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Open call: Curatorial Intensive in Bangkok
Curatorial Intensive in Bangkok
October 22–28, 2018

Application Deadline: August 12


Independent Curators International (ICI) presents the inaugural Curatorial Intensive in Bangkok, Thailand, developed in partnership with the Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts at Chulalongkorn University to coincide with the launch of its international postgraduate program in Curatorial Practice, and with the James H.W. Thompson Foundation.


Focusing on the regional context of the rapidly expanding contemporary art landscape in Bangkok, participants will engage with key practitioners, curators, and artists, active in the city and internationally.


The Curatorial Intensive, a weeklong professional development program, 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. It is a unique opportunity to forge a close network of peers and embark on future collaborations. This program is targeted toward self-motivated individuals at an early stage in their career, working independently or within institutions.


Seminars, site visits, individual meetings, and roundtable discussions will be led by a group of professionals that includes: Zoe Butt (Artistic Director, The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre, Ho Chi Minh City), Gridthiya Gaweewong (Artistic Director, Jim Thompson Art Center, Bangkok), Mami Kataoka (Chief Curator, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo), Renaud Proch(Executive Director, ICI), Mari Spirito (Founding Director, Protocinema, Istanbul), among others.


Application Guidelines
10–12 applicants working internationally will be selected to participate in the Curatorial Intensive. The applicant must have 3+ years of curatorial experience. All applications must include a 500-word description of an exhibition idea that the applicant would like help in developing. This description should outline the proposal concept and any artists under consideration. Also required are a current 250-word bio, a 500-word letter of intent, and a 300-word text that describes a recent curatorial project that has made an impact on the applicant.


To apply, visit ICI’s website.


Fees and Scholarships
The program fee is 1,900 USD. Participants are also responsible for covering travel and accommodation expenses. Generous scholarship packages that subsidize or eliminate the program fees, accommodation, and travel costs are available and awarded based on merit. If you would like to apply for a scholarship, please include a letter of motivation with your application.


ICI offers several scholarship packages available to all curators. In addition, Taiwanese curators (based in Taiwan) are eligible to a scholarship from the Taipei Cultural Center in New York, which covers the full program fee and a stipend for travel and accommodation expenses.


For more information or questions, visit ICI’s website or email


Upcoming Program
Please note that ICI’s Curatorial Intensive in New Orleans will take place from March 22–28, 2019, in collaboration with the Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans and Prospect New Orleans. The open call for applications will take place in November 2018.




About Independent Curators International (ICI)
ICI produces exhibitions, events, publications, research and training opportunities for curators and diverse audiences around the world. Established in 1975 and headquartered in New York, ICI is a hub that connects emerging and established curators, artists, and art spaces, forging international networks and generating new forms of collaborations.


About Chulalongkorn University
Located at the heart of modern Bangkok, Chulalongkorn University is Thailand’s first and remains one of the Kingdom’s elite universities since 1917. Today, the university consists of 18 faculties, with a total enrolment of more than 32,500 undergraduate and graduate students.