OPEN CALL - Curators’ research residency programme

Application deadline: August 15th, 2015

Duration: 23rd September - 31st of October, 2015

Want to gain first-hand curatorial practice in one of the most vibrant art hubs in Europe?
Searching to improve your professional skills in curating in a highly international setting?
Motivated to connect with notable agents of the contemporary art scene in Vienna?

The programme CURATORS’ AGENDA: VIENNA 2015" is envisaged to answer your specific professional aspirations and to provide you with the unique first-hand curatorial experience through a 4 week residency in Vienna, Austria. C’A programme is envisioned as an intensive four week research residency programme for emerging curators from all around the globe, who seek to discover Vienna’s contemporary art scene in-depth and who are eager to immerse themselves into diverse narratives and inclinations of the Viennese contemporary art world.

The programme will foster communication between curators and notable agents of the Vienna art scene by creating a platform for intercultural exchange, thus promoting dissemination of contemporary art from Austria and encouraging the mobility of all parties involved.

The C’A programme will include talks, study trips and encounters with curators and cultural educators from leading institutions and self-organized art spaces as well as with freelance operators and entrepreneurs in the field of contemporary art which will reflect on their work and role as mediators between artist and audience in different contexts.

Moreover, a special attention will be drawn to the creation of individual relations with artists, which is why one part of the programme will be dedicated to studio visits of prominent Viennese artists. Furthermore, the C’A curators will be provided with know-how modules and workshops related to exhibition management and production, with the possibility to organize and execute one mutual project, as a final agenda of the four week programme in a partnership with University of Applied Arts in Vienna.

C’A programme is aiming to provide its participants with the genuine and overall in-depth knowledge of the contemporary art scene in Vienna;
C’A programme is committed to provide a platform for cultural exchange and collaboration to international emerging curators as well as to representatives of Viennese contemporary art community;
C’A programme fosters a network among the programme participants and all parties included in the programme and provides opportunities for individual relevant knowledge expansion and interpersonal connections;
C’A programme provides opportunity for reflection on “lessons learned” through the execution of a final curatorial group-exhibition.

Up to 10 applicants will be selected to take part in the C’A programme. Considering that the project takes place in a highly international environment, working language of the programme will be English, therefore all applicants should have excellent command of the language.
Please note that all applications, consisting of CV up to one A4 page and motivation letter with emphasized special field of interest up to one A4 page, should be sent not later than 15th of August 2015 to the address

Fee: Registration fee is 50,00 €. The registration fee is not refundable.

Accommodation, traveling costs, per diems and other individual costs are NOT included in the price. Costs of the programme are 450,00 €. The selected participant should make a payment in advance, not later than 1st of September. If selected participant give up from the programme, the paid assets will not be refunded. The fee includes the use of office facilities, entry fees for museums, Vienna Conteporary art Fair and other special events, as well as public transportation costs in Vienna. Additionally, it covers also the production costs of the final exhibition.

All inquiries regarding the project can be directed to the email address

The results of the previous curators - in - residence programme, CURATOR'S CONNECTION, which was realized in 2013, was successfully completed with mutual contentment of both curators and other parties included as it is stated in their own testimonials:

"After the two months curatorial residency, I have established a strong network both in Vienna and Budapest, and expanded my capacity as a curator. The programme has initiated good contacts with talented people who are dealing with real situations creatively. It is a motivating experience, whilst learning and executing critical contemporary art projects with my fellow 7x8curators colleagues." Ho Leng, artist and curator, Singapour

"The Curators Connection Residency provided an invaluable experience of the art scene in Vienna, which enhanced my knowledge of the active cultural landscape in Vienna, as well as expanded my professional networks to an international scale." Kimi Kitada, curator, New York

"CC helped me bridge the gap between art show organizer and curator by examining the philosophies behind every exhibition. The hands-on approach to curating plus the experienced friendly staff created an environment right for learning." Roland Ramos, producer and curator, New Jersey

The Vienna section of the program provided a wonderful opportunity to connect with fellow curators and create an international network of artists to collaborate with on future projects. It also presented us with new experiences while still ensuring we felt comfortable in a foreign city. The program provided comprehensive insight into Vienna's cultural scene by introducing us to a wide variety of cultural workers and organizations ranging from grassroots to well-established institutions. Upon my return home, I have been able to execute curatorial strategies I encountered in Europe back in Canada for a new audience. Jordana Franklin, artistic director at Walnut contemporary, Toronto, Canada

This video was made during the project Curator's Connection which took place in October 2013 in Vienna and Budapest. It depicts the first 3 weeks of this intensive curators-in-residence programme and shows the Vienna part which was organized by BLOCKFREI Association.

This project is partly supported by the city of Vienna (Kulturabteilung der Stadt Wien - MA7)

BLOCKFREI is a member of RESARTIS network