Call for applications

Curatorial Intensive in Kampala

Independent Curatorial International, Kampala, Uganda
Deadline: 06 June 2022

Curatorial Intensive in Kampala

This August, ICI will organize the Curatorial Intensive in Kampala, Uganda, in collaboration with the Njabala Foundation, which promotes and facilitates visibility for women artists.

The Curatorial Intensive in Kampala will draw from the vibrant artistic and intellectual production in East Africa, and focus on curatorial practices that promote the work of women, create support structures for artists adapted to their local contexts, and foster innovative thinking around what constitutes curatorial space beyond the conventional white cube, gallery, or museum.
The Curatorial Intensive, an eight-day professional development program, offers emerging curators the opportunity to discuss, among colleagues, the concepts, logistics, and challenges of organizing exhibitions, public programs, and other curatorial models. It 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. The Curatorial Intensive is targeted toward self-motivated individuals at an early stage in their career, working independently or within institutions. It is a unique opportunity to forge a close network of peers and embark on future collaborations. This program is the seventh Curatorial Intensive in Africa since 2013, following past iterations in Johannesburg, Addis Ababa, Marrakesh, Dakar, Accra, and Cape Town.

Seminars, site visits, individual meetings, and roundtable discussions will be led by a group of professionals that includes Martha Kazungu (Assistant Curator, MARKK Museum am Rothenbaum, Hamburg, and Founder and Curator, Njabala Foundation, Kampala), Serubiri Moses (thinker, curator, and teacher, New York), Dr. Lilian Mary Nabulime (Sculptor and lecturer, Margaret Trowell School of Industrial and Fine Art (MTSIFA), Makerere University, Kampala), Marie-Hélène Pereira (Curator and Director of Programs, RAW Material Company, Dakar), and Renaud Proch (Executive and Artistic Director, ICI), among others. A full list of faculty will be available in the coming weeks; check this page for updates.

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 similar experience working with artists or organizing cultural projects.
Applications may be submitted in English or French. Working proficiency in English is essential, as the program will be held in English. Translation assistance will be available to French speakers.

Applications are now open, and should be submitted through ICI’s application portal.

Applications are due by June 6, 2022 at midnight EDT.

Required materials

  • Description of an exhibition or project that the applicant would like help in developing. This description should outline the proposal concept and any artists or work under consideration (500 words max)
  • Bio (250 words max)
  • Letter of intent (250 words max)
  • Description of a recent curatorial project that has made an impact on the applicant (250 words max)
  • Scholarship request (optional) (250 words max)

Please reach out to ICI’s Programs Coordinator, Zoe Dobuler, at with any questions.

The Curatorial Intensive is ICI’s short-term, low-cost training program that offers a group of curators the chance to develop project ideas and make connections with professionals in the field. It also provides the invaluable opportunity for peer-group education, forging new networks internationally. The Curatorial Intensive takes place annually in the U.S., and in other locations in conjunction with institutional partners worldwide.

About the Njabala Foundation
Njabala is a multi-faceted campaign sourcing inspiration from a popular Ugandan myth of Njabala to facilitate conversations on womanhood. The Foundation’s responsibility is to curate periodic exhibitions, as well as organize a public program of activities aimed at creating safe spaces for female artists to thrive. To increase the visibility of the work of women artists, Njabala Foundation in various ways campaigns against gender inequality in the art world by organizing art exhibitions and events exclusively dedicated to highlighting the work of women artists.


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