Contemporary art curating news and views from Michelle Kasprzak and team

Questions: VAGA International Research Enquiry (for UK-based curators)

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Monday, February 21. 2011 • Category: Questions & Conversations

Commissioned by Creative Scotland, managed by VAGA (Visual Arts and Galleries Association) and led by independent curators Kirsteen Macdonald (Glasgow) and Ellen Blumenstein (The Office, Berlin) the VAGA International Research Enquiry (VIRE) aims to benefit the visual arts sector as a whole by identifying opportunities available to curators at all stages of their careers.

VIRE is investigating existing curatorial work in an international context, that presents the potential to promote exchange, foster partnerships and develop programmes in the future for curators working both in institutions and independently.

This survey is aimed at curators based in the UK or whose work is closely linked to the UK. There are 21 questions and it should take around 20 minutes to complete. The survey closes on 11 April 2011. Click here to take the survey.

All responses will be kept securely and the results will feed into the VIRE research project. At the end of the survey there is an opportunity for you to leave comments and suggestions as well as your email address. Your email address will not be passed to any third parties and will only be used, with your permission, to keep you informed about the VIRE project and may include individual follow up in response to your answers/comments.

We thank you in advance for your contribution.
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Job: Curator, Artspace Visual Arts Centre

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Thursday, February 17. 2011 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

Artspace Visual Arts Centre is inviting applications for the positions of Curator.

The Artspace Curator will be deeply involved in developing and delivering artistic programs that address, sustain and reflect upon the diverse nature of contemporary art and culture in Australia within local, regional and international frameworks.

Full position descriptions are available via the website or obtained from the General Manager, Helen Hyatt-Johnston on + 61 2 9356 0504 or helenhj -at- To discuss either position contact the Executive Director, Dr Blair French on +61 2 9356 0505 or email blairf -at- Applications addressing the selection criteria and including a CV and contact details for TWO referees must be received by 5pm Monday 14 March 2011. Email applications to helenhj -at-, fax marked attention Helen Hyatt-Johnston to +61 2 9368 1705 or post to Helen Hyatt-Johnston, General Manager, Artspace, 43-51 Cowper Wharf Road, Woolloomooloo, NSW 2011, Australia.
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Opportunity: Curatorial Fellowship at Bass Museum of Art

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Sunday, February 13. 2011 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

In March 2011, The Bass Museum of Art will initiate the first of three, one-year curatorial fellowships focusing on contemporary art thanks to generous support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, as part of its Knight Arts Challenge.

These Fellowships will offer emerging curators experience in working in a mid-sized art museum while performing curatorial tasks, working alongside other museum departments and dialoguing with artists, collectors and arts professionals in the Miami arts community. Among other responsibilities, Fellows will conduct studio visits in Miami and gather materials to develop a complete archive on Miami artists. He/she will assist in developing exhibition programming and contemporary artists' projects, and facilitate educational programs for museum members.

"Connecting these curators from across the globe with Miami's renowned contemporary artists will help to expand the reach of the community's art scene," states Dennis Scholl, vice president/arts. "We hope this program will encourage artistic exchange for years to come."

"These three one-year Knight Curatorial Fellowships seek to enhance the curatorial dialogue in the Miami community, whereby artists, art professionals, collectors and art enthusiasts engage in critical conversations about art and cultural issues as well as promote an exchange of ideas," states Silvia Karman Cubiñá, Executive Director and Chief Curator, Bass Museum of Art.

The Bass Museum of Art seeks a qualified candidate with some experience in the curatorial field demonstrating exhibition development. Fluency in English language is required, as well as excellent writing and interpersonal skills. Spanish-language skills are a plus. Masters degrees or foreign equivalent are preferred but not required. Strong weight will be given to personal references. For more information, please visit

Application deadline: March 1, 2011, 5:00pm local time. Please email cover letter, CV and three personal references with contact information to Elisa Alonso at
ealonso -at-

About the Bass Museum of Art
Located in Miami Beach, the Bass Museum of Art offers a dynamic year-round calendar of exhibitions presenting contemporary art as well as works of art from its collection of Renaissance and Baroque paintings, sculpture and textiles. In April 2010, the museum opened its Egyptian Gallery. Artist's projects, educational programs, lectures, concerts and free family days complement the works on view.

