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Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Monday, April 21. 2008 • Category: Announcements now has a page on Facebook, one of the most popular social networking websites. If you are a Facebook user, drop by the page and become a "fan" of Fans of on Facebook can chat with each other on the discussion board, and will be notified of significant updates to the site.
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Opportunity: Visual Arts Curatorial Program

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Sunday, April 20. 2008 • Category: Announcements
Visual Arts Curatorial Program: Banff Centre for the Arts, Canada
Program dates: August 04, 2008 - March 27, 2009
Application deadline: April 30, 2008
Note: Program dates exclude December 13, 2008, to January 4, 2009.

This work study program with The Banff Centre’s Walter Phillips Gallery is designed for emerging curators. This is a hands-on opportunity that allows the participant to work on projects with direct mentorship and support in a multitude of areas focusing on the participants learning objectives. Learning opportunities may be formal sessions, workshops, or informal opportunities arising out of daily situations. The work portion of the experience will primarily focus on activities that complement the participant’s learning objectives as the work relates to the real and ongoing activities of the Walter Phillips Gallery. For further information, please visit the Banff Centre for the Arts' website.
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Opportunity: Call for curators at artselector

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Saturday, April 19. 2008 • Category: Announcements
The artselector contemporary fine art collective was originally set up by MA Fine Art graduates of Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design and the Royal College of Art. artselector offers an online visual directory of international contemporary fine artists, independent curators and galleries.

Currently artselector is seeking to appoint sessional curators in the areas of painting, sculpture, photography, digital media, printmaking, performance, drawing, film & video, and audio art. You should be either a practicing contemporary fine artist/researcher or curator, ideally a postgraduate, with an international exhibiting/curating history. Sessions are negotiable between 1 and 6 months.

Although unpaid, artselector sessional curators will benefit from being credited and receiving specific coverage of their own practice on the artselector website. For more information contact: admin -at- Deadline: May 20th 2008.
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Opportunity: European Course for Contemporary Art Curators

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Saturday, April 12. 2008 • Category: Announcements
European Course for Contemporary Art Curators

Visiting Professor Charles Esche
Visiting Artist Nedko Solakov
9 - 19 October 2008
Milan, Italy
Deadline for the applications: 16 June 2008

The Province of Milan, the Fondazione Antonio Ratti, and the Delegation of the European Commission in Milan promote the second edition of the European Course of Contemporary Art Curators (CECAC). The course, curated by Roberto Pinto and Gabi Scardi, offers young European curators the opportunity to work side by side with an internationally renowned Visiting Professor, approaching a critical analysis of theoretical and practical aspects of curatorship and of the contemporary art scene. The course also represents an occasion to establish new connections between young operators from different European countries, set up a working platform that may enable the participants to develop further curatorial projects, and encourage international circulation of cultural initiatives.

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Opportunity: Curatorial Fellowship at The Kitchen

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Monday, March 31. 2008 • Category: Announcements
Curatorial Fellowship
Sept. 2008 - May 2009
Application deadline: April 18, 2008

This nine-month fellowship at one of New York’s foremost non-profit interdisciplinary arts spaces provides the opportunity to work closely with The Kitchen’s curatorial staff as well as with a wide range of performing and visual artists. Founded in the early 1970s, The Kitchen identifies, supports, and presents emerging and under-recognized artists working in the areas of video, dance, music, performance art, media arts, and literature. This fellowship includes a $2,500 USD stipend and requires a time commitment of 24 hours per week, beginning in mid-September 2008 and ending in May 2009.

This is an excellent opportunity for a highly motivated individual who is either currently enrolled in or who recently completed a graduate program. At least one year of professional arts administration experience and a broad interest in experimental approaches to contemporary art practice across the disciplines is also important. The Curatorial Fellow works with Kitchen staff on all phases of the exhibition and presentation process, including researching new projects, writing brochure and educational copy, and assisting with the implementation of current exhibitions and performances. The Curatorial Fellow also develops crucial experience interacting with key staff in the development and communications departments at the institution.

