Open Space Curatorial Residency 2019

Open Space, Istanbul, Turkey
Deadline: 02 May 2019

Courtesy Open Space.

Courtesy Open Space.

Open Space welcomes applications from curators for the first Open Space Curatorial Residency, a new, two-month curatorial residency taking place in Istanbul between 3 August – 30 September.

This residency will give one emerging curator, with 1-3 years of professional experience, the unique opportunity to spend eight weeks in Istanbul, working with artists, curators and art organisations including the Huma Kabakci Collection to develop a new project that will be presented in Istanbul and London in Autumn 2019.

Following their selection by an international jury, the curator will be hosted by the Huma Kabakci Collection and Open Space team members in Istanbul. They will gain special access to the Collection and its archives, and will participate in a dynamic weekly schedule that will include research, site and studio visits, presentations, and workshops, in collaboration with acclaimed Istanbul art institutions.

The resulting project, which can take the shape of an exhibition, publication or discursive event, will draw on the curator’s experience of the Huma Kabakci Collection and their exchanges with Istanbul-based artists, curators, researchers and institutions. Open Space will also encourage curators to consider Open Space’s 2019 programme theme ‘Space without spaces’ which aims to address a number of pertinent contemporary issues ranging from global matters such as the hardening of borders in an uncertain political climate, when developing their proposal. The project will be presented in Istanbul in September 2019 and in London in November 2019. The residency includes travel, accommodation and living costs.

The international Jury Panel for the 2019 Open Space Curatorial Residency comprises: Alessio Antoniolli (Director, Gasworks & Triangle Network), Julie Lomax (CEO, a-n Artist Information Company & Chair of The Showroom), Kathy Noble (Curator and Manager of Curatorial Affairs, Performa), Bige Örer (Director Istanbul Foundation for Arts and Culture (IKSV), Director, the  2019 Istanbul Biennial), and Open Space team members Huma Kabakci (Founding Director, Open Space) and Inês Geraldes Cardoso (Head of Programming and Production, Open Space).

Initiated by Inês Geraldes Cardoso, Open Space Head of Programming & Production.

How to Apply

Please read the Application Guidelines/Information Pack and download the Application Form from the sidebar on the right. Completed applications and any queries should be emailed to Inês at


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