Curatorial Intensive in Accra


Curatorial Intensive in Accra
Programme dates: 19-25 April 2017

This April, Independent Curators International (ICI) organises the inaugural Curatorial Intensive in Accra, Ghana, in collaboration with Foundation for Contemporary Art–Ghana (FCA).

The Curatorial Intensive, a week-long professional development programme, offers curators the opportunity to discuss, among colleagues, the concepts, logistics, and challenges of organising exhibitions, public programmes, and other curatorial models. This program is the fifth Curatorial Intensive in Africa since 2013, following past programs in Johannesburg, Addis Ababa, Marrakech, and Dakar. ICI maintains its commitment to supporting curators and local organisations on the ground, while continuing to provide curatorial training and foster peer networks and arts infrastructures in the region.

The Curatorial Intensive is designed to immerse participants in a rigorous schedule of seminars, presentations, site visits, and one-on-one meetings that support the process of developing an idea for a project into a full proposal. This programme is targeted toward self-motivated individuals, working independently or within institutions.

Seminars, site visits, individual meetings, and roundtable discussions will be led by a group of professionals that includes: Ato Annan and Adwoa Amoah (Co-Directors, Foundation for Contemporary Art–Ghana), Jeebesh Bagchi (artist, Raqs Media Collective and curator, 2016 Shanghai Biennale), María del Carmen Carrión (Director of Public Programs & Research, ICI), Reem Fadda (independent curator, Ramallah), Nana Oforiatta-Ayim (Founder of ANO, Accra), Jimmy Ogonga (Founder of Centre for Contemporary Art, East Africa, Nairobi), Jay Pather (Associate Professor, University of Cape Town & Director of the Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts), and Renaud Proch (Executive Director, ICI), among others.

Application Guidelines
12–14 applicants working internationally will be selected to participate in the Curatorial Intensive. The applicant must have 3+ years of curatorial experience or a similar track record of organising art projects. All applications must include a 500-word description of an exhibition or programme idea that the applicant would like help in developing. This description should outline the proposal concept and any artists that the applicant is considering. Also required are a current 250-word biography, a 500-word letter of intent, and a 300-word text that describes a recent curatorial project that has made an impact on the applicant, similar to an exhibition review.

Applications must be submitted in English (although the 300-word description of a recent curatorial project may be submitted in French). This programme will be held in English, with assistance to French speakers. Working proficiency in English is essential, though translation will be available when necessary.

Deadline: 24 February 2017

For any additional questions, please email Kimberly Kitada at
Find out more on ICI website.

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