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Curatorial Intensive Kampala 2022

Participants in the 2017 Curatorial Intensive in Accra, Ghana.

Aug 11 – 18, 2022

Kampala, Uganda
Njabala Foundation

Kampala, Uganda

Participants in the 2017 Curatorial Intensive in Accra, Ghana.

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This August, ICI will organize the Curatorial Intensive in Kampala, Uganda, in collaboration with the Njabala Foundation, which promotes and facilitates visibility for women artists.

The Curatorial Intensive in Kampala will draw from the vibrant artistic and intellectual production in East Africa, and focus on curatorial practices that promote the work of women, create support structures for artists adapted to their local contexts, and foster innovative thinking around what constitutes curatorial space beyond the conventional white cube, gallery, or museum.

The Curatorial Intensive, an eight-day professional development program, offers emerging curators the opportunity to discuss, among colleagues, the concepts, logistics, and challenges of organizing exhibitions, public programs, and other curatorial models. It is designed to immerse participants in a rigorous schedule of seminars, presentations, site visits, and one-on-one meetings that support the process of developing an idea for a project into a full proposal. The Curatorial Intensive is targeted toward self-motivated individuals at an early stage in their career, working independently or within institutions. It is a unique opportunity to forge a close network of peers and embark on future collaborations. This program is the seventh Curatorial Intensive in Africa since 2013, following past iterations in Johannesburg, Addis Ababa, Marrakesh, Dakar, Accra, and Cape Town.

Seminars, site visits, individual meetings, and roundtable discussions will be led by a group of professionals that includes Keyna Eleison (Artistic Director, Museum of Modern Art, Rio de Janeiro), Daudi Karungi (Founder, Afriart Gallery, and Director, Kampala Art Biennale, Kampala), Martha Kazungu (Assistant Curator, MARKK Museum am Rothenbaum, Hamburg, and Founder and Curator, Njabala Foundation, Kampala), Serubiri Moses (thinker, curator, and teacher, New York), Dr. Lilian Mary Nabulime (Sculptor and lecturer, Margaret Trowell School of Industrial and Fine Art (MTSIFA), Makerere University, Kampala), Marie-Hélène Pereira (Curator and Director of Programs, RAW Material Company, Dakar), and Renaud Proch (Executive and Artistic Director, ICI), among others. A full list of faculty will be available in the coming weeks; check this page for updates.

About the Njabala Foundation
Njabala is a multi-faceted campaign sourcing inspiration from a popular Ugandan myth of Njabala to facilitate conversations on womanhood. The Foundation’s responsibility is to curate periodic exhibitions, as well as organize a public program of activities aimed at creating safe spaces for female artists to thrive. To increase the visibility of the work of women artists, Njabala Foundation in various ways campaigns against gender inequality in the art world by organizing art exhibitions and events exclusively dedicated to highlighting the work of women artists.

Application guidelines

12–14 applicants working internationally will be selected to participate in the Curatorial Intensive. The applicant must have 3+ years of curatorial experience, or similar experience organizing cultural projects.

Applications may be submitted in English or French. Working proficiency in English is essential, as the program will be held in English. Translation assistance will be available to French speakers.

Applications are now open, and should be submitted through ICI’s application portal. Applications are due by June 6, 2022 at midnight EDT.

Required materials

  • Description of an exhibition or project that the applicant would like help in developing. This description should outline the proposal concept and any artists or work under consideration (500 words max)
  • Bio (250 words max)
  • Letter of intent (250 words max)
  • Description of a recent curatorial project that has made an impact on the applicant (250 words max)
  • Scholarship request (optional) (250 words max)

Please reach out to ICI’s Programs Coordinator, Zoe Dobuler, at with any questions.

Fees and scholarships

The program fee is $1,900 USD. Participants are also responsible for covering travel and accommodation expenses, and securing visas.

Generous scholarship packages that subsidize or eliminate the program fees, travel, and/or accommodation costs are available and awarded based on merit and need. If you would like to apply for a scholarship, please include a letter of motivation with your application. We are unable to award scholarships to curators who did not indicate their interest in one at the time of application.

All applicants based on the African continent are eligible for full scholarships, supported by the Marian Goodman Gallery Initiative in honor of the late Okwui Enwezor.

In addition, ICI offers a limited number of scholarship packages available to all curators, based anywhere in the world.

The Curatorial Intensive is made possible by the Marian Goodman Gallery Initiative in honor of the late Okwui Enwezor, Teiger Foundation, and generous support from Mercedes Vilardell and ICI’s Leadership Council.

Marie Hélène Pereira

Marie Hélène Pereira is Director of Programmes at RAW Material Company where she has organized a dozen of exhibitions and related discursive programs.

Martha Kazungu

Martha Kazungu is a Ugandan curator and art historian.

Renaud Proch

Renaud Proch is Independent Curators International (ICI)’s Executive & Artistic Director.

Serubiri Moses

Serubiri Moses is a writer and curator who lives in New York.

Lilian Mary Nabulime

Lilian M. Nabulime (PhD), is a Senior Lecturer and former Head of the Sculpture Department in the School of Industrial and Fine Arts (CEDAT) at Makerere University in Kampala.

Keyna Eleison

Keyna Eleison is a curator, writer, researcher, Griot heiress and shaman, narrator, singer, ancestral chronicler.

Daudi Karungi

Daudi Karungi founded Afriart Gallery (AAG) in 2002 with a focus on supporting and advancing careers of African contemporary artists.