StayHome Curatorial Online Residency

7 October 2020

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Thanks to the generous support of OCA – Office for Contemporary Art Norway, CIMAM offers three grants for the StayHome Curatorial Online Residency to young contemporary art museum directors, and curators working institutionally or independently residing in Norway. Candidates who are Sámi or from diaspora backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Deadline for applications: Monday, October 26, 2020, at 12:00 hrs. (noon) (CET). Apply here.

The Residency

Through this residency selected candidates can further develop their research projects or start new ones and benefit from the mentoring of a member of the CIMAM Board. The residency will provide unique relevant networking and exchange opportunities.

The Mentors will stimulate dialogue and thinking, introduce the candidates to other relevant contacts in their research area, and provide online research guidance, where needed.

The Award

Selected candidates will receive an honorarium of 900 € in 2020 in addition to being awarded a travel grant to attend next year’s CIMAM Annual Conference in Poland (November 5 – 7, 2021). The Annual Conference is the most important meeting point for contemporary art professionals and an essential resource for the collaboration between museums, visual art professionals, artists, and other institutions concerned with modern and contemporary art. The travel grant covers the registration fee to the conference, accommodation, and travel expenses for the selected candidates and will be paid in 2021.

Successful applicants become members of CIMAM for the triennial they have been awarded allowing continuity and belonging to the most relevant international contemporary art museum community.

In return, successful candidates will submit to CIMAM the projects resulting from the online curatorial residency:

  1. video recording describing the project and the online residency (3 minutes)
  2. written article or essay

Who can apply for a grant?

Grants are restricted to modern and contemporary art museum or collection directors and curators in need of financial help to develop their professional practice.

Researchers and independent curators whose field of research and specialization is contemporary art theory, collections, and museums and most of their field of professional activity is related to the functions of an art museum, are also eligible. Applicants should not be involved in any kind of commercial or for-profit activity.

While professionals at all career levels are encouraged to apply, priority is given to junior directors and curators (less than 10 years’ experience).

This program aims to support curatorial and research development of individuals, with the intention of making the successful candidates more widely networked and empowered.


Young contemporary art museum directors and curators residing in Norway. OCA encourages applications by candidates who are from Sámi or diaspora backgrounds.

This program seeks to award 3 grants.

Length of the Residency

The online curatorial residency will last 20 consecutive days including the time for email exchange, writing, and submission of the video and article to CIMAM.


Candidates are invited to complete an online application form and include a CV and short résumé, a motivation statement, and two letters of recommendation by professionals or scholars who are familiar with the candidate's qualifications.

Selection Process

Grant applications are evaluated and conferred by CIMAM’s Travel Grant Committee, composed of members of the CIMAM Board, and the Travel Grant Funder. Grants are conferred based on the assessment of the candidate’s genuine financial need, the potential benefit to their development and/or research, and the relevance of field experience in relation to the objectives of CIMAM.


8 October – 26 October: Open call for travel grants.
27 – 3 November: Selection of candidates.
4 November: Successful candidates are informed.
5 November: Announcement of successful candidates.
9 – 28 November: StayHome Curatorial Online Residency.
30 November: Deadline to submit results to CIMAM.

About Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA)

The Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA) is a non-profit foundation created by the Norwegian Ministries of Culture and of Foreign Affairs in 2001. Its principle aim is to foster dialogue between art practitioners in Norway, including Sápmi, and the international arts scene, and support artists based in Norway in their activities around the world. As a result OCA’s discursive, exhibition, publication, residency and visitor programmes focus on bringing to Norway the plurality of practices and histories at the forefront of international artistic debates, as much as they are concerned with actively participating in such debates nationally and internationally. OCA has been responsible for Norway's contribution to the visual arts section of La Biennale di Venezia since 2001.

This residency is financed by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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