Contemporary art curating news and views from Michelle Kasprzak and team

Opportunity: Call for Proposals, VERY TEMPORARY Tokyo

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Wednesday, March 30. 2011 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

VERY TEMPORARY accepts curatorial proposals on a rolling basis and occasionally invites select individuals to curate shows. All submissions should be related to the gallery's goals with an emphasis on showing the work of 4-6 cultural producers whose practice is art/architecture/design -- however you choose to interpret those umbrella terms -- which can be distributed as take/giveaway. Your curatorial proposal should be sited for a space of 2 x 6 feet (for tabled works) / 5-6 stacks of paper, or for those interested in engaging more space, 8 ft. square / (you tell us). If you are a collective submitting a proposal, please select one individual to submit the proposal on your behalf.

For more information on how to apply, please visit the VERY TEMPORARY website.
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Opportunity: Transitory Network Public Forum, Call for Papers

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Monday, March 28. 2011 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

Application Deadline 31.05.2011

The TRANSITORY NETWORK PUBLIC FORUM (Belgrade, 22- 24 July), is now accepting research papers. Social Scientists, Cultural Researchers, Art Managers, Curators, Artists and anyone interested in the topic are encouraged to apply. Creative research and performative presentations are especially welcomed.

Transitory Art is a concept that responds to the necessity to map out a specific landscape of creative and research practices that responds to the contexts and challenges proposed by globalization. This umbrella/concept tries to define the variety of artistic productions and research that are becoming increasingly representative of our multicultural and trans local era.

In order to discuss and present the Transitory Network, the Transitory Network Public Forum (TNPF) has been organized. The TNPF will be a platform, a knowledge sharing and a networking event that will take place in Belgrade during the 22nd and the 24th July 2011. The three days Forum will be hosted by the cultural organization Treci Beograd and the Museum of Contemporary Art of Belgrade (Serbia) and will be organized by MoTa - Museum of Transitory Art (Slovenia) in collaboration with Kitchen Budapest (Hungary) and CENATUS CIC London (UK). The Forum will comprehend presentations, debates, info platforms and public interventions.

Selected researchers will be invited to take part in the TRANSITORY NETWORK PUBLIC FORUM through presentations and participation in the debates and will have travel and accommodation expenses covered. Furthermore the selected research papers will be part of the TRANSITORY NETWORK PUBLIC FORUM catalogue.

Additional information:

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Opportunity: Doctoral Studentship, Curating New Media Art

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Friday, March 18. 2011 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities
A rare opportunity for a funded PhD studentship with CRUMB. Previous applicants are very welcome to apply. Full details, see:

AHRC Postgraduate Studentship Opportunities

Northumbria and Sunderland Universities operate a collaborative AHRC
Block Grant Partnership to support quality research and professional
training in the Arts & Humanities. Studentships are available for
uptake from September/October 2011 including:

Doctoral Studentship, D4 Fine Art(Curating New Media Art)


Applications are invited electronically on the relevant form by no
later than 12.00 noon on Monday 18 April 2011. Applications received
after this date and time will be kept on file as reserves.

Awards cover stipend and fees subject to eligibility criteria including
UK residency, see the AHRC Guide to Student Funding

Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) is the UK funding body for
the arts and humanities. Each year the AHRC provides funding from the
Government to support research and postgraduate study in the arts and
humanities. Only applications of the highest quality and excellence are
funded. Research supported by this investment provides social and
cultural benefits and also contributes to the economic success of the
UK. For further information on the AHRC, please see

The AHRC Block Grant Partnership scheme provides funding at Master's
and doctoral level to Research Organisations that have shown strong
evidence of excellent strategic planning for, and delivery of, high
quality postgraduate research and training in the arts and humanities.
It enables long-term planning for the support of high quality
postgraduate research and training by allocating awards to five annual
cohorts of postgraduate students. Please see

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Opportunity: Residency for young curators at Schloss Ringenburg

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Tuesday, March 15. 2011 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities
As part of a German-Dutch art project, the Ministry of Family, Children, Youth, Culture and Sports of
the State of North Rhine-Westphalia is awarding a 12-month grant to two curators-in-residence at
Schloss Ringenberg (from 1 July 2011 to 30 June 2012).

Eligibility requirements are:
- A completed course of studies at a university in North Rhine-Westphalia (master’s degree, diplom,
magister or doctorate) in the fields of art history or art studies
- Profound knowledge of contemporary art and experience with the curatorial process
As a rule, applicants must not be older than 35 years of age when the grant period begins on 1 July 2011.
Schloss Ringenberg is located in Hamminkeln (District of Wesel) on the Lower Rhine. As a centre for young
art and project work within the scope of the German-Dutch cultural dialogue, the Schloss provides studio
space for eight German and Dutch artist fellows each year, as well as four exhibition galleries with changing

The two NRW curatorial fellows, together with a third candidate from the Netherlands, supported by the
Fonds BKVB, will reside in an apartment nearby Schloss Ringenberg. They will have a workspace at their
disposal at the Schloss.

