Icelandic Art Center
Icelandic Art Center
04. 11 2018
ASSEMBLY ROOM: calling all independent women curators!



Natasha Becker, Paola Gallio, and Yulia Topchiy are thrilled to announce the launch of ASSEMBLY ROOM, a new curatorial platform to celebrate and empower independent women curators.


We are building a strong community of women to deepen the understanding of women’s work and offer support for female curators to achieve groundbreaking and inspiring results. We invite female curators to collaborate, come together, break the rules, defy the status quo, as well as create compelling art, exhibitions, and experiences. Our mission is to create a unique environment for showcasing independent women curators and artists. Our programming includes art exhibitions, open calls, and a monthly curator MeetUp.


We are currently accepting applications to realize an exhibition at our storefront gallery in the Lower East Side, New York, in January/February 2019.


Selected curators will work with the curatorial team at ASSEMBLY ROOM throughout the process of planning and execution of their curatorial project. In consultation with selected curators, we provide free 400 sq. ft exhibition space, support installation/ program/ marketing/ staff, access to our incredible network, and an opportunity to showcase your exhibition and artists on our Artsy page.


The deadline to submit is Monday, 26 November, 2018.
To apply please go to


Independent curators may submit an application for 2019 and include a curatorial statement and sample images of artwork for proposed exhibition. Please note that artists may apply as an Independent Curator only if they are applying with a group show or a solo show of another artist’s work. An artist may not apply with their own artwork in a solo show but must have a female curator who applies on behalf of him/her/them. Submission of an application does not guarantee participation.


We will review applications in Nov/December and notify selected curators by 29 December 2018. If we have any questions about your proposal, we will contact the primary curator listed on the application. New York City-based curators will be given the opportunity to visit the show location and scout the exhibition space at a mutually arranged time. Selected curators will also receive a consignment agreement to review and complete. All artworks included in the show must be included in and subject to the terms of the consignment agreement.


For any questions about the application, please contact us at: