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Opportunity: Call for applications, PhD in Curatorial Practice at MADA

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Friday, October 18. 2013 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

Call for applications: PhD in Curatorial Practice at MADA

Monash University Art Design & Architecture (MADA) in Melbourne, Australia announces the PhD specialisation in Curatorial Practice. Led by Tara McDowell and launching in March 2014, the PhD in Curatorial Practice is the first in Australia and among the first in the world. This program joins the field at a moment when the discipline of curating is as dynamic and contested as it is established. The Curatorial Practice PhD at MADA is practice-based, and will support a spectrum of doctoral projects, from experimental curatorial models to academic dissertations.

The program will be an international centre for radical curatorial models that reflect critically on how we engage with our cultures, our cities, and our world. It will foster curatorial projects that test the limits of arts institutions. It will support advanced scholarly work on exhibitions and their histories, conditions of art’s public appearance, and the politics of display. Finally, the program will nurture spaces of retreat to allow forms of research other than those that normally occur within the framework of educational institutions.


Candidates will have advanced knowledge of art, art history, arts institutions, and curating, or relevant fields of inquiry. They are required to hold a minimum four-year Bachelor’s degree with Honours, and will preferably hold a research Master’s qualification in a relevant discipline. Candidates will apply with a specific research project in mind. The program is open to applicants whose projects are interdisciplinary or historical in nature. Scholarships may be awarded to qualified applicants subject to University scholarship assessment and terms and conditions.

Application deadline for scholarship consideration: October 31, 2013

Application details at

Monash University Art Design & Architecture
900 Dandenong Rd
Caulfield East, Victoria 3145
Ph: +61 3 9903 1837
Contact: artdes-postgrad -at-
CRICOS provider: 00008C
CRICOS course code: 037830A

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Opportunity: Soliciting Unsolicited Proposals, apexart

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Friday, October 11. 2013 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

Unsolicited Proposal Program
apexart's Unsolicited Proposal Program is an opportunity for anyone, from anywhere, to submit a proposal for an idea-based exhibition at apexart. From October 11 to November 8, 2013, we will accept 500-word group exhibition proposals. Three winning proposals will be presented at apexart in New York City as part of our 2014-15 season. Proposals are only accepted online for anonymous consideration by an international group of more than 100 individuals composed of artists, curators, writers, arts professionals, and individuals from other fields.

Our unique system of crowd-sourced jurying asks each juror to read at least 50 proposals, in randomized order. Each proposal receives as many as 25 votes. We believe it is the most objective and fair process of evaluation that we have found. Submissions are reviewed anonymously and solely on the strength of their idea and previous curatorial experience is in no way required. Supplemental materials are not accepted to further level the "playing field."

Three proposals with the highest ratings will be presented the following season at apexart in NYC, and the full tally of results (where your proposal ranked) will be available online to all submitters. We appreciate your interest in our programs.

Applications are welcomed and encouraged from around the world.

For more info and to apply:
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Opportunity: Curatorial Intern, OBS Gallery, Tonbridge, Kent

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Wednesday, October 9. 2013 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

The application date for this opportunity has passed.

OBS Gallery in Tonbridge, Kent will be opening in January 2014 and will be showcasing work by both established and emerging contemporary artists. We are looking for a curatorial intern from November 2013 until the end of March 2014. This is part time (days to be negotiated) and we are offering lunch and travel expenses. The intern will research ideas for future exhibitions and work on the opening exhibition ‘In the Flesh’.

Details about the gallery, opening exhibition, a job description and an application form can be found here:

The deadline for applications has been extended until 18th October.

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Job: Director and Chief Curator, Visual and Digital Arts, The Banff Centre

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Sunday, October 6. 2013 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

Director and Chief Curator, Visual and Digital Arts
The Banff Centre

The Opportunity
The Banff Centre is looking for a Director/Chief Curator, Visual and Digital Arts to envision, lead and manage the implementation of all Visual and Digital Arts programming at The Banff Centre, including the studio residency and work study programs, the Walter Phillips Gallery and the Banff International Curatorial Institute. The department is currently assessing its facilities and staffing to better support artists working in digital and experimental technologies such as video, sound art, interactive storytelling and mobile apps among others. This review is in its early stages and the direction of this facility enhancement will be determined in part by the successful candidate in response to the demands required, today and tomorrow, by contemporary arts practice. The successful candidate will be highly collaborative in style and have an expressed interest in developing innovative and cross-disciplinary programming and research.

Position Objectives

Leads the Visual and Digital Arts department, envisioning a compelling future for programs that meets the ambitions laid out in the overall strategic plan of the Centre
Develops new programming of a high artistic calibre that meets the needs of Canadian and international artists and curators in the 21st century and increases the reach of our nationally and internationally renowned programs
Leads the curatorial direction of the Walter Phillips Gallery and manages The Banff Centre's collection of approximately 2000 works
Creates an environment where visual and digital artists can experiment and push creative boundaries to build on existing artistic knowledge and facilitate personal growth and development


Oversees a group of onsite staff with expertise in studio facilitation across artistic disciplines, curatorial research, exhibit preparation and production, publications, and collections management
Creates the annual program plan and puts required funding and resources in place to bring the Visual and Digital Arts vision to life
Draws on his/her own network of contacts within the visual arts community to form a roster of exceptional sessional creative faculty
Ensures the Walter Phillips Gallery's reputation is enhanced as an institution of artistic excellence so that it is positioned at the forefront of contemporary art
Responsible for the Banff International Curatorial Institute, which supports research and professional development opportunities in the curatorial field
Develops an active program of dissemination of the results of studio activities and exhibitions through print and electronic channels
Works with the VP Arts and Directors of Film & Media, Theatre & Dance, Literary Arts, Music and Indigenous Arts to develop interdisiciplinary projects


Has excellent knowledge of current art practice and a comprehensive understanding of art education and professional development at the post-secondary level
Displays familiarity with funding sources to identify and support the application for grant opportunities
Possesses at minimum a master's degree in Art History, Curatorial Studies, Fine Arts or a related field
Has worked at least 5 years in a leadership role in a visual arts context
Experience with major capital projects is considered an asset

Special Requirements

Candidates offered a position with the Centre, in this capacity, will be required to obtain a criminal record check through the local R.C.M.P. detachment, verifying a clear record before a final job offer can be made
This position requires flexibility in schedule, working occasional weekends and evenings
Travel is required

Employment Terms & Benefits

This is a permanent salaried Management/ PSP position, subject to a 12 month probationary period, based on 37.5 hours per week
Salary commensurate with level of education and experience
The Banff Centre offers a competitive and comprehensive benefits package to all of its full time salaried employees. For more information please visit our benefits page

Application Process

We are accepting applications for this position until a suitable candidate is found.

If this opportunity matches your interest and experience, please submit your application online via The Banff Centre careers website:

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Opportunity: New Museum Senior Research Fellow

Posted by Mikhel Proulx • Friday, September 6. 2013 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

New Museum Senior Research Fellow
New Museum
(New York NY)


The New Museum seeks a Senior Research Fellow to provide historical research support and to develop online, printed, and other discursive content for the museum’s curatorial and educational programming. The Fellow, operating within both the curatorial and education departments, reports to the Director of Exhibitions and the Director of Education . The Research Fellow will gain invaluable experience in the theory and practice of curation, education, exhibition, administration, and other museum functions as well as play a critical role in the development of the New Museum Digital Archive. The Fellow will work to emphasize the necessary art historical links between the museum’s upcoming exhibitions and other programs and the ever-evolving canon of contemporary art. This work will enrich both the public’s experience of our digital and other scholarly resources as well as the curatorial department’s exhibition planning. This position is a two-year post with a competitive salary and benefits. The post begins fall 2013 and concludes summer 2015, with the opportunity for a one year extension as appropriate.


1.Conduct extensive research on the historical context of upcoming New Museum exhibitions and provide comprehensive syllabi on key concepts and themes.

2.Coordinate the periodic convening of curator and scholar research groups for upcoming exhibitions, which will result in online and/or print publications.

3.Participate in writing and editing online and printed publications for exhibitions.

4.Participate in conceiving, writing, and editing thematic volumes, including the New Museum Anthologies.

5.Develop exhaustive bibliographies of primary source documents for exhibitions which will be shared with curators during exhibition planning and later with the public on the Digital Archive.

6.Organize public programs, such as lectures and panels, on themes related to upcoming exhibitions and other museum projects.

7.Curate thematic features within the Digital Archive that relate issues and themes of upcoming exhibitions to the museum’s programmatic past, and examine artists’ early works in relation to current works.

