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Curatorial Collective Course

The course is a six-week online intensive program tailored to young Arab curators exploring a curatorial career in the GCC region. Five young curators will be selected to participate in sessions designed and led by Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath. The program will examine a wide range of approaches to curation by focusing on both theory and practice. The lectures are designed to give context to curating in alignment with a regional perspective. This course will provide participants with a valuable opportunity to gain constructive feedback on their exhibition proposal via a one-to-one critique session, alongside weekly group lectures by practicing professionals in curation.

Applications Closed

Start Date: February 15, 2021

The Curatorial Collective Course will take a detailed look into the fundamental steps of constructing an exhibition. Practical emphasis will be given to exploring the various career paths of a curator from an institutional to a non-institutional model.

The six-week course is divided into two parts, theoretical and practical.


  • One-hour lectures given by practicing professionals
  • Reading and writing assignments
  • One-to-one critiques


  • Research
  • Steps of an exhibition
  • Exhibition design
  • Budgeting
  • Full essay proposals

Five applicants will be selected to participate in the course and one of the participants’ proposals will be realized in a space in Saudi Arabia.

Please note that the program will be conducted in English.


Who is the Curatorial Collective Course for?

The course is designed for up-and-coming curators who wish to further their career and knowledge by participating in a rigorous six-week journey into the multifaceted world of curation. Applicants are expected to have excellent writing skills and, though it is not required, it is preferable to have some exhibition making experience.

What is expected from participants?

Participants are expected to commit to the full six-week course and participate in all the sessions. They are also required to follow up on the weekly reading lists and to continuously develop their exhibition proposal throughout the period of the course.

Sam Bardaouil And Till Fellrath
Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath

Independent curators and academics, and the co-founders of Art Reoriented, a multidisciplinary curatorial platform based in Munich and New York.

Guest Lecturers

Venetia Porter
Venetia Porter

Curator of Islamic and Contemporary Middle East Art, British Museum, London

Reem Fadda
Reem Fadda

Director Abu Dhabi Cultural Foundation, and Curator of 6th Marrakech Biennale

Brook Andrew
Brook Andrew

Artist and Artistic Director of the 22nd Biennale of the Sydney Biennale 2020

Humberto Moro
Humberto Moro

Deputy Director and Senior Curator, Museo Tamayo, Mexico City, Adjunct Curator, SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, GA.

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