Responsibilities may include: researching the work of emerging national and international artists for possible presentation at The Kitchen; corresponding with artists and guest curators; drafting press releases, wall texts, and project descriptions for the website; assisting with the logistical coordination of exhibitions, performances, and The Kitchen’s CD projects; serving as the liaison to dozens of artists participating in the annual benefit art auction; and assisting with the review and organization of artists’ submissions.

Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume by April 18, 2008 to Cody Trepte, The Kitchen, 512 West 19th Street, New York, NY 10011 or via email to cody -at- For more information, please contact Cody Trepte at 1-212-255-5793, ext. 28.
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Opportunity: Helsinki International Curatorial Programme

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Sunday, March 30. 2008 • Category: Announcements
The Helsinki International Curatorial Programme currently offers curatorial residencies in Helsinki for international visual arts curators. The aim of the programme is to provide curators with an opportunity to carry out research on Finnish fine art, to build contacts with Finnish art practitioners and cultural organisations and to develop international curatorial projects involving Finnish participants. The programme is open to curators worldwide with professional experience in organising visual arts projects.

Curatorial residencies include the cost of travel to and from Helsinki with a grant for living expenses provided by FRAME, studio accommodation and residency services provided by HIAP and administrative support and practical assistance for the participant's curatorial project provided jointly by FRAME and HIAP. A small public event (workshop, lecture, open meeting, etc) will also be organized during the residency. The length of the curatorial residency is usually one calendar month.

Applications are accepted throughout the year. The jury reviewing the applications meets at least twice a year. Applications should be received by May 1st or November 1st to qualify for review at the following meeting. Next deadline: 1 May 2008.

Further information on the HIAP website.
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Opportunity: Curator in Residence at LABoral

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Saturday, March 29. 2008 • Category: Announcements
LABoral Centro de Arte y Creacion Industrial is calling for proposals from curators and researchers to develop a research and production project at LABoral for two months during 2008.

LABoral Centro de Arte y Creacion Industrial is an interdisciplinary art centre created in Gijon, in the north of Spain, in the 2007. Its main objective is to become a research, educational, exhibition and production centre in the area of art, science and technology. As part of its educational programme LABoral is establishing a new programme of residency aimed to curators and researchers who are interested in developing research or production as part of the lines of work of the centre related to the exhibition and production area. The current topics of research of the centre are: media and visual arts in general, gaming, video, robotics, architecture, design, ecology, science, technology, interdisciplinary and emerging forms of art.

The objectives of the call for curators in residence are:
- to initiate dialogue with external curators that are developing projects within the areas of interest of the centre
- to promote research and curatorial projects at LABoral within the Asturian region context and the industrial north of Spain
- to open up new possibilities of curatorial practice in the convergence of art, science, technology and industrial creation

The call is open to curators interested in the area of art and industrial creation. It is especially aimed at curators whose current research and interest deals with notions of knowledge dissemination through the exploration of emergent practices in art, as part of a general trend towards development of hybrid formats and media. LABoral Centro de Arte y Creacion Industrial will support one curator in residence for two months which must be completed before January 2009. LABoral can offer financial and technical support as follows:
- Travel costs consisting of return airfare from the curator�s country of residency
- Apartment accommodation for the duration of the residency
- A monthly allowance of 1,500 euros (before taxes)
- Work studio at the art centre, as well as equipment and expertise to support the project

The curator in residence will have the opportunity and will be encouraged to participate in the development of LABterritorial, an on-going project that deals with notions of territory from a contemporary perspective, within the context of industrial heritage and regeneration strategies. The submitted proposals must include a description of motivation and interest, proposed activities and objectives, biography and cv of the curator, as well as a description of how the project relates to LABoral. This material should not exceed 6 pages. The proposals must be sent by email. The submission will be reviewed by a committee of experts from LABoral. The contact email for queries is: education -at-

Important dates:
- Deadline for applications: 30th May 2008
- Communication of selected curator: 20nd June 2008
- The residency must be completed before January 2009
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Opportunity: Banff Centre for the Arts

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Tuesday, March 25. 2008 • Category: Announcements
Work Study: Curatorial/Educational Outreach
Program dates: April 01, 2008 - March 27, 2009
Application deadline: March 28, 2008

This work study participant works closely with the senior curator and other members of the Walter Phillips Gallery team. This work study program with the Walter Phillips Gallery is designed for emerging curators who also have an interest in developing skills relating to educational outreach. This is a hands-on opportunity that allows the participant to work on projects with direct mentorship and support in a multitude of areas focusing on their learning objectives. Learning opportunities may be formal sessions, workshops, or informal opportunities arising out of daily situations. The work portion of the experience will primarily focus on activities that complement the participant’s learning objectives as the work relates to the real and ongoing activities of the Walter Phillips Gallery.

