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Opportunity: Open Call For Curators At The Curatorial Program for Research

Opportunity: Open Call For Curators At The Curatorial Program for Research
View of Flo Kasearu House Museum, May 2015, Tallinn, Estonia, photo credit: Carmen Ferreyra.

The Curatorial Program for Research (CPR) in association with the Estonian Contemporary Art Development Center (ECADC) is pleased to announce an open call for curators for its inaugural research program, which will take place in cities across Eastern & Northern Europe during October of 2015.


CPR 2015: Eastern & Northern Europewill occur over the course of up to 15 days across Helsinki, Finland and Tallinn, Estonia. The first Core Program will last two weeks, from October 12th to October 26th, 2015.


The starting point for CPR 2015: Eastern & Northern Europe will be Tallinn (October 12-19). CPR local hosts Karin Laansoo and Kadri Laas will introduce up to 10 participating curators to the local Estonian art scene. Relative to the local population, there are a plethora of galleries and museums devoted to the promotion of the arts in Estonia. Participating curators will be immersed in an intense program consisting of studio visits, trips to local arts institutions and lectures. The itinerary includes in-depth tours of both state-funded and independently-run spaces, including the KUMU and Tartu Art Museum, Tallinn Art Hall, Tartu Art House, Estonian Contemporary Art Museum (EKKM), Temnikova & Kasela Gallery and other alternative spaces. There is a rich, diverse scene of local exhibitions, which has enhanced the success of Estonian artists and curators at international exhibitions. Finally, guest curators will also visit Tallinn Photomonth, an artist led biennial of art and visual culture. In 2015, the main program features five exhibitions and a range of public events in collaboration with public and commercial galleries and The Photographic Art Fair Estonia.


The Helsinki Core Program (October 20-26) starts with an overview of the city’s multifaceted art scene. In recent years, collective practices have flourished in Helsinki, working both locally and internationally, and yielding a critically engaged and versatile urban art scene. To introduce guest curators to these emerging tendencies, CPR Helsinki’s main partners are Checkpoint Helsinki and Helsinki International Artist Programme (HIAP). Both organisations have major roles in defining Helsinki’s evolving art scene through research and international exposure. HIAP initiates and supports new approaches in producing, understanding, studying, and valuing art. Checkpoint Helsinki, a contemporary arts organisation, commissions and produces local works of art. They will introduce guest curators to two prevailing tendencies in the city’s artistic practices: environmental and hybrid works that merge with design, performance and curatorial practices.


Stressing academic rigor and on-site research, the participants will present and discuss assigned readings in relation to on-site visits. Following the program, each curator is asked to submit a proposal for a project in his/her home city; one winning proposal will be awarded funds for its production.


Application Deadline: August 15, 2015


Both independent curators and those with institutional affiliations may apply; only applications from established and emerging curators (two+ years of professional experience) will be considered. A jury comprised of CPR's executive board as well as local CPR hosts will select the participants.


CPR is fully funded to its participants and will cover all expenses for the selected group.


For application guidelines and further information, please visit here



The Curatorial Program for Research (CPR) is an intensive research program for international curators. CPR introduces its participants to new cultural localities, a variety of artistic practices, and differing modalities of artistic production. Developed by practicing curators, the Curatorial Program for Research aims to provide directed professional growth for curators. CPR was established in 2015 with headquarters in Indianapolis and Stockholm, and maintains an expanding network of satellite locations in over 15 cities worldwide.


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