8.Develop a longer and more in-depth term research program on one or two key thematic tracks relating to New Museum exhibitions and projects, which will result in online Digital Archive features, as well as a print publication and/or scholarly convening.


-Pre - or post-doctoral candidates; art history or curatorial studies focus.

-Field of expertise within contemporary art.

-Previous experience working in a museum setting and/or curating exhibitions desirable.


This full-time position begins in September and requires on-site availability at the museum.
Interested candidates should e-mail a letter of interest, resume, three reference contacts, and a writing sample to [email protected] with the subject line “Senior Research Fellow.” We will be conducting interviews from September 9th – 12th and will be in touch should your qualifications fit our needs. No phone calls please.


Job: MoMA PS1 Curatorial Associate

Posted by Mikhel Proulx • Friday, September 6. 2013 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

The application date for this opportunity has passed.

Curatorial Associate, 2-year appointment

(Long Island City NY)

Bachelor’s degree in Art History or a comparable academic field, Master’s degree preferred.
Demonstrated work experience successfully organizing exhibitions with budgetary responsibility and experience managing staff. Strong writing, research and organizational skills as well as attention to detail. Ability to create and realize program priorities, including managing multiple projects with competing timelines and budgets. Thorough knowledge and understanding of contemporary art world. Must be able to travel internationally.


Works with the Director of MoMA PS1 and other staff to manage and coordinate the international tour of a multi-faceted group exhibition. Manages communication between all parties, including host venues, the Director of MoMA PS1 and related curators, exhibition sponsor and registration staff. Manages production schedule and budget.

Performs the duties of exhibitions assistant, including research on subjects such as artists, specific works, locations of works, photograph sources, etc. Assists with arranging loans, catalogue preparation, preparation of checklists, coordinating and scheduling work to be done within the Museum and without. Assists with the preparation of wall labels and public texts.

Assists exhibition curatorial staff in all areas of their responsibilities including administrative work in support of exhibitions and publications.

Works with curatorial interns as assigned.

Keeps informed of current activity through gallery and Museum visits, publications, etc. and conveys observations to the senior staff.

Any other duties reasonably related to the functions described above.


TO APPLY: Applications should include a CV and a writing sample, and will be accepted until 9/18 by email to:

[email protected]


Posted by Mikhel Proulx • Friday, September 6. 2013 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

The application date for this opportunity has passed.

In October and November 2013, KRAN Film is organising in Brussels two residencies for cultural operators, with a particular interest in independent, non-commercial video art and art films. During the period of 10 days, each resident will have the opportunity to visit Flemish film and video archives (Argos, VAF, Cinematek, Plus-tot te laat, Cinema Nova, Auguste Orts, 68septante, Kran Film Collective); meet Flemish film makers and film professionals; deliver a lecture, debate or presentation at the RITS School of Arts; and present a screening programme at Beursschouwburg.

In total, two residents will be selected – one for the October and another for the November residency.

The residency offers travel costs to Brussels (return ticket – limited amount), accommodation, per diems, fee and a small budget for screening rights costs.

This call is addressed to international programmers, programme managers, curators and film experts with an interest in independent film and video art, who are working worldwide in the institutional or non-governmental sector, including PhD researchers. The call excludes the commercial film sector. Residents who do not live and work in Belgium may apply to the call. The applicant should send a CV and a short motivation letter. The motivation letter should clearly state how the resident will benefit from the residency programme and his/her vision of the implementation of gained experiences in the resident’s future career.

The residency is organised around different themes that Kran Film, together with its partners and residents, would like to examine in 2013 and 2014. In 2013 we will be specifically exploring following themes:
1) labour (October residency), and
2) gender (November residency).

Please read the context on the bottom of the document for more information.

application guide
The applicant selects one of the focus themes
to further explore within the residency
(either labour or gender).
The applicant submits a CV and a motivation letter.
The motivation letter may not exceed 700 words.

Within the motivation letter, the applicant:
a) clarifies his/her experiences and interests in the residency, and selected theme;
b) proposes film artists he/she wishes to meet up with;
c) proposes a (draft for the) lecture/debate/presentation; and
d) proposes a (draft for the) screening programme.

