curatorial intensive

Curatorial Seminar in Istanbul

Program Dates: June 25–September 25, 2013

Application deadline: passed

Developed by ICI, the Curatorial Seminar will offer a small group of curators the opportunity to engage closely with mentors and their peers to explore pertinent issues relating to exhibition-making, commissioning, running non-profits, and other activities curators are now regularly expected to perform. This program will be open to curators working all over the world who have 6+ years of experience, and alumni of the Curatorial Intensive program are welcome to apply.

The Curatorial Seminar will focus on Istanbul as a case study, exploring a number of key issues that challenge our understanding of what constitutes an emerging art scene, the strengths and pitfalls of working within such a context, and questions of how to develop a curatorial practice that supports the development of artists and local infrastructure within the international art world.

Between June 25 and September 20 the seminar will be conducted via online sessions that will include lectures from curators, roundtable discussions, reading groups, and workshops to explore each participant’s research topic. Between September 21 and 25 the seminar will be held in Istanbul, and will include site visits to artists’ studios and selected venues, seminar sessions with guest curators, and an in-depth study of the 13th Istanbul Biennial, Mom Am I a Barbarian?, curated by Fulya Erdemci.

The activities will be led by the following faculty: Zoe Butt (Executive Director and Curator at Sàn Art, Ho Chi Minh), María del Carmen Carrión (Associate Director of Public Programs & Research, ICI, NY), Colin Chinnery (Artistic Director of the Wuhan Art Terminus (WH.A.T.), Wuhan, China), Fulya Erdemci (Curator, 13th Istanbul Biennial), Kate Fowle (Chief Curator at Garage, Moscow, and Director-at-Large of ICI, New York), Hou Hanru (Curator of the 5th Auckland Triennial), Vasif Kortun (Director of Research and Programs, SALT, Istanbul), Julian Myers (Associate Professor at California College of the Arts, San Francisco), Georges Pfruender (Head of the Wits School of Arts, Johannesburg, South Africa), Andrea Phillips (Curator of Public Programme, Istanbul Biennial 2013), Sally Tallant (Director of the Liverpool Biennial), and Fatos Ustek (independent curator and art critic).

Application Guidelines

Visit ICI’s website to apply for the Curatorial Seminar online. All applications must include a 1000-word description of a research project that the applicant would like to develop during the seminar. This description should outline the main thesis, a methodological framework, and specify the concrete and theoretical questions the research seeks to address. Also required are a current CV (up to 3 pages), a short bio (250 words), a letter of intent (500 words), and a writing sample (published or unpublished).

Fees and Scholarships
The program fee is 1,900 USD. Participants are also responsible for covering travel and accommodation expenses for the week the program will be conducted in Istanbul. Scholarship packages that subsidize or eliminate the program fees, accommodation, and travel expenses are available and awarded based on merit. Scholarships for curators from Turkey will be supported by SAHA.

About the Curatorial Seminar
The Curatorial Seminar evolved from ICI’s successful short-term, low-cost training program, The Curatorial Intensive. This new model emphasizes the importance of curatorial research and writing. In contrast to the fast pace and rigorous concentration of our Curatorial Intensive model, this one proposes a longer duration in which to conduct in-depth analysis of a single topic that will spread out in time. Taking advantage of the tools available for online knowledge sharing and collaborative work, the Curatorial Seminar enables participants to remain at their workplaces and still engage in an international dialogue. The purpose of the Curatorial Seminar is to offer a small group of curators the opportunity to engage closely with mentors and their peers to explore pertinent issues of contemporary curatorial practice.

For more information, contact Public Programs & Research Coordinator, Misa Jeffereis, at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


The Curatorial Seminar is a new initiative developed in collaboration with SAHA.

ICI Public Programs and Research Initiatives are made possible by grants from the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, the Dedalus Foundation, the Hartfield 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.

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