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Curatorial Intensive in Cape Town 2019

  •  Curatorial Intensive in Cape Town 2019
  •  Curatorial Intensive in Cape Town 2019
  •  Curatorial Intensive in Cape Town 2019
  •  Curatorial Intensive in Cape Town 2019
  •  Curatorial Intensive in Cape Town 2019
  •  Curatorial Intensive in Cape Town 2019
  •  Curatorial Intensive in Cape Town 2019

Program Dates: November 14 - November 20, 2019


This November, ICI will organize the Curatorial Intensive in Cape Town, South Africa in collaboration with the Institute for Creative Arts at the University of Cape Town. The program will coincide with Infecting the City, the longest running public arts festival in the country, curated by Jay Pather.

The Curatorial Intensive, a weeklong professional development program, offers curators the opportunity to discuss, among colleagues, the concepts, logistics, and challenges of organizing exhibitions, public programs, and other curatorial models. This program is the sixth Curatorial Intensive in Africa since 2013, following past iterations in Johannesburg, Addis Ababa, Marrakech, Dakar, and Accra. ICI maintains its commitment to supporting curators and local organizations on the ground, while continuing to provide curatorial training and foster peer networks and arts infrastructures in the region.

The Curatorial Intensive 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 program is targeted toward 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:  Raphael Chikukwa (Chief Curator, National Gallery of Zimbabwe), Kate Fowle (Director, MoMA PS1), Nkule Mabaso (Curator, Michaelis Galleries at the University of Cape Town), Jay Pather (Associate Professor, University of Cape Town & Director of the Institute for Creative Arts),  Renaud Proch (Executive Director, ICI)  Storm Janse van Rensburg (Senior Curator, Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa), Tracey Rose (Artist, Johannesburg), and Jochen Volz (General Director Pinacoteca de São Paulo).

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 organizing 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.

For any additional questions, please email Monica Terrero at monica@curatorsintl.org.

About Institute for Creative Arts (ICA)
The Institute for Creative Arts (ICA) is an interdisciplinary institute based in the University of Cape Town’s Humanities Faculty, formerly known as the Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA). Since 2008, the Institute has fostered innovative practice and research in the creative and performing arts that works across the disciplines of music, dance, fine art, drama, literature and film, with a particular focus on black practitioners and issues that affect black South Africans.

The ICA’s main aim is to foster innovative practice and research in the creative and performing arts. The focus on interdisciplinarity emerges from this vision for innovative research and practice. UCT has very strong disciplines, for instance in Fine Art and Drama. The ICA supports these disciplines, and pioneers research and artistic practices that blur disciplinary boundaries.

A key premise of the ICA’s work is that interdisciplinary practice in South Africa, and live art in particular, help us to understand the complexity of our contemporary society – one that is chronologically ‘post’ apartheid, but that continues to grapple with material redress, land redistribution and systemic racism.


The Curatorial Intensive in Cape Town is made possible in part by grants from the Hartfield Foundation, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and by generous contributions from ICI’s Leadership Council, the ICI Board of Trustees, and the supporters of ICI’s Access Fund.

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fees & scholarships

The program fee is 1,900 USD. Participants are also responsible for covering travel and accommodation expenses. Generous scholarships packages that subsidize or eliminate the program fees, travel and/or accommodation costs are avilable 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, several scholarships are available specifically for applicants based in African countries.

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