Curatorial Associates Program

The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre is pleased to be collaborating with The Australia Council’s ‘Curatorial Associates Program’ which gives Australian and Asian curators a unique opportunity to build Asia consciousness and capability, foster relationships with international artists, and develop an understanding of alternative curatorial contexts.

In 2020 the Australia Council is offering one associateship for a Vietnamese curator living in Vietnam, to undertake this residency in Australia with 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art.

The successful candidate will receive an amount of $8000 AUD and will be responsible for arranging their own travel, visas, accommodation, meals and allied expenses for the 6 weeks period of the program (with the help of 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art).

Location: Sydney, Australia

Role: Curatorial, Research, Writing, Production, Artist/Organisation Liaison

Length of placement: 6 weeks

Dates: June -July 2020, or August – September 2020 (exact dates to be confirmed with 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art)

Grant amount: $8,000 AUD

Applications close: Monday 24 February 2020 (11:59PM ICT)

Notification of results: 18 March 2020

About 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art

4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art (4A) is an independent not-for-profit organisation based in Sydney, Australia. 4A fosters excellence and innovation in contemporary culture through the commissioning, presentation, documentation and research of contemporary art.

About the program

The selected candidate will spend 6 weeks with the team at 4A’s Sydney Australia gallery, and participate in 4A’s 2020 Curators Intensive program. Additionally, the selected candidate will work with 4A across the development of an exhibition, associated public programs and research, develop and deliver public programs and community partnership events as part of the placement.

4A will work closely with the selected delegate ahead of their arrival in Australia to tailor the program to their specific interests and ensure they are supported within the grant to conduct their own research while in Australia.

How to submit an application

To apply to submit a single PDF document including:

1. A Cover Page with your name, address, phone number and email address
2. A Letter of Intent addressing your interest in participating in the program; how your skills and research interest will contribute to 4A Centre and how the experience will contribute to the development of your practice. Maximum one page.
3. A Statement which outlines your research experience and specific curatorial research interests you wish to explore while participating in this program
4. A CV illustrating relevant curatorial projects or work experience. Maximum one page.
5. An example of existing curatorial writing. This can be a room sheet, wall text or catalogue essay or something similar.

Applications should be in English and submitted via email, to Bridie Moran:

The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre is pleased to be working with The Australia Council for the Arts in 2020, in partnership with 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art (Australia), to offer a reciprocal curatorial opportunity where an Australian curator will be hosted for a 6-week period at The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam). Applications for the incoming curator from Australia will be managed through The Australia Council for the Arts.

*Image: Curatorial tour by curator Bill Nguyễn from ‘Polination 2018‘.