In accepting the grant, the curators agree to participate in the German-Dutch Euregio project smax. They will
develop and realise three smax-financed contemporary art projects with the German-Dutch smax partners
and at Schloss Ringenberg.

During the grant period, the candidates are expected to spend most of their time at Schloss Ringenberg.
The monthly allowance is 1,250 euros. This grant is designed to help the recipients cover the cost of living,
including their share of the expenses for the apartment and workspace (180 euros/ month). A 12-month
lease must be signed with the Derik Baegert Gesellschaft for the apartment and workspace (dated from the 1
July 2011).

Applicants must submit:
- A curriculum vitae with photo
- Proof of a degree from a university in NRW
- Evidence of curating one or more art projects (freelance or, e.g., on a voluntary basis; brief
documentation in the form of catalogues, photos, etc.)
- A sample text from a catalogue or essay on an artist
- A sample art critique or review (possibly as a fictional commission from a magazine of one’s choice
or on an artist or current project)
- An incisive statement on the candidate’s personal interests and vision of the curatorial process

Application deadline is 15 April 2011.

Please address your application to
Derik-Baegert-Gesellschaft, Schloss Ringenberg, Dr. Gudrun Bott, Schlossstr. 8,
D-46499 Hamminkeln
The Derik Baegert Gesellschaft is responsible for organising the application procedure.
Application information should be provided on the designated form. There is no need to request application
materials, as this grant announcement already contains all the necessary information. Further information is
available at:
An independent Dutch-German expert jury will review all applications received to select three fellows.
Candidates however have no legal claim to the grant.

For Dutch curators only:
SMAX - een curator-in-residence programma in Schloss Ringenberg, Duitsland
Het Fonds BKVB biedt bij wijze van pilotproject een buitenlandatelier aan voor jonge curatoren tot 35 jaar. Het werkt hiervoor samen met Schloss Ringenberg in Duitsland.
SMAX is een Nederlands-Duits samenwerkingsproject waarbij één Nederlandse en twee Duitse curatoren in de gelegenheid worden gesteld om gedurende een jaar - van 1 juli 2011 t/m 30 juni 2012 - met een eigen budget een programma samen te stellen bij verschillende musea en kunstcentra in het grensgebied. De curatoren werken en verblijven in Schloss Ringenberg, een tentoonstellings- en artist in residence plek gelegen tussen Arnhem en Düsseldorf. De deelname van de Duitse curatoren wordt mogelijk gemaakt door de Minister-president van de deelstaat Nordrhein-Westfalen. De bijdrage van het Fonds BKVB maakt de deelname van de Nederlandse curator mogelijk.
Met dit tijdelijke buitenlandatelier wil het Fonds BKVB jonge bemiddelaars de gelegenheid bieden om in een andere omgeving en cultuur hun werk te verdiepen en daarop te reflecteren. De werkperiode biedt kansen om werkervaring op te doen en nieuwe velden te ontdekken, en internationale contacten op te doen of uit te breiden.
Deadline voor aanmeldingen is 15 april 2011
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Opportunity: Young Curators Program & Internship Program at Canadian Centre for Architecture

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Friday, March 11. 2011 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

Curatorial practice as it emerged during the twentieth century is being extensively recast. The tremendous change in the status of the object, of culture, of the various disciplines, or information and education, implies an inevitable transformation of the curator’s role and competencies. A renewed interest for curatorial practice has recently emerged within the field of architecture.

The Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) is an international research centre and museum founded by Phyllis Lambert in 1979 on the conviction that architecture is a public concern. Based on its extensive Collection, exhibitions, programs, and research opportunities, the CCA is a leading voice in advancing knowledge, promoting public understanding, and widening thought and debate on architecture, its history, theory, practice, and role in society today.

The CCA is launching new curatorial opportunities: the Young Curators Program and the Power Corporation of Canada Curatorial Internships Program.

Do you want to realize your own curatorial project at the CCA?

Young Curators Program
The Young Curators Program offers the opportunity to propose and curate a project on the contemporary debate in architecture, urbanism, and landscape design during a residency of up to 3 months at the CCA.

Apply by 15 April 2011 to youngcurator -at-

Do you want to take part in the CCA’s curatorial activities?

Power Corporation of Canada Curatorial Internships Program

The Power Corporation of Canada Curatorial Internships Program encourages students and recent graduates across the design disciplines to become acquainted with the CCA collection, conservation, educational, exhibition, publication, and research programs through an internship of 6 to 12 months in Montréal.

