Open Call: AaBKC Curator Residency Spring 2017 (Aarhus, Denmark)

Aarhus Center for Visual Art (Aarhus Billedkunstcenter, AaBKC) invites international curators of contemporary visual art to apply to AaBKC Residency’s Spring 2017 program. The aim of AaBKC Residency is to introduce international curators and artists to the visual arts scene in Aarhus, Denmark - the second largest city in Denmark and designated European Capital of Culture 2017.

AaBKC Residency’s Spring 2017 program invites one international curator to live and work in Aarhus from May 15 - June 26, 2017, where s/he will have an opportunity to meet local artists and arts professionals, visit artist studios and exhibition spaces, and participate in networking meetings and cultural events. By focusing on networking, AaBKC Residency facilitates short- and long-term professional development, allowing curators to broaden their knowledge base, develop new and meaningful professional contacts and relationships, create future work opportunities, refine networking skills, and build other vital professional capacities.

 In addition to exploring the arts community of Aarhus, AaBKC Residency also gives visiting curators the time and space they need to conduct research, write, plan exhibitions, or other self-directed work, as desired. We do not expect a specific product or exhibition as the result of the residency, but wish to provide residents with the necessary resources to make the most of their time in Denmark.

 Living accommodations and desk space will be provided within Godsbanen, the cultural production center that houses AaBKC. AaBKC staff will also offer comprehensive administrative support throughout the residency, working with the selected curator to develop a residency program tailored to his/her specific interests and professional goals, offering professional counseling, and introducing the resident curator to relevant networking partners.

 Emerging and established curators are welcome to apply. Successful applicants will have a strong desire to expand their network of artists, curators, gallerists, and other arts professionals.


Requirements: - All residents must deliver a 30-minute public talk at Aarhus Center for Visual Art’s monthly Art Bar networking event - Residents are not required to produce a final project - Residents are expected to engage with the local art scene and work with Aarhus Center for Visual Art staff to develop a program for the residency with a focus on networking

Eligibility: - Emerging and established curators (excluding Danish citizens and residents of Denmark) are welcome to apply - Successful applicants will have a strong desire to expand their network of artists, curators, gallerists, and other arts professionals - Applicants must be able to communicate effectively in English

Amenities: - Living accommodations: apartment in Godsbanen; and/or private accommodations in Aarhus - Work space: desk within AaBKC’s offices; Godsbanen public-access workshops - Administrative and networking support from Aarhus Center for Visual Art staff - Discounted meal card for Godsbanen’s in-house cafe, Spiselauget

Finances: - 6.000 DKK stipend - 2.500 DKK travel support - Free living accommodations and work space (office desk) - Residents must cover living and working costs (including art materials)

Deadline: 10 February 2017

 Applications may be submitted via email to residency@aabkc.dk. Please include a brief motivation letter (max. 500 words), CV (max. 2 pages), and recent writing sample or visual material from previous curatorial projects (max 5 pages). Submit all application materials as one PDF file.