Townhouse Independent Study Program 2010



Townhouse Independent Study Program 2010Townhouse (Cairo, Egypt) is launching a call for applications for the Townhouse Independent Study Program (ISP), a new initiative targeted at individuals who have started or wish to embark in a career in contemporary art—whether in curating, critical writing, arts management, research or academia.

The Townhouse ISP will take place from January to June 2010 and will be structured around monthly critical seminars and survey courses on the history and historiography of modern and contemporary art from the Middle East, with a particular focus on Egypt, Lebanon, Palestine and Iran. Confirmed speakers to date include Rasha Salti and Kristine Khouri, Kirsten Scheid, Clare Davies, Shiva Balaghi, Dina Ramadan, Sarah Rogers and Adila Laidi Hanieh. These seminars will be supplemented by additional talks and workshops on curatorial practice throughout the year.

Seminars will mainly be taught on weekends (Fridays and Saturdays) from 10 am to 5 pm[1]. Program participants will be given reading materials in advance and will be encouraged to work on research assignments throughout the year.

Selection criteria:
- Applicants should have a strong interest in pursuing a career in contemporary art, whether as writers, researchers, curators or arts managers. Preference will be given to nationals from Egypt and the Middle East, or to people who are either permanently working in the region, or intend to do so in the near future.[2]
- Applicants should be able to communicate in both English and Arabic (as some seminars will be taught in English and others in Arabic)

Documents to apply:
In order to apply, one should email the following information in English to by December 15, 2009:

- A personal statement explaining: (i) background, (ii) the reasons why you are interested in participating in the program and (iii) some of the topics you would like to learn more about and/or an idea of an artist, movement, question or issue you would like to research throughout the year.
- Curriculum Vitae.

Selection process:
Limited places will be available. The selection will be made by a committee made up of local academics and arts professionals. Primary attention will be paid to applicants’ personal statement and their ideas about topics they would like to research and explore. Participants will be notified by December 31st, 2009.

A token registration fee of 100 EGP will be charged to cover some of the administrative costs of the program. A limited number of scholarships will be available.



For more information please contact ISP Program Manager Laura Carderera at .
The Townhouse ISP is supported by Arts Collaboratory, Goethe-Institut Ägypten, the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Egypt and Pro Helvetia.


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