Curatorial Studies at KASK is an intensive, one-year English-language postgraduate course established in 1999. It is the only postgraduate curatorial programme in Belgium, benefitting from a unique partnership between KASK School of Arts, Ghent University and the Municipal Museum of Contemporary Art, Ghent (S.M.A.K.).


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  • Info day 17.02.2021 ︎︎︎ Application deadline: 30.04.2021
  • Info day 30.03.2021 (extra)
  • Info day: 26.06.2021 ︎︎︎ Application deadline: 02.07.2021
  • Info day: 04.09.2021 ︎︎︎ Application deadline: 10.09.2021

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Visitors of an exhibition space are suggested to ‘Do Nothing’ by Katya Ev, in the picture, Daniella Geo

Fair Practice and Fair Pay


Curatorial Studies organises a series of meetings, one each week, spread over four weeks, to observe and reflect on the labour conditions of art workers on both a national and international level. This masterclass is intended  as an opportunity to bring artists and curators together to examine the financial, legal and ethical conditions of the ecosystem and learn together.

With Ilaria Conti and Alessandra Saviotti (AWI - Art Workers Italia), Jesse van Winden, Katya Ev, Olivier Lenaerts and Gertjan Verachtert

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Romuald Demidenko

Alumni News
Alumnus Romuald Demidenko appointed Residency Programme Curator at Rupert, Vilnius 

Romuald Demidenko joins the arts and education centre Rupert, Vilnius as Curator of the Residency Programme.

Demidenko has worked with several art organisations and institutions, most recently the Xawery Dunikowski Museum of Sculpture, National Museum in Warsaw, where he served as curator of contemporary sculpture collections. He has curated and conceived, both individually and collaboratively, shows such as Returning to the Future, the 2020 Biennale Zielona Góra and the Open Triennale at the Centre for Polish Sculpture in Orońsko. Furthermore he contributed as one of the curators of Somewhere in Between. Contemporary Art Scenes in Europe at BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels. He obtained his MA in Art History at the University of Wrocław, Poland. He is also the founder and co-editor of the online arts journal GUEST R𝑶𝑶MS..

Rupert’s mission is to establish close cooperation between artists, thinkers, researchers and other cultural actors through transdisciplinary programmes and residencies.

Performance Archive Radio

Performance Archive Radio' is a podcast series created as part of the masterclass 'performance, archive, collection' led by choreographer Ula Sickle within the frame of Museum for a Small City, Rebuild by visual artist Richard Venlet and hosted by S.M.A.K Museum Ghent, Curatorial Studies at KASK and Luca School of Art, Brussels. With thanks to Arezoo Khan. 

Listen to Performance Archive Radio on Soundcloud

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Partners:  S.M.A.K Museum Ghent, Curatorial Studies at KASK and Luca School of Art, Brussels

Installation view Cameo at Grazer Kunstverein

Play-White: Racial Passing and Embodied Images
a masterclass by Bianca Baldi


This one-day masterclass presents Bianca Baldi’s recent body of work Play-White along with other artists, activists, researchers and writers working around the theme of image-making in racial passing. In sociology the term ‘passing’ refers to the phenomenon whereby an individual may be identified as belonging to an identity group or category other than their own. This may include racial identity, ethnicity, social class, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age and/or disability status. Based on topics from Play-White this masterclass explores the conditions of racial passing through topics such as, colonial trade routes, embodiment, shame, class betrayal and performativity.

The topics chosen for the masterclass are organised in relation to the structure of the forthcoming artist book entitled Play-White which uses the three criteria of race reclassification in apartheid South Africa as the structure and lens to discuss the construction of race. The three working themes are entitled Appearance, Descent and Acceptance.

Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli

Curatorial Lecture
Tales from two cities
by Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli

04.03.21, 20:00 

In this lecture called 'Tales from two cities', Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli will focus on the city as a territory of multiple conflicts and potentials, common thread to two works that will be discussed during the talk. The point of departure will be Manifesta 12, starting from Palermo Atlas as a pre-biennial investigation on Palermo. Pestellini Laparelli will also show and discuss the research film essay that as 2050+ has been developed in Milan during the first lockdown -Riders Not Heroes, a work that investigates the precarious conditions of food delivery riders in Milan. It makes the case for riders as essential workers, lying at the intersection of platform capitalism, gig labor, refugee crises, and COVID-19.

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Laurens Otto by Thomas Nolf

Alumni News
Alumnus Laurens Otto appointed curator at Museum Dhont-Dhaenens, Sint-Martens-Latem

Laurens Otto has been appointed to further develop the museum's exhibitions, publications and collection policy. Otto has previously worked as a curator at Het HEM, Human Activities and Council. In March 2021 his group exhibition What Stories Want will open in AAIR and Extra City in Antwerp. Otto is also active as a critic and editor-in-chief of RESOLUTION Magazine.

“Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens has an iconic history of daring exhibitions. I am honored to be able to contribute to the continuation of this heritage together with artists and the many supporters around the museum. ”  - Laurens Otto

12 frames, by Nathan Ishar & Sofie Frederix, picture by Nathan Ishar

1M3 – 12 Frames

29.01.21 – 22.04.21
Open from Monday to Friday, 8:30 – 18:30

Curated by Nathan Ishar & Sofie Frederix

12 frames invites you to enter and unfinished story- board to a no person’s land through images and language. Similar to a fragmented film, an imaginary walk in nature unfolds, without a sense of direction. This display reassembles pages selected from photography and poetry books out of the artists’ books collection of Kunstenbibliotheek.

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Partners: Kunstenbibliotheek at KASK & Conservatorium

Nashashibi/Skaer Why Are You Angry? 2017 16 mm film, black and white and colour, sound, 16 min. Copyright: Nashashibi/Skaer

From the Collection | Why Are You Angry? 

13.02.21 – 30.05.21

Recent acquisitions from S.M.A.K.

‘Why Are You Angry?’ is curated by Philippe Van Cauteren. The museum texts and interpretative tools for this exhibition have been developed by students of the postgraduate Curatorial Studies course at KASK, School of Arts Ghent, in collaboration with Ghent University and S.M.A.K. Margot Bossy, Sofie Frederix, Yimeng Wang and Julie Wyckaert undertook this work as a practical assignment within the Audiences and Learning module that trains future exhibition curators in audience-focused thinking and working. More info here

Partners: S.M.A.K. and Curatorial Studies KASK, School of Arts

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