CuratorLab 60 credits, 2020

Curatorial course for professionals in Arts, Crafts, Design & Architecture. 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.

Krzysztof Wodiczko, Lenin Monument projection, 1990 Berlin in the frame of the public art exhibition Endlichkeit der Freiheit. Photo: Zellien Werner


Applications for entry in autumn 2020 are closed    

Important dates

29 November 2019: Online application ( / and portal to upload applicant assignment ( open.

15 January 2020:
Application deadline ( /

3 February 2020: 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 2020:
Assessment of applications

20 April 2020: Notification of selection results is published ( /

31 August 2020: Course start.

Topic 2020/2021

Meeting ancestors. Writing and editing two books together with curators Maria Lind and Joanna Warsza on the work of pioneers-curators.

For the academic year 2020/2021 we invite you to work alongside curators Maria Lind and Joanna Warsza to plan, edit and write together two books of interviews with our forerunners: curators who went beyond the mainstream, paving the way for approaches which are prevalent today, opened ways to deal with postcolonial, queer or political theory or practiced anti-hegemonic exhibition making, and yet remain little known in both recent curatorial practice and art history, far before the curatorial hype. Together we will form a research team, map, investigate, work on the archives but also meet and interview some of “the ancestors of our field”. Each participant will be asked to select two case studies, one from each of the following proposals. We will work together towards a double publication to appear in May 2021 accompanied by a series of public programs in Stockholm.

1. Book led by Maria Lind. Working title: Pioneer curators in Scandinavia.

We will meet and interview curators and institutional directors such as Elisabet Haglund (Kulturhuset in Stockholm and Borås Konstmuseum) Gunilla Lundahl (the magazine Form and independent projects), Jan-Erik Lundström (Fotografiska museet and Bildmuseet in Umeå) and Carlos Capelan (independent projects). We will conduct archival research connected to their work. We will also visit the city archive of Stockholm and the archive of the Labour movement (Arbetarrörelsens arkiv) as well as the Konstfack’s archive in order to connect their legacy to contemporary discourse.

2. Book led by Joanna Warsza. Working title: Early days of Public Art.
What is public in public art? How have the notions of situated or embedded knowledge changed over the years? What were the early attempts of demonumentalising art outside of the museums? We will study some worldwide examples of pioneer exhibitions of public art, interview the curators and artists, digitalize and problematize their legacies. We will work on legendary exhibitions and curatorial projects like Culture in Action curated by Mary Jane Jacob in 1993 in Chicago; Sonsbeek 93 curated by Valerie Smith; Endlichkeit der Freiheit, an exhibition started by Heiner Müller and Rebecca Horn on both sides of Berlin wall and realized after it felt down; Construction in Process, an artist-initiated site-specific exhibition in Łódz in the early 80s, and the Skulptur Projekte Münster, among others.

The research will include live presentations/interviews with forerunning curators, research trips, meetings, archival work, workshops and the final publication presentation in May. There is a common budget, which is managed and decided collectively, and each of the participant will be responsible for a part of the spendings. We will be also in charge of hosting seminars, creative writing workshops and other public events at Konstfack and other places in Stockholm. We encourage those with an interest in writing, editing, as well as Scandivanian speakers to apply. We welcome participants with longer experience in the field, and are open to your proposals of the historical figures in mentioned fields. Each participant will join both teams with one case study of your choice.

We will meet four times per year for 10 days sessions

Early September 2020–introduction to Konstfack and Stockholm, presentation of the projects and forming of the groups, possible common study trip.

November 2020 – workshops in Stockholm, group work on the interviews, creativing writing and editing workshops, possible public programs and trips, individual meetings.

February 2021 –Follow-up: edits and graphic design work, common seminars, possible trips.

May 2021 – Follow up and a sum up, the launch of the publications. Participation in the public program of Konstfack Degree Show and in program in town.

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

As a reference please have a look at this Reader produced together with the participants of CuratorLab 2017/2018 Red Love. A Reader on Alexandra Kollontai published by Sternberg Press.


Course Syllabus: KOY001 CuratorLab rev2015.pdf

Language of instruction: English

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.