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Open Call for Czech Curators

Delfina Foundation (DF) is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to fostering artistic talent and faciliting exchange through residencies and public programmes ranging from workshops to exhibitions, both in the UK and with international partners.

With support from the Arts and Theatre Institute – Artists in Residence Programme and Czech Centre London, DF is offering a six-week residency to a curator with Czech citizenship, living and working in the Czech Republic. The residency period is 8 January to 18 February 2018.

Collecting as Practice

Since 2014, thematic programmes uniquely define DF’s residencies and public programmes. During each thematic programme, DF fosters critical discourse about the arts and civic society through public seminars, screenings, performances, meals, exhibitions and other events.  Just as important, DF develops internal events and workshops for participants as well as carefully defined audiences.

Collecting as Practice underpins the current year of DF’s programme with artists, collectors and institutions, who are conceptually and practically expanding the notion of collecting in terms of aesthetics, ethics, conservation, preservation, education and value on an international level. Through residencies, new commissions, and events, the programme poses urgent questions about the philosophy, psychology and politics of collecting. 

DF is the first programme to formally host artists and collectors in residence together to explore shared approaches and concerns, and the potential for such practices in the broadest sense.

Over the last year, institutional partners have included Tate, the Victoria & Albert Museum, Autograph ABP and the Horniman Museum & Gardens.

More information on the programme can be found here. DF advises applicants to look at previous events and the work of previous residents to get a sense of how broadly they have explored the theme.  

The selected curator will receive:

  • A six-week residency in London, including one return, economy-class flight, and a living allowance for food/per diems and materials;
  • A single bedroom at DF, which is a shared house with some shared facilities, such as the laundry room, kitchen, and dining room;
  • Opportunities to engage in the art scene in UK through structured and independent time and activities; and
  • Access to a programme of planned group activities and visits to cultural organisations in the UK.


  • A Czech citizen, currently living and working in the Czech Republic;
  • Seeking an opportunity to develop your practice and the concepts of your curatorial work;
  • Able to explain how the experience of an international residency may benefit your career development and in particular why an opportunity in London would be beneficial; and
  • Proficient in English

Application process:
Applicants are expected to submit:

  • The completed application form in English
  • A CV detailing recent projects, exhibitions, workshops and residencies
  • A writing sample (an essay, artist profile, press article, etc.)
  • At least 8 high-quality images of previous projects, research or exhibitions, which could include unrealised proposals
  • Contact details of one referee

Please submit only electronic copies of the above documents to: opencall@delfinafoundation.com, with subject line: Open Call Czech Curator Residency.

Deadline for applications: 10 November 2017, 18:00 GMT

Download the Application Form
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