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Opportunity: Curatorial Grants, Schloss Ringenberg

Posted by Sofia Landström • Monday, June 24. 2013 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

Curatorial Grants* – Practice and Networking; Period I/2014 (January 1st – June 31th 2014)
Deadline: 1 September, 2013

Since 2010 the State of North Rhine-Westphalia and the Mondriaan Fonds Amsterdam (until 2011 Fonds BKVB) inaugurated a new model for promoting postgraduate curatorial work by offering a programme-based grant for young German and Dutch curators.

The grant provides €1,250/month in support for each participant for a period of six months. The curatorial grant is practice-oriented and tied in with the project followup. The programme is located at Schloss Ringenberg, in Hamminkeln on the Lower Rhine. Schloss Ringenberg has been in operation as a studio and exhibition centre for 30 years. With eight German and Dutch artist fellows per year, dialogue-focused exhibitions and cross-border knowledge exchange, along with a wealth of activities for the public, the Schloss unites under one roof in an unique exemplary fashion the whole spectrum of contemporary cultural endeavour.

Since 2001 the work of Schloss Ringenberg has centred on European projects involving German-Dutch cooperation. In conjunction with changing project partners on both sides of the border, as the well-known institutions, the Schloss has since 2005 been providing cultural producers and mediators with the means to try out unusual contemporary art concepts and formats.

The European project smax (2009-2012) initiated first time in Germany a practice-oriented model consisting of new residential grants for young Dutch and German curators. The recent project followup continues the core activities of this programme until end of 2015: Twice a year one German and one Dutch curator is invited to work as a team. Both fellows will live and work for the most part at the Schloss together during the 6-month grant period. There are two separate studios and one common office for the curators. Residence at the Schloss and participation in followup are mandatory for grant-holders.

While guided/moderated by the followup team at Schloss Ringenberg the project offers a versatile selection of concrete fields of work as opportunity to independently put their ideas into practice. The task of two exhibitions/ projects, financed through followup provides them with a model for the real conditions under which they will embark on their careers. Project partners for the exhibitions/projects are: Museum voor Moderne Kunst Arnhem, Kunsthalle Münster, NASA Amsterdam, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Bonnefanten Museum Roermond (c/o Maastricht), Museum für Gegenwartskunst Siegen.

The grant serves to equip curators with professional credentials, including:

Developing their own criteria for the quality and relevance of artistic approaches – creating their own curatorial profile/aesthetic approach
experience with institutional structures and practice-related processes such as mounting an exhibition, public relations, organisation and budgeting.
The ability to discriminate between artistic product and curatorial approach, leading to better comprehension of creative practice – supported by the unique exchanges between mediators and producers of contemporary art via artist and curatorial fellowships taking place under one roof

The followup programme will be documented within a final project reader.
Curatorial fellows will be chosen by a Dutch-German expert jury.

Residency: Schloss Ringenberg; [email protected]
one German Curator
one Dutch Curator

Duration: 6 months
Grant: €1,250/month
Scope of work 2 projects/exhibitions as a curatorial team at NASA Amsterdam + Schloss Ringenberg, financed by followup
Requirements: max. 35 years; University degree (Art History or Art/Cultural studies); for the German grant there has to be a degree at a University in North Rhine-Westphalia; demonstration of professional qualification

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Opportunity: Open Call, Curatorial Residency

Posted by Sofia Landström • Sunday, June 23. 2013 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

The application date for this opportunity has passed.

OPEN CALL CURATORIAL RESIDENCY at studios das weisse haus and TBA21-Academy / Thyssen - Bornemisza Art Contemporary Foundation (TBA21)
Deadline: June 26, 2013


Studios das weisse haus studios das weisse haus is a new residence and studio program for local and international artists, curators and theorists. The program was started by the Viennese art association das weisse haus, which was founded in December 2007 and has been set out to support and promote emerging artists by providing a space for presentation and discourse. The idea first emerged when das weisse haus had a temporary residence program at its first location in 2008. Ever since that establishing a studio and residence program has been a wish and it took about five years to turn an idea into a project. Offering a space where international and local artists and curators can work and live together became the main purpose of the new program "studios das weisse haus".

Within the framework of the TBA21-Academy program, you will assist in the curatorial process in preparing the Academy expeditions and events on and off board of the research vessel Dardanella along the Pacific Ocean from Costa Rica to Alaska.

