Performa, the internationally acclaimed organisation dedicated to live interdisciplinary performance by visual artists, and the Hartwig Art Foundation, which is developing a new museum for contemporary art in Amsterdam, are pleased to announce a new fellowship programme that will provide hands-on training for individuals working in contemporary art, new media and performance. The fellowships are part of a recently announced institutional partnership.
The Hartwig Art Foundation Fellowships at Performa in New York City will provide a training programme for the next generation of curators, producers and archivists. One fellowship will foster curatorial and production acumen, and will engage curators directly in the Performa commissioning process from concept to presentation. A second fellowship will be focused on the Performa Archive and will include research and scholarship, as well as curating of archival material for online and IRL exhibitions. Both programmes will involve fellows in seminars with curators and leaders across cultural fields, visits to museums and performing arts organisations, and research into current practices around the presentation, collecting and conservation of performance.
The fellowships are designed to provide professional development for early-career curators, producers, and archivists. The fellows will work directly with the Performa team in New York, learning Performa’s methods for commissioning, presenting, and preserving performance by visual artists. Beginning in March 2023, and running for approximately 18 months, the inaugural fellowships will serve as a prototype for a permanent Performa-Hartwig Art Foundation training programme beginning in 2025, once the new facility in Amsterdam has opened.
Candidates must hold a minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in art history, museum or performance studies, diaspora studies, arts administration or relevant work experience, and should show a special interest in the history of performance by visual artists, contemporary art and new media. Fluency in English and writing skills are a must, as are the ability to work in a collaborative and pressured atmosphere during the three-week run of the biennial.
Successful candidates will follow a full-time schedule, salaried at 52,000 USD with health insurance and paid time off. The position requires residency in New York City and a work visa (sponsored by Performa if needed) for foreign nationals.