CuratorLab 60 credits, 2018

Curatorial course for professionals in Arts, Crafts, Design & Architecture in collaboration with Tensta Konsthall in Stockholm.

CuratorLab performs The Trial by Rossella Biscotti, Hamburger Bahnhof, Festival of the Future Nows, Berlin 2017, photo: Joanna Warsza.

“The curatorial training is slowly becoming accepted as a new tradition within the field, even if that acceptance is marked by a grudging fatalism similar to the acceptance of global warming, or the Republican Party. There is no denying that it’s here to stay, let’s try to deal with it.”

Tirdad Zolghadr [Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, 2013]

CuratorLab is a unique one-year international curatorial course at Konstfack, Stockholm. CuratorLab doesn’t have a fixed curriculum – every year it reinvents itself anew around a leading topic, followed by studio visits, seminars, lectures, and trips, co-organized together with the participants. The course has a standing collaboration with Tensta konsthall contributing to its public program and a series of exhibitions organized within the framework of The Eros Effect Art, Solidarity Movements and the Struggle for Social Justice. CuratorLab is interested in working with and against the ideas of curating and the curatorial, but rather than solely exploring the history of the genre the ambition is to work on pertinent issues of our time while not taking things for granted. In the recent years, we have worked on re-staging the Operaist Trial with the artist Rossella Biscotti, or worked on the topic of love and revolution drawing on the legacy of Alexandra Kollontai. CuratorLab is open to everybody with experience and interest in exploring what a curatorial practice can be today. We intend to build a group of participants with substantial experience; a grounded interest and a sense of commitment to share a learning experience together.

For the academic year 2018/2019, we invite all participants to work together with curator Maria Lind and Tensta konsthall on rethinking how to work curatorially with public art collections, responding to notions of the public, publicness, the commons, the counter-public, the private, the shared and the owned. Every participant will be invited to engage in the conceptual and hands-on research around the history, present and the future of the third biggest collection in Sweden, that of Malmö Konstmuseum run by director Cecilia Widenheim. Together, we will outline the research topics and readings, ask what the role of the curator in actualising and problematising the collections is, and we will contribute with the public program around the resulting exhibition at Tensta kontshall in Spring 2019. Each participant is invited to conceptualise a project within the shared research  topic and will be granted a production budget of 15.000 SEK as well as a fee for an external advisor, plus access to all facilities of Konstfack, Tensta konsthall and Malmö Konstmuseum.

We will meet four times per year for two-week sessions (early September, early November, February and May). Participants do not need to live in Stockholm. However,  attendance during all the sessions is necessary.

Join us to be part of a moment of defining and challenge the field of curating!

Course director: Joanna Warsza

Guest lecturer: Maria Lind

Course Syllabus: KOY001 CuratorLab rev2015.pdf

Language of instruction:

Entry Requirements
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.

The selection is based on an overall assessment of the applicant’s previous relevant work experience, motivation, project proposal and portfolio, and possible interviews.

How to apply to CuratorLab

1. Apply at ( for Swedish speaking applicants)
When applying to Konstfack you submit an online application to the Swedish central application website ( for Swedish speaking applicants), and send qualifications to support the entry requirements to ( for Swedish speaking applicants).

2. Upload files to
You will also need to upload files electronically via Konstfack's website. These files will be used in the selection between eligible applicants.

Submit three (3) PDF files to

1. One page of written bio, including your interests in CuratorLab,  (1 page as 1 PDF file)

2. Outline of the lines of project proposal. Please describe the area of a possible interest or a project around the common topic, (1 page as 1 PDF file)

3. Documentation of relevant working experience (max 3 pages as 1 PDF file).

Technical specifications
File format: PDF
The PDF documents must not be password protected.

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.

Applications for admission in 2018 are closed.

Important dates

1 December 2017: Online application ( / and portal to upload applicant assignment ( open.

15 January 2018:
Application deadline.

1 February 2018: Qualifications to certify the entry requirements, and payment of application fee or certification of fee exempt status must have reached University Admissions.

Deadline to upload portfolio/files for selection to

February/March 2018: Assessment of applicant assignments.

19 April 2018: Notification of selection results is published ( /

3 September 2018: Course start.

Tuition fees and studying in Sweden
Students with citizenship in countries outside of the EU/EEA or Switzerland are in general required to pay tuition fees. Read more about application and tuition fees here.

For information on studying in Sweden please visit

More information

If you have questions about how to apply, please contact:
Student Office
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+46 8 450 41 77

If you have questions about the course, please contact:

Helena Höök
Protected address
+46 8 450 41 90

Photo: Joanna Warsza

Photo: Emily Fahlén

Photo: Joanna Warsza

Photo: Jean-Baptiste Béranger

Updated: 8 November 2016
Author: Pia Schenkmanis Rämö

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