Curatorial Program for Research CPR is the core facilitator of an international network of curators, artists and institutions. Through open calls and full research scholarships, CPR has three goals: first, to enable a direct, in situ communication between international curators and local artists. Secondly, to promote equal access to knowledge. And third, to act as a platform for promotion and practice for the participating curators and hosts. With a nomadic and intensive format, CPR promotes dialogue between international curators and local artistic scenes. The program was created by curators and for curators, with satellite locations in more than 15 cities throughout the world. Each satellite city develops its activities through partnerships with local institutions, designating a host curator for each case. CPR draws up an academic program together with visits to museums and artist studios, and discussions with scholars and experts.

CPR programs are developed in cities where occasions for curatorial access and research are less self-evident – in some cases, non-existent – than in the world’s major art cities. By creating opportunities to open up these specific cultural scenes from the inside out, they lift themselves out of the periphery and healthy networks are fostered. CPR effectively brokers relationships between participating curators and art professionals on the ground, resulting in greater visibility for the city’s art scene worldwide. The overriding aim is to create international opportunities for artists, organizations and curators, and in doing so enhance inter-cultural dialogue and mutual understanding.

The Core Program

CPR programs are developed in cities where occasions for curatorial access and research are less self-evident – in some cases, non-existent – than in the world’s major art cities. By creating opportunities to open up these specific cultural scenes from the inside out, they lift themselves out of the periphery and healthy networks are fostered. CPR effectively brokers relationships between participating curators and art professionals on the ground, resulting in greater visibility for the city’s art scene worldwide. The overriding aim is to create international opportunities for artists, organizations and curators, and in doing so enhance inter-cultural dialogue and mutual understanding.

In 2016, three groups of up to ten curators will travel to conduct research. During our fully funded Core Programs, CPR provides an in depth, custom oriented research schedule, directed by a local CPR host. Each program lasts for up to six days per city, and encompasses 3 to 5 cities. Merging academia with on site research, CPR local hosts welcome the groups with an intensive program that includes readings and classes about local history, arts and culture, as well as studio visits and other local art institutions and endeavors. During the Core Program, CPR curators in residence are required to present and discuss articles, papers, and essays related to their daily visits.

In addition to the Core Program, one curator in residence will be awarded funds based on proposal to produce an exhibit in his or her city of origin, with at least one artist from each visited city. CPR will also publish a catalogue giving introduction to other proposed projects as well as info about the completed program.