January 8, 2007

De Appel: call for applications for the Curatorial Training Programme 2007/2008

De Appel

1017 DE Amsterdam


De Appel is a contemporary Arts Centre, located in the heart of Amsterdam. Over the 25 years of its existence it has been operating on an international level and for 10 years de Appel has been running a renowned Curatorial Training Programme.

In September 2007, the new version of the eight – month long Curatorial Programme of de Appel , with a renewed curriculum and an extended tutorial team will start. Initiated in 1994, the course wishes to offer young curators a condensed package of experiences and skills which can be used as tools and instruments during the further development of their professional career.

This year an international selection committee, chaired by Ann Demeester, director of de Appel and Head of the programme, selects about 6 participants of different nationalities and cultural backgrounds.

The following parts of the programme are considered to be of vital importance.

-the opportunity to research theoretical issues and developments in regular sessions with a tutorial team consisting e.g. of freelance curator Annie Fletcher (IR/NL), visual artist Steve Mc Queen (GB/NL), writer and curator Elena Filipovic (US/BE), MUHKA- curator Dieter Roelstraete (BE) and independent researcher/curator Lisette Smits (NL).

-the opportunity to meet a large number of artists, curators, critics and other professionals from the Netherlands and abroad in a very condensed period of time, and having the chance to exchange ideas with them, either during thematic seminars or during informal encounters.

-the opportunity to get acquainted with de Appel from ‘the inside’, and get a better insight into the mechanisms and governing principles of a contemporary institution for visual arts.

-the possibility to make a long trip outside of Western Europe and several short excursions within Europe. During each programme the destinations of these trips differ: this depends on the international exhibitions that are worth visiting, the interests of the participants of the course and the relevance of the journey with regards to the final project of that course

-the opportunity to realise a presentation as a group or as individual curators, for instance in the form of an exhibition or a series of events. The parameters given are: a specified budget and the requirement that the presentation reflects the group’s / participants’ view on developments in contemporary art. Considering the quality of the proposals presented, one or a combination are chosen to be realised


1. A letter of motivation in which what your personal drive and what you expect from the programme is stated.

2. A proposal for a show (5-15 pages), including: concept and location of the show (main focus), the participating artists (including some image material), a budget of the show, a publicity plan (not obliged)

3. A CV, including an extensive description of one’s relevant working experience

4. Two written references of (former) tutors, professors or employers, in English.

On the basis of the submitted documents a pre-selection is made in February. Approximately ten candidates will be shortlisted; they are invited to come to Amsterdam in the end of February or beginning of March for an interview.

Application deadline: 31 January 2007

Send completed applications (in two-fold) to:

de Appel

Att: Roos Gortzak, CTP 07/08

Nieuwe Spiegelstraat 10

1017 DE Amsterdam

The Netherlands

For further information please visit our website

contact: Roos Gortzak

t. 31 (0) 20 6255215

[email protected]

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