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Opportunity: Curatorial residency at La Galerie, Noisy-le-Sec

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Tuesday, November 10. 2009 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

The application date for this opportunity has passed.

La Galerie, a Contemporary Art Centre located in the suburbs of Paris, hosts each year a foreign curator in residence for a period of three months. First organised in 2006, the aim of the residency is to put on an exhibition at La Galerie within the context of an art centre, and to meet artists and professionals working in the contemporary art field in France.

Residency dates: 6 April – 5 July 2010
Exhibition dates: 25 September – 28 November 2010 (tbc)
Deadline: application to be postmarked or emailed at the latest Wednesday 16 December 2009.

In 2010, exhibition proposals will have to deal with the city as an image. The selected exhibition proposal will be part of the “Art Grandeur Nature” biennial in Seine-Saint-Denis department. (1)

Free accommodation is provided (including costs of electricity, gas, internet, phone and transport) in a 65 m2 flat in the centre of Noisy-le-Sec (10 minutes by train from Paris + 15 minutes walk). The flat includes a bedroom, a living room/kitchen and a workspace. In addition there is a cellar connected to the flat.

A total budget of 25,000 € is provided by the art centre to cover artists' and curator’s travel costs, the curator’s fee (3000 €), transport of art works, insurance costs, production costs, publicity (invitations, flyers, poster, etc), the publication of a 16 page bilingual French/ English leaflet and of a 12 page leaflet for children.

In addition to the residency period, a one-week stay will be paid to the curator in order to supervise the installation of the works in the exhibition space and to attend the opening of the exhibition.

La Galerie is one of the 46 Contemporary Art Centres in France, publicly funded by the City of Noisy-le-Sec, the DRAC Ile-de-France - Ministry of Culture and Communication, the Seine-Saint-Denis département and the Ile-de-France region. Founded in 1999, La Galerie offers a programme based on the notion of art as a sensory experience and a reflection of our relation to the world through a conceptual approach. Four exhibitions a year (two monographic, two thematic) offer hitherto unseen works by internationally recognized artists together with those of emerging French artists.

The centre's main activities are to produce art works, publish bilingual reference publications, host artists and curators in residence and develop educational activities in relation to the artistic programme.

The exhibition space is 140 m2 on street level.

MORE INFORMATION (no specific website yet)

Each candidate must submit an exhibition proposal which he/she would be able to implement with the help of La Galerie's team. In addition, the curator would be required to:

- Take into consideration the general artistic programme of La Galerie
- Propose an exhibition that deals in some ways with the city as an image (1)
- Have an interest in the French art scene
- Engage as much as possible with the context of the art centre and participate actively in public talks and events organised by La Galerie
- Write an introductory text and accompanying texts on the works for the press release and the exhibition leaflet.

To facilitate communication with the La Galerie team and the public, the curator should speak French or English.

The application should contain:
- The curator’s CV/résumé with his/her name, address, phone and e-mail
- An exhibition proposal (2 pages maximum, excluding images), explaining the idea behind the exhibition. In addition it should provide a list of artists with a short text about each artist (5 lines max) and one picture for each artist.

Applications can be e-mailed to lagalerie -at- or mailed to:
Marianne Lanavère, Director
La Galerie, Contemporary Art Centre
1 rue Jean-Jaurès
F-93130 Noisy-le-Sec, France

Deadline: application to be postmarked or emailed at the latest Wed. 16 December 2009.

After an initial evaluation, 4 to 5 pre-selected curators will be invited to present their projects to a selection panel during a conference call at the beginning of January 2010.

1.) Additional information on the 10th Art Grandeur Nature Biennial in Seine-Saint-Denis September – November 2010, various locations in Noisy-le-Sec, Les Lilas and Pantin The city is without any doubt the most filmed subject and decor in the history of cinema. The birth of cinema coincides furthermore with the emergence of the modern metropolis. Television, video and more recently different kinds of digital tools for image & sound recording, processing and broadcasting have since then accompanied significant phases of the urbanization of the world throughout the second half of the 20th century and up till now.

All these means of expression that help us to grasp the world “at live”, whether they are appearing in complementary or conflicting ways, have shaped and will continue to shape our relationships to the city. The cinematographic, video- and media-related visions possess an imaginary potentiality which has an impact on our ways of apprehending the urban space. An urban aesthetics takes shape and transforms the metropolis and its rhythms into a flow of images, which is structured by travellings, sequence shots, depths of field, sound and luminous intensities, etc.

The 2010 edition of the international Art Grandeur Nature biennial will take this evolution of the urban imagination into an artistic and sociological consideration and thus questioning the capacity of our contemporary media tools to affect our perception of (sub)urban everyday life. The Art Grandeur Nature biennial is organized by the Department of the Seine-Saint-Denis since 1993.
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