BLOCKFREI – Association for Culture and Communication


Curators&rsquo Agenda: VIENNA 2018

Residency program for international, emerging curators

Duration: 17. September &ndash 29. October 2018

Location: Vienna, Austria

Application deadline: 8. July 2018

&bullWant to gain first-hand curatorial practice in one of the most vibrant art hubs in Europe?

&bullLooking to improve your curating skills in a highly international setting?

&bullMotivated to connect with notable agents of the Viennese contemporary art scene?

Curators&rsquo Agenda: VIENNA 2018 (C&rsquoA) aims to answer your specific professional aspirations and to provide you with unique first-hand curatorial experience during a 6-week residency program in Vienna.


C?A offers:

– in-depth knowledge of the Viennese contemporary art scene

– a platform for cultural exchange and collaboration with representatives of the Viennese contemporary art community

– opportunities for individual knowledge expansion and interpersonal connections

– a unique opportunity for implementing the &ldquolessons learned&rdquo by organising of a mutual group show

For whom is the C&rsquoA designed?

Emerging curators from all around the globe, who seek to discover the Viennese contemporary art scene in-depth and to gain practical experience in curating.


C&rsquoA program:Տ

Talks, lectures, studio visits, meetings with curators and cultural educators from leading institutions, off-spaces as well as with freelance operators and entrepreneurs in the field of contemporary art.

By organising a mutual group exhibition with students from the University of Applied Arts Vienna as the final part of the program, the C?A participants will also be provided with know-how modules and workshops related to exhibition management and production.

The participants will receive the certificate of the C?A program completion after finishing the residency.Տ

C&rsquoA application:

Up to 10 applicants will be selected to take part in the C&rsquoA program. Working language is English.


Please send us your CV (one A4 page) and letter of motivation (one A4 page) with emphasized special field of interest by 8. July 2018 to

Selected participants will be notified several days after the deadline.


C&rsquoA program fee:


The cost of the program is EUR 1150.

The registration fee is additional EUR 50.

The program fee includes:Տ

– entry fees for museums and other special events

– workshops and lectures

– production costs of the group exhibitionՏ

– accommodation costs will be partly compensated for each participant for a maximum amount of EUR 500

– travelling costs will be partly compensated for each participant for an amount of up to EUR 250

– local cell phone cardsՏ

Note: Bank fees and wire costs should be covered by the participants. Please take this into account when making a payment.Տ

Selected participants should make a payment in advance, no later than 15. July 2018. In case of cancellation, all fees are non-refundable.Տ

All inquiries regarding the program can be directed to

More information about the open call available at:

BLOCKFREI is a member of RESARTIS network.

The program is supported by the city of Vienna, Austrian Federal Chancellery, (Directorate of Arts and Culture – International Cultural Policy).

Residency Programme since: 2013
Description of Organisation:

BLOCKFREI is an independent cultural organization founded in 2013 in Vienna. It is conceived as a platform for innovative cultural praxis with the goal to support the co-operation between cultural groups from Austria and other countries around the globe, with a special emphasis on South-Eastern Europe. Furthermore, considering that national groups from the mentioned region form a significant part of the Austrian society today and the great importance of the current and future interaction between the two, BLOCKFREI is aiming to contribute to the higher visibility of immigrant cultural and art production which is undoubtedly embedding itself into Austrian cultural landscape.

After successfully carrying out projects Curators? Agenda: VIENNA (2017, 1016, 2015) and Curator?s Connection (2013), BLOCKFREI is announcing a new open call for the fifth edition of the program Curators? Agenda: VIENNA 2018, a six-week curators-in-residence program. Envisioned as an intensive residency for international, emerging curators from all around the globe, the program is designed to provide an in-depth knowledge of the contemporary Viennese art scene, as well as to establish a network among its partakers.

Organisation founded in: 2013
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Independent Association/Foundation
Working Languages:
  • English
Presentation of artists’ work: Exhibition at end of residency
Duration of residency:
  • Months: 1 – 3
Number of studios: N/A
Number of artists in residence at one time: N/A
Studio type and size: N/A
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
  • Dance
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Internet
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: No
Application process: Open call
If yes, what is the amount of the fund? (in your local currency): Curators&rsquo Agenda program is not in the position to offer grants. However, in order to lower down the costs of the program, BLOCKFREI obtained a grant from the Austrian Federal Chancellery which enabled partial reimbursement of the accommodation (up to EUR 500) and travelling costs (up to EUR 250). The rest of the expenses of the programme will be paid by the participants.
Expenses paid by the artist:
  • Travel
  • Food
Expenses paid by the organisation:
  • Travel
  • Production costs
Other activities happening at the space:
  • Workshops
  • Presentation
  • Exhibition
Selection process: By committee
Setting: Urban
City: Vienna
Country long: Austria
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