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Opportunity: International Curator Competition, Akbank Sanat

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Wednesday, August 29. 2012 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

Akbank Sanat announces the first edition of the International Curator Competition. Curators from around the world are encouraged to submit proposals by November 5, 2012.

Akbank Sanat International Curator Competition is intended to provide support for emerging curators, reinforce interest in curatorial practices, and encourage new projects in the field of contemporary art. Developed and coordinated by Basak Senova, the competition has as an application-based process. The content and the quality of the proposals will be evaluated by an international jury consisting of three curators. This year's jury includes Jack Persekian (director of the Al-Ma'mal Foundation for Contemporary Art in Jerusalem and the artistic director of Darat Al Funun, The Khalid Shoman Foundation, Amman), Francis McKee (director of CCA, Glasgow, tutor and research fellow at Glasgow School of Art), and Basak Senova (independent curator).

The winning curator is given opportunities to release the proposal as an exhibition that will run from February, 15 - April, 30, 2013 at Akbank Art Centre, Istanbul, accompanied with an exhibition catalogue and additional activities. The curatorial fee, the exhibition production, travelling expenses of the curator/s and artists, the production of the catalogue and the additional activities will be covered by Akbank Sanat.

Eligibility: Curators under the age of 40 are eligible to apply to the competition. There is no condition of residency or citizenship. Curators may apply to the competition as individuals as well as in groups (or as curatorial collectives). Curators will not be allowed to participate as artists in the projects.

Guidelines: By filling the application form (to be downloaded from the curators will explain the conceptual framework of the exhibition proposal as well as the artists and their works in detail. There could be additional activities (for instance: talks or video screenings) that could be incorporated into the exhibition proposal. Application forms must be written in English. Applicants are expected to submit (only electronic copies) the completed application form, CV (max. 2 pages) and accompanying visual material for their proposals (max. 4MB in total) by sending emails to [email protected]. Closing date for the applications is November, 5 2012, 17:00 GMT +2. Late applications shall not be considered for evaluation. Entries must be previously unpublished as well as the proposals has not been realised or exhibited before.

The website contains the plan of the exhibition space, guidelines, and the application form.

All applicants will be notified of the jury's decision by November, 23, 2012

For further inquiries please contact icc -at-

Akbank Art Center
Istiklal Cad. No. 8
Beyoglu / Istanbul, Turkey
+90 212 252 3500

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  1. SOunds like a great opportunity but I find the age limit very curious, I'm pretty sure a call would be labeled ageist in the USA. If the intention is to open the way for new, emerging curators there are other ways to cater the call such as the applicants may need to have graduated in the past 10 years etc.
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