Contemporary art curating news and views from Michelle Kasprzak and team

Opportunity: Curatorial Residency at the Darling Foundry

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Saturday, December 20. 2008 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities
The Darling Foundry is pleased to initiate, in collaboration with the Conseil des arts de Montréal, the inaugural residency program for independent curators of the Americas. This project is aimed at independent curators who want to build on their professional experience in the art industry.

Artists staying at the Darling Foundry will be immersed in the Montreal artistic community. The Darling Foundry is composed of two adjacent buildings, one for artists and the other for their public. It has two exhibition spaces and 15 studios, including three spacious, newly converted and renovated live-in spaces. Located in a post-industrial area in Old Montreal and the St. Lawrence River, this residency offers tranquillity in the heart of the city.

Housed for two months in a 60m2 live-in studio at the Darling Foundry, the curator will be given opportunities to organise and promote events and conferences.

The residency includes:
- Airfare (max CAN$1,200)
- A live-in studio for two months from April 1 to May 31, 2009
- A stipend of CAN$250 per week

Applications are evaluated by a committee that takes into account the quality of their work and the potential impact of a residence on the candidate's career.

Applications should include:
- application form (available at
- a letter of the candidate’s intentions describing current goals and projects
- a curriculum vitae
- digital images of past and recent works (maximum 30)
- texts, documents, catalogues, press reviews, as well as any other pertinent information

Deadline: January 20, 2009

Please mail applications to:
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Job: International Curator, Liverpool Biennial

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Friday, December 19. 2008 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

International Curator
Salary: £32,500 (depending on experience)
Liverpool Biennial is one of Europe’s most exciting visual art agencies with the mission of 'engaging art, people and place'. The International Curator will work with the Director to design and deliver the International exhibition, directly and through partners. This involves the research, commissioning, production and delivery of the non-venue based commissions. The curator must have the vision to commission works from the best international artists, build real collaboration with our various partners, and manage project teams to deliver our mission.

Job description and person specification can be downloaded from Liverpool Biennial website

Closing date for applications: 2 February 2009.

Should you have any further questions please email: jobs -at- or call 0151 709 7444

Liverpool Biennial is totally committed to promoting equal opportunities and encourages applications from all sections of the community.
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Job: Curator of Photography and International Art

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Wednesday, December 17. 2008 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities
Tate is seeking an experienced curator of modern and contemporary photography with the authority and reputation to bring about a quantum change in Tate's ability to collect and show photography at Tate Britain and Tate Modern. In this prominent new role, you'll be based within the curatorial department at Tate Modern, but will work across both Tate Britain and Tate Modern working on the acquisition and research of photographic works for the Tate Collection. In addition, you'll contribute to the conception and delivery of the photography exhibition programme at Tate Britain and Tate Modern.

You must have a high level of knowledge of the issues surrounding collecting modern and contemporary photography for museums and extensive experience of the process involved in staging displays and exhibitions, including managing budgets. Confident in your subject knowledge, you must have the authority to be able to guide and advise the Heads of Collections on acquisition strategy and the flair to make an active contribution to the conception of photography-related displays and exhibitions across Tate.

Your degree and post-graduate qualification in photography or history of art (or another related field) will be complemented a proven track record in publishing and research and by significant experience of working in an art gallery, museum or collection setting. A natural collaborator, you'll be able to work effectively with colleagues across the organisation and your accomplished networking skills will mean you'll be able to draw on an established network of contacts in the photography field.

Contact details/How to apply:

For further information and to download an application pack, please visit If you’re unable to access the website please email jobs -at- quoting ref: 8140. Closing date: 9 January 2009. First round interviews will be held on 27 January 2009. Second interviews will be held in early February 2009.
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Job: Assistant Curator (Maternity Cover)

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Friday, December 12. 2008 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities
Assistant Curator: Fixed term maternity cover

The ICA wishes to appoint an Assistant Curator with demonstrable experience working in a public, private or artist-run organisation in a curatorial capacity.

Fixed term maternity cover (11 months) - salary £24-26k per annum depending on skills and experience

The post is one of two Assistant Curators at the ICA, both of whom work with the Director of Exhibitions on the realisation of a contemporary art programme. The successful candidate will have extensive knowledge of the international contemporary art scene and a proven ability to collaborate with artists, outstanding administrative and communication skills, and experience of event programming as well as exhibition making. This is a fixed term post, ideally from 9 February 2009 to 8 January 2010. The responsibilities during the period of employment will include project management for two exhibitions and a range of exhibition-related and independent events.

Please refer to the job description for further details of the role.

To apply please send a covering letter (detailing how your experience is relevant to this position), a current CV and a completed equal opportunities monitoring form to:

HR Department
Institute of Contemporary Arts
12 Carlton House Terrace

Fax: 020 7873 0051

Email: Human.Resources -at-

Closing date for applications: Monday 5 January 2009 at 5pm.

Interviews will be held on Monday 12 and Tuesday 13 January 2009.
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Pick 'N Mix - December 2008

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Saturday, December 6. 2008 • Category: Pick 'N Mix
Welcome to December's Pick 'N Mix!

- First off, a project by Vienna-based curator Miriam Kathrein. Kathrein has been developing her artist vs curator/curator vs artist project since 2007, and the latest iteration of this project is being featured on The project is a vehicle for debate and visualisation that examines "...the relationship and shifting roles of artists and curators in contemporary art and the resulting consequences in art production." The latest work in this project is a collaboration with graphic designer Alva Unger, wherein three artist/curator pairs responded to selected texts that focus on notions of "expertise, authority, authorship, collaboration, intermediary, curator as artist, roles and competition". Six gorgeous posters have been designed which are free to download and print. The starting points for responses were quotes from texts by Jan Verwoert, Dave Beech & Mark Hutchinson, and Soren Andreasen & Lars Bang Larsen. The respondents were Borjana Ventzislavova, Jason Lazarus, and Clemens Leuschner (artists), and Michelle Kasprzak, Emmanuel Lambion, and Joseph del Pesco (curators).

- I've been watching a lot of video interviews with curators lately and thought I'd share some favourites with you. Sarah Cook, Newcastle-based curator and co-founder of CRUMB, discusses curating new media art and her most recent role as Curatorial Fellow at Eyebeam in New York in a video on DanceTech. Several clips are available at the Victoria & Albert's website, including interviews with the curators of Between Past & Future: New Photography and Video from China. JoAnne Northrup, Senior Curator at the San Jose Museum of Art, discusses their exhibition Robots: Evolution of a Cultural Icon on YouTube. Hans Ulrich Obrist, who needs no introduction, delivered an eight-part lecture to the European Graduate School, and these lectures are available on YouTube. Jens Hoffman gave an interesting lecture on the nature of curatorial practice, which is available on
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