International curatorial residencies
ARC Bucharest

June – November 2017


ARC Bucharest is a research residency program designed for curators working and living outside Romania to explore the effervescent art scene in Bucharest. It aims to spark new opportunities and exciting exchanges both for artists based in Bucharest (and beyond in Romania) and arts professionals from the international art world while forging durable personal and institutional connections on the long run.

Even if many of the artists living and working in Bucharest exhibit internationally, the multilayered and complex visual art scene is still under the radar. Insider in the labyrinthine Bucharest art scene, ARC acts as guide for curators willing to discover or to deepen their knowledge on local artistic practices.

ARC Bucharest offers short-term and intensive residencies, typically spanning from 5 to 14 days, aimed at both freelance and institutionally affiliated curators. Reflecting the local art context’s multifaceted nature, we welcome applications from a wide spectrum of curatorial practices, research interests and professional backgrounds. While the residency is based in Bucharest and focused on the city’s artistic context, ARC also aims to create connections also to other cities across Romania which foster strong artistic communities, like Iași, Cluj and Timișoara. ARC Bucharest residencies are fully funded, covering travel and accommodation expenses, a fee for a public event such as presentation or workshop and additional expenses for trips to other cities in Romania.

During the first implementation of the project, ARC Bucharest teamed up with ODD to organize the public program of presentations from the first 4 guest curators:

Domenico de Chirico   On curating in the gallery system (lecture)   7 June, 19:30

Frida Sandström   Collecting the Crash (writing workshop)   28 June, 16:00

Àngels Miralda   The Secret Politics of Materiality (Part 2) (lecture)   30 June, 19:00

Michal Novotný   Rich Women Are Beautiful  (lecture)   6 July, 19:00