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OPEN CALL FOR CURATOR-IN-RESIDENCE 2024-2025 | Application Deadline: October 15, 2023


Application Deadline: October 15th, 2023 | Interviews November 2023 | Notifications: End of November 2023 

The CIR residency will start on February 1st, 2024. 

KUNSTRAUM is a community of artists for artists that aims to redefine the collaboration between artists and curators. For the 2023-24 Curator-in-Residence, we are seeking a freelance curator with an innovative and ambitious vision who thrives on bringing their own concepts, creative freedom, and voice to the KUNSTRAUM gallery, and who is interested in working in an established artist-run gallery. CIR's mission is to bring a unique curatorial perspective to the program in order to promote their curatorial practice to the New York art world by organizing engaging exhibitions and events.

The CIR's role is to lead KUNSTRAUM's programming for a consultancy period of 12 months. During the residency, they have the opportunity to present their independent position through three curated exhibitions - KUNSTRAUM's annual Open Call exhibition and the annual Members' Exhibition, followed by the CIR Show - an exhibition of their own. In addition, CIR supports projects by guest curators with the help of the KUNSTRAUM team. A budget of $5000 is provided for CIR's exhibition. The CIR is expected to leverage existing relationships with the press, foundations, art fairs, curators, and collectors to provide additional support and resources for the CIR exhibition. The annual KUNSTRAUM Open Call and Member’s Exhibition will be held in the KUNSTRAUM gallery space in Brooklyn. The CIR's independent exhibition will be held in the Brooklyn space and at an additional Manhattan venue, using their own resources to find a venue for the exhibition, or they can reach out to Manhattan venues with an existing relationship with KUNSTRAUM – the next CIR show will be held at a LES gallery. Responsibilities of the CIR:  

  • Curate KR’s annual open call and members’ shows, one independent exhibition 

  • Oversee exhibitions by guest curators (if any, there are few)  

  • Organize one event per show as a walkthrough, interview, or panel

  • Manage openings from set-up to curatorial tours and sales  

  • Facilitate studio visits and communal events

  • Participate in the jury process for KUNSTRAUM’s open calls

  • With the support of KUNSTRAUM’s team, work on newsletter, press, social media, installation/de-installation, showings, invite visiting arts professionals


  • Experience in curating, producing exhibitions and public programs  

  • Knowledge of art history and contemporary art topics

  • Experience writing, proofreading copy for art audiences 

  • Ability to work both independently and coordinate with our team  

  • Hands-on organizer, meet deadlines, oversee with foresight 

  • Excellent communication, follow-up skills and attention to detail 

  • Ability to lift and handle artwork  

  • Self-driven, highly organized, smart time and resource management 

  • Freelance position, must have work authorization in the U.S.

  • Ability to consult for +/- 16 hrs per week 

  • Responsible for your own housing, commute, and travel expenses 

Compensation & Benefits: 

  • Monthly stipend of $1000  

  • Commissions on art sales  

  • 24/7 access to the space

Application Requirements:  

  • Contact information (first and last name, email, address, telephone) 

  • Work samples (curatorial website or portfolio of 10 pages, >5MB) 

  • Professional resume or CV 

  • Curatorial Statement (200 words): What is your vision for 12 months as the CIR of KUNSTRAUM? How do you plan to engage with our community and audiences?  What issues you are seeking to address through your practice?

  • Exhibition Proposal (250-500 words): Describe one specific project with 3-6 artists, ready to be shown or a curatorial project idea. Indicate the stage of the project. Do you have a Manhattan venue in mind or already confirmed, or would you prefer to work with a KUNSTRAUM partner? Include images, links to the artists' websites, and an LOI from the venue (optional).

  • Writing sample, one published article or another writing sample (250-500 words)

  • Name, email, and telephone number of two professional references  

To Apply:  Please submit all materials through the Google Form here. A selection of candidates will be contacted for interviews in November 2023.

KUNSTRAUM is born out of a necessity to create community and foster collaboration between artists, architects, curators, designers, filmmakers, and writers. Our model features communal studio locations, networking, research opportunities, and discourse for creative production. Our identity is designed to offer and promote an international community, mobility, and visibility in the visual arts. Recent press coverage includes Huffington Post, Artnet News, Interview Magazine, Art F City, Artnet News, and Musée Magazine. With "Video Shop" at NADA New York, KUNSTRAUM won the Artfair Goers Award for the best booth.  Support for the CIR program is generously provided by Art in General.

To learn more about KUNSTRAUM, please visit the "About" section of our website as well as our Instagram account. For more information on KUNSTRAUM’s Exhibition Program, please visit our FAQ page. For all other questions, please reach out to Christina,  


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