Open Call: 2015 CPPC/ICI Travel Award for Central America & the Caribbean

April 1, 2015

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View of abandoned oil facilities, Aruba (June 2014). Image: María Elena Ortiz, 2014 travel award grantee

Application deadline: April 1, 2015
The Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros (CPPC) and Independent Curators International (ICI) are pleased to announce an open call for curators: The 2015 Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Travel Award for Central America and the Caribbean. In its fourth edition, this travel award will support a contemporary art curator based anywhere in the world to travel to Central America and the Caribbean to conduct research about art and cultural activities in the region. Intended to generate new collaborations with artists, curators, museums, and cultural centers in the area, this award will cover curatorial residencies, studio visits, and/or archival research. 

The CPPC Travel Award will support a curator to visit either one or multiple locations in Central America and the Caribbean. The travel period can be anywhere between three weeks and three months, and take place between May and November 2015. The grant will cover costs of up to $10,000.

Application guidelines for the CPPC Travel Award can be found below. Independent curators and those with institutional affiliations may apply. Applications from established and emerging curators (3+ years of professional experience) will be considered. A jury of professionals who live in, or have extensive knowledge of the region, will select the successful applicant.

APPLICATION GUIDELINES
To be considered a candidate for the 2015 Travel Grant, a full application must contain the following:
• A letter of approximately 1,500 words (3 pages) describing the proposal for curatorial research for which funds are being requested. This should include a short summary on the reasons why the research is important and why it should happen now, as well as the names of any artists, curators, collections, archives, or institutions with which the applicant hopes to spend time.
•  A travel itinerary or plan for the residency program with proposed dates of travel (one page)
•  A budget covering all travel research costs including any per diem, fees, and translation expenses (one page)
•  A Curriculum Vitae (abridged to no more than 3 pages)

Format: The required documents should be sent by email to research@curatorsintl.org with CPPC Travel Award in the subject line. No printed versions should be sent via post. The letter, travel itinerary, budget, and CV should be page-numbered and sent as one single PDF.

Language: Applications may be submitted in English or Spanish.

Grantees are expected to make their own travel arrangements, including securing Visas, if needed. If not fluent in local languages, grantees must allocate funds for a translator. On completion of travel a report of approximately 1,500 words on the outcomes of research is required, together with a budget outlining how the money was spent. Awardees are also expected to submit photographs and a research report on activities in the region that will contribute to the online Journal resource on ICI’s website.

For further information or questions, please contact research@curatorsintl.org.