Program aims to cultivate young curators

The Shanghai Curators Lab offers a dynamic platform where early-career professionals can expand their theoretical and practical knowledge.
Program aims to cultivate young curators
Ti Gong

Last year’s lab attracted 21 curators from 12 countries.

Young curators who want to broaden their expertise and vision can now apply for this year's curatorial program with the Shanghai Curators Lab.

The lab is a dynamic and challenging platform for early-career curators focusing on experimental and critical discussion of the ecology of curatorial practice. Initiated last year by the Shanghai Academy of Fine Art, Shanghai University and Shanghai International Art City Research Institute, in collaboration with the Shanghai Biennale, the lab also serves to bridge art and educational institutions in China and beyond.

This year's lab will run from November 4 to 30, with applications due on September 15. Applicants should e-mail to info@curatorslab.cn with a cover letter, resume and motivational statement.

Last year’s lab attracted 21 curators from 12 countries. It covered theoretical and practical topics not only in the area of visual arts, but also in the context of knowledge production.

This year, the lab will accept 22 curators under the age of 33. Organizers will provide free tuition and accommodations for those selected.

Led by professor Yongwoo Lee and curator-duo Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath, founders of curatorial collective Art Reoriented, participants will experience and explore the hybridized, multi-layered art communities of China during their time in the lab. Topics and programs will include multidisciplinary exhibition making, the ecosystem of disciplines and expertise, technological advancement and its responses, the Anthropocene, the regeneration and revitalization of industrial heritage, and new exits for perennial artistic events.

Participating curators will present their artistic projects at the end of the program, and the best proposal will be selected to be realized at an art institution in Shanghai the following year.

Program aims to cultivate young curators
Ti Gong

Dr Yongwoo Lee, artistic director of SIAC Research Institute and a professor at Shanghai University 

Program aims to cultivate young curators
Ti Gong

Curator duo Sam Bardaouil (left) and Till Fellrath

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