Apply by 15 April 2011 to curatorialintern -at-

For more information, forms, and how to apply please visit the CCA website.

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Opportunity: Curatorial Assistant Internship, New York Photo Festival

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Sunday, March 6. 2011 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

Enrico Bossan, head of the photography department at Fabrica, and editorial director of Colors Magazine, and Elisabeth Biondi - Visuals Editor of the New Yorker - are seeking two curatorial assistant interns to help develop all aspects of their exhibitions for the New York Photo Festival 2011.

Interns will work closely with Bossan, Biondi, and Festival Director Sam Barzilay to coordinate artist participation, handle all necessary paperwork, manage digital content, and oversee production for each exhibition.

An exhibition catalog, a symposium and an accompanying book will also be developed around the curated exhibitions.

Prospective interns should have a strong background in event production or curatorial studies. Successful candidates will be self-driven, able to contribute to weekly brainstorm and discussion sessions, draft written materials and arrange logistics associated with project production work.

Ideal candidates for the Curatorial Assistant Internship have the following experience and qualities:

- A knowledge of and experience working in event production, curatorial projects, or similar environments. The ideal candidate will probably be a graduate student or post-graduate.

- An insatiable intellectual curiosity.

- Impeccable and efficient writing and editing abilities, with the ability to deliver quality texts and edits on deadline.

- Excellent communication skills and the ability to work collaboratively with a small team.

Salary and Commitment: This is an unpaid, part-time position (at least 25 hours per week commitment, ramping up to a full time position in the month of May). Internships will start by mid-March and continue until June 2011.

How to Apply: Interested and qualified candidates should submit a resume; a cover letter detailing your relevant background, skills, and interest in the position; and two academic or professional references to info -at-

Please include "Curatorial Assistant Internship" in the subject line. No calls please. Deadline is March 11, 2011, with interviews to commence shortly thereafter.
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Opportunity: Sophie Davis Curatorial Fellowship

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Sunday, March 6. 2011 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities
The Norton Museum in West Palm Beach, Florida is accepting applications for the new position of Sophie Davis Curatorial Fellow which is funded by the Leonard and Sophie Davis Fund, Inc. and dedicated to the research and exhibition of living women artists. This appointment is a three year, full time position for a graduate student knowledgeable in contemporary art and committed to further study of this field in the context of an institution. The successful candidate will work with, and report to, senior curatorial staff with primary responsibility for conducting research and facilitating the organization of a series of annual exhibitions devoted to the artwork of living women artists. The Fellow will also respond to ongoing curatorial projects. The Fellow will have the opportunity to gain experience of the workings of the Museum and be responsible for initiating and organizing at least one exhibition for presentation at the Norton Museum. The Fellow will have the opportunity to travel and be expected to remain apprised of events in the field of contemporary art.

Job Requirements:
Demonstrated knowledge of essential methods to research contemporary art and artists; ability to write clearly and for a variety of audiences; familiarity with institutional procedures essential to the organization of exhibitions is helpful. Computer skills required include Microsoft Office Suite and Outlook; familiarity with the database The Museum System is beneficial. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are expected as is the ability to work independently.

The Norton Museum of Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Contact for more information on how to apply:
Contact Person: Jane Wattick
Email Address: wattickj -at-
Phone: 1-561-832-5196 Ext. 1112
Fax: 1-561-832-3517
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Opportunity: CuratorLab at Konstfack University

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Saturday, March 5. 2011 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities
CuratorLab at Konstfack University: Call for Applications
Curatorial Program for Professionals in Arts, Crafts
and Design

Application Deadline: April 4th, 2011

CuratorLab is an international self-directed curatorial course dedicated to the advancement of curatorial practices based on research in the arts, crafts and design. It is designed to offer time to conduct research and to explore new directions and ideas in order to develop artistic or theoretical work while linking academic study to cultural projects.

The program offers the participants the possibility to develop and realize one individual or collaborative project in the form of a public presentation, i.e. exhibition, lecture series, publication, screenings, seminar, for which CuratorLab provides professional feedback and practical support as well as a moderate research/production budget.

The final form, and where it will be presented, is decided by each participant in dialogue with his or her personal advisor.

CuratorLab will arrange guest lectures by professionals, and provides each participant access to the faculties across Konstfack's eight departments, visiting curators, critics and practitioners, and be welcomed into graduate seminars and classes.

Dependant on the individual aims and research topics of the participants the faculty will assist in contacting art institutions to arrange lectures, to set up meetings with professionals in the field, as well as schedule studio visits with artists and designers in the Nordic region.

Participants will be introduced to Konstfack's Nordic and international network in arts, design and craft.

