on-site on Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons.
- Must be comfortable with working independently, under minimal supervision.
- Shoud be able to easily get to the Society Hill/old City section of Philadelphia.

Internships can accommodate specific needs or research interests of your academic program. The bulk of the work of the internship can be completed by early May, leaving you with extra time for other end-of-semester work. Specific duties that any intern will perform include:

- Assisting with exhibition installation/de-installation;
- Gallery-sitting and interacting with exhibition visitors;
- Helping to supervise special events/exhibition openings/performances;
- Assisting with marketing, press and interpretive materials;
- Conducting online and library research about contemporary art in historic sites. Assembling annotated bibliographies and a resource binder about similar projects around the world.

Other duties as assigned, or as appropriate depending upon intern’s interest and academic program. For graduate students especially, more in-depth research projects may be developed.

To Apply:

TO APPLY Please email a cover letter, résumé and brief writing sample, preferably by January 31 or sooner to Robert Wuilfe, Curator of Contemporary Projects at rwuilfe -at- Interviews with top candidates will be scheduled as applications are received, so apply soon. Emailed documents must be in PDF format.

Education Level: undergraduate, graduate
Deadline: 01/31/2010
Posted: 01/14/2010 Expires: 02/13/2010
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Job: Curator of Exhibitions, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Thursday, January 14. 2010 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

University of Dundee - Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design

Grade 7 (£28,839 - £35,469 per annum)

Applications are invited for the above post, which will be based within Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design. This is an exceptional opportunity for applicants to work within a highly successful area of the University and to further promote its world renowned reputation in teaching and research through the development and delivery of an ambitious programme of exhibitions and events.

Successful applicants will take the lead role in curating and promoting a programme of exhibitions and events for the DJCAD galleries and Centre space at the VRC. You will work as part of a team to produce exhibition projects that will be innovative and stimulating for a wide range of audiences, promote diversity and ultimately support the aspirations of DJCAD. You will lead the production of Annual Degree Shows and ad hoc activities.

You will hold a relevant degree; a postgraduate or professional qualification in a relevant discipline would be desirable. You will have a sound knowledge of developments in contemporary art, media, design and curatorial practice and possess excellent team leading skills. Outstanding written and oral communication skills are essential, as well as the ability to be forward thinking and innovative. Previous experience in curating and producing exhibitions and events is essential.

This is a permanent post, which is subject to the standard one year probationary period.

Informal enquiries can be made to Mr Edwin Janssen, Academic Leader of VRC and Exhibitions at DJCAD (tel: 01382 385019) or email e.janssen -at-

Applicants will only be contacted if invited for interview.

Further details and an application pack are available from our website: Alternatively, contact Human Resources, University of Dundee, Dundee, DD1 4HN, tel: (01382) 384817 (answering machine). Please quote Reference number AAE/3093

Closing date: 4 February 2010

The University of Dundee is committed to equal opportunities and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

The University of Dundee is a registered Scottish charity, No: SC015096
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Job: Exhibitions and Displays Curator, Tate Liverpool

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Wednesday, January 13. 2010 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

With your sound knowledge of international modern and contemporary art, and your experience in and imaginative approach to exhibition making, you will develop and manage exhibitions and Collection displays at Tate Liverpool, as well as proactively contributing to Tate’s areas of research and overall vision.

Tate Liverpool is one of the largest galleries of modern and contemporary art outside of London. Our Exhibitions and Displays Team ensures the highest standards of ideas, research, care and coordination as they manage our varied programme.

Working closely with the Director, Head of Exhibitions and Displays and other Curators in the team, you will deliver Tate Liverpool’s exhibitions and Collection displays and research and develop new ideas for the forthcoming programme. You will take responsibility for project budgets, coordinate logistics and undertake varied management and administration. You will build excellent relationships with artists, collectors, the press, stakeholders and partner organisations in the region and internationally and engage proactively in Tate-wide activities.

Together with a postgraduate qualification in a relevant discipline such as History of Art (or similar), you will have a sound knowledge of international modern and contemporary art with at least one area of specialist expertise. You will also need substantial experience of working in a museum or gallery and organising exhibitions, as well as proven budget and management skills and excellent presentation abilities. You will also be able to speak at least one other language. Above all you will have an imaginative approach and a meticulous eye for detail.

