Icelandic Art Center
Icelandic Art Center
01. 08 2018
Open call for 2018 McaM Curator-in-Residence Programme

Open call for 2018 McaM Curator-in-Residence Programme
July 27–August 31, 2018


Established in 2015, the Ming Contemporary Art Museum (McaM) in Shanghai distinguishes itself through its promotion of contemporary art activities based on visual performance. With the aim to enhance curatorial research and facilitate the communication between young curators from abroad and Chinese artists, McaM will launch a curator-in-residence program in 2018. The program is devoted to encouraging young curators to experiment with new the possibilities of curatorial practice and exhibition making through close collaboration with local artists.


The Proposals will be reviewed by a selection panel chaired by Qiu Zhijie, director of McaM. For each edition, three applicants will be selected as Fellows and each is eligible for a two-month residence in Shanghai and other cities in China as well as a fund of RMB25,000 (about USD3,600) for travel expenses, research and development. In the meantime, the museum will arrange visits and meetings for the participants to help them better communicate and work with local artists / curators. By the end of the residence program, each participant is expected to submit a research report and an exhibition proposal. The panel will review and select one winning proposal which will be realized with a funding of up to RMB200,000 (USD30,000) from McaM.


McaM Curator-in-residence Programme 2018 Judge Panel:


Defne Ayas, Jane Debevoise, Katheryn Weir, Qiu Zhijie, Zheng Shengtian
Chair of the Judge Panel: Qiu Zhijie (Director of McaM)


What we offer


–International travel expenses (1 return trip)
–Domestic travel expenses (2 return trips within China)
–Accommodation for 2 months
–Per diem
–A budget for the installation of the winning proposal; accommodation and per diem during the installation period
–Assistance to arrange visits to artist studios, art spaces and curators


Who we look for


–Master’s or doctoral candidates in the field of curatorial studies and / or young independent curators
–Under 45 years old
–Demonstrating an interest in topics such as Chinese contemporary art and China within globalization.


Required materials


–A resume
–A proposal, which shall include:
1. Statement of your curatorial research and practice
2. Your vision of participating in the program
3. Your research plan
4. A preliminary exhibition proposal


The closing date for application is August 17, 2018. Please send all the required materials via email to:

The finalists will be informed via email and announced on McaM website in September 2018.


Residence period: October–December 2018


Venue: McaM Art Villa


The finalists will submit the research report and final exhibition proposal on December 17.


The wining proposal will be announced in January 2019


Exhibition set-up period: February–March 2019


Exhibition period: March–May 2019


Venue: 2nd floor of McaM’s exhibition space