CuratorLab 60 credits, 2019

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

2015 Visible Award: Public jury in the form of a Temporary Parliament, Liverpool Town Hall, in collaboration with Tate Liverpool.

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. CuratorLab is interested in expanding the ideas of curating and the curatorial beyond the exhibition format, and in dealing with the pertinent issues of our times. In the recent years we have worked on public programing with Tensta konsthall, f.ex. re-staging the Operaist Trial with the artist Rossella Biscotti, or co-editing a reader on love and revolution drawing on the legacy of a Bolshevik revolutionary Alexandra Kollontai together with artist Dora García and curator Maria Lind. CuratorLab is open to everybody with curiosity to challenge the new curatorial practices. We intend to built a group of participants with solid experience; a grounded interest and a sense of commitment in order to share a learning experience together.

Topic 2019/2020
Socially Engaged Curating in Post-Democratic Times. Take part in a public jury in the form of a temporary parliament and defend art for social change.

For the academic year 2019/2020, we invite you to take part in a long-term jury and the temporary parliament of the Visible Award, directed by curators Matteo Lucchetti and Judith Wielander. The Visible project (Cittadellarte-Fondazione Pistoletto and Fondazione Zegna, Italy) is an international research platform and an award devoted to art in the social sphere, that aims to produce and sustain socially engaged artistic practices in a global context. It supports and traces the artistic practices that have left their own field behind to become visible as part of something else, often implementing art in the fields of law, environment, politics, migration or economy – such as The Silent University, Conflict Kitchen, or the Karrabing Film Collective, among many others. The needs arising from this kind of expanded forms of art demands also an expanded understanding of the curatorial skills.

CuratorLab participants are invited to work in response to the shortlisted projects for the 2019 Visible Award edition in Paris, contextualizing the practices and methodologies of the selected artists via interviews and workshops, and participate in the public jury, in the form of a temporary parliament, as defendants. The debate will be held in Paris in Fall 2019, in partnership with Lafayette Anticipations. We will engage in the questions of which curatorial methodologies need to be developed around socially engaged artistic practices? How can art institutions and art formats be reformatted to go beyond exhibition and display towards agency and engagement? What is and could be a place of curators in this process? Additionally we will ask how can an award and a parliament be a performative form in producing public discourse beyond a competition where social issues are at stake? Each of the participants will work with a chosen artist or a collective to follow up on those questions, and will be granted a small budget of 15.000 SEK (1500Euro) to develop public programing in February or May session. Join us to explore how could art and socially engaged practices work together in an ethical, sensitive and complex way?

We will meet four times per year for 10 days sessions:

Early September 2019– meeting in Stockholm, introduction to Konstfack, the city, and the Visible Award, presentation of the art projects and forming of the groups.

November 2019 – Stockholm and Paris – preparation of the defence and the arguments, workshops in Stockholm and Paris.

February 2020 – Evaluation of the projects, documentation and written reflections, mapping up the questions, developing methodologies. Follow-up with the nominated artists: developing conversations or texts around nominated artists practices, writing workshops. To be published on the Visible and CuratorLab websites

May 2020 – Follow up and a sum up, and a common on-line publication. Participation in the public program of Konstfack Degree Show. A final public programing .

You do not need to be based in Stockholm, however attendance during all the sessions is necessary.

More about the project:

Program director: Joanna Warsza

Guest lecturers for 2019/2020: Matteo Lucchetti, Judith Wielander, Maria Lind and many more.

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 entry in autumn 2019 are closed


Important dates

30 November 2018: Online application ( / and portal to upload applicant assignment ( open.

15 January 2019:
Application deadline ( /

1 February 2019: 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 - April 2019: Assessment of applications.

18 April 2019: Notification of selection results is published ( /

2 September 2019: 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.

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More information

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

If you have questions about the course, please contact:
Helena Höök
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+46 8 450 41 90

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Photo: Joanna Warsza

Photo: Emily Fahlén

Photo: Joanna Warsza

Photo: Jean-Baptiste Béranger

Updated: 8 November 2016
Author: Antagningen