Interested in exploring new directions and ideas in order to develop your curatorial practice? Curator Lab at Konstfack offers an international self-directed curatorial course based on research in the arts, crafts and design.
CuratorLab - Curatorial Program for Professionals in Arts, Crafts and Design 2015-2016. Applications are accepted once a year, to enter in September 2015.
CuratorLab is an international self-directed curatorial course dedicated to the advancement of curatorial practices based on research in the arts, crafts and design. It is addressed to beginning and mid-career curators, however a previous curatorial experience with own projects is necessary. CuratorLab is designed to offer time to conduct research and to explore new directions and ideas in order to develop artistic or theoretical work while linking academic study to cultural projects.
The course offers the participants the possibility to develop and realize one individual and/or collaborative project in the form of a public presentation, i.e. exhibition, lecture series, publication, screenings, seminar, for which CuratorLab provides professional feedback and practical support as well as a moderate production budget (approx. 15 000 SEK). The final project is decided by each participant in dialogue with his or her personal advisor (s) and it is supposed to take place in Stockholm (or in Sweden) within the duration of CuratorLab. Additionally to the individual projects, the group will work on the research topic, reading sessions, or a suggested curatorial collaboration together.
CuratorLab will arrange guest lectures by professionals in the field, and provides each participant access to the faculties across Konstfack’s departments, visiting curators, critics and practitioners, and be welcomed into graduate seminars and classes. The ideas for the guests lectures can be shaped together with the participants. Additionally to the individual projects, the group will work on the research topic and reading sessions together.
Dependent on the individual aims and research topics of the participants the faculty will assist in contacting art institutions to arrange lectures, to set up meetings with professionals in the field, as well as schedule studio visits with artists and designers in the Nordic region. Participants will be introduced to Konstfack’s Nordic and international network in arts, design and craft, depending on their interest.
Participants are encouraged to organize public presentations within Konstfack and other institutions, in the form of discussions, lectures, screenings, or seminars, for which they will receive support by the faculty and collaborate with Konstfack art department on studio visits, talks and shows.
Applications are accepted once a year, with start (autumn semester) in September. The course is flexible. It is divided over four 2x week sessions over the academic year and it is not required to be based in Stockholm full time. It is not required to be based in Stockholm full time, but the presence in the sessions in obligatory.
Course Syllabus: KOY001 CuratorLab rev2015.pdf
Bachelor’s degree of 180 credits, or higher, in fine arts, art history, critical studies, curatorial studies, architecture, crafts and design, and/or equivalent work experience in independent curatorial practices or within institutions for at least three years. And proficiency in English equivalent to Swedish upper secondary school course English 6/English B. Read more about the language requirements here.
Selection The selection is based on an overall assessment of the applicant’s previous relevant work experience, motivation, project proposal and portfolio.
How to apply to CuratorLab
When applying to Konstfack you submit an online application to the Swedish central application website www.universityadmissions.se (antagning.se for Swedish speaking applicants), and send qualifications to support the entry requirements by post to University Admissions in Sweden, FE 20101, SE 839 87 Ostersund, Sweden.
(or Antagningsservice, 839 87 Östersund for Swedish applicants).
You will also need to upload files electronically via Konstfack's homepage. These files will be used in the selection between eligible applicants.
Files to submit electronically: CV, motivation, references, project proposal and portfolio (the link to upload files will be published here 16 March 2015, 13:00 CET)
Submit five (5) PDF files:
1. One (1) PDF named "Name_Surname_cv.pdf": Curriculum Vitae including working experience, descriptions of internships, and related experience, (2-3 pages)
2. One (1) PDF named "Name_Surname_motivation.pdf ": Written motivation of the applicant's motives for applying to CuratorLab (1-2 pages).
3. One (1) PDF named "Name_Surname_references.pdf": References from two persons practicing or teaching in the field in which the application is made, attesting to the applicant's ability and competence in that field are required.
4. One (1) PDF named "Name_Surname_proposal.pdf ": Outline of the project proposal (1-2 pages), starting with the outline and resume of the concept of the project.
5. One (1) PDF named "Name_Surname_portfolio.pdf": Documentation of relevant working experience; images and textual descriptions of exhibitions and other projects (max 5 pages).
Note that the project proposal functions as a presentation of your ideas and fields of interest, it must not be realized in this exact form during the course.
You must submit five (5) PDF documents named as instructed.
The PDF documents must not be password protected.
File format: PDF
PDF document format: A4 (portrait or landscape)