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The Mumbai Curatorial Intensive 2011 developed and implemented by Independent Curators International (ICI), New York will be offered in Mumbai (India) in collaboration with the Mohile Parikh Center (MPC), Mumbai. The venue partner for the private seminars and discussion is the Sir J. J. School of Art, Mumbai.

This three day event will offer a forum on curatorial practice focused on contemporary art and geared towards the emerging professional curator. The program will be for 15 individuals who will be selected by ICI and MPC through a application process. The purpose of the program is for the participants to receive an introduction to the field of curatorial practice today, in the field of contemporary art, and to set up a foundation for future curatorial work. Through the program, participants will engage with current curatorial thinking in a critical environment that provides an international context for understanding contemporary art and exhibition-making today.

The program will consist of two days of seminars during which the selected participants will attend closed-door lectures and discussions with experienced curators from ICI, and other prominent professional curators invited from Asia and Europe. On the third day, a public forum of three panel discussions will be held and will host professional curators from Asia, Europe, and North America, who will give talks on pressing curatorial issues.

This event develops directly out of the successful prior collaboration, "What Is Curating?" an intensive hands-on series of workshops organized by ICI and MPC in December 2010. These events bridge a gap—because as of yet, no formal long-term academic training programs exist for this field in India, where the contemporary art scene is highly active.


International: Annie Fletcher (Netherlands, Christiane Mennicke (Germany), Heejin Kim (South Korea), Kate Fowle (USA) Susan Hapgood (USA/India)

National (India): Shivaji Panikkar, Pooja Sood, Gayatri Sinha, Annapurna Garimella, Vidya Shivadas, Arshiya Lokhandwala, Sharmila Samant, Shaina Anand

Facilitators: Chelsea Haines and Amrita Gupta Singh

Session III (Public Presentations)

In a day of public sessions, two different groups of four speakers each will give brief presentations outlining their practices and projects. These sessions will provide wide ranging field reports international contemporary curatorial models active throughout differing cultural contexts. Each set of presentations will be followed by moderated discussions.

Selection Process

Admission to this course is by application process. Each candidate should submit the following:

1. A 500-word description of why you would like to participate in the Curatorial Intensive and how you think it will benefit your work.
2. A 500-word description of your current and past experiences in curating exhibitions or working in a gallery or museum environment. (e.g. internships, installation experience, etc).
3. A resume.
4. Briefly address the following questions. Each response should be no longer than 2 paragraphs:
a. How do you find out about what’s happening in the art world locally, nationally, and internationally?
b. What resources do you regularly employ to stay informed on current developments in the field? (e.g. what particular websites, institutions, individuals do you look to?)
c. What topics or issues in curating contemporary art would you like to understand further?

Kate Fowle, Susan Hapgood and Amrita Gupta Singh will select the participants for the program

Fees & Scholarships

The full program fee is 6,000 INR. Out of the 15 participants, 7 will pay the full program fee. ICI and MPC will select 4 participants to receive half-scholarships (3,000 INR) and 4 participants to receive full scholarships, which will waive the program fee. The scholarship recipients will be selected through the responses in their applications, and thus will receive the award based on merit rather than need.

Deadline for Applications: November 23, 2011

Applications are open and the deadline for applications is November 23, 2011 and must be submitted via email to Chelsea Haines at the ICI | Email:

For queries please contact: Amrita Gupta Singh at the Mohile Parikh Center
Phone: +91 22 – 2283 8380

Funding Partners:

The Mumbai Curatorial Intensive is made possible by grants from Hivos, Doen Foundation, Mondriaan Foundation and Arts Collaboratory, who are partners in the activities of the Mohile Parikh Center, Mumbai.

This intensive is also supported, in part, by grants from the Dedalus Foundation, the Helena Rubinstein Foundation, the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, The Cowles Charitable Trust, The Hartfield Foundation, and the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation; and by generous contributions from Toby Devan Lewis, James Cohan, and the supporters of ICI Access Fund.