Both the lecture/debate/presentation and the screening programme should be developed around the selected theme.

deadlines and selection procedure
There are two deadlines for submitting applications:
1) The applicant who wishes to further explore the theme of Labour should apply by 10th September, 2013.
2) The applicant who wishes to further explore the theme of Gender should apply by 24th September, 2013.
It is possible to apply for both residencies, although accepted applicants can only receive one residency.

Applications may be submitted online via the following e-mail address: [email protected]

or via post mail service to:
Kran Film (residency)
Aalststraat 7-11
Suite A3.1
Belgium – Brussels 1000

The selection committee consists of representatives from Beursschouwburg Brussels, the RITS School of Arts, BAMart, Argos and KRAN Film Collective. The selection committee will gather twice to choose two residents in total for the residency programme in 2013. Results will be announced a few days after the deadlines.

The October residency will be held from 18th and 27th October 2013.
The November residency will be held from 13th and 22nd November 2013.

residency structure
The resident will be visiting Flemish film and video archives that will preselect films for the resident’s visit in accordance to the residency theme. Meetings with filmmakers and other film professionals may also be organised on the resident’s request.

The resident will deliver a lecture or a debate or a presentation at the RITS School of Arts in Brussels. The lecture/debate/presentation is to be developed around the chosen theme (labour / gender) and will take film as an analytical device. This event will be organised for the students, film professionals and film fondlers at the RITS School of Arts.

The resident will prepare a screening programme to be developed around the chosen theme (already presented with the motivation letter). It is highly recommended that the resident includes at least one film from the Flemish film or video archives he or she will visit during the residency period. This event will take place in Beursschouwburg, Brussels, at the end of the residency period. Screening programmes will take place on 26th October for the first residency (labour) and 21st November for the second (gender).

English is the official language of the residency.
If the language of the films on the screening programme is not English, the film should have English or Dutch subtitles.

In 2013 and 2014 KRAN Film residency programme aims to explore the notion of a relational citizenship. The programme is concerned with stereotypes about identities that persist in Europe despite the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and increased migrations. Instead of uniting in its diversity, Europe is dividing along ethnic, religious or gender borders. It is in this regard that the forms of living together in migrating Europe have to be challenged. Examining these circumstances, the residency wishes to raise questions of citizenship in a multinational and multiethnic society, about neo-liberalism, migrations, populism, de-colonialism, gender, ethics and the like. Eurocentric and multipolar order, as well as contingent and precarious identities are to be examined.

In 2013 we will be discussing two themes: labour in October and gender in November.

Labour – Today, when multinationals seek out cheap labour and focus on export regardless of local needs, advanced economies face growing unemployment and developing countries suffer from a lack of adequate market access. It is in this light that we want to envisage the ethical issues regarding labour and economy as they encourage nationalism, migration and poverty.

Gender – Judith Butler comes to terms with the use of an ontology of sexual difference as a justification for norms of gendered behaviour. For her, the body “has no ontological status apart from the various acts which constitute its reality” and it is considered to be contingent and discoursivly constructed. This is the position from which we argue freedom for all, equal treatment of all differences, and acknowledgment of multiplicity of subject positions.


Kran Film Collective is a Brussels and Copenhagen based network of international visual artists and film makers from outside the traditional realm of filmmaking. Kran Film is engaged in a critical approach to society we live in through film and video art.

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Jobs: The River Tamar Project, University of Plymouth

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Tuesday, August 20. 2013 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

The application date for this opportunity has passed.

The River Tamar Project is a major cultural project, connecting local and international communities with the river. Funded by the Arts Council of England in partnership with Plymouth University.

Two positions available:
Producer, Ref: A3438, Full-time, fixed term £23352 to £27047 pa- Grade 5
Marketing Coordinator, Ref: A3440, Full-time, fixed term £18005 to £19606 pa-Grade 3

Location: Plymouth, UK
Closing date: 04/09/2013
Apply to Plymouth University
The River Tamar Project is seeking two new dynamic team members to produce and communicate the programme. Based at Plymouth University they will work with the Artistic Director on a major International River Film Festival. Experience of commissioning and developing new audiences in contemporary art is desirable.

The River Tamar Project is a major cultural project, connecting local and international communities with the river. Funded by the Arts Council of England in partnership with Plymouth University.

