15 April at 7:30 Strelka Institute will host the presentation of curatorial proposals that will finalize the EUNIC (European Union National Institutes for Culture) competition for young Russian curators. The theme for 2013, «Changing the City» addresses the idea of public art and urban interventions. Six finalists will present their projects, developed as part of the EUNIC Internship Programme.
Professionals in the urban field: architects, urban planners, as well as contemporary art specialists: curators, art historians, artists and art dealers are welcome.
Prepared in collaboration with the Strelka Institute, the presentation of curatorial proposals will close the 2013 Internship Programme and will open a new contest.
About the curatorial contest
The EUNIC curatorial exchange programme is running for the third time and aims to stimulate the professional development of young Russian curators and the exchange of experience with foreign colleagues.
In autumn 2013, six young curators were selected from around one hundred applicants for the Programme and were given an opportunity to undertake an internship in a leading European cultural organisation. Das Weisse Haus (Austria) — Snezhana Vinogradova, Сentre Pompidou-Metz (France) — Alice Bogoyavlenskaya, The Nantes Museum of Fine Arts (France) — Daria Tkacheva, Färgfabriken (Sweden) — Sophia Gimon, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfallen (Germany) — Maria Weitz, and Artangel (Great Britain) — Anna Bitkina.
After the internships, curators focused on their own projects within the theme of «Changing the City» which derives from the previous year’s theme, «Wider Access to the Audience». Trying to reach an audience outside the gallery, curators addressed the potential of art to intervene in, and possibly change, the urban environment and the life of citizens. How can one make an impact on people’s daily routines and perception and what «changes» are intended? What might be the appropriate artistic formats for achieving this? Curators will tackle these issues in their projects.
The implementation of the best project will be financed by EUNIC. This year the grant available is 300 euros. The internship programme is part of a broad set of EUNIC Cluster Russia activities which aim to contribute to cultural diversity and to strengthen cultural dialogue, inside and outside of the EU through collaboration between European cultural institutes.
The jury comprises a range of leading professionals in the field of art and architecture:
- Cuba Snopek — Architect and lecturer at the Strelka Institute;
- Julia Bychkova — Producer of the Archstoyanie festival, Archstoyanie Detskoe;
- Alice Prudnikova — Director of the Ural branch of the NCCA;
- Nikolay Palazhchenko — Head of the educational programme «Art Business RMA»;
- Daria Kurdyukova — Columnist of «Nezavisimaya Gazeta»;
- Yelena Krylova — Marketing Director of the newspaper «The Art Newspaper Russia».