Furthermore you will support the preparation of a research symposium on a new pavilion commission that will focus on an iconic barometer of the changing enviroment, the world´s threatened coral reefs. The seminar will bring together leading architects, sound artists, marine biologists, climate specialists, conservationists and engineers to the consider challenges and solutions required to realise this project.

Also you will write informative and scholarly texts for Academy presentations, work with the PR department in the preparation of social media postings (facebook, etc.) and work on a concept for a publication series.

Within the framework of studios das weisse haus program you will present a project (related to your curatorial work at TBA21-Academy, former shows, etc.) at the end of the residency in form of a screening, lecture or symposium.


Please find attached and read carefully our APPLICATIONS FACT SHEET
for detailed information on the Curatorial Residency (main
responsibilities, person specification, payment, application process).
More information also here: - and here -,
For questions regarding TBA21-Academy please contact: Dr. Katiana
Orluc, mail: [email protected].
For questions regarding studios das weisse haus please contact: Sheyda
Malek, mail: [email protected].

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Opportunity: VAA Nida Art Colony call for residency applications, curatorial proposals and a trainee

Posted by Sofia Landström • Wednesday, May 8. 2013 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

The application date for this opportunity has passed.

VVAA Nida Art Colony, Call for residency
Deadline for all the applications: June 15, 2013

Together with the spring the main annual NAC event INTER-FORMAT SYMPOSIUM: On Critical Tourism, Site-specificity and Post-romantic Condition is approaching (May 16-19 2013, Nida). It is hosting together more than 40 art professionals (artists, curators, researchers) and is a part of the project On Hosting and Displacing co-organised by Nida Art Colony (LT) and Ecole Cantonale d’Art du Valais (Sierre, CH) and partly supported by Pro Helvetia – Swiss Arts Council. More about the program me here.

Nida Art Colony (NAC) welcomes proposals from artists, designers, architects, curators, and art researchers for its upcoming residencies on the Baltic Sea coast in the Curonian Spit National Park, Lithuania.

Location and Facilities
NAC is located in a remote and beautifully distinct landscape next to the resort town of Nida. The residency is most appropriate for those artists who are seeking time for experiments and research, value the creative process and a big studio or open-air space as well as for those who love coincidences and the chance to meet artists from all over the world. Parallel to the residency programme, the Colony building also hosts student workshops and international art projects for shorter periods of time.

The Colony provides the necessary living and social conditions to ensure a comfortable environment for the five artists-in-residence. Each of the five residencies is set out on two floors with 65 square meters of floor space and features all the necessary facilities. The colony is situated about 600 meters away from the sand dunes, and the beach. More information on activities and facilities can be found on our website and Facebook. To get a sense of Colony life and to see A.I.R. portfolios, please check the Nida Art Colony Log.

Two types of residencies are available: individual and thematic residencies. Please indicate the selected type of residency in the subject line and follow the application guidelines.

Individual Residencies:
Duration: one to four months, between January and May 2014. The recommended duration of a residency is 2 months.
Applicants from all over the world may apply.
Grants: No grants are currently available; selected candidates are issued a letter of support for individual grant-seeking.
Costs: Studio and living space rent is 312 EUR/month, including all taxes, use of equipment, communal spaces and bicycles.

Call for curatorial proposals for thematic residencies in 2014 and 2015

NAC is expanding its practice of curated/thematic residencies and looks for curators who would like to run such a residency project at NAC. Nida artist-in-residence programme aims to foster critical thinking, creativity, innovative ideas and processes, exchange and cooperation of artists. Open-ended process is more important to NAC than the final product, but “soft” results (like artistic research, visible learning/knowledge or new set of mind) are expected. Public presentation of created works is one of the possible results of the project. More info on Nida artist-in-residence programme is available here.

• Timeframe: anytime between February 2014 – December 2015
• Duration of the residency: 1-2 months
• Number of participants: 5-8
• Selection of artists: by invitation or open call

Funding: NAC will fundraise for selected projects from national and international sources. The curator is expected to contribute to the fundraising process.

How to apply: send your proposal with a description of the residency project and preliminary working programme (up to 2 pages) and your CV to [email protected]. Experience in running an artist-in-residence programme or being part of such a programme is an asset.

Call for a Trainee
We are looking for interns to work as a) assistant curators, which includes coordination of artist-in-residency and other culture & education programmes and b) visual communication assistants (photo & video documentation and working with our archive). We offer a unique experience and reference letters for your future career, as well as free accommodation at the Colony between January and May 2014. You should stay for four to five months. Please send your CV and a short motivation letter to [email protected]. For more information, please visit internships page.

