An exhibition space in Berlin and up to 7,500 EUR of financial support.
Emerging curators in Berlin with fresh ideas on exhibitions of visual art.
Application: May ##, 20##
Selection: September ##, 20##
Every other year, the Berlin Emerging Curators Grant supports an exhibition of contemporary visual art in Berlin that is curated by a Berlin-based emerging curator. Curators submit their planned exhibition projects and a jury selects the proposal that receives the grant.
The grant aims to invigorate the Berlin art scene by encouraging submissions that challenge traditional curatorial ideas, while still remaining accessible to the art-viewing public at large.
The Berlin Emerging Curators Grant was created in 20## by artist [Rachael Jablo](http://www.rjablo.com#Home) and collector Thomas Lopatic (collectively: Jablopatic), who have a thing for innovative art exhibitions.
**What you get**
* Exhibition space in Berlin.
* General production budget of up to 5,000 EUR. Spend it as you see fit.
* Publishing budget of up to 2,500 EUR. Spend it on documentation (catalog).
For 20##, the application deadline is May ##, 20##. We will announce the selected exhibition proposal by September ##, 20##.
**The jury's criteria**
* We consider the originality and quality of the submitted exhibition proposals to arrive at our decision.
* We particularly value fresh ideas of what art exhibitions are, what they do, and what they look like. Surprise us. Experimental is great, but things should still be accessible to a general audience interested in contemporary art.
* We always welcome diversity among curators and artists: gender, nationality, ethnicity, etc.
* You are a Berlin-based emerging curator.
* You have been in Berlin for at least two years.
* You have been a curator for less than ten years.
**Eligible exhibition projects**
* The subject matter is contemporary art.
* The exhibition shows work by three or more artists.
* The curator does not participate in the exhibition as an artist.
* The Berlin Emerging Curators Grant is the only source of funding, i.e., the overall budget does not exceed 7,500 EUR.
* The exhibition includes at least some photography, e.g., photographic prints, alternative processes, etc.
* You give a brief introductory talk to the visitors at the opening.
The decision of the jury is final. In the unlikely event of a shortage of high-quality submissions, the jury may declare the grant void. (But we're pretty sure that you won't disappoint us!)
* For now, everything has to happen in English. (Rachael is working on her German, though!)
* You tell us what you're planning and how (a single PDF document, sent by e-mail).
* From all submissions, the jury compiles a *dinner list* (shortlist) of five exhibition projects.
* If your exhibition project ends up on the dinner list, we treat you to a nice dinner at a restaurant in Berlin. We would like to get to know you and your project a little better.
* The jury selects an exhibition project from the dinner list to receive the grant.
**Timeline for 20##**
* Submission deadline: May ##, 20##, 11:00 pm Berlin local time. By then, we must have received your PDF document.
* Dinner list: Late July 20##. By then, you'll know whether your exhibition project is on the dinner list.
* Curator dinners: August 20##. This is when we meet and dine with the five curators on the dinner list.
* Selection: September ##, 20##. The day on which the selected exhibition project is announced.
You apply by sending us a single PDF document by e-mail. This is how we would like you to structure the PDF document:
1. Your exhibition proposal. Please describe the proposed exhibition project in 250 to 500 words.
2. Your CV.
3. Documentation of the exhibition that you curated in the past and that you liked the most.
3. A list of the artists that you would like to show.
5. The CVs of three of the artists.
6. Ten images of potential artwork for the exhibition. Please provide the usual description for each image, i.e., artist, media, size, etc. We ask for "potential artwork," because all we really need is a general impression of the work that you intend to show. While this doesn't have to be your final word, it should be your best guess. Keep in mind that eligible exhibitions must include some photography.
7. The budget calculation for the overall exhibition. Please keep in mind that the Berlin Emerging Curators Grant must be the only source of funding.
Please e-mail your PDF document to: [email@example.com](mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org)
If you have any questions about the application process, please do feel free to reach out to us at: [email@example.com](mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org)
When we receive and answer a question of general interest, we'll also add it to this section, for the benefit of everyone.
Jablopatic are artist [Rachael Jablo](http://www.rjablo.com#Home) and collector Thomas Lopatic. They met in San Francisco in 2009, when Thomas wandered into Rachael's studio and wondered who had made those creepy photographs.
Rachael had moved to San Francisco in 2000 to pursue her master's degree in New Genres at San Francisco Art Institute. Thomas had left Berlin for San Francisco in 2008 to try his luck in Silicon Valley. Together, they came to Berlin in 2015 and created the Berlin Emerging Curators Grant in 20##.
PDF submissions for the 20## Berlin Emerging Curators Grant go to: [email@example.com](mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org)
For everything else (including questions), please reach out to us at: [email@example.com](mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org)
We look forward to hearing from you.
German law requires us to tell you who's responsible for this website - and it's Thomas Lopatic! He lives at Fontanestraße 25 in 12049 Berlin. That's close to U8 Boddinstraße. When you happen to be in this neighborhood, be sure to check out [Berlin Tantuni](http://www.berlin-tantuni.de) and have a delicious [tantuni](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tantuni) wrap (dürüm). You can also reach Thomas at: [email@example.com](mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org)
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