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Call for applications: PhD in Curatorial Practice at Monash University Art Design & Architecture (MADA)

Call for applications: PhD in Curatorial Practice at Monash University Art Design & Architecture (MADA)

2015 Vessel/MADA International Curatorial Retreat, Monopoli, Italy. Photo: Tara McDowell.

Monash University Art Design & Architecture (MADA)

Call for applications: PhD in Curatorial Practice

Expression of interest deadline (mandatory prior to application): 30 September 2015
Application deadline for scholarship consideration: 31 October 2015

Monash University Art Design & Architecture
900 Dandenong Rd
Caulfield East, Victoria 3145





Monash University Art Design & Architecture (MADA) in Melbourne, Australia invites applications for the PhD specialisation in Curatorial Practice. Launched in 2014, the PhD in Curatorial Practice is practice-based and supports a spectrum of doctoral projects that reflect critically on how we engage with our cultures, our cities and our world. It fosters curatorial projects that test the limits of art institutions. It supports advanced scholarly work on exhibitions and their histories, conditions of art's public appearance, and the politics of display. Finally, the program nurtures spaces of retreat to allow forms of research beyond those that normally occur within the framework of educational institutions.

Candidates will have advanced knowledge of art, art history, arts institutions, and curating, or relevant fields of inquiry. They are required to hold a minimum four-year Bachelor's degree with Honours, and preferably hold a research Master's qualification in a relevant discipline. Candidates must apply with a specific research project in mind. The program is open to applicants whose projects are interdisciplinary or historical in nature. Scholarships (tuition and stipend) are available to qualified applicants, subject to university scholarship assessment and terms and conditions. 

One of the strongest advantages of the Curatorial Practice PhD is its location within an art school. MADA is a catalyst for creative engagement in the visual arts and supports an active community of the country's leading artists, designers, architects, thinkers and cultural producers. Curatorial work is inherently dialogic, research based, and interdisciplinary, and candidates benefit from regular formal and informal encounters with artists. 

The PhD program collaborates with key local and international institutions, including the Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA), a museum of contemporary art committed to innovative and research-based art and curatorial practice. 2016 inaugurates a Curatorial Visiting Scholar exchange program with NTU CCA Singapore, a national research centre of the Nanyang Technological University and the Department of Art Research Programmes at Goldsmiths. Recent events include lectures by Claire Bishop and Misal Adnan Yıldız; workshops with Chris Kraus, Charles Esche and Raqs Media Collective; and the 2015 Vessel/MADA International Curatorial Retreat, a five-day seminar held in Bari, Italy. 

MADA's Curatorial Practice Advisory Board includes Johanna Burton, Keith Haring Director and Curator of Education and Public Engagement, New Museum; Charlotte Day, Director, MUMA; Juan A. Gaitán, Director, Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo in Mexico City; Alexie Glass-Kantor, Executive Director, Artspace, Sydney; Callum Morton, Head of Fine Art, MADA; Julian Myers-Szupinska, Associate Professor, Curatorial Practice, California College of the Arts; Tom Nicholson, artist; Daniel Palmer, Associate Dean Graduate Research, MADA; Anne M. Wagner, Class of 1936 Professor Emerita of Modern and Contemporary Art at the University of California, Berkeley; and Tirdad Zolghadr, writer and curator. 

The PhD program is led by Tara McDowell, Associate Professor and Director of Curatorial Practice at MADA. McDowell is co-curator of the 2nd Tbilisi Triennial, editor at large of The Exhibitionist, and has held curatorial appointments at the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts in San Francisco, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, where she mounted numerous group and solo exhibitions. She publishes and lectures frequently, and holds a PhD in the History of Art from the University of California, Berkeley.

In 2016, Curatorial Practice welcomes Helen Hughes as Lecturer in Art History and Curatorial Practice. Hughes is Curator at Gertrude Contemporary in Melbourne, co-founder and co-editor of the contemporary art journal Discipline, and recently completed a PhD in Art History from the University of Melbourne. 

Application details here
EOI and how-to-apply process details here

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CRICOS course code: 037830A


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