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Opportunity: Curatorial Fellowship, Hosted by Ferens Art Gallery, Hull

Posted by Sofia Landström • Monday, April 22. 2013 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

The application date for this opportunity has passed.

Curatorial Fellowship (East Coast), Hosted by the Ferens Art Gallery, Hull
Initiated by the Contemporary Art Society and Whitechapel Gallery
Deadline: 3 May, 2013

Contemporary Art Society and the Whitechapel Gallery
(September 2013–August 2014)

As part of the Whitechapel Gallery’s on-going programme to open up public and private collections, the Gallery presents a curatorial collaboration with the Contemporary Art Society. For a period of 12 months from September 2013 onwards, a series of four displays will draw works from collections held by the Contemporary Art Society’s membership of 65 publicly funded museum and galleries across England. Focusing on the North West, East Coast, Midlands and South the displays will use the founding principles of many of these institutions-philanthropic giving-as a springboard. Each of the four displays will then tour to a regional museum.

The four displays will be researched and conceived by a specially appointed curatorial fellow. From June to September the fellows will undertake substantial research into public collections. Within the broad theme of ‘Philanthropy’ they will each have a particular focus allocated for its specific relation to museums within the defined area. For the Fellow in the East Coast the focus will be to consider: the role of art schools as sites of making and production (recognising their particular relationships to past local industry).

The display should:
• Draw attention to and celebrate the wealth and particularity of regional art collections and their histories
• Open up a range of topics which have a resonance to a broad audience in relation to contemporary art nationally and internationally
• Generate interest in London audiences in the narratives of regional collections

Other outcomes include:
To write an essay for the catalogue
• To document any research so that it can be publicly available on the Contemporary Art Society website and museum collections databases/knowledge capture systems this might include any interviews undertaken with experts, artists, collectors or curators. The Contemporary Art Society will provide some financial support for this documentation.
• To play a key role in devising events for the public programme at the Contemporary Art Society, the Whitechapel Gallery
To participate in programme of evaluation
To contribute to the installation of the exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery as well as to a supporting public programme.
To contribute to the installation at Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art.
An additional fee of £1500 will be provided for this work.

Personal Specifications
Knowledge and experience
• A specialist knowledge and interest in the role of public and private collections in the UK arts ecology
• A specialist knowledge of contemporary art and a firm grounding in 20th century art history
• Experience of engaging audiences in art historical narratives through curatorial or academic work
• An awareness of the challenges, possibilities and opportunities presented when working with public collections in a curatorial capacity
• Four years minimum experience of working as a curator, preferably with a collection
• Awareness of issues relating to audience development
• Experience of generating ideas through substantial multi-disciplinary research

Skills and Abilities
• Ability to work effectively on own initiative and as part of multi-disciplinary team
• Ability to lead on researching, developing and delivering projects to a high level
• Excellent written and verbal communications skills
• Well organised and able to work on several projects simultaneously
• Ability to work to tight deadlines
•Ability to interpret the work of contemporary artists as well as art history and make often complex ideas clear to a wide audience
• ICT skills sufficient to use a word processor and a database package
• Ability to initiate partnerships and develop networks with other related institutions as well as museum professionals and professionals in other fields related to contemporary art Experience, Skills and Abilities that are Desirable
• Applicants must be able to show a sustainable interest in and dynamic sense of enquiry in to public collections of contemporary art
• Existing knowledge of collections in the East Coast of England

•A Postgraduate qualification in a related subject: curatorial studies, museum studies, research, art history or other related subject.
• A substantial period working as a curator working within the specialism of contemporary art.

How to make an application:

We welcome applications from curators who have not had previous experience of working with collections. It is important however to demonstrate an interest in working with collections that could be sustained and developed throughout the Fellowship and beyond.
Please complete the application form provided. This Statement of Application should be structured around the following questions and take full account of the details provided within this pack and the person specifications.
1. How would you apply your recent curatorial research and current interests within the context of this Fellowship?
2. What is your curatorial experience to date and how can you use this experience in your approach to the Fellowship?
3. What interests you most about the possibility of researching these collections and how would you approach the research?
4. Why is this an important opportunity for you and how would you use this experience in the future?

