Call for applications

Gwangju Biennale International Curator Course

Gwangju Biennale , Gwangju, South Korea
Deadline: 25 June 2018

Gwangju Biennale

Gwangju Biennale

Applications open for The 8th Gwangju Biennale International Curator Course.

Gwangju Biennale International Curator Course(GBICC) was launched in 2009 as an open educational platform to foster the professional development of curators, theorists, and arts administrators in various fields of contemporary art and design. Since its inception, the course has provided an open platform for collaborative education and expansion of curatorial practice as well as an opportunity for young curators to build an international network. In addition, the course offers a unique occasion to examine the cultural and aesthetic strategy of the biennale, working closely with the biennale director, curators and participating artists.

This year’s lecturers will include curatorial teams and participating artists of the 12th Gwangju Biennale and several professionals in the field such as Ralph Rugoff, Stephanie Rosenthal, Sebastian Cichocki to discuss their rich experience.

The course has been previously led by Barbara Vanderlinden, Dan Cameron, Ute Meta Bauer, Jens Hoffmann, Carol Yinghua, Ruth Noackas, Maria Lind and Joanna Warsza as visiting professors. Past lecturers include: Nathalie Angles, Maurizio Bortolotti, Marco Burno, Yeon Shim Chung, Abraham Cruzvillegas, Byungsoo Eun, Anthony Fontenot, Beatrice Galilee, Eva Franch Gilabert, Massimiliano Gioni, Marieke van Hal, Yuko Hasegawa, Sharon Hayes, Nikolaus Hirsch, Tan Boon Hui, Michelle Hyun, Lu Jie, Mami Kataoka, Jesi Khadivi, Wassan Al-Khudhairi, Alice Kim, Heejin Kim, Sunjung Kim, Sohl Lee, Yongwoo Lee, Carol Yinghua Lu, Brendan McGetrick, Jessica Morgan, Reineke Otten, Hyungmin Pai, Marina Pugliese, Heidi Rabben, Francisco Sanin, Anton Scholz, Seung H-Sang, Stephanie Sykes, Tom Trevor, Jelena Vesic, Jun Yang, June Yap, Ai Weiwei, Anton Vidokle, Hito Steyerl, Brian Kuan Wood, Fernando Garcia-Dory, Tommy Støckel, Prajakta Potnis, Mohammad Salemy, Dora Garcia, Nicholas Mangan, Annie Wan, Bartomeu Mari, Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy and so on.

In addition to the lecture program, the course participants will be given ample opportunities to take part in the preparation of the 12th Gwangju Biennale and visits to museums, galleries, and artists’ studios in Gwangju will also be scheduled. The participants are asked to make presentations during the final week of the course.

The 8th GBICC program is particularly provided by a joint program between Gwangju Biennale and Asian Culture Center(ACC), and Gwangju Biennale and ACC will grant tuition and accommodations to all of the selected participants for the entire course. Participants will be responsible for their round-trip air fares to and from Gwangju and living expenses during their stay. Since the course is designed to provide young curators with opportunities to receive in-depth training, the age restriction for applicants has been set to 35 and under. The entire course will be conducted in English.


Submission period: May 28–June 25, 2018
Requirements: all documents should be written in English
Application must include:
–application form (downloadable from
–motivational statement explaining the applicant’s interests and the purpose for applying (1,000 words max.)
–supporting materials: one or two copies of the most relevant published materials for curatorial/exhibition related projects that the applicant participated in.
Submission process: send by email:


–The selected applicants will be informed in the beginning of July 2018
–The 8th Gwangju Biennale International Curator Course will be run by Gwangju Biennale Foundation and Asian Culture Center(ACC) as a joint program


Fore more information, please visit Gwangju Biennale or call at T +82 62 608 4242



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