OPEN CALL · CURATORIAL GROUP SESSIONS
Curatorial Group Sessions is a pilot programme designed to tackle two main issues in the cultural and creative sectors: Mental health in the arts and fair practices & transparency on artistic fees. These sessions are designed to address the issues around inequalities in the sector, the lack of transparency on artistic fees, and the mental challenges that come from working in an underpaid and competitive sector. In these sessions, we will discuss the systematic issues that lead us here, brainstorm how to advocate for ourselves, form peer-to-peer support, and build tools and guides to create a transparent and fair work environment to create solidarity among each other.
The first part of the programme will be the four-week-long sessions focused on mental health in the arts, and it will be followed by the two-week-long sessions on fair practices & transparency on artistic fees. The programme is open to emerging queer/migrant artists and art/culture workers in Berlin. The sessions are safe spaces for open discussions and we are looking for individuals who are comfortable with sharing their experiences. Participation in the programme is free of charge.
The group sessions are developed and led by independent curator Zeren Oruc. Her practice focuses on ecocriticism, alternative art production, and overlooked cultural elements in postmodern society. She is interested in decentralized and non-hierarchical practices that are based on long-term collaborations, and aims to create a space for open conversation and care.
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS:
Chapter 1: Mental health in the arts
Week 1 – Introduction & Getting to know each other
Week 2 – Imposter syndrome & Power relations
Week 3- “Creative block” & Burnout
Week 4 – Social and financial anxiety
Chapter 2: Fair practices & transparency on artistic fees
Week 5- Structural and financial transparency
Week 6- Considering fees & advocacy