'curator in residence' 2012/13.

Open call for artists/ curators/ cultural practitioners for
‘curator in residence’ @ PS².

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PS² invited 5 jury members to review the applications and make a selection.
They have chosen Ursula Burke as the new curator in residence.
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The position, which is unpaid, offers:
- a small office for curatorial research, networking and meetings (wifi, printer… 24h access), . . . independent from the activities in PS².
- the opportunity to develop and realize a project for PS²
- input in the on-going programme of PS²
- the organisation of short actions/ talks/events

To apply for 'curator in residence', please send a short statement (no more than 500 words) of your motivation for curating and your professional background by email to: pssquared@btconnect.com or post PS², 18 Donegall Street, Belfast, BT1 2GP.

The residency is between December 2012 - July 2013.

Deadline: 03 November 2012.

Background
PS² is a small, but radical and experimental initiative and space for art projects. It initiates and organizes site-and context specific projects which are socially engaged, fresh and testing.
PS² works with artists, urban practitioners, multidisciplinary groups and theorists based on a broad understanding of culture, participation and engagement. It is run on a voluntary, non-commercial base, supported by funding from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and other sources.

The' curator in residence' programme began in 2011as a three week long research project with 9 artists/curators. Individually or as a team, they each developed two proposals, one for PS² the other for an outside/offsite location. The residency included formal and informal talks with artists, curators and passers-by. Two project proposals were finally selected and realized by the curators: 'THE NEW ADVENTURES OF WONDER WOMAN', curated by Ben Crothers (1) and 'Mapping 'Performance Art in Context', curated by Sinead O'Donnell (2).

The first longer term residency started with PRIME collective (Alissa Kleist, Tonya McMullan and Charlotte Bosanquet), who archived the former store room of PS², converted it into a small office- and worked in and from this newly retrieved ‘curatorial research space’. They invited artists and curators, held peer reviews, developed their own projects and programms for other spaces; cooked, realized a full blown project in PS², stored their bikes and stirred up the place.
The new curator/s in residence may follow this path or come up with very different strategies and ideas. It is up to the new resident/s, how much he/ she /they will use the space, from every day to periodically, but we wish for an engaged and open commitment.

Image: Margarete Hahner: installation view from 'red in tooth and claw', PS², 2008.



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