03.10 - 06.10.2019, 11:00-20:00

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The North-Western Branch of NCCA in partnership with the Creative Association of Curators TOK initiates the 1st Curatorial Forum. This Forum aims to develop and strengthen a professional dialogue, create new possibilities for the international partnership, mobilize local and regional creative forces as well as widen audiences for contemporary art.

Symposium 3-4 October 2019
Art weekend 5-6 October 2019


October 3-4, 2019
Venue: New Holland Island Pavilion

The 2019 symposium will focus on extending territories of curatorial and artistic practices as well as changing professional conditions. The 2-day event will unite Russian and international art professionals to study how contemporary curators and artists in their practices infiltrate different social structures that shape new political realities. Speakers of the symposium will present examples of recent and ongoing curatorial projects that deal with law and governmentality, alternative economies, climate disasters, education, property, real estate and social segregation, gender equality, migration processes and manipulative strategy of media. They will study examples of curatorship in rethinking historical discourses and reshaping understanding about publicness, sharing, and solidarity in the artistic domain. The symposium will open up a conversation about the changing conditions of curatorial practice, dictated, on one hand, by the development of new technologies, professional mobility, a change in the understanding of artistic production, etc. On the other hand, growing political tension and raising control and censorship in different geographies, which set up new limitations on freedom of artistic and curatorial expression. The upcoming symposium will aim at bringing into discussion the external factors and internal changes in the field of contemporary art.

SYMPOSIUM SPEAKERS: Bassam El Baroni (Egypt. Finland), Avi Feldman (Israel, Germany), Galit Elat (Israel, Netherlands), Paul O'Neill (Ireland, Finland), TOK (Anna Bitkina and Maria Veits), Russia, Snezhana Karstyeva (Bulgaria, Russia), Joanna Sokolowska (Poland), Mariika Semenenko (Ukraine, Russia)


October 5-6, 2019

Saint-Petersburg Art Weekend is a platform that showcases leading prominent museums, institutions and art spaces that will present special programs, events and pop-up exhibitions. The event aims to demonstrate the potential of St.Petersburg art scene to a wider local and international audiences.

New Holland Island, Anna Nova Gallery, Marina Gisich Gallery, NAMEgallery, Myth gallery, FFTN, Sklad 17, Rosa's House of Culture, Kunsthalle nummer sieben, WöD, FotoDepartament, Pushkinskaya 10, Masters, Novy Museum, DK Gromov, Street Art Research Institute, Street art museum, Borey Art Center, Book graphics library, Berthold center and etc.

October 3-6, 2019

An important part of the Curatorial forum is the OPEN STUDIOS program. It allows curators to visit artists’ studios according to personal itineraries that each curator is able to design for oneself using the forum website. For one weekend artists are going to open their doors to the public. Curatorial Forum gives to its audiences an opportunity to see art in a variety of artists’ studios how and where art is created and learn about diversity of artistic practices. The studio visits tours are conducted by art mediators.




North-Western branch of National Centre for Contemporary Arts (NCCA) ROSIZO
St. Petersburg, Glinka st., 2, lit. A

Maria Kuzmina (Katz), Executive Director
Natalia Khvoenkova, Program Director
Anna Bitkina and Maria Veits (The Creative Association of Curators TOK),  Curators of the symposium
Elena Filippova, Head of Communications




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