Please also include an up to date C.V. on no more than two sides of A4 and names of two referees.
Applications should be submitted by 5pm on 3 May 2013 by email to:
[email protected]

Interviews will take place on the 14 and 15 May at the Contemporary Art Society. If you would like further information please contact:
Lucy Bayley at the Contemporary Art Society [email protected]

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Pick 'N Mix #65

Posted by Mikhel Proulx • Tuesday, April 9. 2013 • Category: Pick 'N Mix

- Germano Celant is re-staging Harald Szeemann's seminal 1969 exhibition 'Live in Your Head. When Attitudes Become Form' for the Fondazione Prada in Venice.

- [Jerry] Saltz on the Death of the Gallery Show: “There used to be shared story lines of contemporary art: the way artists developed, exchanged ideas, caromed off each other’s work, engaged with their critics. Now no one knows the narrative; the thread has been lost.”

- In a similar vein, critic Blake Gopnik takes on museums for the Art Newspaper: “The quaint old notion of the museum as a haven for the contemplation of the art it owns has given way to the museum as a cog in the exhibition-industrial complex”

- Meanwhile, museums are Looking for Ways to Groom Repeat Visitors, with free-admission, entertainment strategies, and 'frequent-flier' credits.

- Former Tate curator Emma Dexter interviewed about her movement into 'the world of private galleries': “there's so little bureaucracy in commercial galleries.”

- Review of Paul O Neill's 'The Culture of Curating and the Curating of Culture(s)' (MIT Press, 2012) at the Brooklyn Rail.

- Review from November's Curatorial Knowledge Forum held at the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture in Karachi, Pakistan.

- Artists, curators and advocates Deirdre Logue and Allyson Mitchell present their Feminist Art Gallery (FAG) These self-identified “feral curators” avoid formal funding structures, focus on feminist and queer cultural production, and “approach curating from an activist position.”

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Pick 'N Mix #64

Posted by Mikhel Proulx • Saturday, March 23. 2013 • Category: Pick 'N Mix

- We are thrilled to announce the winner of the Musée Imaginaire Concours – the juried competition organized by and KAPSUL: Antonella Croci and Federico Florian’s I CLOSE MY EYES IN ORDER TO SEE has been awarded both Jury's Choice and Crowd Favorite. Visit KAPSUL to view all submissions to the competition.

- Flexible working: why the arts and culture sector doesn't get it yet, Claire Hodgson for the Guardian: “for a "creative" industry such as the culture sector, we have very uncreative workplaces…Our current culture promotes underpaid and overworked staff, relying on our passion for what we do.”

- The Way We Share: Transparency in Curatorial Practice. An essay by Lindsay Howard for Hyperallergic’s ‘Tumblr Art Sumposium’:
“We’ve heard the argument that everyone’s a curator online by means of blogging and reblogging, but what about the professional curators who are responsible for producing major physical exhibitions — how are they using social platforms? The ability to publicly explore new theories, archive research, and participate in creative communities, has signaled a new era of openness and transparency in curatorial practice.”

- Rhetoric of the Image: Julian Stallabrass gives a critical review of two new curatorial books: The Culture of Curating and the Curating of Culture(s), by Paul O’Neill, and Terry Smith’s Thinking Contemporary Curating. Both apparently uphold the "quasi-theoretical language… vacuous generalizations… [and] the illusion of coherence" within "curatorial rhetoric."

- The Art of the Artist Interview: Ross Simonini on Hans Ulrich Obrist's Interview Project.

- The best US exhibitions of 2012 have been voted on by over 400 professionals of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA).
Artfagcity is not impressed.

- HOST AND AMBASSADOR: a conversation with curator Yasmil Raymond at #OpenCurating, Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona:
“I don’t think artists need to be curated, I think artists need to be supported, enabled.”

- With the opening of his feature exhibitions at the Venice Biennial around the corner, Massimiliano Gioni states: "I Felt the Need to Do Something Unusual." Other curators react.

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Opportunity: Call for Curatorial Proposals, CUE Art Foundation

Posted by Sofia Landström • Friday, March 1. 2013 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

The application date for this opportunity has passed.

Call for Curatorial Proposals, CUE Art Foundation
Deadline: April 30, 2013

CUE Art Foundation is a non-profit contemporary art space in New York City. CUE showcases the work of emerging artists through solo exhibitions, provides educational and professional development programs for artists and students, and hosts a range of public programs.

