Sunday 28 July 9:00am – Saturday 03 August 5:00am, 2019

ICI Curatorial Intensive Aotearoa, New Zealand

Date Sunday 28 July – Saturday 03 August 2019
Time 9:00am – 5:00am
Location Artspace, 1/300 Karangahape Rd
Entry Free and open to all

Curatorial Intensive in Auckland
July 29 – August 4, 2019

Application deadline: Monday 20 May
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Independent Curators International (ICI), in collaboration with Artspace Aotearoa, presents the first Curatorial Intensive in Aotearoa New Zealand. This Intensive draws upon the diverse cultural environment of Auckland and in the greater te Moana Nui-a-Kiwa Pacific Ocean region. This Intensive anticipates Artspace Aotearoa’s new educational programme The Drift, which will examine and respond to alternative approaches to artistic education.

The Curatorial Intensive, a weeklong professional development programme, offers curators the opportunity to discuss, among colleagues, the concepts, logistics, and challenges of organising exhibitions, public programmes, and other curatorial models. It is designed to immerse participants in a rigorous schedule of seminars, presentations, site visits, and one-on-one meetings that support the process of developing an idea for a project into a full proposal. It is a unique opportunity to forge a close network of peers and embark on future collaborations. This programme is targeted towards self-motivated individuals at an early stage in their career, working independently or within institutions.

Seminars, site visits, individual meetings, and roundtable discussions will be led by a group of professionals that includes: Remco de Blaaij (Director, Artspace Aotearoa, New Zealand), Patrick D. Flores (Curator, Vargas Museum, Manila and Artistic Director, Singapore Biennale 2019), Gridthiya Gaweewong (Artistic Director, Jim Thompson Art Center, Bangkok), Amanda Parmer (Director of Programs, ICI), and Renaud Proch (Executive Director, ICI), among others.

Application Guidelines

  • 12–14 applicants working internationally will be selected to participate in the Curatorial Intensive.
  • The applicant must have 3+ years of curatorial experience, or a similar track record of organising cultural projects.
  • All applications must include a 500-word description of an exhibition or project that the applicant would like help in developing.
  • This description should outline the proposal concept and any artists or work under consideration.
  • Also required are a current 250-word bio, a 500-word letter of intent, and a 300-word text that describes a recent curatorial project that has made an impact on the applicant.
  • To apply, visit ICI's website.

Fees and Scholarship Opportunities

The programme fee is $1,900 USD. Participants are also responsible for covering travel and accommodation expenses. Generous scholarship packages that subsidise or eliminate the programme fees, accommodation, and travel costs are available and awarded based on merit.

If you would like to apply for a scholarship, please include a letter of motivation with your application.

ICI offers several scholarship packages available to all curators. In addition, scholarships are available for applicants based in New Zealand and the greater te Moana Nui-a-Kiwa Pacific Ocean region.

For more information or questions, visit ICI’s website or email:

About Independent Curators International (ICI)

ICI produces exhibitions, events, publications, research and training opportunities for curators and diverse audiences around the world. Established in 1975 and headquartered in New York, ICI is a hub that connects emerging and established curators, artists, and art spaces, forging international networks and generating new forms of collaborations.

The Curatorial Intensive in Auckland is made possible in part by grants from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Ford Foundation, the Hartfield Foundation, and by generous contributions from Artspace Aotearoa, The Chartwell Trust, John and Jo Gow, ST Paul St Gallery Auckland University of Technology, ICI’s Leadership Council, the ICI Board of Trustees, the ICI Gerrit Lansing Education Fund, and the supporters of ICI’s Access Fund

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