Job descriptions:
Ref: A3438
River Tamar Project Producer
Salary: £23,352 to £27,047 pa- Grade 5
The River Tamar Project is a major new cultural project that will explore the rich heritage and potential future uses of one of the country’s most
diverse waterways.
Supported by Peninsula Arts, Plymouth University and the Arts Council England, this project is looking for a dynamic producer who will be responsible for the delivery and production of this exciting 12 month programme which culminates in a major international film festival in September 2014. You will be responsible to the Artistic Director and work with a small dedicated team in building the profile of the project and developing a new audience. They will manage a Marketing Coordinator and work alongside the University’s External Relations department and Peninsula Arts.
With experience in curating public projects and working with artists from early research and concept development through to delivery, the Producer will help shape the future artistic programme of River Tamar Project, devise and deliver specific projects and articulate the ideas and issues that inform contemporary practice in the public realm.
They will have the proven ability to respond creatively to the demands of public space, to liaise with non-arts partners and stakeholders, to fundraise and manage budgets, and to collaborate with and manage technical teams, fabricators, graphic designers, and associated contractors and suppliers.
You will also be an exceptional communicator with a proven interest in broadening the reach and impact of the work of contemporary artists.
For an informal discussion, please contact Paula Orrell, paula -at-, or telephone 01752 584980. To apply for this post, please visit
This is a full-time position working 37 hours per week and is fixed term for 14 months.
Clearance from the Disclosure and Barring Service will be required for this position.

Ref: A3440
River Tamar Project Marketing Coordinator
Salary: £18,005 to £19,606 pa-Grade 3
The River Tamar Project is a major new cultural project that will explore the rich heritage and potential future uses of one of the country’s most
diverse waterways.
Supported by Peninsula Arts, Plymouth University and the Arts Council England, this project is looking for a dynamic producer who will be responsible for the delivery and production of this exciting 12 month programme which culminates in a major international film festival in September 2014.
You will provide effective administrative and tactical marketing support, delivering to deadlines for the implementation of the River Tamar Project. Reporting directly to the River Tamar Project Producer, the coordinator will work alongside the University’s External Relations team and Peninsula Arts. With excellent customer-facing skills you will also particularly focus on new audience development for the programme.
It will involve assisting on campaigns and producing marketing material aligned with digital and social media resources for the promotion of the
project. There will be a strong interface with partners and stakeholders, as well as coordinating and attending internal and external events.
For an informal discussion, please contact Paula Orrell, paula -at-, or telephone 01752 584980. To apply for this post, please visit
Clearance from the Disclosure and Barring Service will be required for this position.
This is a full time position working 37 hours per week and is fixed term for 12 months.

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Job: Curator, Kunsthalle Wien

Posted by Sofia Landström • Sunday, August 11. 2013 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

The application date for this opportunity has passed.

Curator, Kunshalle Wien
Deadline: September 15, 2013

Kunsthalle Wien is one of Austria's most prominent institutions for international contemporary art and discourse. Its two exhibition venues are located within Museumsquartier and in Vienna's city centre at Karlsplatz. The institution's internationally recognized exhibition programme of group and solo exhibitions feature some of the leading contemporary artists, and there is an equal dedication to ensure that these exhibitions are accompanied by a broad and challenging discursive programme that endeavours to open a dialogue not only with the arts, but with a variety of disciplines such as theatre, economics, sociology, philosophy, etc. Through its close cooperation and collaboration with artists, researchers, and other cultural actors, Kunsthalle Wien strives not only to be an active participant in the international discourse on contemporary art and related fields, but also to highlight current issues that are of concern to not only the arts, but also to society at large.

We are looking for a curator with expertise and wide-reaching creativity. You must have a higher education in the art field or a similar disciplinary background, a minimum of three years' experience within the field of contemporary art and a broad international network. The curator must have an understanding of both financial administration as well as experience in relation to public and private support sectors. We are looking for a person with a dedication to teamwork, collaboration, cooperation, and communication.

We expect basic knowledge of German. The position has a set term of at least two years.

The application deadline is September 15th, 2013.

Send your CV and cover letter to bewerbung -at-

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Opportunity: Cubitt’s 9th Curatorial Bursary

Posted by Sofia Landström • Sunday, August 4. 2013 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

The application date for this opportunity has passed.

Cubitt’s 9th Curatorial Bursary
Deadline: September 30, 2013

Cubitt is an independent charitable organisation which consists of a public gallery providing unique development opportunities for curators, a large-scale grassroots education and community programme and the provision of affordable artists studios in central London. Since its founding in 1991, Cubitt has run as a co-operative led by 32 practicing artists. This is a diverse community of artists working in different media and at various stages in their careers.

