Contemporary art curating news and views from Michelle Kasprzak and team

Opportunity: Starting Point (for new graduates in the UK)

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Thursday, July 22. 2010 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities
Starting Point

An Opportunity for two new curators

The Contemporary Art Society, with Southampton City Art Gallery, are inviting proposals from curating and museum studies students from across the UK (must have graduated between 2008 - 2011). Starting Point will offer two curators the opportunity to select a small cluster of works from the collection to be installed as pasrt of Southampton City Art Gallery's public programme in 2011.

Arguably the most outstanding collection of modern and contemporary art outside of London, Southampton City Art Gallery have generously offered their support in provinding access to the collection for this great opportunity for new curators.

As a way of responding we are asking that proposals take the collection of artist film at Southampton as an initial Starting Point. We are looking for proposals that demonstrate a dynamic and new approach to thinking about the collection at Southampton City Art Gallery and should be clear in their approach, while being sensitive to the conditions of the collection.

To apply for the opportunity, please submit a CV and short proposal (around 300 words) outlining your project to: robert -at-

Application deadline 6th September 2010

For more information, including details on the collections, visit the CAS website.
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Opportunity: Soliciting Unsolicited Proposals

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Tuesday, July 20. 2010 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities
apexart: Soliciting Unsolicited Proposals: accepting submissions January 14 - February 14, 2011.

For the 14th year running, apexart accepts 600-word, idea-based proposals
for exhibitions in New York City. Reviewed independently, anonymously and
without support materials, submissions are evaluated solely on the strength
of the idea. More information:
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Job: Assistant Curator, Henry Moore Foundation

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Monday, July 12. 2010 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

The Henry Moore Foundation seeks to appoint an Assistant Curator for their headquarters in Perry Green, home to the largest collection of Moore’s work, with over 12,000 sculptures, drawings, graphics, textiles and tapestries.

This full time position will involve assisting the Head of Collections and Exhibitions in the development of exhibitions for the Foundation’s gallery, displays of Moore’s sculpture in the grounds and maintenance of the artist’s studios. The successful candidate will research the collection and contribute text for catalogues and educational materials; administer loans to institutions worldwide, update records and courier works of art as necessary.

A degree in art history, an interest in modern sculpture and a willingness to travel are essential.

Salary £22-24,000 depending on experience.

Interested candidates should submit their CV and a sample of their writing with a covering letter and the names of three referees to: The Henry Moore Foundation, Perry Green SG10 6EE: please mark the envelope ‘Assistant Curator’ or by email to pru -at-

Closing date 9am Monday 19 July.

Interviews Thursday 5 August.
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Opportunity: Living Room 2011, Auckland

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Monday, July 12. 2010 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

Living Room 2011 – An Auckland City Council Public Art Event

"Living Room" is a key annual public art event for Auckland City, which aims to bring high quality art to the streets of the CBD over a weeklong period. Living Room has been running for four years and has evolved and grown over that time. The event takes place in variety of public spaces, and includes a range of visual and performing arts projects – both static and moving. The Living Room 2011 programme will have strong performative aspects, and include performances, performative installations, ephemeral art projects, and video programming.

We are currently seeking expressions of interest from curators to develop and curate the Living Room 2011 programme. Council also appoints a project manager as part of the Living Room team who will work closely with the curator, and will manage the delivery of the event.

Our ideal candidate for curator will have a proven track record of innovative curatorial practice, be Auckland based, and be able to work as part of a high performing team to deliver an outstanding event.

The deadline for expressions of interest is Friday 30 July 2010, 5pm

For more information visit the Auckland City Council website.
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Opportunity: Emerging Curator Series at Toronto Free Gallery

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Friday, July 9. 2010 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities


Toronto Free Gallery is accepting proposals for our Emerging Curator Series. Proposals are currently being accepted for a curated exhibition by an emerging curator/s to be held during the months of June and July 2011.

The curator will have the opportunity to work within a fully supported process from development through to the exhibition. As stated in our mandate Toronto Free Gallery is meant to be a creative laboratory and we encourage proposals that push the limits of what an exhibition can be. Past exhibitions include Mark Campbell’s T-Dot Pioneers, which showcased the history of hip hop culture in Toronto; and collaborative curators Sarah Todd and Maiko Tanaka’s Toronto Free Library which transformed the gallery into a library to explore ideas of exchange and collaboration between the space and the surrounding neighbourhood.

Proposals for exhibitions must meet the mandate of Toronto Free Gallery which is to support work that engages with issues of social justice, cultural, urban/suburban environments, environmental issues and issues on gentrification. Toronto Free Gallery is intended to be a creative laboratory. We aim to provide artists with a space to experiment, explore new ideas, question norms and challenge both themselves and their audiences.

Toronto Free Gallery is supported by the Ontario Arts Council, the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Trillium Foundation


Please send the following materials:
1 page proposal outlining the project description
5-7 images of either previous work or proposed work to be included in exhibition

Proposals can be sent via post to:
Toronto Free Gallery
1277 Bloor Street West
Toronto, ON M6H 1N7

Or by email to:

If you have any questions please contact us at 416-913-0461
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