ENSA Bourges > Call for a Curatorial Project, La Box 2020-21 (France)


The Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Art (ENSA) in Bourges is housed in a 17th century building in the Old Town. Bourges itself is in central France, two hours from Paris. Covering some 7000 square metres, the school offers its students extensive workspaces plus well equipped technical workshops that are regularly renovated and updated.

The La Box gallery is one of ENSA’s principal teaching tools. Every year it features artists from France and abroad in ten exhibitions relating to the study programme. For more than ten years now the gallery has entrusted part of its planning to young guest curators. Chosen and monitored by the ENSA teaching team, the curators work on experimental programmes involving the active participation of the students, who thus find themselves in close contact with major figures on the contemporary scene and with the realities of drawing up an exhibition project.

The project must fit with the School’s concerns, but there is no predefined exhibition format: it is up to the curator to decide on the mode of presentation, which may take the form of several exhibitions or a single, open-ended one. The curator (or the collective) can also come up with proposals for cooperative ventures with different partners (local, regional and more).

The overall budget for the curatorial project is 25,000 euros. This sum includes production and transport of works, communication and publishing costs, artists’ travel and accommodation costs and travel expenses for the curator(s), up to a total of 20,000 euros; plus curator’s expenses up to 5000 euros.

Deadline: 31 March 2020

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