Call for applications : de Appel arts centre, Amsterdam

de Appel arts centre, Amsterdam // Deadline : January 16, 2012 // Application Fee : None

"There is an abc-ignorance that precedes knowledge, and there is another learned ignorance that comes after and that is created through 'knowing' and that will equally like the first be annihilated and annulled by knowledge."

Michel de Montaigne [1]

Initiated in 1994, the Curatorial Programme of de Appel arts centre aims to offer young curators a condensed package of experiences and skills that can be seen as instruments to enhance the development of their professional career.

The curriculum revolves around theoretical issues in regular sessions with a tutorial team consisting of Floris Alkemade (architect,NL), Liesbeth Bik (visual artist, NL), Ann Demeester (director de Appel arts centre, BE/NL), Charles Esche (director Van Abbe Museum, UK/NL), Annie Fletcher (curator, IR/NL), Elena Filipovic (curator/writer, US/BE), Ann Goldstein (director Stedelijk museum), Henk Slager (philosopher/curator, NL), Lisette Smits (independent researcher/curator, NL), Jan Verwoert (art critic, DE)

The eight-month long Curatorial Programme exists in its current form since 2006, with a reshaped curriculum and an extended tutorial team. It encompasses a dense array of seminars, workshops, excursions (including a three-week research trip to a destination outside Western Europe), practice-related assignments and encounters with artists and art professionals.

de Appel arts centre offers :

  • The opportunity to get acquainted with de Appel arts centre from 'the inside', and get a better insight into the mechanisms and governing principles of a contemporary institution for visual arts.

  • The possibility to make a research trip outside of Western Europe and a minimum of 5 field trips, within Europe.

  • The opportunity to meet and have an exchange with a large number of artists, curators, critics and other international professionals through thematic seminars and informal encounters. Guest teachers over the past years have been e.g. Claire Bishop, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Gerardo Mosquera, Paul O'Neill, Paulo Herkenhoff, Jacques Rancière, Simon Sheikh, Pier Luigi Tazzi, Jan Hoet, Teresa Gleadowe, Tirdad Zolghadr, Ulay and Nina Möntmann.

The program pays attention to the history of exhibition-making, diverse curatorial practices, institution building and project management. The programme is characterized by a specific focus on 'curating in the expanded field', which is investigated through the polarity between 'free-lance' and 'institutional' curating and the notion 'context-responsive' curating.

Application Requirements :

1. A letter of motivation in which you state your personal drive as well as your expectations of the programme.

2. A proposal for a project (maximum 4000 words, approx 8 pages A4) including: concept and location of the project (main focus, explanation of context and relevance), the participating artists (including some image material), a realistic budget, a publicity plan (not obliged).

3. A CV, including an extensive description of your relevant working experience

4. Two written references of (former) tutors, professors or employers, in English.

On the basis of the submitted documents twelve candidates will be short-listed. These candidates will be invited to come to Amsterdam in the second week of March for an interview with an international jury, who will select the final six participants of the Curatorial Programme 2012/2013.

You can send completed applications digitally here :

contact :

Moosje Goosen (coordinator):
Nathalie Hartjes (coordinator):
t +31 (0)20 6255651 // f +31 (0)20 6225215

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