Applications are accepted once a year, to enter in September 2011. The program is flexible. It can be divided over different intervals over the academic year and it is not required to be based in Stockholm full time. The final schedule will be determined during the first meeting in September in Stockholm.

Tuition at Konstfack is free of charge for students from Sweden and the EU/EEA. From 2011 students from outside the EU/EEA are required to pay tuition fees. For more information please visit:

Requirement for Application
MA degree in fine art, art history, critical studies, architecture, crafts and design and / or equivalent working experience in independent curatorial practices or within institutions.

Application Deadline
Applications must be received by April 4th, 2011

Application Form
For further information and application form please visit our website:

or contact:
Renée Padt
Programme Director CuratorLab
renee.padt -at-

University College of Arts, Crafts and Design
Stockholm, Sweden.

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Opportunity: Summer Seminars for Art Curators, Yerevan

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Wednesday, March 2. 2011 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

Summer Seminars for Art Curators
Yerevan, Armenia
The Institutional and Ideological Operation of Transnational Art Event

The 1989 Fall of Berlin Wall did not only mark the collapse of the ideologically bipolar world order and the start of the triumphant rhetoric of global capitalism but also the leveling of contemporary art practices, representational mechanisms and institutional structures. The historical collapse of state socialism also designated the breakdown of an art system that relied on non-market driven consumption and circulation. The unofficial art practices heretofore evolving behind the Iron Curtain found a comfortable shelter in various transnational biennials, art festivals, fairs, collections and discursive events mushrooming since the 1990s.

The transnational art events are no longer exhibitions in a traditional sense of art representation, but these are global events that are also evolving in extra artistic domains that include discussions, educational programs, networking and so on. "Global" and mobile artists and curators, leaving the imprint of thousands of carbon traces, fly from Moscow to Venice, from Sao Paolo to Seoul and from Gyumri to Beirut in order to share the latest discursive vogue and the representational paradigm, the possible potential of radical political art as well as the latest curatorial stratagems and artistic debuts.

Then, what are those mechanisms, systems and ideologies of contemporary art representation that construct the global art event in the transnational framework? How does this framework impact certain local contexts? How is the aesthetical value being constructed and articulated through such events?

By proposing the above outlined framework, the 6th edition of the International Summer Seminars for Curators in Yerevan is initiating a series of seminars, lectures, discussions and public reading groups that aim at questioning the economic, political and ideological bases of constructing the global art event on one hand, and the participation of the contemporary art scene in Armenia in those events on the other hand.

Coinciding with the 54th Venice Biennial of 2011, where three Armenian curators are representing three artists, a series of events is aimed at addressing the role of global art events in reshaping Armenia’s cultural policy. We will refer to the history of Armenia's participation in the Biennial and its ideological and cultural-political implications. Hence, the most important issue that we would like to propose relates to the role of the curator, its purpose and function in relation both to the local scene and the ongoing international redefinitions of the curator within the framework of transnational art events.

The aim of the program is twofold: to discuss a timely issue in the international arena and at the same time address the experience of participation of the local context in transnational art events. Further, we would like to extend these questions to discuss issues related to the impact of these events on cultural policy and institutional politics in the field of contemporary art.

The program invites international and local curators, theorists, artists and cultural operators including those directly involved in the development of cultural policy to participate in the following events:

a. Lectures will be conducted by local and international theorists, who will present various aspects of economic, political, ideological and aesthetic analysis of transnational art events.

b. Seminar discussions intend to propose and discuss topics related to the general conceptual framework proposed by the organizers. By developing a clear framework of issues these discussions will touch upon both local and international institutional policies that are being developed in response to transnational art events. The participants are local artists, curators, critics, the participants of the graduate program of Art Criticism and Curatorial Studies as international participants of the Summer Seminars’ Program.

c. Reading sessions are dedicated to active reading and discussion of specific subject-related texts that will be conducted by Angela Harutyunyan. These sessions will be held in various public places in Yerevan and are to establish a direct link between the text and the natural-architectural environment. Readings will be literally localized. The participants include the students of the graduate program of Art Criticism and Curatorial Studies as international participants of the Summer Seminars’ Program.

To apply, please, send a CV, a Statement of Interest (approximately 1000 words) and a writing sample (a review, a curatorial statement or an art critical piece, approximately 1500-2000 words) to Angela Harutyunyan (angela.harutyunyan -at- and Taguhi Torosyan (tag.torosyan -at- by April 1st, 2011. AICA-Armenia does not provide grants to cover travel expenses.

However, limited grants to cover accommodation can be obtained on the basis of the merit of the application. We encourage you to apply for external funding sources. Participation is free of charge.

The program is supported by:
The Open Society Institute
Prince Claus Foundation
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