CCA and Independent Curators International (ICI) announce the first Curatorial Intensive in Europe &&

CCA and ICI are pleased to present the first Curatorial Intensive in Europe: From “Official History” to Underrepresented Narratives. Developed by ICI in collaboration with CCA the programme will examine the role of cultural production in addressing geopolitical landscapes and recent histories. The week-long programme, taking place between May 19th and 25th, will take concepts of narrative and memory as the theoretical and poetic underpinning to reflect upon recent social developments in specific geographies, while questioning the ability of art and exhibition-making to act as catalyst for change.

Through an international roster of speakers, From “Official History” to Underrepresented Narratives will consider the tension between remembrance and forgetting, and the role of art and cultural institutions in creating a discourse of national identity and giving visibility to overlooked histories. Seminars, site visits, individual meetings, and roundtable discussions will be led by the following faculty: Miguel Amado (curator, the Portuguese Pavilion at the 2013 Venice Biennale), Mai Abu ElDahab (independent curator), Annie Fletcher (Curator of Exhibitions at the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, and tutor at De Appel, Amsterdam), Khwezi Gule (Contemporary Collections Curator, Johannesburg Art Gallery), Peter Jenkinson (independent cultural broker and Co-Director, Culture+Conflict), and Paul Ramírez Jonas (artist and Assistant Professor, Hunter College, NY), amongst others. Attracting the highest caliber of curator from the international arts world, the Curatorial Intensive offers a unique opportunity for local curators to develop and learn alongside the very best in their field.

Suzanne Lyle, Head of Visual Arts at the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, said: ‘We are thrilled that such a platform for learning has become available. Opportunities such as this are rare and offer invaluable professional development. Local curators will have the opportunity to take part in a week long, high level programme alongside other international participants. The contacts they will make and the experience they will be able to draw on will be invaluable for their careers and for future arts audiences in Northern Ireland.’

Application Guidelines

All applications must include a 300-word description of a programme idea that the applicant would like help in developing. This description should outline the proposal concept and any artists that the applicant is considering. Also required are a current 250-word bio, a 500-word letter of intent, and a 300-word text that describes a recent curatorial project that has made an impact on the applicant. Deadline is March 4th. Visit ICI’s website to apply for the Curatorial Intensive online by clicking here.

Fees and Scholarships: The programme fee is 1,900 USD or 1,200 GBP. Participants are also responsible for covering travel and accommodation expenses. Scholarship packages that subsidise or eliminate the program fees, accommodation, and travel expenses are available and awarded based on merit. A number of scholarships for Northern Irish participants by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Turkish nationals will be supported by SAHA.

About the Curatorial Intensive

The Curatorial Intensive is ICI’s short-term, low-cost training programme that offers 12 to 14 curators the chance to develop project ideas and make connections with professionals in the field. It also provides the invaluable opportunity for peer-group education, forging new networks internationally. The Curatorial Intensive takes place twice annually in New York, and in other locations in conjunction with institutional partners worldwide. To date there have been 11 Curatorial Intensives including one in Brazil and China, and two each in Mumbai and Philadelphia. Since 2010, ICI has received 768 applications from curators in 63 countries. In two years 165 curators have participated in the programmes from 39 countries and 19 U.S. states.

The Curatorial Intensive is made possible, in part, by grants from the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, the Dedalus Foundation, the Hartfield Foundation, the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, and the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, and by generous contributions from Toby Devan Lewis, the ICI Board of Trustees, and the supporters of ICI’s Access Fund.

From “Official History” to Underrepresented Narratives is generously supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland/The Lottery Fund and UK City of Culture 2013.

About Independent Curators International

ICI connects emerging and established curators, artists, and institutions to forge international networks and generate new forms of collaboration through the production of exhibitions, events, publications, and curatorial training. Headquartered in New York, the organisation provides public access to the people and practices that are key to current developments in curating and exhibition-making around the world, inspiring fresh ways of seeing and contextualising contemporary art. Since it was established in 1975, ICI has worked with over 1,000 curators and 3,700 artists from 47 countries worldwide.


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