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14 Sep 2015 18:00

Open Call for Czech curators - Delfina Foundation Residency

Delfina Foundation (DF) is an independent, non-profit organisation dedicated to fostering artistic talent and facilitating 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 12 January- 16 February 2016.

During the residency, DF will develop a structured series of events and activities enabling residents to:

·    Research and develop areas of interest
·    Develop skills via training and mentoring
·    Access information and resources through independent study, field trips and workshops
·    Participate in both internal and external/public events

Typical participants will include graduates or curators with limited international experience.

·    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 with 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
·    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
·    Proficient in English

It is desirable that the applicant has an undergraduate qualification in a relevant discipline.


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 your previous projects or exhibitions, which could include unrealised proposals
·    Contact details of one referee

Please submit only electronic copies of the above documents to following email address:

Deadline for applications:  14 September 2015 18.00 GMT

Applicants will be notified of the panel’s decision by mid-October 2015.


Delfina Foundation (DF) is more than London’s largest international residency programme – it is a home where the next generation of contemporary artists, curators and thinkers are supported and nurtured.

Based in two newly renovated Edwardian houses near Buckingham Palace, DF is an independent, non-profit organisation dedicated to fostering artistic talent and facilitating exchange through residencies and public programmes ranging from workshops to exhibitions, both in the UK and with international partners. A recent photo tour of our new space was published online in Wallpaper* (please click the link to visit their site).

Established by arts philanthropist Delfina Entrecanales CBE, DF is the successor to Delfina Studio Trust. From 1988 to 2006, Delfina Studio held an unprecedented record for supporting artists through residencies and exhibitions, including more than a dozen Turner Prize nominees such as Mark Wallinger, Jane & Louise Wilson, Tacita Dean, Martin Creed and Glenn Brown as well as renowned artists such as Chantal Joffe, Michael Raedecker, Hangue Yang, EsraErsen,WimDelvoye and Khalil Rabah.

DF is proud to build on this history. Working internationallyDF has hosted artists from 18 different countries over the last six years with a soft focus on practitioners from the greater Middle East and increasingly South Asia. We have commissioned new artworks and programmes, often in partnership with leading institutions including Tate, Victoria & Albert Museum, Serpentine Gallery and Frieze Art Fair in the UK, as well international organisations such as MACBA in Barcelona, Videobrasil in São Paulo, ArtSchool Palestine in Ramallah and Art Dubai - to name a few.

Our work is followed by key arts professionals and our audiences include arts patrons, curators, major art collectors and the general public. Over the last year, DF’s work has been featured inthe Financial Times,The Independent, New York Times, Art Review, Frieze, ArtAsiaPacific, Artforum and the The Art Newspaper.


Arts and Theatre Institute - Artists in Residence Programme offers and coordinates residencies for artists working in the arts. The programme has run since 2004 and itis designed to promote international collaboration and communicationand most of all to provide artists with time and space to engage increative work and pursue inspiration without interruption. It provides Czech artists with the opportunity to travel abroad, while on the Czech side the Arts Institute in Prague attends to visiting artists accepted intothe programme, which includes providing them with local contacts.As an intermediary, the Arts Institute actively seeks partners at home and abroad through long-term contacts, holds competitions for arts residencies abroad, organises workshops for artists from abroad inthe Czech Republic, and provides services to the Czech and foreign artists selected to participate in the programme.
Between 2004 and 2014 more than 200 creative residencies were
organised in which 176 Czech and foreign artists took part.


The Czech Centre's mission is to actively promote the Czech Republic by showcasing Czech culture in the UK.Its programme covers visual and performing arts, film, literature, music, architecture, design and fashion. As well as hosting its own events, the Czech Centre offers support for other groups organising Czech related initiatives in the UK.

The centre also seeks to further enhance cultural relationships between the UK and the Czech Republic through curatorial visits, media tours and artistic residencies.
The Czech Centre London opened in 1993. It is a non-political organisation supported by the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs as part of a worldwide network of 21 Czech Centres operating in 19 countries and on three continents.


Deadline for applications: 14 September 2015 18.00 GMT, Residency period: 12 January- 16 February 2016


14 Sep 2015 18:00


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