Open Call: Curatorial Residency


Curatorial Residency in Istanbul, Turkey
1 August until 2 October 2020

Open Space’s two-month residency in Istanbul gives young, emerging London-based curators the opportunity to engage with the Huma Kabakci Collection, whilst facilitating encounters with a network of Istanbul-based institutions and practitioners in the arts. One curator is selected by an international jury following an open call in January. The curator in residence is invited to develop a new site-responsive project that might take the form of an exhibition, publication, or discursive event to be presented in London in November 2020.

Curators are encouraged in their application to draw ideas from Open Space’s 2020 Programme theme Manufacturing Memory, which questions the dichotomy between memory, nostalgia and technology through an interdisciplinary arts programme.

The international jury includes: Çelenk Bafra (Independent Curator and director of SAHA), Gina Buenfeld (Curator Camden Arts Centre), Kirsty Ogg (Director of Bloomberg New Contemporaries), Zoé Whitley (Director of Chisenhale Gallery) and Huma Kabakci (Founding Director Open Space).

Open Call closes: 6 March 2020, midnight
Curator announced: 13 April 2020

In order to apply, you must:

  • Be a London-based, emerging curator (with up to 5 years of professional experience) 
  • Agree to reside in Istanbul for the full duration of the residency (1 Aug – 2 Oct 2020), with minimal external commitments
  • Commit to an intensive schedule of research, meetings and studio visits  
  • Commit to developing a curatorial project, presented in London (November 2020)
  • Commit to researching and help securing venue options for the curatorial project in London

Open Space provides:

  • One return flight between London – Istanbul
  • Free accommodation – the curator will be based in the same building housing the Huma Kabakci Collection on the Bosphorus shore, approximately 40 min away from Istanbul city centre
  • Stipend of £500/month to cover transportation and food costs 
  • Budget between £1500-£3000 – exact amount to be confirmed depending on curator’s final project proposal
  • Production support to help facilitate the curator’s final project
  • Support to secure appropriate venue in London 
  • Press and social media support in collaboration with our PR consultants Flint Culture


To apply for the Curatorial Residency, please submit:

  • Completed and signed application form
  • Curriculum Vitae (no more than 2 pages)
  • List with selected images of previous projects (no more than 2 pages) 

Please submit your application form together with a single PDF document including your CV and previous projects to: with the subject line CURATORIAL RESIDENCY 2020 by 6 March 2020, midnight

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