The «H+F Curatorial Grant» is an ambitious and original initiative which allows the FRAC Nord–Pas de Calais (Dunkirk/France) in close partnership with the private collector Han Nefkens (H+F Collection) and the de Appel arts centre (Amsterdam/NL), to give young international curators the opportunity to participate in the development of exhibition projects based on the collection of FRAC Nord-Pas-de- Calais.
This grant, which was launched in 2007, offers emerging art curators a unique infrastructure and environment with free access to a research and documentation centre as well as to one of the best French collections of contemporary art. The FRAC acts as the first intermediary for these future professionals of contemporary art by helping them to develop and implement their projects.
A panel composed of Han Nefkens (H+F Collection), Ann Demeester (Director of de Appel) and Hilde Teerlinck (Director of the FRAC Nord-Pas de Calais) will select the new candidate. The selected person will become part of the FRAC’s team as an assistant curator, coordinating local, national and international exhibition-projects. She / he will receive in exchange a grant for 12 months (May 2010 – May 2011) that will help finance her/his living and travel expenses.
An excellent knowledge of English is required, knowledge of French would be helpful.
The candidate will have to install her/himself in Dunkirk for the mentioned period.
This project has been made possible thanks to the generous support of Han Nefkens (journalist, writer and art collector), which enables the FRAC Nord-Pas de Calais to reinforce the development of a strong and active policy of patronage around its activities. From 2008 onwards the application process is open for former students of de Appel Curatorial Programme and all aspiring young curators who wish to enhance their expertise and further develop their skills and agilities in project management.
Please send your application containing a recent CV (including a photograph) and a motivation letter before February 28th 2010 to:
Lumi Tan (US), the second curator to be awarded the H+F Curatorial Grant,
will present her exhibition-project «Pilot Light» for the FRAC in collaboration with the ArtAids Foundation on 04.02.2010 in multiple locations in Lille (F).