International Curator Competition 2014

International Curator Competition 2014

Akbank Sanat

June 22, 2014

International Curator Competition 2014

Application deadline: 

September 10, 2014

Akbank Sanat
Istiklal Cad. No. 8
Beyoglu, Istanbul

T +90 212 252 3500

Akbank Sanat announces the third edition of the International Curator Competition. Curators from around the world are encouraged to submit proposals by September 10, 2014.

Akbank Sanat International Curator Competition provides support for emerging curators, reinforce interest in curatorial practices, and encourage new projects in the field of contemporary art. 

Developed and coordinated by Basak Senova, the competition has an application-based process. A reviewers system is incorporated to the evaluation process of the competition. The content and the quality of the proposals along with the reports of the reviewers are evaluated by an international jury consisting curators. 

This year, the jury members are Susanne Pfeffer (Artistic Director of The Kunsthalle Fridericianum), Anna-Kaisa Rastenberger (Chief Curator of The Finnish Museum of Photography), Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath (Co-founders of Art Reoriented, Munich and New York).

The previous juries include Jack Persekian (Director of the Al-Ma’mal Foundation for Contemporary Art in Jerusalem and Head Curator of the Palestinian Museum), Francis McKee (director of CCA, Glasgow, tutor and research fellow at Glasgow School of Art), Basak Senova (co-curator of the Project Biennial D-0 ARK Underground in Bosnia and Herzegovina; curator of Helsinki Photography Biennial; curator of Jerusalem Show), Anne Barlow (Director of Art in General, New York, and Co-Curator of the Latvian Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale), Christine Tohme (Director of Ashkal Alwan, Beirut), and Branko Franceschi (curator of the Croatian Pavilion, 55th Venice Biennale; co-curator of the Project Biennial D-0 ARK Underground in Bosnia and Herzegovina; and Director of the Virtual Museum of the Contemporary Art). In the first two years of the competition proposals of Alejandra Labastida and Franz Thalmair realized as exhibitions at Akbank Sanat Art Centre, Istanbul, accompanied by a program of activities (performances, talks, and screenings) and an exhibition catalogue.

The winning curator is given opportunities to realize the proposal as an exhibition that will take place in the first half of 2015 at Akbank Sanat Art Centre, Istanbul, accompanied by an exhibition catalogue and additional activities. The curatorial fee, the exhibition production, travel expenses of the curator/s and artists, the production of the catalogue and the additional activities will be covered by Akbank Sanat.

Curators under the age of 40 are eligible to apply for the competition. There is no condition of residency or citizenship. Curators may apply for the competition as individuals as well as in groups (or as curatorial collectives). Curators will not be allowed to participate as artists in the projects.

By filling out the application form (to be downloaded from the curators will explain the conceptual framework of the exhibition proposal as well as the artists and their works in detail. There could be additional activities (for instance: talks or video screenings) that could be incorporated into the exhibition proposal. Application forms must be written in English. Applicants are expected to submit (only electronic copies) the completed application form, CV (maximum two pages) and accompanying visual material for their proposals (maximum 4MB total) by sending emails to icc [​at​] Closing date for applications is September 10, 2014, 17h GMT +2. Late applications shall not be considered for evaluation. Entries must be previously unpublished, and the proposal must not have been realised or exhibited before.

The website contains the plan of the exhibition space, guidelines, and the application form.

All applicants will be notified of the jury’s decision by October 1.

For further inquiries, please contact icc [​at​]

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