Curatorial Retreat

Deadline Thursday, April 13, 2017

Saturday, April 29 to Sunday, April 30
Or Gallery
555 Hamilton St., Vancouver

In partnership with the Or Gallery, Zoë Chan and Tatiana Mellema invite local curators to participate in a weekend-long retreat to workshop projects currently in development. The Curatorial Retreat will allow for informal but focused conversation on the participants’ projects, while offering a platform for critical discourse around curatorial practices. During the retreat, each curator will be asked to give a 15-minute presentation on their project, followed by a 20-minute discussion with the group. Participants must be prepared to attend both days, and to give and receive feedback.
Eligibility: The Curatorial Retreat is geared towards participants who have experience curating exhibitions, public programs, or special projects. All are welcome to apply but please note that spaces are limited. Priority will be given to those with an active curatorial practice.

To apply, email the following information as a single PDF:

  • Bio (150 words)
  • A summary of the exhibition, public program or special project to be presented (250 words)

Deadline for applications: Thursday, April 13
The Curatorial Retreat is part of an ongoing initiative by local curators Zoë Chan and Tatiana Mellema. We aim to provide a platform for independent curators as well to foster collaborative networks and critical discourse around curatorial practices within Canada. This includes providing programming for peer-to-peer dialogue on curatorial research, in partnership with local arts organisations. Past workshops have been presented at Access Gallery (June 2016) and Contemporary Art Gallery (November 2016).

Zoë Chan’s curatorial projects have been presented at MSVU Art Gallery, Articule, Foreman Art Gallery of Bishop’s University, and the MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels). She has contributed to Canadian Art, C Magazine, esse arts + opinions, and Momus. A two-time recipient of the Canada Council for the Arts’ Project Grant to Curators and Critics, she received the Joan Lowndes Award in 2015 in recognition of excellence in critical or curatorial writing.

Tatiana Mellema is currently pursuing a PhD in Art History at the University of British Columbia. Some of her exhibitions include, “Notes on the Nude,” Vancouver Art Gallery (2016); “Mark Clintberg: Do I still cross your mind?,” Illingworth Kerr Gallery (2013); and “Paul Butler: The Greg Curnoe Bicycle Project,” Art Gallery of Ontario (2011). She has worked at the Vancouver Art Gallery, Illingworth Kerr Gallery, The Banff Centre, and the National Gallery of Canada. Her writing has been published in Canadian Art, C Magazine, Border Crossings, and Black Flash.

Image credit: Curatorial Retreat, November 2016, Courtesy of the Contemporary Art Gallery, Photograph Trasi Jang

image credit: Curatorial Retreat, November 2016, Courtesy of the Contemporary Art Gallery, Photograph Trasi Jang

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