About the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation advances journalism in the digital age and invests in the vitality of communities where the Knight brothers owned newspapers. Knight Foundation focuses on projects that promote informed and engaged communities and lead to transformational change. For more, visit
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Opportunity: Unsolicited Proposal Program at apexart

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

For the 14th year running, apexart is accepting submissions for the Unsolicited Proposal Program. The two winners will receive the funding and administrative support from apexart to mount a show in our Manhattan space.

apexart's Unsolicited Proposal Program asks for 600 word idea-based curatorial proposals that will be juried by more than 150 people from around the world. Submissions are reviewed anonymously and solely on the strength of the idea; no previous curatorial experience necessary.

The two winning exhibitions will be presented in our 2011-2012 season.

We are currently accepting proposals at until February 14, 2011.
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Opportunity: Residency at Temple Bar Gallery & Studios (Finnish curators only)

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

One-month residency opportunity for Finnish curators at Temple Bar Gallery & Studios, Dublin.
Apply by Feb 14, more info at
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Job: Professor of Practice position in curating and mediating art, Aalto University

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Friday, February 4. 2011 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

Professor of Practice position in curating and mediating art
Aalto University is a new university created from the merger of the Helsinki School of Economics, the University of Art and Design Helsinki and Helsinki University of Technology. The new university's ambitious goal is to rank among the top universities in the world in its areas of specialization. The combination of three universities opens up new possibilities for strong multi-disciplinary education and research.

The goal of the Aalto University School of Art and Design is to be a dynamic, international school that promotes the development of creative fields, the regeneration of Finnish culture and artistic education and furthers innovation-based business that supports sustainable development. The School cooperates actively with industry, the cultural sector and the surrounding society and forms networks with the best international universities and centers of expertise in order to realize its goals. The teaching and research of the School of Art and Design focus on design, media, art education, visual culture and audio-visual presentation. The Aalto University School of Art and Design has approximately 1900 students and 450 staff.

Aalto University School of Art and Design invites applications for:

The Aalto Professor of Practice system is intended especially for the field of art, design and architecture. The Professor of Practice position provides departments with the possibility to hire highly respected professionals opening new areas of teaching and research / artistic and professional work. The position also provides possibility for re-evaluation and dynamic development of the field. The candidate will be appointed for a fixed 5-year term.

The Professor of Practice is considered a professorial position with Aalto-level requirements and external evaluation. A doctoral degree or comparable artistic qualifications and significant expertise in teaching and/or research/artistic and professional work are required for obtaining a Professor of Practice position. Furthermore, Professors of Practice are required to be committed to developing the field through research/artistic and professional work and teaching activities.

The above mentioned position is located in the Department of Art ( The department consists of four different training programs, which are 1) Art Education, areas of specialization: Art Education, Curating, Managing and Mediating Art, 2) Environmental Art, 3) ePedagogy Design, and 4) Fine arts. The Department of Art is an internationally acknowledged education and research unit.

The now open professorial position is the first of its kind in Finland. Therefore preference will be given to candidates with a strong ambition for creating a new kind of degree program and educating students to participate open-mindedly in the field of arts.

The application materials for the Professor of Practice position should include the following appendices:

Application letter addressed to the President of Aalto University
Curriculum vitae
List of publications and other works (the most important ones marked)/a list of activity in the field of art or art education
Brief description of your views regarding the future development of the field.
All application materials should be in English.

For additional information, please contact Head of Department, Professor Helena Sederholm, tel. +358 50 314 1546, e-mail: helena.sederholm -at-, or Leader of the Cumma program, Lecturer Riikka Haapalainen, tel. +358 40 5235544, e-mail: riikka.haapalainen -at-

The language requirements for applicants are described in more detail in the application instructions.

Aalto University follows the new salary system of universities, but applicants may also provide salary requirements.

Please find detailed application instructions attached.

The applications for the Professor of Practice positions are to be addressed to the President of Aalto University and submitted to the Registry of Aalto University preferably by e-mail to rekry-taik -at- no later than on 8th March 2011. The street address of the Registry is Hämeentie 135 C, Helsinki (Registry closes at 3.00 p.m.), and the postal address is Aalto University, P.O.Box 31000, FI-00076 Aalto. For details on submitting the application electronically, please see the attached application instructions.

Should there be a lack of eligible applicants, the application period may be extended. Aalto University reserves the right to consider also other candidates for the professorial positions.

The application materials will not be returned.

For more information:
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