Call for Frame Curatorial Fellowship with Manifesta biennial in Amsterdam

Frame Contemporary Art Finland launches in 2018 a new programme in support of professional development and mobility of curators based in Finland. Frame Curatorial Fellowships will include curatorial placements in diverse international art organisations, residencies and research trips.


The programme begins with an open call for a curatorial placement for three months at the Manifesta biennial, from March until June 2018, to coincide with the opening of the Manifesta 12 in Palermo, Italy. The curator will work closely with the Head of Publications and Head of Research & Development at Manifesta.

The Manifesta biennial is one of the most important biennials of contemporary art in the world. Since 1996, the Manifesta biennial takes place in a different European city every two years. The head office of Manifesta is located in Amsterdam.

Frame Curatorial Fellowship offers a working grant, covers the travel and accommodation costs of the curator in Amsterdam as well as two visits to Palermo . The exact dates of the placement will be confirmed with Manifesta and the selected curator.

The deadline for applications is Sunday 21st January 2018.


Description of the placement

The curator will work closely with the Head of Publications and Head of Research & Development at Manifesta.

This includes working with finalising three publications related to Manifesta 12: 1) Manifesta 12: The Planetary Garden – Cultivating Coexistence (EN/IT) The M12 catalogue: print and digital; 2) Palermo Atlas Book (EN/IT), an urban study by OMA especially commissioned by Manifesta 12; 3) Manifesta 12 Field Guide. The Palermo Atlas Book will also be accompanied by an audio-visual presentation by OMA in Palermo.

Alongside the publication processes, the curator will also work with the Head of Research and Development in coordinating the communication with all international funders, sponsors, patrons, galleries, and other contacts related to the funding of the M12 biennial and specific artists’ works.

Manifesta offers a challenging and varied work placement in an international environment with a dynamic and enthusiastic team: an opportunity to gain insight into editing and publication processes; know-how on the diverse partnership base foundational for the biennial; collaboration with and training by Manifesta’s Head of Publication and Head of Research & Development; opportunity to learn skills from other departments at Manifesta’s head office; free lunches provided by Manifesta; a unique work environment located in a historical Herengracht canal house in Amsterdam.



Please email your application to Frame’s Head of Programme Taru Elfving, taru.elfving@frame-finland.fi at the latest on Sunday 21st January 2018.

The application should include your CV and a cover letter with the following information:

Your name, year of birth, and contact details (address, email, telephone).
Biography (max 160 words).
Motivation: How the fellowship supports the development of your career and expertise?
Why is Manifesta of particular relevance for your professional development?
Your work experience, skills and interests relevant for this fellowship.


More information:

Head of Programme Taru Elfving, Frame Contemporary Art Finland


Image: OMA’s Palermo Atlas. In Francesco Lojacono’s painting View of Palermo (1875) none of the plants are indigenous. The botanical garden of Palermo, Orto Botanico, was founded in 1789 as a laboratory to nurture, study, test, mix and gather diverse species. Palermo’s Orto Botanico inspired Manifesta 12 to look at the idea of the “garden”, exploring its capacity to aggregate difference and to compose life out of movement and migration.