Training - Institution-Building as Curatorial Practice, 7-12 August 2017, Festung Hohensalzburg, Austria

Publish Date: Mar 22, 2017

Deadline: Apr 03, 2017

Event Dates: from Aug 07, 2017 01:45 to Aug 12, 2017 12:00

About the course

In many contexts, especially those developing ones that lack formal art institutions, opportunities for young or emerging curators to practise professionally and in a financially sustainable manner are few and far between. There is a generation of curators who, rather than lamenting the situation, are building their own institutions, providing a platform to enable the kind of curatorial practice they want to see. When successfully managed, these platforms enrich the local context and deepen roots as they grow; when too founder-centric, they may flounder under success that can distract from the core mission when international attention diverts energy from the urgent tasks at hand.

Curator-founded initiatives are distinct from artist-led, patron-led, or government-led ones. The course will focus on historical and current examples of successful and unsuccessful initiatives in each of these categories, focusing particularly on models from the global south. The course will also address red flags to look out for when seeking to implement curatorial vision into an institutional structure. Students will apply what they have learnt to developing proposals for new institutions to address their own contexts and curatorial interests, and learn techniques for implementing these proposals in reality.


  • Medium/Media: Curatorial theory and practice
  • Location: Festung Hohensalzburg  
  • Language: English
  • What to bring: Laptop
  • Requirements: Readings will be provided in advance
  • Maximum number of participants: 20
  • Co-teacher: Mirela Baciak
  • Participation fee: € 450.– (€ 370.–) 


Diana Campbell Betancourt, born in Los Angeles in 1984, is an American curator based in Manila and Dhaka and has been working across South Asia since 2010. She is the Artistic Director of the SAMDANI ART FOUNDATION in Dhaka and the Chief Curator of the Dhaka Art Summit, which has established itself in the six years since its inception as a pioneering, non-commercial research and exhibition platform for contemporary South Asian art. Betancourt has worked on questions of cross-cultural encounters in public space, and rethinking what public space might mean in non-Western contexts. She was a Henry Moore Institute Fellow for 2015–2016, curator in residence at the FRAC Champagne-Ardenne, a research fellow at the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum for 2016, and has been nominated for the ICI Independent Vision Curatorial Award.


2018 Dhaka Art Summit, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka. 2016 8688, Project 88, Mumbai. You Cannot Cross the Sea Merely by Staring at the Waves, curated by_Vienna, Krinzinger Projekte, Wien. Dhaka Art Summit, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka. Chemical Theater, Art C, Chennai (IN). 2014 Dhaka Art Summit, Solo Projects, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka. 2013 Audible Forces, Exhibit 320, New Delhi. I Live Under Your Sky Too, Public Art Project, Mumbai. 2012 Energy Plus, Shanghai Biennale, Mumbai City Pavilion, Shanghai (CN). 2010 Natural Renditions, (co-curated with Eric Gleason) Marlborough Gallery Chelsea, New York, NY (US).

Diana Campbell Betancourt (ed.), Dhaka Art Summit 2016, Mousse Publishing, OCA Norway, 2016.  

Diana Campbell Betancourt (ed.), Dhaka Art Summit 2016, Samdani Art Foundation, Dhaka 2014.


Applications should include the following documents:

application form (please click below "ONLINE APPLICATION"), full CV, photographs/copies/concepts of applicant's own work (portfolio) as indicated, reservation of accommodation (if required).

For the courses concerning curatorial theory and praxis, writing and blogging, a full CV and a letter of intent is required. Also, you should explain why you are applying and why you think you are qualified for participation (please write in one of the languages of the teacher of the class you have chosen).

You can upload (see below) your portfolio joined together in a PDF or ZIP file or also in single documents (jpg or doc formats only). To avoid any confusion, you are requested to label your documents with your proper names. There are 5 files with max. 35 MB possible to upload. The Summer Academy team is ready to answer any questions you may have.

We also accept applications via regular mail (no originals, format A4).

The teacher of the course applied for will select successful applicants on the basis of the work submitted.


All applications received by 2 May 2017 will be treated equally, and a reply confirming acceptance or non-acceptance will be sent by the end of May 2017. Later applications will be accepted and processed in the order of receipt, according to vacancies in the courses. Successful applicants will receive written confirmation and detailed information from the Summer Academy.

The closing date for grant applications is 3 April 2017.


The fees consist of the enrolment charge of € 200.– (non-refundable) and a course fee which varies according to the length of the course (€ 250.– per week/reduced fee € 170.–). Students are entitled to the reduced fee on production of a valid confirmation of enrolment at an educational institution for the 2017 summer term as well as SN-CARD-holders.

Costs for material used in the courses are not included in the participation fee, and will be charged separately at the beginning of the course.

It is generally not possible to attend a course for only one week. Students attending two consecutive courses pay the enrolment fee only once; the course fee is calculated according to the total number of weeks.

For more information click "Further official information" below.

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