This program provides one deserving curator the necessary time and resources to realize an innovative project, with the aim of encouraging curatorial research in tandem with exhibition planning. CUE will provide institutional guidance and resources to the curator, who will produce a group exhibition with related public programming and an accompanying exhibition catalogue in July 2014. Selected applicant will receive a $1000 honorarium and an exhibition/production budget of up to $3500. CUE will contribute up to $1500 toward shipping expenses and up to $4000 for catalogue production.

Proposals will be evaluated on merit of project, singularity of concept, and adherence to the guidelines below. Please note: proposed artists must live or work in the United States. All applications submitted will be considered final and treated as such. You will not, under any circumstances, be permitted to add to or edit your application once it has been submitted. All incomplete or duplicate applications will be immediately disqualified.

For a list of Frequently Asked Questions, please visit For questions regarding the application requirements, please contact Jessica Gildea, Associate Director of Programs: 212-206-3583.

1. Proposals must be conceptually rigorous and focus on artists, projects, and themes that are innovative, challenging, and engaging. The majority of artists proposed must qualify as under-recognized (no gallery representation and no solo exhibitions in a major venue within the last ten years).
2. Extra consideration will be given to proposals that clearly demonstrate a unique and creative approach to both research methods and the exhibition plan, and those that present ideas or topics not well represented in the commercial sector.
3. The proposal must investigate and promote the activities of four or more artists. Curators may not include their own work in the exhibition.
4. Extra consideration will be given to applicants in the beginning stages of their curatorial careers.
5. Proposals must include a line-item budget and a list of potential artists with images.
6. CUE strongly encourages applications that contribute to our ongoing commitment to diversity.

1. An exhibition proposal up to 1000 words that outlines both the background and plan for the exhibition
2. A list of at least four potential artists
3. At least one image per artist, or up to one minute of video per artist for video and time-based work
4. Image list
5. A line-item budget
6. Curator's CV

Images must be submitted as JPEGs, with filenames formatted as such: ARTISTLASTNAME_1.jpeg. Video samples may be .mov or .mp4. All video samples must be accompanied by a link to the full piece, to be included in the image list.

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Job: Curatorial Assistant, Photography, the Museum of Modern Art, New York

Posted by Sophia Zhou • Monday, August 27. 2012 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

The application date for this opportunity has passed.

The Museum of Modern Art is currently accepting applications for a Curatorial Assistant in the Photography Department to assist the senior curatorial staff in all areas of their responsibilities including administrative work in the context of curatorial functions including acquisitions, collections records, bibliographic and biographical records and files, research for exhibitions and publications, departmental committees, loans, and general curatorial inquiries. Specific additional responsibilities are as follows:

• Performs work in relation to care of the collection and arranges for custodial, registration, and preparation work as required by the curatorial staff in the maintenance of the collection in gallery, study and storage areas.

• Conducts daily collection gallery inspections and assists with follow-up arrangements in the event of damage, deterioration, etc.

• Performs the duties of exhibitions assistant including research on artists, periods, styles, etc., on specific works, on locations of works, on photograph sources, etc. Assists in arranging loans, in catalogue preparation, in the preparation of checklists from compilation to data entry, in coordinating and scheduling work to be done within the Museum and without in such areas as conservation, photography, public information, matting and framing, construction, lighting, etc.

• Assists with the preparation and installation of wall labels. Conducts daily inspection of the works on view in temporary exhibitions and assists with necessary follow-up arrangements, answers inquiries and conducts some gallery tours as necessary for visitors, etc.

• Researches and catalogues the Museum Collection and Archives under senior staff supervision and answers related inquiries from the public and scholars.

• Assists in the administration of artists' viewing program. Assists in the operation of departmental study centers.

Qualified candidates will possess a Master’s degree in Art History, ABD candidates preferred, with a focus on postwar/contemporary art and some relevant museum experience or equivalent. Conversant in modern and contemporary art and the history of photography helpful. Excellent writing, research, and organizational skills. Highly motivated. Strict attention to detail, rigorous approach to tasks. Excellent computer skills. High level of enthusiasm to work with a curatorial team. Ability to manage more than one project at a time and to consistently meet deadlines. Fluency (speaking, reading, writing) in one or more European languages, particularly Spanish or Portuguese and German highly desired.

Please submit resume and cover letter, which must include salary requirements to Please reference the position title in the subject line.

The Museum of Modern Art is an equal opportunity employer and considers all candidates for employment regardless of race, color, sex, age, national origin, creed, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or political affiliation.

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