Call for applications

Curatorial Connective (CX) 2022

A4 Arts Foundation, Cape Town, South Africa
Deadline: 04 November 2022

Courtesy of A4 Arts Foundation

Courtesy of A4 Arts Foundation

A4 Arts Foundation’s Curatorial Connective (CX) 2022 is now accepting applications from emerging curators. Successful applicants will have in common a demonstrable commitment to the arts and concerns of South Africa and the Global South regardless of where they are currently based, and the role of the curator (broadly defined but not excluding the traditional) in activating this work for the public.

CX 2022’s programme takes place in person, over seven days of conversations, seminars, and exchanges, at A4’s laboratory in Cape Town.

Dates: 11–18 December 2022.
Place: 23 Buitenkant Street, District Six, Cape Town.
Deadline for submission: Friday 4 November 2022.

CX 2022’s seminars in Cape Town will be led by A4 Arts Foundation’s 2021 Fellowship recipients Mark Godfrey and Kerryn Greenberg, together with Rudi Minto de Wijs.

CX 2022 explores five research topics: How artists relate to technology; Environmental justice; Spirituality, ritual and myth; Censorship and self-censorship;  Restitution.

Application to the CX 2022 is open to emerging curators. Emerging is a broad category that we at A4 use to refer to an early-career curator who may or may not have formal training or qualifications. We recognise that curators play a myriad of roles – and must wear multiple hats – in arts ecologies that are less well-resourced. We will prioritise applicants that make work happen, activate local ecologies, engage artistic communities and commit to both conservation and innovation: caring for artists and artworks while working in maverick and curious ways.

You need not be South African or live in Cape Town to apply, however, please note the following: If you are accepted into the CX and you do not reside in Cape Town, A4 will provide you with return transport to Cape Town from a major South African city as well as room and board in Cape Town for the duration of the CX. For curators living elsewhere on the continent or internationally, you are welcome to apply if you are able to cover your own travel to and from South Africa.

Apply here.


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