For further information and to download an application pack, please visit our website at If you are unable to access our website, please email daisy.ward -at- quoting ref: 9071. Closing date: 25 January 2010. Interview date: 8 February 2010

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Opportunity: Art writing residency at 49 Nord 6 Est Frac Lorraine

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Monday, January 11. 2010 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities
49 Nord 6 Est Frac Lorraine takes a special interest in the various forms of contemporary writing and how they relate to the visual arts. Supporting art criticism and thinking about art is one of the keys projects at the new building: a 30 m2 studio flat has been converted to accommodate art critics of every nationality!
This residence offers them an opportunity to carry on with their current research, develop their thoughts on some topic in connection with the collection, or experiment with new forms of writing.

The Art critic will be meeting the players in the Saarlorlux regions (institutions, artists, association) as listed quite independently by Frac Lorraine.
He will lead the thinking process behind the Frac Lorraine collection and notably with regard to the direction towards acquisitions policy.
This reflection may be subjected to restitution in the form of a text or article (to be defined).

The Art critic will also give thought to the drafting of a possible scenario for an exhibition based on the Frac Lorraine collection.
Frac Lorraine shall make available to the Art critic the assistance of Frac personnel involved in the project and the equipment at their disposal (office, computer, telephone, car…), subject to availability.

The Art critic may be put in touch with various partner institutions or schools of Art / Architecture in the SaarLorLux region, in certain cases for the purpose of holding meetings on the current situation of the Austrian art scene and/or for the needs of his own personal research. Under no circumstances may the organisation of such meetings interfere with the period of residence.

A residence allowance of 3000 euros will be paid for the period in residence ( minimum 2 months).
+ travel

If you're interested, please contact Chéryl Gréciet: publics -at-
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Opportunity: MACBA Study Center research residency

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Monday, January 11. 2010 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities
In order to foster research in the field of contemporary artistic practices, the Study Center of MACBA has established four work stations for guest researchers, addressed to academic researchers, artists and other specialists in contemporary art, which are available in residency periods of three to six months. To apply for a residency, please send the following documents to centredestudis -at-

- letter of application, stating the desired dates for starting and concluding the residency.

- description of the project you wish to pursue during their residency, demonstrating the appropriateness of the Study Center for your research (maximum 3,000 characters).

- academic and professional curriculum.

Consideration will also be given to any references and reports from academic or art institutions endorsing the candidate's project.

Residency periods can last between one and three months. Exceptionally, these periods be prolonged, should this be justified by the nature of the candidate and the project submitted. However, in no case may the residency period exceed six months.

By granting a residency, the Study Center guarantees the availability of a personal work station equipped with personal computer, Internet connection, office software and preferential access to databases, collections, catalogues and other resources at the Center, including assistance from Library staff.

Applications will be considered by members of the MACBA curatorial team, and applicants will receive a reply from the Center within a maximum of 60 days from the date the application is submitted.

For further information, please go to
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Job: Curator, Belfast Exposed

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Sunday, January 10. 2010 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities
The Curator is responsible for working with the Director to develop and deliver the artistic programme of the gallery and for managing the organisation of exhibitions and projects. S/he is also responsible for managing the public programme of the gallery, including associated talks, seminars and other public events.

Key Responsibilities:
Curate and manage the Belfast Exposed Gallery exhibition programme;
Commission and support the development of new work projects
Develop and manage the publications programme
Co-ordinate exhibition-related events (talks, public discussions, screenings)
Oversee exhibition and publication marketing activities

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate an excellent knowledge of contemporary photography and visual arts, a meticulous approach to all aspects of exhibition planning including touring and contracts, alongside at least four years experience of organising temporary exhibitions with at least two years at senior level.

SALARY: £24,000 p.a.

BENEFITS: 5% contributory pension and 20 days paid holiday

CONTRACT TYPE: Fixed term- 2 years

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: Monday 1st February 2010 (No later than 5 pm)

INTERVIEWS SCHEDULED FOR 15th and 16th February 2010

For more information and to download an application form and information pack visit:
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