For more information, visit the Banff Centre's website.
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Opportunity: Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Thursday, March 20. 2008 • Category: Announcements
Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop's Artistic Programme Committee (APC) invites notes of interest from curators who wish to be considered for the planning and delivery of the cross-disciplinary exhibition MAGAZINE.

Now in its fifth year, MAGAZINE takes place during the Edinburgh Festivals and has established itself as a highlight in Edinburgh's artistic calendar. Set in the building, grounds and surrounding areas of ESW, the exhibition offers a unique experience to participating artists and audiences alike, presenting contemporary sculptural practice in its widest and most engaging sense.

The APC are interested in receiving submissions from all interested parties including those with no previous curatorial experience. The selected party or group will be responsible for the development of an overall exhibition structure including selection of artists, development of a programme of related events (talks, performances, screenings etc.), commissioning of critical writing, publication and publicity. ESW staff and the APC will be on hand to assist and advise throughout the planning and installation of the exhibition.The curator/curatorial team will receive a fee of £3,000 and funding has been secured for artist fees and materials.

Proposals to be received no later than the 22nd April 2008. For more information, please visit the Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop website.
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Opportunity: Curatorial proposals for NURTUREart

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Friday, February 15. 2008 • Category: Announcements
NURTUREart Non-Profit Inc., an organization dedicated to supporting and nurturing emerging artists and curators based in Brooklyn, NY, USA, is now accepting curatorial proposals for their upcoming 2008-2009 exhibition season. Emerging independent curators committed to developing their professional curatorial practice, as well as first-time curators, are encouraged to submit proposals. More information and application guidelines can be found at Email info -at- or call 1.718.782.7755 with any questions. Proposals for the 2008-09 exhibition season are due May 2nd, 2008.
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Digital Curatorship: Public Programming in the Information Age

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Tuesday, February 5. 2008 • Category: Announcements
Digital Curatorship: Public Programming in the Information Age is a Connecting Principle event at Culture Lab, Newcastle University, organised in collaboration with the School of Arts and Cultures, 12th February 2008.

This mini-symposium is an opportunity to engage with the constantly evolving nature of practice in the curatorship of digital and new media art. We (Newcastle University) aim to do this by bringing together some of the different constituencies at work in the field both in the North East and beyond, and by providing a platform for different perspectives and informed debate. The event will comprise a series of short presentations from practitioners within the field followed by wider panel discussions including further invited participants.

Likely themes/questions to be addressed might include:

- The natures and identities of digital curatorship (products and processes, changing ideas of the 'artwork'/'artefact', visitor experiences)
- Different professional perspectives on digital curatorship and programming, e.g. those of the artist, artist-curator, curator, technician, educator, artist-educator, conservator, academic etc.
- Digital art and sound/music
- Digital curatorship/programming, installation and site specificity
- Net art and the gallery/exhibition
- Digital curatorship/programming in urban contexts
- Conserving and managing new media in art museum/gallery and exhibition contexts

Speakers include: Chris Whitehead, Michelle Kasprzak, Alistair Robinson, Kirk Woolford, Sarah Cook,
Atau Tanaka, Beryl Graham, Sally Jane Norman.

The panel discussions will pick up and expand upon key themes, issues and ideas which emerge in the preceding talks and will allow for dialogue between speakers and audience members.

The event is linked into the curricula for the postgraduate programmes in Art Museum and Gallery Studies and Art Museum and Gallery Education, but is also open more generally: to staff and students from other programmes, other universities, artists and cultural sector professionals from the region and beyond.

The proceedings may be disseminated in various ways -- through digital recording and streaming and possibly through web or print publication.

