OPEN CALL – Curators’ research residency programme


Application deadline:

September 1st, 2014


1st – 29th of October, 2014

  • Want to gain first-hand curatorial practice in one of the most vibrant art hubs in Europe?
  • Searching to improve your professional skills in curating in a highly international setting?
  • Motivated to connect with notable agents of the contemporary art scene in Vienna?

The programme CURATORS’ AGENDA is envisaged to answer your specific professional aspirations and to provide you with the unique first-hand curatorial experience through a 4 week residency in Vienna, Austria.

CURATORS’ AGENDA – C’A is envisioned as an intensive four week research residency programme for emerging curators from all around the globe, who seek to discover Vienna’s contemporary art scene in-depth and who are eager to immerse themselves into diverse narratives and inclinations of the Viennese contemporary art world.

The programme will foster communication between curators and notable agents of the Vienna art scene by creating a platform for intercultural exchange, thus promoting dissemination of contemporary art from Austria and encouraging the mobility of all parties involved.

The C’A programme will include talks, study trips and encounters with curators and cultural educators from leading institutions and self-organized art spaces as well as with freelance operators and entrepreneurs in the field of contemporary art which will reflect on their work and role as mediators between artist and audience in different contexts.

Moreover, a special attention will be drawn to the creation of individual relations with artists, which is why one part of the programme will be dedicated to studio visits of prominent Viennese artists. Furthermore, the C’A curators will be provided with know-how modules and workshops related to exhibition management and production, with the possibility to organize and execute one mutual project, as a final agenda of the four week programme.

  • C’A programme is aiming to provide its participants with the genuine and overall in-depth knowledge of the contemporary art scene in Vienna
  • C’A programme is committed to provide a platform for cultural exchange and collaboration to international emerging curators as well as to representatives of Viennese contemporary art community
  • C’A programme fosters a network among the programme participants and all parties included in the programme and provides opportunities for individual relevant knowledge expansion and interpersonal connections
  • C’A programme provides opportunity for reflection on “lessons learned” through the execution of a final curatorial group-exhibition

Programme dates:

Residency period: Duration: 1st – 29th of October, 2014
Duration: 4 weeks/ 40 hours per week
Application deadline: September 1st, 2014


Up to 10 applicants will be selected to take part in the C’A programme. Considering that the project takes place in a highly international environment, working language of the programme will be English, therefore all applicants should have excellent command of the language.

Please note that all applications, consisting of CV up to one A4 page and motivation letter with emphasized special field of interest up to one A4 page, should be sent not later than 1st of September 2014 to the address


Costs of this programme are 1000,00 € and should be paid in advance, after the list of selected participants is announced and not later than 25th of September. The fee includes the use of office facilities, entry fees of museums and special events and public transportation in Vienna. It covers as well the production costs of the final exhibition.

Please note that accommodation, traveling costs, per diems and other individual costs are NOT included in the price.

All inquiries regarding the project can be directed to the email address

Get a sneak peek of the previous project edition here:


This video was made during the project Curator’s Connection which took place in October 2013 in Vienna and Budapest. It depicts the first 3 weeks of this intensive curators-in-residence programme and shows the Vienna part which was organized by BLOCKFREI Association.

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