Internships for Russian curators 2014-2015

This programme is created by the members of the EUNIC Russia – the Austrian Cultural Forum, the British Council, the Goethe-Institut, the Embassy of Sweden and Moscow French Institute

The aim of the programme is to help young Russian curators acquire experience, share their knowledge and create networks while working in leading European cultural institutions. For the past three years Russian curators have had experience of working in some of the most interesting and active European art institutions - Centre Pompidou-Metz, Kalmar konstmuseum, Turner Contemporary, Haus der Kunst, Liverpool Biennial, Modern Art Oxford, and Färgfabriken. After the internships curators develop their own independent curatorial projects, which are to be presented at the final event. The best project will be implemented with financial support from EUNIC (3000 EURO). 

Realms of Memory is the topic for 2015’s EUNIC curatorial programme, taking the idea of preservation of cultural heritage as a starting point. The title refers to French historian Pierre Nora’s monumental seven volume study about the 'loci memoriae' of France and connects to a topic which has been recurrent in recent decades in contemporary art: the reflection of processes of remembering as well as the expansion of notions of place and site. 

How to participate? 
Curators for the internship will be selected by competition. 

  1. Download the application form 
  2. Submit applications to by:
    - 3 December 2014 if you apply to Sweden
    - 15 January 2015 if you apply to Austria, France, Sweden and UK 
    The subject of your letter should start with the country of your choice and include your name. (ex. Sweden, Koroleva Svetlana). 
  3. Based on applications received representatives of the EUNIC cluster in Moscow will produce a shortlist of applicants. 
  4. Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed by representatives of the hosting institutions (via skype) that will select curators for internships.   

​The internships will be held from January to June 2015.


  • Russian citizenship
  • Age from 23  to  35 
  • degree in the humanities
  • minimum 2 years of curatorial practice
  • knowledge of foreign language according to the requirements of country where you aim to undergo internship

Hosting institutions 

Ars Electronica (Austria)
Since 1979, Ars Electronica has sought out interlinkages and congruities, causes and effects between art, technology and society. The Festival as proving ground, the Prix as a competition honoring excellence, the Center as a year-round setting for presentation & interaction, and the Futurelab as an in-house R&D facility extend their feelers throughout the realms of science and research, art and technology. Our staff includes more than 250 employees from all over the world, whose skills and dedication contribute daily to Ars Electronica’s outstanding international reputation. In Ars Electronica’s division Festival-Prix-Exhibition you will be responsible for substantively developing and producing an exhibition in the framework of our 2015 activities and also working together with artistic associates and partners institutions throughout Austria and abroad.
Place: Linz, Austria
​Time: between March and June  2015

The Castle of the Dukes of Brittany, Urban history museum (France)
The Urban history museum is situated in the heart of the medieval quarter in the Castle of the Dukes of Brittany. The museum’s collections which include 850 diverse objects are displayed with support of multimedia installations. The history of the city is revealed by means of various themes covering the history of Nantes and Brittany: from the Edict of Nantes, the colonial period and the slave trade right through to the major upheavals of the 20th century.
Place: Nantes
​Time: from February to March 2015

Museum Ludwig, Cologne (Germany)
The most extensive Pop Art collection in Europe. The third biggest Picasso collection in the world. One of the best collections of German Expressionism. One of the internationally most important collections on photography. A generous donation of 350 works of modern art by Peter and Irene Ludwig to the city of Cologne formed the basis for the foundation of the museum in 1976. Since then the museum which bears the name of its founders, has constantly extended its collections and today has one of the most important collections of art from the 20th and 21st centuries worldwide. Furthermore, the Museum Ludwig organizes an intense program of temporary exhibitions creating encounters between the permanent collection and new tendencies in contemporary art.
Place: Cologne
​Time: TBC

Färgfabriken (Sweden)
Färgfabriken runs a local urbanization program; Stockholm on the Move, and it has developed an international program; New Urban Topologies, with two major projects: Baltic Dimensions and Patchwork Beirut/Mostar. The expected goal for co-operation between a Russian curator and Färgfabriken is to support the development of the connection of local and international programs, especially between Stockholm on the Move and Baltic Dimensions. Stockholm on the Move will hold an exhibition in September 2015. It would be an interesting opportunity to develop a special part of the exhibition related not only to the Baltic region, but also to experiences from a Russian point of view.
Place: Stockholm
​Time: from January 12th to February 8th  2015

Pallant House Gallery (UK)
The Gallery has been widely acclaimed for its innovative exhibitions and pioneering Learning and Community Programme and has won numerous awards and accolades including the Gulbenkian Prize, the largest prize for arts and cultural organisations in the country, the Charity Award 2013, the highest profile event in the charity calendar, for Outside In, its flagship project aimed at those facing barriers to the art world.
Place: Chichester 
Time: May  2015