Curators of all nationalities are invited to propose an exhibition for Hordaland Art Centre, Bergen, Norway for the 2011-programme. The deadline for submission is Friday September 10th 2010. One proposal will be chosen.

2011 marks the 35th year of the Hordaland Art Centre, and we are creating a programme exploring ideas of histories and futures. We would like the submitted proposals to reflect this focus in its own way. The exhibition will be one of the six in 2011, and will form a dialogue with the rest of the programme. The project must be initiated, researched and completed between October 2010 and February 2011, and should not have been published in any way before. In lieu of the context-specific circumstances of this exhibition, the final decision on artworks should be made during the research period.

The selected curator(s) will be required to spend an agreed amount of time in Bergen, Norway for research and preparation, as well as being on site for parts of the exhibition period; as well as talks and meetings with the public. Only one proposal per person is accepted. One person and group exhibition projects are welcome.

The proposal must be in English or Norwegian/Swedish/Danish language and include:

-          A brief covering letter (no more than one page, .doc/.pdf/.odt) introducing yourself and the proposal. Please remember to include the following personal details: Name, Postal address, E-mail address, Telephone number, Website (if applicable), Date of Birth and Nationality

-          Outline of exhibition idea/curatorial proposal (In no more than 1000 words in .doc/.pdf/.odt format)

-          Description of ONE previous curatorial project which can be seen in relation to the proposed project

Text: no more than 500 words (.doc/.pdf/.odt)

Images: no more than 10 images (.jpg/.jpeg/.pdf)

Audio or audio/visual submissions: should be made available online between September 10th and 20th 2010 and URL should be included in the presentation text

-          A short biography (no more than 120 words) and full CV of curator(s) (.doc/.pdf/.odt)

The proposal with supporting material should be submitted in ONE SINGLE e-mail with all attachments, with the curator’s name stated in the subject line no later than September 10th 2010 to hks@kunstsenter.no. We will announce the chosen proposal no later than September 20th 2010.

This call is open to all curators, including independent curators and artist-curators, either individually or in groups. Please note that the budget will not grow exponentially with number of curators involved.

The curatorial method should in some way reflect Hordaland Art Centre’s statutes which among other states that the object of our operation should stimulate an increase in the audience’s knowledge of contemporary art and craft, secure artistic freedom of speech and ensure the freedom to choose artistic expressions without commercial consideration. (Please note that the curatorial proposal or exhibition idea does not have to address these issues directly.)

We offer: Curator fee of NOK 50.000, office space and suitable accommodation when in Bergen, travel to and from Bergen up to the amount of NOK 15.000.

We also cover artist’s fees (financial limitations might apply), insurance of exhibition when in house, commission fee for one related text with translation to English/Norwegian and one related presentation to accompany the exhibition, a production budget for the exhibition; covering return transport of art works (financial limitations might apply), exhibition design in collaboration with Hordaland Art Centre, installation of exhibition and other costs such as exhibition announcements and exhibition opening reception. (All details will be worked out with the curator(s) in question during October 2010.)

HORDALAND ART CENTRE is based in Bergen, Norway and was established 1976 as the first artist run art centre in Norway. Its activities are based around the exhibition programme with equal emphasis on seminars, presentations and dialogue. Since 1985 HORDALAND ART CENTRE has hosted a residency programme, from 2008 open to international artist, curators, writers and other art professionals. We also host the Collaborative Research residency in collaboration with BAC, Baltic Art Center in Visby, Sweden and The Factory of Art and Design (FFKD) in Copenhagen, Denmark.

HORDALAND ART CENTRE also works with public art commissions, a regional and international Outside programme Since 2007 we collaborate with the MA-programme at the Bergen National Academy of the Arts and has an ongoing programme for the 5th grade pupils at the neighbouring Nordnes Primary School. There is a small bookshop with artist books and publication in our reception. We have a weekend-café with newspapers and art magazines.

HORDALAND ART CENTRE is situated in one of the oldest remaining school buildings in Bergen where we focus on local commitment in an international every day.