Call for participants
Saturday, November 19 to Sunday, November 20,
Burrard Marina Field House Studio,
1655 Whyte Avenue
Curators-in-residence 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 email@example.com the following information as a single PDF:
- A summary of the exhibition, public program or special project to be presented (250 words)
- 2–3 sentences explaining why you want to participate
– Deadline for applications: October 17
The Curatorial Retreat is part of a new initiative by local curators Zoë Chan and Tatiana Mellema. Our primary goal is to provide support for independent curators in response to the need for collaborative networks and infrastructures that encourage critical curatorial practices within Canada. This includes providing platforms for peer-to-peer dialogue on curatorial research, in partnership with local arts organisations.
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 2015 Joan Lowndes Award 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.