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Qatar Museums Authority / Fondazione Prada announce Curate: call for applications

Curate, a global competition organized by Qatar Museums Authority and Fondazione Prada to find new curating talent accepts entries online on until 31 December.

Film still from Curate call for entry video. Courtesy Qatar Museums Authority and Fondazione Prada.
Film still from Curate call for entry video. Courtesy Qatar Museums Authority and Fondazione Prada.

Curate opens up and challenges people’s ideas of what an exhibition can be. It will provide one winner with the unprecedented opportunity to curate the exhibition of his/her dreams.

A world-renowned jury will judge ideas on their creativity and social significance, rewarding those with a contemporary and culturally relevant point of view. They will be looking for an exemplary exhibition that is both far-sighted and critical to the future. Participation in the competition is not limited to aspiring or established curators, but is open to anyone with a great concept for creative expression, with the emphasis on encouraging young people to compete, whether as individuals or as collaborative groups.

Twenty finalists will be selected by the jury, and will be showcased on the Curate website. The winner will be announced in spring 2014.

The jury is Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad Al-Thani, Chairperson, Qatar Museums Authority; Miuccia Prada, President, Fondazione Prada; Rem Koolhaas, architect, urban theorist, OMA AMO founder; Nadine Labaki, Lebanese filmmaker and actress; Nawal El Moutawakel, Vice President of International Olympic Committee and the first woman from a Muslim majority country to win an Olympic gold medal; and Hans Ulrich Obrist, co-director, Serpentine Gallery, London.

Proposals can be uploaded to the Curate website for consideration by the jury. The format of the proposal should be a self-made video no longer than two minutes in length, with a one-page accompanying text explaining the idea.

As stated by the Curate jury: “The notion of ‘curating’ no longer belongs just to the museum. With the development of digital and social media, it has now become possible for anyone to participate in the selection, editing and communication of ideas. We hope that people, whatever their age or background, will make the most of the opportunity offered by Curate to think about the future potential of exhibition making, where there are no imposed boundaries to media, scale, content and formats, and ideas, whether from the fields of science or the arts, can come from anywhere.”

Qatar Museums Authority and Fondazione Prada have also developed a launch program for the award in collaboration with major international universities and art academies specialized in curatorial studies. Following the presentations organized in October at Naba (Milan), Iuav University (Venice) and Virginia Commonwealth University (Doha, Qatar), two additional events will be presented shortly in renowned universities in China and in the US. Information concerning these two upcoming presentations will be released soon.

Curate video:

Curate key dates:
Applications close: 12h GMT Tuesday 31 December 2013
Finalists announced: spring 2014
Winner announced: April 2014

To enter, upload a video and a one-page document that explains your concept to Curate website The video must be no longer than two minutes and no bigger than 250MB. Supported formats include .mov .mp4 .avi .wmv and .flv. The one-page document should be no longer than 500 words and include statement of intent and list of materials/works used in your exhibition. Supported formats include .doc .docx .txt .pdf.