Cubitt’s reputation is upheld through the success and development of Cubitt’s 18 month Curatorial Bursary, the only one of its kind in UK. The bursary is a pioneering curatorial model that is highlighted as one of the major platforms for curatorial development in Europe and is key to the success and rich exhibition history of the organisation.

Cubitt seeks to appoint the 9th Curatorial Bursary Holder. The Curatorial Bursary is an exciting opportunity to curate one of the UK’s most established artist-run spaces. The bursary holder will develop an exhibitions and events programme at Cubitt Gallery across a fixed period of 18 months, building on our strong reputation for innovative and challenging curating. For the last two decades, Cubitt has introduced emerging or overlooked artistic talent to a diverse audience and provided an important platform for artists working in London, the UK and abroad.


18 Months | January 2014 – June 2015
Hours : Minimum of 2 days per week on site
Closing date: 5pm on Monday 30th of September 2013

Interviews will be held on Monday 21st of October 2013
Value of bursary: The fee for the position is currently fixed at £12,000 for the full period of the bursary. We are currently working towards securing additional funding to be in place for the bursary start date in January 2014. The curatorial bursary is funded by Outset Contemporary Art Fund and the Arts Council England.

Instructions to apply:
1. Download the Application Form: CubittBursaryApplication_Surname_Forename and Job Description: Curatorial Bursary 2013 Description from this page.
2. Fill in the Application Form.
3. Resave the Application Form and insert your name in the title as directed: CubittBursaryApplication_Surname_Forename.
4. Click on the link: APPLY ONLINE HERE to fill in your details and submit your application form.
5. Submit your completed form by 5pm on Monday 30th September 2013.

We will ONLY accept applications through the online portal. We will not accept applications by email.

Curatorial Bursary 2013 Description

If you have any further questions please email Cubitt’s Gallery Manager, Jenny Richards : [email protected]
We will not accept CVs by e-mail for this position. Please follow the instructions above.

All opportunities are advertised, both here and in relevant press. Cubitt is an Equal Opportunities employer.

Cubitt Gallery cannot accept unsolicited job applications or CVs.
Please note Cubitt Gallery cannot accept exhibition submissions.

Further information:

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Opportunity: 89plus, Call for creative practitioners born in and after 1989

Posted by Sofia Landström • Sunday, July 28. 2013 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

The application date for this opportunity has passed.

89plus, Call for creative practitioners born in and after 1989
Deadline: July 30, 2013

89plus is calling for artists, curators, writers, and other creative practitioners to be a part of a long term, international, multi-platform research project, co-founded by Simon Castets and Hans Ulrich Obrist. There is only one rule: you must be 89plus—born in or after 1989.

The year 1989 was marked by several paradigm-shifting events, including the collapse of the Berlin Wall, the introduction of the World Wide Web and the orbit of the first Global Positioning System satellite. Positing a relationship between these world-changing events and creative production at large, 89plus introduces the work of some of this generation’s most inspiring young protagonists. Through various projects and events, 89plus brings together individuals from a generation whose voices are only starting to be heard.


89plus is a long-term, international, multi-platform research project co-founded by Simon Castets and Hans Ulrich Obrist. It is conceived as a mapping of the generation born in or after 1989. Without forecasting artistic trends or predicting future creation, 89plus manifests itself through panels, books, periodicals, exhibitions and residencies, bringing together individuals from a generation whose voices are only starting to be heard, yet which makes up almost half of the world’s population.

Marked by several paradigm-shifting events, the year 1989 saw the collapse of the Berlin Wall and the start of the post-Cold War period; the introduction of the World Wide Web and the beginning of the universal availability of the Internet, as well as the orbit of the first Global Positioning System satellite. Positing a relationship between these world-changing events and creative production at large, 89plus introduces the work of some of this generation’s most inspiring protagonists.

Since an introductory panel held in January 2013 at the DLD – Digital, Life, Design conference in Munich, 89plus has conducted research in Australia with Kaldor Public Art Projects and Hong Kong with Art Basel’s Salon series. In partnership with the Park Avenue Armory in New York, 89plus selected visual artist and curator Alex Dolan to be artist-in-residence during the Armory’s “Under Construction” series, taking place in September 2013.

