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AIR_Frankfurt Curator in Residence 2018


Residency period:
October 20 – December 20, 2018

Application deadline:
August 17, 2018 midnight (GMT +2)

Notification date:
until August 31, 2018

basis e.V. Frankfurt
Gutleutstraße 8-12
60329 Frankfurt am Main

Location of residence:
Schmickstraße 18
60314 Frankfurt am Main


  • Young international curators and art practioners showing a consistent curatorial practice
  • Aged not older than 40 years
  • Country of residence predominantly outside Germany
  • Good level of spoken and written English (or German)
  • Successful graduates of a university or art academy
  • Genuine interest in the local art scene of Frankfurt
  • Ideas for curating the group show of basis artists in March 2019

kindly supported by
the Cultural Department of the City of Frankfurt

AIR_Frankfurt International Call:
Curator in Residence in Frankfurt 2018

Basis e.V. Frankfurt in collaboration with the AIR_Frankfurt program and the city of Frankfurt are pleased to announce the first residency open call for curators. The open call addresses young international curators (not older than 40 years) predominantly living and working outside Germany who are interested to get deeper insight into the local art context of the city of Frankfurt am Main.

The aim of this curatorial residency program is to enhance international curatorial research and discourse in Frankfurt. Reflecting the local art context’s multifaceted landscape, basis welcomes applications based on a wide spectrum of curatorial practices, research interests and professional experiences. Resident curators are provided time and space to develop independent projects. Networking opportunities, including studio visits and meetings with professionals, will be offered. A public lecture or workshop can be held while the residency.

The AIR_Frankfurt curatorial residency is linked to the curation of the 2019 edition of the basis studio show. The selected curator will be in charge of the concept and selection of basis artists to be presented in a group show at the main exhibition spaces at basis in summer 2019.
The curatorial resident will be fully funded by the city of Frankfurt, covering travel expenses and a per diem of 1000€/month. He/she will be hosted in a fully equipped studioapartment at ‚Kulturbunker’ in the east of Frankfurt (10 min away from the city center).


Who can apply?

Eligible applicants are young international cultural practitioners and scholars with a pertinent experience in curating exhibitions and/or related projects. The application should document the interest in current debates and specific interest in the Frankfurt art scene and first ideas for the basis group show in 2019. The applicants should have a good level of spoken and written English (or German). Applications will be reviewed by a jury according to the quality of the proposal and the suitability of candidates.

Application guidelines:

The complete application in English or German should consist of:

  • Cover letter with contact details (1 page)
  • CV (max. 2 pages)
  • Documentation of previous projects (each max. 1 page, images encouraged)
  • Motivation letter containing the description of the specific interest in a residence in Frankfurt, preferably including first outlines of ideas for the studio group show in March 2019

The Application needs to be submitted digitally as one PDF via email to:
until August 17th, 2018 midnight (GMT +2); subject line: Curator in Residence 2018.
The application is classed as complete only when all accompanying documentation has arrived in time. Applicants will be notified until August 31st, 2018.

About basis and the city of Frankfurt am Main

The production and exhibition platform basis e.V. was founded in 2006 in Frankfurt, Germany. This non- profit association promotes the production and reception of young contemporary art on different levels. Offering studios at four different sites to more than 130 artists and creative workers, basis improves the conditions of production of creative work in Frankfurt am Main. Furthermore basis shows up to five international solo or group exhibitions of outstanding positions of contemporary art in their main exhibition rooms. Since 2016 basis conducts the artist in residence programs ‘AIR_Frankfurt’ and the ‘IEPA International Exchange Program for visual Artists’.

basis is integrated in and contributes to the lively and diverse art scene of Frankfurt, shaped by a high density of museums such as the Städel Museum and the MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main, cultural institutions and associations as well as the art schools Städelschule and the University of Art and Design HFG Offenbach am Main.