Open call for art critic/curator residencies

Open call for art critic/curator residencies

In 2015, thankyouforcoming launched ACROSS, a curatorial and art critic's residency program run from Nice. 29 international professionals have successfully taken part of the program so far. ACROSS is a research and prospecting project, collaborative and experimental, which aims to:

  • Introduce residents to the local artistic scenes and their territories,
  • Enable the hosts to meet the cultural operators and visit the highlights of the area as well as its alternative scenes,
  • Invite to reflect on and offer innovative critical approaches to projects developed in Nice and suburb, as well as in the associated towns (Mouans-Sartoux, Antibes, Cannes, Vence, Monaco etc),
  • Counter-balance the logic of centralisation and rebalance the power relations between Paris and the French provinces, centre and suburbs, local and global, national and international,
  • Devise a new operational tool for research, prospection and transmission through the mobility of its actors,
  • Provide a framework allowing for the mobility of curators and critics, and make it visible,
  • Offer the possibility to frame a specific work or deepen a line of research,
  • Create opportunities for meetings, initiate and enable an environment for exchanges and discussions to foster common experiments

During Summer 2019, thankyouforcoming launches an international call for applications for 2 art critics and/or curators. Other projects will directly be invited by the association for this fifth season.These residencies allow the applicants to discover the French Riviera area's contemporary art scene, to develop their research work and to participate in a new network. The purpose of thankyouforcoming's residencies is to foster links and collaborations between its local art ecosystemand international artists, curators, art critics, institutions, galleries etc. at an international scale.

Terms of the residency:

  • 1 opportunity for a 7-day residency is available for each resident, between January and April 2020 (choice of the week to be decided between thankyouforcoming and the selected candidates).
  • thankyouforcoming provides a 40m2 fully equipped apartment in the center of Nice (port area).
  • Return travel expenses refunded (subject to the provision of receipts) up to EUR 250 for each residency.
  • A total grant of EUR 250 is offered for 7 days.
  • The organizers are at the disposal of the resident, before and during the residency period, to facilitate contacts and organise visits and meetings with artists, institutions, curators, collectors, galleries, museums etc. on the French Riviera (Nice, Monaco, Mouans-Sartoux, Antibes, Cannes, Vence etc). The resident is committed to respect the agreed schedule with thankyouforcoming.
  • The resident is requested to propose a public event during his or her stay. Designed in advance of the residency, it will be developed with the support (intellectual, logistical and financial) of thankyouforcoming. The shape of this event is open, examples include: a reading session, lecture, presentation of research in progress, exhibition, walk, screening session etc. The content and the form of this public event should be defined with and approved by thankyouforcoming at least 60 days prior to the residency period. A record of the residency and this event in particular will be posted on our website. Fee: 100€ VAT, subject to the provision of invoice.

ACROSS's residency programme is opened to all individuals, French or foreigners, who have curating and/or art critic experience. The candidate must be particularly involved in a research area around the renewal of critical and curatorial practices and develop a particular interest in action research. Motivated, enthusiastic, independent. Team applications are subjected to the same conditions, to be shared.

To apply, please send the following documents (in French or English) in one PDF file (vertical, A4 format, 5 Mo maximum) via e-mail to: [email protected], with deadline 15 September 2019:

  • The information form, duly completed;
  • A short text introducing your overall curatorial and critical approach, the position of your research
  • A CV/resume detailing the projects undertaken as an art critic and/or curator, and your overall approach in your professional practice
  • A letter of motivation for the ACROSS residency (1 page maximum)
  • A note of intent providing the nature of the proposed public event (as a guideline, as this event will be jointly specified by the resident and thankyouforcoming).
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