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De Appel: Tréning mezinárodních kurátorů 2005-2006

Amsterdam, Holandsko
De Appel, centrum současného umění v Amsterdamu (zal. 1975) pracuje v mezinárodní síti uměleckých center a dalších výstavních prostor. Ve svých projektech a výstavách, jakož i v publikacích a veřejných vystoupeních se zaměřuje na různé způsoby a kontexty, ve kterých je současné umění prezentováno, jakož i na konkrétní témata k diskusi a reflexi umění. Cílem kurzu je překlenout propast mezi každodenní praxi dělání výstav a teoretickým pozadím, které poskytují akademická studia dějin umění a to v rozmezí ideového vývoje, pozvání umělců, produkce nových děl, instalace a přípravy výstavy, jakož i vydání publikace. Termín pro přihlášení k sedmiměsíčnímu kurzu je 31. prosince 2004.

De Appel: International curatorial training programme

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Call for applications.

De Appel is a centre for contemporary art, located in the heart of Amsterdam. Over the 25 years of its existence it has been operating in an international network of art centres, museums and other exhibition spaces.

In the projects and exhibitions that have been realised, as well as in publications and public talks that were organised, the different ways and contexts in which contemporary art can be presented have been a recurring item for discussion and reflection. The aim of this course is to bridge the huge gap between the day to day practice of making exhibitions and the theoretical background that is offered during academic art history studies. It ranges from the development of an idea, to inviting artists, producing new work, installing a show and making a publication.

As an art centre of long-standing reputation, De Appel provides a perfect opportunity for the participants of the course to be in close contact with all aspects of realising exhibitions and related activities.

The following parts of the programme are considered to be of vital importance:

  • the opportunity to meet a large number of artists, curators, critics and other professionals from the Netherlands and abroad in a very condensed period of time, and having the chance to exchange ideas with them, often in a very informal way
  • the possibility to make several short excursions in Europe. During each programme the destinations of these trips differ: this depends on the international exhibitions that are worth visiting, the interests of the participants of the course and the relevance of the journey with regards to the final project of that course
  • the opportunity to realise a presentation as a group, for instance in the form of an exhibition. The parameters given are: a specified budget and the requirement that the presentation reflects the group's / participants' view on developments in contemporary art. Considering the quality of the proposals presented, one or a combination are chosen to be realised.

Candidates are invited to apply by writing a letter, in which they explain their reasons for wanting to attend the programme and what they expect from it. Along with this, candidates should submit a proposal for a project. A full c.v. is required, in which an extensive description of one's relevant working experience is included. Two written (in English or with English translation), references of (former) tutors, professors or employers, are also required.

On the basis of the submitted documents a pre-selection is made.
Approximately ten candidates will be shortlisted; they are invited to come to Amsterdam for an interview with an international selection committee, consisting of museum directors, curators and artists.

Please send your application to the De Appel address and put it to: the attention of Esther Vossen.

Candidates are expected to have a degree in Art History, or to have finished their studies at an art academy, and have a considerable knowledge of art history. Candidates are also expected to have experience in working in an arts institution (museum, Kunsthalle, gallery or other organisation). A basic knowledge of all practicalities connected to realising an exhibition / project is required.

The candidate's ability to speak and write English fluently is a prerequisite . If the ability to express oneself in English is considered to be insufficient, we will strongly advise candidates to follow an intensive course before the start of the programme.

The participants in the programme pay a subscription fee of € 2500,-. During the course De Appel pays for relevant travel costs (in the Netherlands and abroad), hotel expenses and entrance fees to exhibitions and museums. Costs for housing and living in Amsterdam are covered by the participants themselves.

De Appel can not offer grants or scholarships. We strongly advise candidates to consider and investigate all possible ways of financing their stay in Amsterdam and their attendance of the programme, even before they are admitted. The amount required for living expenses of the seven months in total would be -depending on one's personal needs- approximately € 6500,- including rent.

During the seven months' duration of the programme, the following subjects are dealt with:

  • the different positions of artists within the world of contemporary art
  • the work of art within the changing perspective on authorship and unicity
  • the different contexts in which art is presented
  • the role of the curator
  • management aspects
  • fundraising for institutions, projects and exhibitions
  • press and publicity in a low budget situation
  • information for, and education of visitors

The different contributors to the programme will discuss topics related to the forementioned areas from their point of view.

During the course, many of the lecturers will be artists. They will talk about a wide variety of subjects: the role of art in society, the social engagement of artists, power structures in the art world and how to deal with them, younger versus older generations of artists and curators, different requirements for different kinds of exhibitions, performances and their registration, art as critique, art and authenticity, cultural differences between artists from western and non-western societies, the importance of publications for an artist's work, the function of art institutes like museums for the artists and in society.

Different types of curators from different generations will be invited to talk about their experiences. They will discuss the challenge of working with all kinds of artists, possible ways of doing research as a curator, choosing a theme or just looking at individual works, and how to work with a group of artists without forcing them in too tight a framework. The requirements for a curator are a recurring item, as is the relationship between curators and artists.

The differences between being a free lance curator, and working for a museum, art centre or Kunsthalle will be examined. The role of a space and a context and its influence on the work of art , and its presentation and how to deal with it as a curator, is discussed at length.

Writing about art, the artist, the art work and an exhibition is talked about by critics, journalists, curators and editors. Subjects that will arise are the role of art magazines and newspapers, the differences between texts written for different kinds of publications, and the many possible approaches in writing about art. In a more practical sense, editing texts, budgetting of publications, and how to coordinate a production process are discussed.

In the course of seven months, attention is paid to management: on a micro-level, management aspects of art organisations (working in teams, structures, division of tasks) are an issue for discussion. On a macro-level, the support structures within the art world of a country, as well as in an international context, will be looked at.

Topics closely related to management like funding, fundraising and sponsoring, are given special attention. A separate seminar is given in which the basic issues related to raising funds from foundations and corporate sponsors are focussed upon. When a final project is being realised by the participants, short seminars focussing on the concrete project and raising additional funds are added.

De Appel
Esther Vossen
Nieuwe Spiegelstraat 10
1017 DE Amsterdam
The Netherlands
tel: ++31-20-625 56 51
fax: 622 52 15

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