Open call

89plus announces an open call for artists, writers, curators, architects, filmmakers, musicians, designers, scientists and technologists. There is only one rule: you must be 89plus – born in or after 1989. The open call is hosted at

Submissions are kept on a private research database for consideration by the project’s co-curators. As the project continues in the years to come, those selected will be notified of their inclusion in new endeavours.
Submissions are welcome at any time, however the mid-year deadline for 2013 activities is July 30, 2013. is kindly supported by DLD – Digital, Life, Design.
Upcoming events include the 89plus Marathon at London’s Serpentine Gallery on October 18 and 19 during this year’s Frieze Art Fair, and the 89plus Conference at Venice’s Palazzo Grassi on September 5.

For more information and to submit, go to

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Opportunity: Curatorial Intern, International Center of Photography

Posted by Sofia Landström • Tuesday, July 23. 2013 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

The application date for this opportunity has passed.

Curatorial Intern, International Center of Photography, New York
Deadline: July, 2013

Department: Exhibitions
Schedule: 3–4 days per week, days can be flexible
Dates Required: Immediately with an ability to commit through January
Supervisor's Title: Curator

A curatorial intern is needed who is a highly motivated, energetic, and detail-oriented person with a good background in modern and contemporary art. This person will work with artists who will be featured in two large-scale group shows of contemporary photography, video, and mixed media art. Tasks will include corresponding with artists and art gallery personnel, building checklists and databases of art, working on a major catalogue, and doing research on individual artists. Should have at least a BA in art history, photographic history or a related field and be able to work at least three days a week.

Mature undergraduate, recent graduate, or graduate student

Applicants should have great contemporary art/photography knowledge, extremely organized and detail oriented, digitally skilled.

Besides gaining invaluable experience at a premier cultural/educational institution, interns benefit from school credit (when applicable), and are invited to attend ICP seminars and special events. Access to the ICP library. Tuition discounts for ICP courses, workshops and/or labs are provided, subject to internship hours completed and availability.

To apply, send current résumé, internship application, and cover letter to:
Internship/Volunteer Coordinator
International Center of Photography
1114 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10036
Email: [email protected]
Fax: 212-857-0089
No Telephone Calls Please

Visit for the internship application.
The International Center of Photography is committed to equal opportunity employment

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Opportunity: International Curator Competition 2013

Posted by Sofia Landström • Saturday, July 20. 2013 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

The application date for this opportunity has passed.

International Curator Competition 2013
Application deadline: September 10, 2013

Akbank Sanat
Istiklal Cad. No. 8
Beyoglu, Istanbul, Turkey

Akbank Sanat is pleased to announce the second edition of the International Curator Competition. Curators are invited to submit proposals by September 10, 2013.

Started in 2012, Akbank Sanat International Curator Competition has the goal to provide support for emerging curators, reinforce interest in curatorial practices, and encourage new projects in the field of contemporary art.

In its first year, The Akbank Sanat International Curator Competition received a large number of applications from over 100 curators of various nationalities. Alejandra Labastida's application was selected by the jury, consisting of Jack Persekian (Director and Head Curator of the Palestinian Museum), Francis McKee (Director of CCA, Glasgow; tutor and research fellow at Glasgow School of Art), and Basak Senova (independent curator). Accordingly, Labastida's proposal, realized as an exhibition, ran from February 19 to April 27, 2013 at Akbank Art Centre, Istanbul, accompanied by a program of activities (performances, talks, and screenings) and an exhibition catalogue.

Developed and coordinated by Basak Senova, the competition has 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 Anne Barlow (Director of Art in General, New York, and Co-Curator of the Latvian Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale), Christine Tohme (Director of Ashkal Alwan, Beirut), and Branko Franceschi (curator of the Croatian Pavilion, 55th Venice Biennale; co-curator of the Project Biennial D-0 ARK Underground in Bosnia and Herzegovina; and Director of the Virtual Museum of the Contemporary Art).

The winning curator is given opportunities to realize the proposal as an exhibition that will take place in the first half of 2014 at Akbank Art Centre, Istanbul, accompanied by an exhibition catalogue and additional activities. The curatorial fee, the exhibition production, travel expenses of the curator/s and artists, the production of the catalogue and the additional activities will be covered by Akbank Sanat.

Curators under the age of 40 are eligible to apply for the competition. There is no condition of residency or citizenship. Curators may apply for 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.

