Call for proposals for curators 2005/ Pärnu, Estonia

The programming of the main exhibition space of Rael Artel Gallery in the summer 2005 will take place via an open call for projects.
Rael Artel Gallery cordially invites young emerging curators to come up with ideas for a curatorial project. The description of the idea for the show and the provisional list of artists (with some examples of the work and CV) is needed to make a proposal.

Deadline: 15th of February 2005
All proposals will be discussed individually with curators for further details. The selected projects will be realized in close collaboration between the curator and Rael Artel Gallery.

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> for artists

As a pilot space, in 2005 Rael Artel Gallery will build a temporary white cube to balance the activities of the main space. The idea of the white cube space in the framework of Rael Artel Gallery is in one hand to focus on the idea-based solo projects while in the other hand to question the conventional format of an exhibition space. Artists are kindly welcome to make an exhibition project proposal for the temporary white cube space. The description of the idea for the show, examples of the artworks and CV is needed to make a proposal.

All proposals will be discussed individually with artists for further details. The selected projects will be realized in close collaboration between the curator and Rael Artel Gallery.

> What is Rael Artel Gallery?

Rael Artel Gallery is a small non-profit gallery/project space in the heart of Pärnu, Estonia, which main aim is to present and promote young contemporary art and curatorial practices both on a national and international level. Open and active in the summer-time only, in June 2005 the project space starts its 2nd season. In the last summer the programming of the gallery-space focused mostly on photography and sound-based art practices. In the coming season Rael Artel Gallery would like instead of just dedicating the exhibition space to a certain medium, rather concentrate on the core ideas and hot spots within the wider spectrum of the contemporary art.
As already mentioned above, Rael Artel Gallery is a non-profit exhibition space, and it is funded by the local governmental institutions as well as private sponsors. The gallery does not give any grants, all projects will be realised in close collaboration between all parties. Creative solutions for funding the realisation of projects are always welcome.

> Conceptual details 2005

In continuation with the attitude and approach developed last season the gallery space will still act as a lab for the experimental curatorial practices artworks being the central nuclei of the project and main means of communication. Rael Artel Gallery perceives the exhibition space as a first-hand channel of art communication where ultimately intensive dialogues can be created between the artworks and their audiences. Art shows purpose in Rael Artel Gallery’s opinion is to generate dialogues on every level - dialogues between art pieces in space, between artists, between an artist and a curator, between artworks and audiendes, between cultural backgrounds and experiences, between beliefs and dreams. Curators are invited to re-think the idea of dialogue, to organize and handle the dialogue, to question the dialogical patterns, to put people into dialogues, etc, etc.

NB! It is important to remember that in Rael Artel Gallery, the exhibition is a format for rocking and rolling! Both artists and curators are very much welcome to curate or develep his/her favourite exhibition!

> Description of space

- main space
The main space of Rael Artel Gallery is exclusively for curatorial projects. The space is located in the centre of Pärnu, next to the main road from city centre to the beach. The size of the space is 7x8 and it is nearly 3 meters high garage space, where the ’white cube presentation’ conditions are intentionally avoided. Because of its physical qualities (smudgy walls, poorly fixed roof, temporarily installed system of general and spot lighting), the space differs strongly from the conventional exhibition space. Curators are welcome to use the unique characteristics of the space, to be playful and creative.
One aspect that curator should keep in mind in developing the exhibition project is the security of the art pieces and presentation technique. In summer 2005 the security system will be installed, but gallery still warns againsst the use of extremely valuable equipment like video projectors and PA systems.

- pilot space
Around 10m2 white cube space will be built for artists’ solo projects. As mentioned before, the idea of the white cube space in Rael Artel Gallery is to balance the main space activities (solo shows next to curatorial projects) and the space itsself (see the description of the main space). The solo show in the white cube should be possible to install in 24 hours.

- in general
Rael Artel Gallery believes that a gallery space is not a dull and boring room, on the contrary, it is a lively platform of communication through images, it is the meeting point for artists, public and works of art, diverse meanings and connotations.

Modified on Thursday 27 January 2005