Art Making and Curating in Times of Crisis
Programme dates: 11 - 20 November 2019
Application deadline: Midnight, Monday 16 September
This November will see the third iteration of the MAC’s curatorial development programme Curatorial Directions which will take place across Belfast, Philadelphia and New York.
Over its last two iterations in 2015 and 2017, Curatorial Directions has developed into a distinctive and innovative model of curatorial development that nurtures emerging talent, creates supportive and creative networks between curators in Northern Ireland and further afield, and provides a fantastic forum for in-depth thinking around particular elements of contemporary curatorial practice.
Set within the context of On Refusal: Representation & Resistance in Contemporary American Art, curated by the MAC’s Assistant Curator Clare Gormley and featuring artists Paul Stephen Benjamin, Elliott Jerome Brown Jr, Aria Dean, Troy Michie, Arcmanoro Niles and Sable Elyse Smith, this year’s Curatorial Directions programme will draw upon the exhibition’s core themes of resistance, social change and the collective conception of radical futures.
The programme invites eight emerging, early-career curators/programmers to engage in an intensive schedule of lectures, discussions, workshops and excursions examining certain key issues and ideas regarding contemporary curatorial practice around the theme of Art Making and Curating in Times of Crisis.
The programme will address these issues in a participatory and collaborative manner, led by the MAC curatorial team and involving a dynamic roster of guest speakers and experts from various areas in the field of curating contemporary art and social activism.
“The MAC has since its inception placed a great deal of importance on curatorial development and a key objective of Curatorial Directions has been to widen access and encourage diversity in the field of curation. As one of the very few free curatorial training courses available, Curatorial Directions opens up an important pathway to training and professional development to individuals who might not otherwise be able to embrace this opportunity”. - Hugh Mulholland, Senior Curator
How to apply:
Applicants are required to submit a current CV (max. 2 pages) along with a covering statement of no more than 600 words explaining why they would like to be involved in the programme, what impact they think the course would have on their professional and creative development, what they believe they could contribute to the conversation through the week, and their interest in the thematics of this year’s programme.
Please note that participants must be available to participate in the full duration of the programme, from 11 - 20 November 2019.
Whilst this programme is designed primarily for individuals with an interest in curatorial practice who will have some previous experience of working on exhibitions or visual art projects, we also welcome applications from those with no formal curatorial training or degree qualifications. Applicants applying from other fields will be considered if they can demonstrate sufficient interest and reasoning within their application.
Applications from candidates who are already thinking about the intersection of art, curatorial practice, activism and politics, from both institutional and non-institutional positions, are encouraged.
We particularly welcome applications from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME), disabled and LGBTQI+ candidates who are under-represented across the sector.
The programme covers:
Participant’s accommodation in Belfast and New York during the dates of the programme
Per diem of £20 per day
Return travel from Belfast to New York
Travel within New York and Philadelphia
The Programme does not cover:
Participant’s travel to and from Belfast
Please send CVs and cover letters to firstname.lastname@example.org before midnight on Monday 16 September.
Successful applicants will be notified by Monday 30 September.
This programme has been made possible with the generous support of the John Ellerman Foundation and the British Council.
A look at the week:
Monday 11th – Wednesday 13th November: Belfast
AM: Welcome to the MAC. Introduction from Hugh Mulholland Senior Curator, MAC and a tour of ‘On Refusal: Representation and Resistance in Contemporary American Art’ led by exhibition curator Clare Gormley. Followed by an introductory group session with short presentations from each participant about their practice to date and research interests.
PM: Discussion session with Zoe Whitley (Senior Curator, Hayward Gallery, London).
Belfast focus: A tour of some of Belfast’s cultural institutions and galleries, with input from local curators and programmers.
PM: Group dinner
AM: Discussion session with Annie Fletcher (Director, Irish Museum of Modern Art).
PM: Free afternoon/evening
Thursday 14th – Wednesday 20th November: Field Trip to New York and Philadelphia
Flying to New York Thursday morning, returning Wednesday 20th November.
During this trip the group will be introduced to some of New York and Philadelphia’s key institutions, meet with a range curators and cultural programmers working at the intersection of art and politics, and attend events as part of the PERFORMA 19 BIENNIAL.
Meg Onli, Assistant Curator, ICA Philadelphia
Carmen Hermo, Associate Curator, Elizabeth Sackler Centre for Feminist Art at Brooklyn Museum
Sally Tallant, Executive Director, Queens Museum in New York
Hank Willis Thomas and Eric Gottesman, For Freedoms