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Spier Contemporary 2010 launches call for its Curatorial Internship Programme

June 18, 2009

Spier Contemporary 2010Spier Contemporary 2010 is the largest biennale art competition and exhibition in South Africa. It is now calling for applications for its Curatorial Internship Programme.

The call is open to any person who wishes to extend their career in the arts industries to become a curator. There are currently few opportunities in South Africa for young curators to work on large-scale exhibitions, or to study the highly-specialised skills of curating. South Africans have to gain skills either on the job or by travelling to international institutions in the US or Europe. This is severely limiting, as very few South Africans have the chance or the resources to do either.

This programme offers the ideal opportunity to give a group of young arts professionals some experience in this field. The Curatorial Internship Programme is designed and implemented by artist and curator Clive van den Berg and TRACE, an exhibition research, museum development and curation company.

According to Clive, broad-based curatorial training is not developed much in South Africa, as art in the country tends to focus on art production instead of art curation. This programme will be part-time for a year, and will combine both theory and practice in curatorial studies. It is a unique offering allowing successful applicants to broaden their skills.

Even better, the programme is offered free of charge, thanks to the South African lottery fund.

Clive goes on to say that many younger graduates in the arts have shown interest in the programme, and it is hoped that the example of this training will inspire further development initiatives.

This programme is only one of the many ways that the Spier Contemporary 2010 is fulfilling its mandate to support development. There are several other training and development programmes, also part of the two-year cycle, including fees and awards of as much as R1.2 million, an artists’ residency programme in collaboration with Fort Hare University, and a series of visual and performance art workshops held at venues around the country.

Those who wish to apply for the Curatorial Internship Programme need to have a relevant undergraduate qualification and/or three to five years of relevant experience. The training programme will run from August 2009 until the middle of 2010.

Applicants must also be based in Gauteng, or be willing to travel to Gauteng at their own expense. The course will give participants exposure to a large range of people working in the field, and they will take part in every phase of the curatorial process. Applicants need to submit a motivational letter and curriculum vitae, as well as two referees who can support their professional skills. Applicants also need to provide a critical written review of a recent visual art exhibition of their choice in no more than 2 000 words.

Applications can be emailed to, and should reach organisers by 15 July 2009. For more information, visit the site

The Spier Contemporary 2010 is a project of the Africa Centre.

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