CURAE 2023/24 / Online Masterclass On Curatorial Practice 2nd Edition - PhMuseum

Curae 2023/24

Online Masterclass On Curatorial Practice 2nd Edition

From October
to April 2024


12 seats
+1 scholarship


  • Fee


  • Deadline

    09 June

Pushing Boundaries Of Curating The Contemporary

Nowadays everyone can be called a curator. We are constantly editing our phones, photos, and applications. And through social media, we curate our own image presence. But what about the curation of a proper contemporary photography exhibition? What are the hurdles to take and the exciting opportunities? Which boundaries can be set?

In contemporary photography, this field is wide open and there are still many new ways to be discovered. Over a period of 7 months, artist and curator Erik Kessels will explore this journey. Mixing theoretical seminars with practical sessions, Kessels will teach, inspire, and practice with the participants how to curate the best possible exhibition with their own or someone else's work.

To participate, simply fill in the form with your personal details, share a link to your portfolio and apply for free. If your application is successful, we will guide you to enrol in the program.

How it works

  • Group Classes
    and Seminars

    With 8 online group classes and 6 seminars, Erik Kessels will share theoretical and practical guidance on contemporary curatorial practice. These will give participants all the necessary tools to research, produce and promote an art event. According to their role, participants will also carry on a tailored assignment, which will be discussed in dedicated group sessions and individual tutorials.

  • One-to-one

    The masterclass program comprises 2 online 30-min individual sessions with Erik Kessels. They will give you time to engage in specific discussions aimed at working on your ideas and improving your methods. These sessions provide you with privacy and the opportunity to get tailor-made solutions according to your specific needs and that of your practice.

  • Studio

    To grant you industry insight and offer complementary information, we have invited expert practitioners to host 6 interactive studio visits. They will disclose the methodologies behind their work and offer you a better understanding of their role in the industry. Scroll down to discover who they are.

Head Professor

Erik Kessels is a Dutch artist, designer and curator and is since 1996 Creative Director of international communications agency KesselsKramer in Amsterdam and London.

Studio visits

We grant you behind the scene access to 12 renowned practitioners to provide you with industry perspective and related information. A way to enrich your experience and get relevant insights. Each interactive session comprises a presentation plus an open Q&A session to facilitate interaction. Info about other guest speakers soon.


Why participate?

  • Acquire practical skills

    Get a first-hand experience from an internationally renowned artist, designer and curator like Erik Kessels, enhancing your theoretical and practical approach to curating.

  • Flexibility

    Enroll from anywhere in the world, taking the opportunity to engage in a program you can attend while working or traveling. All the group sessions and studio visits are recorded so you can follow them if you missed them.

  • Expand your network

    Engage with a selected group of peers and professionals from around the world, who can become a resource for you now and in the future. Get to know the PhMuseum team and promote your work through our channels and connections.

  • Inclusivity

    Enjoy a high-end program at our launching price, one of the most competitive on the market. If you can't afford it, you can always apply for the fully-funded scholarship.

How to Enroll

Just click on apply now and send us your portfolio and motivational letter. All the applications will be reviewed by PhMuseum’s Team. What we will consider is the potential of your vision, the strength of your ideas and the coherence of your portfolio. If your application is successful, you will then be able to enroll in the program.

Participation fees & deadlines

Scholarship before 19 May - If you apply by this date, you are eligible for the full scholarship. Please send a motivational paragraph that addresses why you need it and how you can benefit from attending the program.

Early Bird Fee before 19 May - If you apply by this date, you can save €350. All applications submitted for the scholarship will be automatically eligible for the Early Bird Fee of €1650.

Regular Fee before 09 June - If you apply by this date, you can join the program by paying the Regular Fee of €2,000. The seats are limited, so we recommend you avoid waiting until the last day.

If you are offered a place, PhMuseum is happy to write you a supporting letter when you try to secure any external funding opportunities. In previous editions of our masterclasses program, the candidates' fees were covered thanks to the generous contribution of the IWMF Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists, and other programs.

Technical details

All the online classes are held on Google Meet. We will grant you a specific link each time and you’ll need to connect at least 10 minutes before. A stable internet connection and a quiet environment are recommended. You will also require a free Google account to access Google Drive, we can help with this during enrollment.

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