Madrassa 2017 > Call for participation (training and curatorial residency)

MADRASSA is a programme conceived by l’Atelier de l’Observatoire and implemented with Spring Sessionsin partnership with Mass Alexandria and aria (artist residency in Algiers).

Madrassa is a programme of curatorial research and practice in contemporary art. The programme strives to educate and connect a community of young arts professionals through training and networking opportunities.

Madrassa supports innovative, independent curatorial practices that look beyond the dominant dynamics and modes of production, and seek to render art more accessible to all. It explores socially engaged visual arts practices, promotes collaborative projects and rich transnational exchange, and offers a platform for experimentation to the region’s emerging curatorial talents.

The second edition of the programme will accept eight participants and is comprised of two components: 

  1. A training session in Casablanca (25 - 29 September 2017). It will include meetings, site visits, presentations and case studies led by regional and international curator and speakers. 

  2. A ten-day curatorial residency in one of Madrassa’s partner institutions in Algeria, Egypt, Jordan or Morocco


Madrassa targets professionals (or students about to finish their studies) who wish to train or specialize, and who fill at least two of the following criteria:

  • Experience in a structure such as a museum, an arts center, a gallery, a festival, a biennale, an artists’ residency, an arts or culture magazine, archives, etc.

  • Studies in cultural management or arts

  • A strong interest in curatorial practices and art history

‚óŹ All participants must be:

  • Active in North Africa and/or the Middle-East

  • Available for five days of training and for the ten-day curatorial residency

  • Able to participate in training sessions which will be given - or translated - in English, as it is the common language of most participants and speakers.

Conditions:  There is no age limit and no restriction in regards to nationality
Accommodation and half-board during the training and the residency are covered by the programme
- For the curatorial residency, international transportation is covered by the programme (round trip, with a possibility of leaving from the training location)
- For the training in Casablanca, international and domestic transportation must be ensured by the participants (or their institutions).

Deadline: 5 May 2017

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