Register to attend this free event here.

Culture Lab
Connecting Principle
Centre for Cultural and Heritage Studies
Fine Art Department
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Opportunity: De Appel Curatorial Programme

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Saturday, January 26. 2008 • Category: Announcements
Last call for applications: de Appel Curatorial Programme 2008/2009: 'Curating in the expanded field'

Application deadline: 7th of March 2008

Initiated in 1994 by Saskia Bos, the Curatorial Programme of de Appel arts centre wishes to offer young curators a condensed package of experiences and skills that can be used as tools and instruments during the further development of their professional career. De Appel is an internationally oriented arts centre located in Amsterdam that functions as a site for the production of performances, research and presentation of contemporary visual arts through a series of exhibitions, publications and discursive events.

In September 2006, a remodelled version of the eight-month long Curatorial Programme was launched with a renewed curriculum and an extended tutorial team. It encompasses a dense array of theoretical seminars, thematic workshops, field trips in Europe and Asia, practice-related assignments and encounters with artists and art professionals. Throughout the programme attention is paid to the history of exhibition-making, diverse curatorial practices, collection and institution building and project management. The unique and special thematic focus is on the polarity between 'free-lance' and 'institutional' curating and on the examination of 'context-responsive' curating. The formats and methodologies that curators deal with in the presentation of art in the 'expanded field', outside of the white cube, are explored in the programme.

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Fellowship: National Gallery of Art, USA

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Sunday, January 20. 2008 • Category: Announcements
The National Gallery of Art is pleased to announce two postdoctoral curatorial fellowships for 2008-2011, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. These three-year fellowships provide curatorial training and support scholarly research related to the collections of the National Gallery of Art. Fellows are fully integrated into a specific curatorial department with duties, privileges, and status equivalent to an assistant curator. Fellows divide their time between specific projects and general curatorial work within the department, which includes research on the collection and new acquisitions, work on the presentation of the collection, participation in aspects of special exhibition projects, and opportunities to give public lectures. Fellows will plan and complete a project in consultation with their supervising curator.

Consideration is given to candidates working in fields represented by the Gallery's permanent collections. The doctoral degree in art history (or the equivalent in countries outside the United States) must have been or will be officially conferred between January 1, 2006 and June 15, 2008. Applicants from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. This is an international program.

Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fellows work full-time and may begin their term in either June or September 2008, based on mutual agreement. The stipend is approximately $45,000 USD per year, adjusted annually. Fellows are eligible to receive public transit subsidies as well as medical and term life insurance through the federal government. Complete application packets must be received by January 31, 2008.

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Opportunity: BAC Gallery

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Saturday, January 19. 2008 • Category: Announcements
BAC Gallery is now accepting proposals for the 2008 - 2009 exhibition season. Deadline: February 1, 2008. Emerging and mid-career independent curators dedicated to developing their curatorial practice are encouraged to apply. This is an open curatorial call, however, preference will be given to curators based in Brooklyn, NY, USA. For more information and to apply online, visit the Brooklyn Arts Council website.
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Opportunity: Townhouse Curatorial Program

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Sunday, January 13. 2008 • Category: Announcements
Townhouse Curatorial Program, Cairo, Egypt
Application deadline: January 20, 2008

The Townhouse Gallery of contemporary art would like to invite professionals with a demonstrated interest in curatorial practice, critical writing or arts management to apply for an arts management/curatorial program. The course will be taught by cultural practitioners from Spain, the UK, Egypt and the broader Middle East region throughout 2008, on a part-time basis so as to accommodate those currently in employment.

The program has been designed based on feedback gathered during a pilot curatorial workshop at the Townhouse Gallery in 2007 and will be structured around a series of modules on contemporary art theory, criticism, fundraising, and innovative curatorial practices. All modules will consist of presentations by guest practitioners followed by seminars during which participants will have the opportunity to discuss and get first-hand feedback on an arts project they are currently developing. Program participants will be given reading materials in advance and will be required to work on a curatorial proposal throughout the year. At the end of the course, students will re- submit their curatorial proposals and the guest teachers will choose one project to be presented at The Townhouse Gallery.

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