Open Call | The MAC Curatorial Directions Programme, Belfast, Philadelphia and New York

Application deadline: Monday 16 September, midnight.

This November will see the third iteration of the MAC’s curatorial development programme Curatorial Directions which will take place across Belfast, Philadelphia and New York.

Over its last two iterations in 2015 and 2017, Curatorial Directions has developed into a distinctive and innovative model of curatorial development that nurtures emerging talent, creates supportive and creative networks between curators in Northern Ireland and further afield, and provides a fantastic forum for in-depth thinking around particular elements of contemporary curatorial practice.

Set within the context of On Refusal: Representation & Resistance in Contemporary American Art, curated by the MAC’s Assistant Curator Clare Gormley and featuring artists Paul Stephen Benjamin, Elliott Jerome Brown Jr, Aria Dean, Troy Michie, Arcmanoro Niles and Sable Elyse Smith, this year’s Curatorial Direction’s programme will draw upon the exhibition’s core themes of resistance, social change and the collective conception of radical futures.

The programme invites eight emerging, early-career curators/programmers to engage in an intensive schedule of lectures, discussions, workshops and excursions examining certain key issues and ideas regarding contemporary curatorial practice around the theme of Art Making and Curating in Times of Crisis.

The programme will address these issues in a participatory and collaborative manner, led by the MAC curatorial team and involving a dynamic roster of guest speakers and experts from various areas in the field of curating contemporary art and social activism.

How to apply:

Applicants are required to submit a current CV (max. 2 pages) along with a covering statement of no more than 600 words explaining why they would like to be involved in the programme, what impact they think the course would have on their professional and creative development, what they believe they could contribute to the conversation through the week, and their interest in the thematics of this year’s programme.

Please note that participants must be available to participate in the full duration of the programme, from 11 – 20 November 2019.

Whilst this programme is designed primarily for individuals with an interest in curatorial practice who will have some previous experience of working on exhibitions or visual art projects, they also welcome applications from those with no formal curatorial training or degree qualifications. Applicants applying from other fields will be considered if they can demonstrate sufficient interest and reasoning within their application.

The programme covers:

  • Participant’s accommodation in Belfast and New York during the dates of the programme
  • Per diem of £20 per day
  • Return travel from Belfast to New York
  • Travel within New York and Philadelphia

The Programme does not cover:

  • Participant’s travel to and from Belfast

Please send CVs and cover letters to .

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