By filling out 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 (maximum two pages) and accompanying visual material for their proposals (maximum 4MB total) by sending emails to [email protected] Closing date for applications is September 10, 2013, 17h GMT +2. Late applications shall not be considered for evaluation. Entries must be previously unpublished, and the proposal must not have 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 October, 1, 2013.
For further inquiries please contact [email protected]

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Job: Curatorial Assistant, The Studio Museum in Harlem

Posted by Sofia Landström • Wednesday, July 17. 2013 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

Curatorial Assistant
Deadline: Accepts proposals until a suitable hire is found

The Curatorial Assistant is primarily responsible for the maintenance and establishment of records and files which are necessary for the operation of the curatorial department. The Curatorial Assistant works in the areas of research, planning and organization of temporary exhibitions at The Studio Museum in Harlem. The curatorial assistant is supervised by the Assistant Curators.

Responsibilities – Curatorial Assistant

Assist curatorial staff in activities related to exhibitions.
Prepare correspondence related to incoming exhibition proposals, artist submissions and art acquisitions.
Compile and maintain exhibition archives, object files and artist files.
Assist in preparation of exhibition texts, projects descriptions, proposals, labels and checklists.
Research artists, works of art, exhibition history and provenance.
Schedule, maintain and organize visuals of exhibition installations and works of art.
Assist with preparation and preliminary selection for the Artist-in­-Residence program applicants.
Assist with the supervision of interns, instructing them on departmental procedures, activities, and devise individual projects for them.
Assist staff/department with daily administrative functions, including but not limited to, handling mail, writing correspondence, maintenance of databases, bibliographic and library documents, preparing purchase orders, preparing spreadsheets, retrieving and filing materials and organization and labeling of exhibition red books.
Interdepartmental activities (Registrar, Communications, Education/Public Programs, et al.) as they pertain to the curatorial department.
Assist curators in preparation of grant proposal narratives and budgets, and report on past exhibitions.
Other Duties as assigned.


Bachelor degree in Art History, with emphasis on Contemporary Art and/or African-American history and culture.
Minimum one year work experience (preferably in museum, art or scholarly fields, or equivalent).
Excellent written (both academic and editorial) and verbal communication skills a must
Excellent organizational and analytical skills; experience with administrative and clerical duties.
Excellent computer skills, particularly MS platforms, including Word, Photoshop; Outlook and Excel. Digital imaging experience a plus.
Strong Interpersonal Skills, ability to work well with others;
Bi- or Multi- lingual a plus.
Knowledge of and interest in the visual arts and familiarity with New York art and culture communities.

Please send resume and cover letter to: [email protected] No phone calls or faxes, please.

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Job: Cultural Programme Curator, The University for the Creative Arts

Posted by Sofia Landström • Wednesday, July 17. 2013 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

The application date for this opportunity has passed.

Cultural Programme Curator
Deadline: 1 August, 2013

The University for the Creative Arts has campuses at Canterbury, Epsom, Farnham, Maidstone and Rochester and is home to 7,000 students from over 70 countries studying on courses in fashion, graphics, design, media, fine art and architecture.

We are seeking to appoint a Cultural Programme Curator to take forward the exhibition, events and public programmes of the campuses. The University has established gallery spaces (James Hockey Gallery, Farnham and Herbert Read Gallery, Canterbury) and extensive external and internal curatorial spaces.

The post of Cultural Programme Curator provide an exceptional opportunity for you to lead on the curating of work connected with and arising from the world class outputs of contemporary practitioners, staff and students of the University. We are looking for individuals that will generate original concepts for programming and will work with community, professional and internal colleagues to a unique approach for each campus. You will have an appropriate postgraduate qualification and curatorial experience in a professional gallery/public art setting as well as a portfolio of curatorial outputs (publications, catalogues, on-line platforms etc). You will need to familiarise yourself with portfolios of the University and the galleries at Farnham and Canterbury. Interviews for both posts will take place at the Epsom campus.

For information about the posts and to make an appointment to visit the campus please contact Cheryl Kirk on 01372-202488 or e-mail [email protected]

Application forms, Vacancy Summary and further information relating to the University for the Creative Arts are available for download or alternatively contact the Human Resources Department via email [email protected] or on 01252 892681 (24 hours -quoting the relevant reference). Please note any CVs submitted without a completed application form will not be considered for shortlisting. Interviews will be held in early September 2013.

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