Category Archives: Curator Open Call Research

Further Investigation: ART:I:CURATE

During my initial investigation into current curator open calls for 2014, I also noticed an open call for artists and curators on callforcurators.com dated 10 January 2014 for new exhibitions during 2014.  The call was on behalf of art:i:curate, a website that “organizes exhibitions based on what its network likes” (Call for Curators, 2014, online).  As well as creating an opportunity for artists and curators to curate collections online, there is also the opportunity for popular online exhibitions to be exhibited offline.

I decided to sign up to the art:i:curate website and emailed the organization for further information as follows:

From: helanie moore <helanie@live.co.uk>
Sent: 13 January 2014 12:43
To: ART:I:CURATE Submissions
Subject: Open Call for Artists & Curators – Further Information

Dear Sir/Madam,
As a student of Plymouth College of Art & Design, studying my final year of a BA (Hon) in Fine Art, Critical & Curatorial Studies I would be extremely interested in gaining further information with regard to your open call – particularly for curators, detailed on your website callforcurators.com on 10 January 2014.
Following group curatorial projects within the College and internships at Plymouth Arts Centre and Peninsula Arts, Plymouth University I am keen to start developing my own curatorial projects before completion of my final year of studies.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Kind regards
Helanie Moore
_______________
I received the following reply:
From: Myrto Katsimicha (myrto@articurate.net)
Sent: 13 January 2014 17:23:13
To: helanie moore (helanie@live.co.uk)
Dear Helanie,
 
Thank you for your email and your interest in our initiative.
 
Please find our submission documents attached. 
 
As a curator, you can suggest artists you work with for the platform and submit/curate their profiles. If your suggested artist(s) are selected for an offline exhibition, you will be working on the curatorial concept and framework.
 
Also, your name will be mentioned ad a curator on each artist’s profile submitted/suggested through you.
 
Please feel free to contact me if you have any further questions.
 
Best wishes,
Myrto Katsimicha
 
 
145-157 St. John Street 
EC1V 4PW London
 
Included within the email were 5 attachments:
I am unsure at present which would be the best option for me to respond to out of the three open calls I have looked at so far but I will hopefully have more of an inkling after the group discussion with our tutor tomorrow.
References:
Art:i:curate (2014) ART:I:CURATE [online]. London: D-arte Ltd. Available at: http://www.articurate.net/page/about/
Call for Curators (2014) Open Call for Artists and Curators [online]. Call for Curators. Available at: http://www.callforcurators.com/2014/01/10/open-call-for-artists-and-curators/
 

Project Assignment: Answering the Call – Initial Investigation

For our CURA302 project assignment, students have been asked to respond to an open call for curators.  Students can create a proposal for an open call where the deadline has already past or for a future exhibition.

I personally would prefer to respond to an open call which is live, as opposed to dead but I have found that the deadlines for many open calls for curators for 2014 have past or are due in, in the next week or so.

Also, I would prefer to respond to a call from the UK, as this would be more practical for myself, in terms of being able to be a present if I were to be successful.

The first curator open call I came across was the Hayward Touring Curatorial Open 2014. Unfortunately, the deadline had already past (6 January 2014), however, this call especially appealed to me because it was not just open to professional curators.

Also, it was an opportunity for a proposed exhibition to tour several galleries including project space at BALTIC 39, Newcastle upon Tyne, the Bluecoat, Liverpool and The Gallery at Norwich University of the Arts which would allow a large and varied audience across the UK to view the exhibition.

Hayward
Click on Image to Access Information on Hayward Touring Curatorial Open 2014

Another curator open call of interest is the Franchise Program at Apexart.  Fortunately, the submission period for proposals is from 15 February to 15 March 2014, which would hopefully give me enough time to submit an idea.

Although Apexart is an arts organization based in New York, the Franchise Program asks for proposals for exhibitions anywhere but New York.  As mentioned above, this would be a more appealing call for me to respond to, as I could submit an idea for a UK exhibition.

Furthermore, proposals can be submitted my individuals with no experience in curating and is judged blindly i.e. the judges are not made aware of the names of the submitters.

The open call asks for the following with regard to concept and ideas:

The Franchise asks for submissions for exhibitions that examine a specific idea or theme. Exhibitions can be about anything that the organizer finds compelling and can take place anywhere other than NYC. P….The Franchise is an opportunity to help bring a compelling idea to fruition and to illustrate that the center of the world is wherever you are. (Apexart, 2014, online)

However, I am not sure whether this open call will be acceptable as part of the CURA302 project as it only requires a submission of  500 words to explain the idea of the exhibition, with no need to submit images, artist statements or cv etc.

Apexart
Click on Image to Access Information on the Franchise Program, Apexart

References:

Apexart (2014) Franchise Program [online].  New York: Apexart. Available at: http://www.apexart.org/general.php

Southbank Centre (2014) Hayward Touring Curatorial Open 2014 [online]. London: Southbank Centre. Available at: http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/about-us